RhB – Rhaetian Railway

The red trains of the Rhaetian Railway are not just a means of transport in Graubünden. The routes are among the most beautiful railway lines ever, they not only lead tourists and locals through fascinating mountain landscapes, but also the valley crossings over the Landwasser Viaduct, the Wiesen Viaduct or other viaducts offer great views!

Fall at least?

View from Präzer Höhi towards Safiental

Ascent from the Darlux valley station to the top mountain station of the second chairlift, which is only operated in winter.

The panorama shows the flat top of the Cuolm da Lantsch, which we have hiked in all seasons and, lying in the shade, the Vals Tuors

RhB Railway bridge between Filisur and Davos Wiesen
RhB Railway bridge Wiesen

From Rona to Furtschella da Colm

We didn’t want to take the same route again, that we had already taken to the Alp d’Err from Tinizong. That’s why we started from Rona, then met at some point in a muddy cow meadow, that looked familiar to us … But then we took via Tsagot and Demat up to Furtschella da Colm via Colm da Bovs.

At the end the path was barely or no longer visible. Although we reached the desired height, we had to turn around just under a kilometer before the pass, because time ran out before darkness.

Corn da Tinizong with clouds
Looking towards the Western side of the valley, seeing Piz Forbesch

From Alp Flix to Falotta

A little road leads from Sur up almost to Alp Flix. The only parking lot (quite expensive compared to what the neighboring communities are charging) is about 800 m in front of the first houses at 1925 m above sea level.
We follow the signs to Piz Colm. Today we only want to go up to the Falotta hill, it means to conquer 575 meters of altitude through untracked snow. It’s been a few days since there was a fair amount of that white stuff. When the wind was strong, the snow was moved, so that there are enough places where the grass can still peek out. The hiking trail is not always easy to be seen, but most of the trail markings are easy to detect.

From Falottapass it is only 50 meters in altitude up to the corresponding summit.

The view is great for such an easy hike: Piz Platta and Forbesch on the opposite side of the valley, Piz d’Err, Piz Calderas, Tschima da Flix and Piz d’Agnel in the east. Behind these, we know: There is the Chamanna Jenatsch mountain hut, which, your fitness permitting, can also be reached from Alp Flix.
To the south, the view extends to Bergell.

Il a fait frisquet pendant la nuit, flaques et ruisseaux se sont couverts de tous leurs joyaux.

Sans mouvements, presque …

… ou coulant encore vers le fond de vallée

Val d’Err

From Tinizong we started hiking around 1300 m, and went on, mainly on larger tracks, until Alp d’Err.
Close for season, we continued on the slightly rough carriage road to the end of Val d’Err to get those marvellous views.

Piz d’Err
From the end of the valley, a view backwards towards Alp d’Err
Piz Jenatsch

Crap Furo

Crap Furo, accessible from the Skateline parking lot in Surava, signposted.

Circular route (Pioneer Path) about 2.5 hours

The needle-shaped rock is worth the easy walk, first along the Landwasser river, then uphill at a sulfur spring on a narrow path, a wider path when coming back from Crap Furo to the parking.

The views of the mountains on the northern side of the valley, i.a. Piz Linard were also a highlight that day.

From Munter to Ziteil – There’s already plenty of snow in October

At the parking lot, some 50 m below Munter, there were only traces of snow on the gras. But around 2000 m, the small carriage road was white, and when we arrived to 2200 m, we had some effort walking through 20-25 cm of snow!
Piz Toissa seen from Ziteil.
Cold wind, snow falling – nothing left of the sunshine we had starting in Munter.
On the way back to parksite Munter

Hike around Piz Mez starting from Radons

Blick auf die Fuorcla Saletscha und Piz Grisch
Fuorcla Starlera / Wissberg

From the Radons car park we take the marked path in Val Curtegns to Fuorcla Surleva. From the pass we follow a path on the right towards Fuorcla Saletscha. Point 2752 m is well worth a detour. From the Fuorcla Saletscha a recent signposting brings us back to more or less visible paths towards Val Schmorras and Radons.

3 passes round Piz Ela

Fuorcla da Tschitta, 2331 m

From Naz bei Preda on the marked hiking trail it goes up quite quickly, sometimes quite steeply up the last alpine pasture. If you can see nothing other than almost vertical rock walls over loose scree, the path turns right behind a rock ridge, the path to Fuorcla da Tschitta becomes less sweaty.
Exceptional view of Piz Ela, to which Corn da Tinizong and Piz Mitgel are lined up on the left in the distance.

Fuorcla da Pischa, 2871 m

The hiking trail to Fuorcla Pischa starts a little south of the Albula Pass, at the parking lot, where the hiking trail to Chamanna Es-cha begins. We follow this one, but take off to the left about 1 – 1.5 km before the hut and then we go steadily uphill to Fuorcla Pischa with a great view of Piz Ela.

Fuorcla digls Orgels
Eine der Felsnadelns auf der
Fuorcla digls Orgels

From Savognin, a narrow road leads to Plang di Curvanera, 1844 m. There you will find the hiking trail to Fuorcla digls Orgels, 2699m, at the foot of Corn da Tinizong.

Hiking around Chamanna Jenatsch

New photos from hikes September, 2020

Piz Bever on the right, Piz Oth at the end of the valley
view from the kitchen of Chamanna Jenatsch
Glacier Lake Vadret d’Agnel
Piz Traunter Ovas seen from Fuorcla da Flix
Piz Traunter Ovas seen from Fuorcla Suvretta
Arch not far from the hiking trail between the road from the Julier Pass to Fuocla d’Agnel
Piz Julier
seen from Fuorcla Suvretta
Having passed the arch we arrived at Pass Leget

Mingalunhorn

From Juf we were following the skiroute towards Juferhorn. Just below of the summit, the trail splits. Taking to the right will lead to Juferhorn, the left option, probably the easier one, will head for Mingalunhorn. Stunning views.

Tschima da Flix

July, 5th, 2019. We hiked from Chamanna Jenatsch along the Agnel Glacier to the pass caaled Fuorcla de Flix. From this point you already have a marvellous view over the valley Surses. Even if there are some patches of snow, you could already descend to (or ascend from the Fuorcle d’Agnel to) Marmorera or Alp Flix. For some hikers, it might have been tiring enough, so they could turn around and head back to de Chamanna Jenatsch.

But the inferior summit Tschmia da Flix is only 250 m up, and rather easy going. So we made it to the point 3301m. From here you have the Tschima da Flix in good view, and, what’s much better, a stunning view to the Bernina Mountains.
Just below your feet you see the Calderas Glacier, Piz Calderas 3397 m is just behind!

Changing weather conditions…

To be in the mountains, to come to Chamanna Jenatsch… and to have perfect weather conditions, blue sky, sunshine, no breeze… that’s what most hikers want.

But if unfortunately you have done the hike, with clouds blocking the views to the summits, or even fog coming in… well, maybe you are a photographer and you’ll be able to take some shots the sunshine most paperazzi will not get!

Marmots at Chamanna Jenatsch

During your hike to Chamanna Jenatsch you’ll be aware of marmots whistling. The little guys never forget to warn all other animals from approaching danger…

The marmots living around Chamanna Jenatsch are less frightened, due to regular presents of hikers. So, maybe, you’ll take your camera and you’ll try to get a good picture!