Hike the Swiss Alps of St. Moritz and the Engadine Valley

Hike with a daypack in the high country of the Engadine Alps in southeastern Switzerland. The many trails of the St. Moritz region offer wonderful hiking and spectacular views, from high mountain meadows to boulder-strewn plateaus, from the forests of the Swiss National Park to the 4000-meter Piz Bernina. Enjoy valley accommodations and tasty food in the evenings.

“A world above the world, accessible only to the walker.”   from Walks in the Engadine, by Kev Reynolds

The Engadine Valley in southeastern Switzerland is the highest lake region in Europe. It has the highest mountains of the eastern Alps, culminating in the heavily glaciated, 4000-meter peaks of the Bernina Range, and is home to Switzerland’s only national park.

 The valley runs north, then east for 60 miles, and is high: it’s mostly at 4000-5000 feet elevation. Located near both Austria and Italy, the Engadine has a wonderful blend of Germanic, Italian, and Romansch culture and cuisine.

 The Engadine and the resort of St. Moritz are internationally known as a winter playground, but grand as that is, it is the summer and autumn seasons that are the best times to visit. Hundreds of miles of trails are easily accessed by the extensive transportation system of buses, trains and cablecars. With a daypack you can follow the trails as they wind through meadows and across hillsides, reach high lakes and tarns, and cross passes that have been used since before the Romans. Spectacular views, mountain huts and inns set high above the valley, glaciers and peaks await you. Multi-day treks can be done by linking together several trail segments with stays in high-mountain huts.


  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Global Adventures
  • Seasons: June, July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate/Strenuous
  • Land Manager: Land Manager Varies
  • Parking Permit Required: see Land Manager
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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