Engadin Scuol

On the road with Sarah

Autumn hike in the National Park: from Tarasp to Val Mingèr

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Accompany me through the beautiful autumn landscapes of the Val Plavna, past golden larches, alpine huts and white mountain peaks, up to the national park in the original Val Mingèr.

From Sarah Hofer

It is the end of October and a beautiful autumn day. We start our hike in Tarasp. There are about 18km and about 1000 meters of ascent ahead of us. Right at the beginning we pass the Lai da Tarasp, which is situated at the foot of the Tarasp castle. It reflects the white mountain peaks, which are still far away. We march off in their direction and follow the signs with the inscription «Mingèr». We pass Tarasp-Fontana with its old Engadine houses and then climb steadily through the forest along the Plavna stream. At Resgia Plavna we enjoy the beautiful rest area with its carved wooden figures and a water feature. There is the start of the dwarf path «Via dals Nanins», which is very popular with families.

We continue through the idyllic forest. No matter where you look, there is a wonderful autumn backdrop. Golden yellow larches, Swiss stone pines, pine trees and in the distance the peaks of various mountains such as Piz Nair, Piz Zuort or Piz Pisoc. On this wonderful path, where you normally meet only a few people, there are some people on the way today who do not want to miss the great weather. Be it to take beautiful autumn photos, to enjoy the sun or to go hunting down.

The timberline ends at a good 1900 metres above sea level, and we continue through a scree plain to Alp Plavna, where we take a first, short rest. In summer the hut is open for business and offers a nice little map. We have brought our own food and take a snack before we start the ascent. From the alp, we climb towards Sur il Foss up to 2300m. The sun is still shining, but some clouds have come up and it is now very windy. We are glad that we have packed our warm jackets.

At the top of Sur il Foss we cross the border to the national park. We descend to the official resting place at Alp Mingèr, where we take a second break. From here we can observe a group of chamois opposite with binoculars. In 1904 the last free-living bear in Switzerland was shot in Val Mingèr. It is a beautiful valley, in comparison the Val Plavna is much rougher. The paths, lined by pine and mountain pine forests, are easily accessible and therefore popular with young and old.

We descend further, passing once again an incredible autumnal backdrop. Also the weather has become more friendly again. After a good 4.5 h we arrive at the Val Mingèr bus stop and happily take the post bus in the direction of Scuol. It is the last day of the season when the post bus leaves for S-charl. In November you can alternatively arrive by car, park it in Mingèr and start the hike to Sur il Foss and back. Or you can hike from Tarasp to Alp Plavna and back via the dwarf trail. Both hikes are very scenic and highly recommended, especially in autumn.

Important to know:

  • Arrival: by PostBus or car to Tarasp Fontana (parking available)
  • Duration: about five to six hours walking time
  • Equipment: shoes with good tread, warm clothing, sun and rain protection, food, binoculars
Sarah Hofer
Sarah Hofer

Sarah Hofer has been living in Scuol since 2018 and works as head of guest information for the Engadin Scuol Zernez holiday region. In her free time she likes to be in nature, either on foot, by bike or in winter on a snowboard.

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