693 Via Capricorn
693 Via Capricorn

Hiking

Via Capricorn

Via Capricorn

Wergenstein–Wergenstein

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Via Capricorn

Via Capricorn

Split into three day-long stages, the Via Capricorn leads across ibex country on the slopes of the Schamserberg and right through the middle of Beverin Nature Park. You can discover the area’s rich alpine flora, unique geology and the original Walser culture, all on foot.
«Igl datgea digl Capricorn» – this is the home of the ibex, and the Via Capricorn takes you right there. To be more precise, the trail leads from Wergenstein to the Carnusa and Glas Pass and into the Safien Valley, before returning via Alperschälli. Here, in the heart of Beverin Nature Park, around Piz Beverin, lies the federal no-hunting protected area, which hosts the Safien-Rheinwald ibex colony, numbering around 350 animals.

For centuries, the Glas Pass was the most important connecting route for the inhabitants of the Safien Valley. Only when the road from Thalkirch to Versam was constructed in 1885 could the valley be accessed from the north. The old connections with Thusis and the international transit routes waned in importance. The Safien Valley is one of the most pristine regions of Switzerland. The typical scattered settlements of the Walsers have been pre-served to this day, and their solitary, sun-browned wooden houses can be seen on the slopes, spaced far apart from one another.

From the Safien Valley the Via Capricorn leads via Alperschälli and the Farcletta digl Lai Grand up towards the Alp Anarosa, a peak steeped in legend. It continues past the stunning tarns of Lai Grand and Lai Pintg. You return to Wergenstein via one of the highest Alpine meadow and moorland landscapes in the Swiss Alps, taking in the Curtginatsch and Nurdagn alps.
Split into three day-long stages, the Via Capricorn leads across ibex country on the slopes of the Schamserberg and right through the middle of Beverin Nature Park. You can discover the area’s rich alpine flora, unique geology and the original Walser culture, all on foot.
«Igl datgea digl Capricorn» – this is the home of the ibex, and the Via Capricorn takes you right there. To be more precise, the trail leads from Wergenstein to the Carnusa and Glas Pass and into the Safien Valley, before returning via Alperschälli. Here, in the heart of Beverin Nature Park, around Piz Beverin, lies the federal no-hunting protected area, which hosts the Safien-Rheinwald ibex colony, numbering around 350 animals.

For centuries, the Glas Pass was the most important connecting route for the inhabitants of the Safien Valley. Only when the road from Thalkirch to Versam was constructed in 1885 could the valley be accessed from the north. The old connections with Thusis and the international transit routes waned in importance. The Safien Valley is one of the most pristine regions of Switzerland. The typical scattered settlements of the Walsers have been pre-served to this day, and their solitary, sun-browned wooden houses can be seen on the slopes, spaced far apart from one another.

From the Safien Valley the Via Capricorn leads via Alperschälli and the Farcletta digl Lai Grand up towards the Alp Anarosa, a peak steeped in legend. It continues past the stunning tarns of Lai Grand and Lai Pintg. You return to Wergenstein via one of the highest Alpine meadow and moorland landscapes in the Swiss Alps, taking in the Curtginatsch and Nurdagn alps.
51 km | 3 Stages
3400 m | 3400 m
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Wergenstein, Dorf
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The Via Capricorn is a mountain hiking trail and is suitable only for experienced hikers who are confident in the mountains. It is vital to be sure-footed and to be good at finding your bearings in bad weather. The route is not suitable for children.

Hints

Hint
The “Capri-corn” exhibi-tion at the Cen-ter da Capri-corns in Wergen-stein show-cases the King of the Alps – the ibex – in a variety of differ-ent ways.

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Wergenstein, Dorf
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Contact

Viamala Tourismus
Bodenplatz 4
7435 Splügen
Tel. +41 (0)81 650 90 30
info@viamala.ch
www.viamala.ch

Services

Accommodation

Gästehaus Wanna
Gästehaus Wanna
Thalkirch
Agrotrourismus Alp Nurdagn
Agrotrourismus Alp Nurdagn
Wergenstein
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Places

Safien-Platz
Safien-Platz
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Places of interest

On the «Polenweg» over the Tomülpass
On the «Polenweg» over the Tomülpass
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
Signalization