Accompany me on my hike through the Swiss National Park to a charming steppe landscape that is untypical of the region. In the Ofen Pass area on the Munt la Schera, fantastic views open up towards the Engadine and Italy.
We travel comfortably by PostBus via Zernez to the starting point in Buffalora. Here, just below the top of the Ofen Pass, our hike begins. We cross the Spöl river and reach Alp Buffalora via a moor. After a short, somewhat steep ascent, the trail continues leisurely through an old Swiss stone pine forest.
In order to reach Munt la Schera, the path finally leads us west towards Munt Chavagl. Here, at the foot of this mountain, is also the official border to the Swiss National Park. And lo and behold: hardly stepped on, we can already see the first chamois in the distance! A little later, not far from the path, two marmots follow, rollicking wildly.
Before taking the ascent to the Munt la Schera, we will go down slightly for a while. Then, at a fork in the path, you could instead continue straight on and around the Munt, if you want to avoid the climb.
However, we do not want to miss the panoramic view from the summit, and walk along the long ridge all the way up to Munt la Schera (2586 m). The ascent is not too difficult and steep. You will be rewarded with an impressive stone landscape and a panoramic view that is second to none.
The descent to the point where the two routes come together again is rather steep - but with impressive views of Lake Livigno. Back at the foot of the hill we walk through fairytale and pleasantly cool pine forests to Alp la Schera. From there we quickly return through a mixed forest down to the Ofenpass road. There, at the restaurant Parc Naziunal Il Fuorn, we enjoy a homemade dessert on the terrace and wait for the PostBus, which will take us back to Zernez in comfort.