Join me on my bike tour through the Val d'Uina to the Sesvenna hut. An adventure that you will not forget so quickly.
The Uina Gorge. The rock path, which used to be a smuggler's trail and connecting route between the Lower Engadine and the Vinschgau Valley, is now a highlight for all hikers and mountain bikers. «I want to see that», I thought to myself and put the bike tour at the top of my «bucket list». Rightly so, as it turned out later.
From Scuol we cycle leisurely to Sur En, where the path is still flat and our pulse is still in the normal range. The route follows the Inn, passing Pradella and reaching the country inn Val d'Uina. From there the view narrows, at the beginning of the valley it is still cool and shady. Later we would long to return to these conditions, as we have a hot summer day ahead of us. What you should know: the tour runs with a permanent ascent. So we already concentrate a little bit on our breathing, which is not so easy with the impressive landscape around us.
It is quiet, only the mountain stream accompanies us with its gentle roar. Past scree, through short sections of forest and over bridges we cover the first few kilometres to the alp «Uina Dadaint». We have now been on the road for about two hours and decide to take a short rest. The managed alp with fresh products like drinking yoghurt, Engadine pear bread and cheese invites of course all the more. Strengthened and full of anticipation for the upcoming section, we continue our journey – and stop again very soon, speechless by the sight that awaits us. In front of us the mountain massif piles up, in which the rock path was blasted more than 100 years ago.
The trail continues through an alpine pasture and gradually becomes a narrow trail, which at first resembles a rooted forest path. Before we reach the rocky path, we come across several warning signs. On these, it is recommended to push the bike on the tricky sections. As I still have a lot to do in my life, I stick to it as well. The closer we get to the rocky path, the rockier the trail gets until we decide: «Time to push the bike». On this section, concentration is definitely required. You can easily get lost in the sight of the deep gorge. Again and again the trail leads through the rock like a tunnel.
The atmosphere in the gorge is extraordinary. The narrower the gorge becomes, the louder the mountain stream roars. And yet it seems so quiet here, far away from civilisation. If you want to escape from everyday life, this is definitely the right place.
Even if it seems different to us for a while, the rocky path is also finite and we reach a clearing – Alp Sursass. From here we continue straight on over the Schlinigpass until we finally arrive at the Sesvenna hut. After the longer stage through the narrow gorge, the view from here seems much wider than it already is. The hut is located in Vinschgau (IT), which is immediately recognisable by the dialect of the hut wardens. The friendly team of the Sesvenna hut provides us with food and drink, urgently needed after this day. As if the adventure through the gorge wasn't enough, the panorama rewards us once again for the ascent to here. Surrounded by cows, marmots and a little further away even ibex, we enjoy the fine house grappa of the hut as the sun slowly sets.