Bicycle tour to the Engadin via the Passo Forno

From the upper Val Venosta day trips to the neighbouring Switzerland can be done, for example through the Val Monastero valley to Zernez.

Our bicycle tour starts in the morning at Malles. Along the state road we proceed towards Laces and further to Tubre in the Val Monastero. The marked cycle path leads along the Ram creek (gravel path) and ends shortly before the border. There we have to come back to the road again. Immediately after the border crossing we reach Müstair, the village with the famous Son Jon Monastery (UNESCO World Heritage), which dates back to Charlemagne.

After we have passed the villages of Santa Maria, Valchava, Fuldera and Tschierv the steep part up to the pass starts. Exact at lunch time we reach the top of the pass and take a rest at the mountain hut. Here a short descent starts. But after some km, at the junction to Livigno, a second steep – but much shorter - ascent to the Ova Spin follows. But we are rewarded, from here our real descent starts now, downhill to Zernez, which is central located in the Engadin. To come back we take the same route. But due to the fact that it is already quite late, we use the bus which transports also our bicycles back to our starting point.

Author: AT

Notice: if you want to do this bicycle tour please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Malles (rail station or village centre)
Route: Malles - Laces – Tubre in Val Monastero – Passo del Forno (CH) - Zernez (CH)
Cycling time: approx. 4 h (outward run), plus approx. 2.5 h to come back
Distance: approx. 52 km (each direction)
Altitude difference: 1,345 m uphill (outward run) + 985 m uphill (return)
Level of difficulty: ascent a bit demanding, good condition/training recommended
Road surface: asphalt, gravel on the cycle route section at Tubre, alternative for road racing cyclists: asphalted SS41
Experienced in: August 2012
Important: don’t forget your ID (controls are possible) Those who want to come back by bus (Auto da Posta) should reserve the bicycle transport in advance, phone: +41 818561090 (here also information about time tables and costs are given).

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Garberhof
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    Hotel Garberhof

  2. Hotel Watles
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  3. Hotel Edelweiß
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    Hotel Edelweiß

  4. Hotel Das Gerstl
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  5. Erlebnishotel Engel
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    Erlebnishotel Engel

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