Rugged peaks, panoramic views, lovely meadows and a chance to see wildlife are the scenic rewards of this great hike, one of the best in the Swiss National Park, visiting Val Minger and Val Plavna.
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- Distance: 6.8 miles (round trip) to Sur il Foss
10.4 miles (one way) to Tarasp (Complete Hike)
- Elevation: 5,428-ft. at Trailhead
7,664-ft. at Sur il Foss
4,616-ft. at Tarasp (Complete Hike)
- Elevation Gain: 2,236-ft. to Sur il Foss
-3,408-ft. to Tarasp (Complete Hike)
- Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
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Scuol / Eastern Switzerland
Why Hike Val Minger
This beautiful hike, my favorite in the Swiss National Park, ascends Val Minger to the beautiful meadows of Alp Minger with panoramic views of Piz Minger to the northwest, Piz Foraz to the south and Piz Plavna Dadaint rising beyond the pass of Sur il Foss to the west. From the alp the trail climbs to Sur il Foss, a saddle on the ridge between Piz Minger and Piz Foraz, and then follows an ascending traverse along the scenic ridge with magnificent 360-degree views of the peaks ringing the Plavna and Minger valleys along with the Sesvenna Lischana range to the east and the wall of peaks rising above the Inn (En) River valley to the north.
From the pass the trail drops down to the bucolic meadows of Alp Plavna and then descends Val Plavna’s large flood plain lined with rugged peaks. The final leg of the hike drops through meadows and forests to Tarasp, with intermittent views of the high peaks rising above Ftan and Scuol.
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