Bivio and Parc Ela: lakes, passes and pure nature

Sunday 9 August - Saturday 15 August

Historic passes, imposing summits, shimmering lakes, alpine pastures, fascinating geology, shady forests, an amazing diversity of alpine flowers… A hotel-based week of varied hiking amidst the breath-taking scenery of Parc Ela, the largest natural park in Switzerland and a unique biotope to explore on foot. We stay in the very comfortable and welcoming Hotel Post in Bivio, a small village situated on the historic Julier and Septimer pass routes. I look forward to sharing this wonderful region with you!

Type of hiking

  • 6 days of guided hikes (Monday to Saturday), with discovery of the local flora and fauna, geology, history and culture.
  • For enthusiastic walkers on good form; max. 1000‒1200 m up and down and 3‒7 hours’ walking per day (excluding breaks).
  • Technical level: mostly T2 (Swiss Alpine Club grading), with rare short sections at T3.

Meet at the hotel in Bivio on the evening of Sunday 4 August.

Examples of day tours

Choice will depend on the local weather conditions and capacities of the group.

  • Alp Flix: Veia Surmirana forest route; wonderful views from Kanonensattel; discovery of Alp Flix and its lakes.
  • Spectacular pass route into Engadine: Roman Septimerpass and the triple watershed of Pass Lunghin; sparkling Lake Lunghin, the charming hamlet of Grevasalvas and down to the beautiful Sils lake in Engadine.
  • Geological tour from the historic Julierpass back to Bivio: wild landscapes, a cool lake at 2700 m, pastureland; discovery of world history as we pass rock formations from the ancient African continent and the Tethys ocean.
  • Stallerberg and Valletta da Beiva: up to Stallerberg and Uf da Flüe, perched high above the valley of Avers and Walser village of Juf; return via Valletta da Beiva and picnic beside the scenic Lake Columban.
  • Val d’Err circuit: beautiful calm valley surrounded by 3000-m peaks (Piz Mitgel, Piz d’Err, Piz Ela); rich flora (fire lilies, edelweiss, orchids) and animals.
  • Roccabella: Bivio’s “home” peak, offering stunning views in all directions.

Price and booking

CHF 1290 per person  (min. 5, max. 10 participants), including: 6 days’ guided hikes; 6 nights’ accommodation in double rooms with half-board (4-course dinner); hotel sauna; Ela Card giving free use of local buses.

Price excludes: transport (except with Ela Card), insurance, picnic lunches, drinks, single-room supplement.

Simply click on the “Book now” button to reserve your place. Booking deadline: 4 July 2020.

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