muestair bei museum kloster
muestair bei museum kloster

Bike tour to the Engadine via the Forno Pass

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 (Mals). Along the state road we proceed towards Laces and further to Tubre in the Val Monastero valley (Taufers im Münstertal). The marked cycle path leads along the Rio 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 (Saint John Abbey in Müstair, World Heritage site), which dates back to Charlemagne. After we have passed the villages of Santa Maria, Valchava, Fuldera and Tschierv the steep part up to the 2,149 m high Passo del Forno pass (Ofenpass) 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 Engadine.

To come back we take the same route. But due to the fact that it is already quite late, we use the Swiss PostBus which transports also our bicycles back to our starting point. Don't forget your ID (border controls are possible). Ascent a bit demanding, good condition/training recommended!

Author: AT

If you want to do this bike tour, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail 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 hours (way there), 2.5 hours (way back)
Distance: approx. 52 km (each direction)
Altitude difference: 1,345 m (way there), 985 m (way back)
Road surface: asphalt, gravel on the cycle route section at Tubre, alternative for road racing cyclists: asphalted SS41
Experienced in: August 2012

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