Swiss Mountains and Alpine Valleys
If you would like to see the best of what Switzerland has to offer then this is the ride to book. You will ride through the picturesque Engadin valley with villages out of a storybook and together with your horse you will conquer three of most famous Swiss mountain passes between St. Moritz and Davos. Enjoy panoramic mountain and valley views on horseback. There is no better way to see this part of Switzerland. You will be guided by local Swiss horse(wo)men who have called this beautiful place their home for many, many years and you will get to know Switzerland like nobody else. You will arrive as a tourist but you will leave as a friend – for sure!
Have a look at the detailed program and call Jacqueline (+61 418 613 930), who is Swiss and she will be very happy to provide you with additional information.
Sunday – Meet your Equine Companion. prepare for the trek, have dinner and get to know your fellow riders
Monday: San Jon – Guarda – Susch
The first part of the trek takes us through some nice mountain villages. Guarda in the Lower Engadine is one of the most picturesque Swiss villages and is a designated Swiss heritage site. The village is located at 1653 meters in the Lower Engadine on a south-facing sunny mountain terrace. The houses of the Engadine villagse have beautifully painted facades from the first half of the 17th century. This is the home of ‘Schellenursli’ – the story of a courageous young boy in the Swiss mountains. A beautiful story every Swiss child grew up with and you can be sure that your fellow riding companions will share it with you during the ride. Back on the horse we will ride through the beautiful valley of the river Inn and towards the end of the day we will arrive in a village at the foot of the Fluela mountain pass, where we will spend the night at hotel ‘Fluela.’
Tuesday: Susch – Grialetsch – Dürrboden (Dischma)
You will be amazed once you see how these horses will master more than 1000 meters in altitude. We will follow some rocky mountain trails and there will also be some steep sections where you will have to dismount and lead your horse. We will arrive at the mountain hut of Grialetsch at 2537m where you will have a view to die for. Enjoy your lunch on the terrace taking in the panoramic views. From there on we will follow some mountain trails heading for Duerrboden where we will spend the night. On our way, there is a good chance to see some groundhogs or at least hear them whistling.
Wednesday: Dürrboden – Scalettas – Val Tuors – Bergün
The plan today is to reach the Scaletta Pass and this means that we will have to cross some snow fields. We are at an altitude of 2600m and the snow usually does not melt completely up here, even during summer. You will ride on historic trails where Italian wine from the valley of Veltlina was transported to Switzerland with mules. Passing some beautiful small mountain lakes, you will be fascinated by the view. You will have lunch watching the cows eating green mountain grass and accompanied by the sound of the cowbells, you will tackle the three hours descent down to another one of these beautiful mountain villages, where a delicious Swiss evening meal will be waiting for you. You definitely worked up a bit of an appetite by now. «Swiss mountain air makes you hungry», as the Swiss say.
Thursday: Bergün – Albula Pass – Zuoz
Switzerland is famous for its railways, but the area between the villages of Bergün and Preda will give you some world-famous views, right out of a Switzerland tourism brochure. You will obviously be riding your horse, but you will enjoy the panoramic views just like if you were riding the train. Following the trail, you will catch glimpses of the train, winding itself through the mountains.
Soon you will arrive at the picturesque mountain lakes Palpuognia before you climb up to the Albula Pass. From the top of the mountain you will then descend back into the Engadin valley, where we will arrive in La Punt, ready for dinner and a good nights rest at a guest house by the name of convict. Don’t worry though, it’s nothing like what you would guess from its name.
Friday: Zuoz – Zernez
Enjoy a more leisurely ride today, take in the views and ride from Zuoz to Zernez, where we will spend the night.
Saturday: Zernez – Sur En d’Ardez – Ftan – Scuol – San Jon
Follow the river Inn, take in the beautiful valley views and take the opportunity to trot and canter at your leisure. As the trail starts to wind itself upwards again, enjoy the view of the Castle of Tarasp and having conquered all these mountains you might as well feel like one of the knights in the middle ages. As we get back to Scuol you will ride through the old parts of the town and have a chance to stop in the village, well known for its health promoting thermal waters. Don’t hesitate and drink lots of it – it’s good for you. The group will arrive back at San Jon in the early evening and you will enjoy your last evening together with the group of people who – I am sure have become your friends by now. Again, enjoy some more of that nice Swiss food – and drink of course.
Sunday: Sorry, but after breakfast you will need to say goodbye….or as they say in Romansch – «A revair, sta bain»
Included in the Price :
7 Nights Hotel Accommodation, 1 Overnight stay in an alpine hut (dormitory style)
6 Full Day Horse Riding Experience
3 Meals per day (beer, wine, alcohol not included)
Your guide and your horse
Price: A$ 2800 per person twin share*. A$ 57 Additional charge per night for double room/single occupancy or single room
Important: Program and routes may change depending on weather conditions
*Exchange rates valid November 2018. Pricing subject to change depending on currency fluctuations. Exact pricing will be confirmed at time of booking.