Hiking holidays Alpine passes trail Chur - Olivone TO

Hiking: Alpine passes trail

Rhine gorge, Val Lumnezia & the plain of Greina

One of the most important trading routes of the Roman Empire led merchants hundreds of years ago over the plain of Greina. After a nationwide protest saved this area from being flooded by the construction of a dam, hikers can still roam on these historic paths.

The walk from Grisons to Ticino that leads through this area shows hikers how easy the climate can change in the alps and makes this tour one of the most fascinating walks in Switzerland. But even before walkers reach this area the Alpine Passes trail is going to put a spell on you. The Rhine gorge is called Swiss Grand Canyon and the unspoilt beauty of Val Lumnezia (the valley of light) is going to enchant you.

  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour


You leave your luggage at the hotel in Chur and take the train to Bonaduz. The Rheinschlucht (gorge) provides striking evidence of the largest mapped rockslide in the Alps. It is particularly impressive from the Versamer Tobel bridge.

approx. 3 h
approx. 10 km
535 m
275 m

Valendas is the entrance to the valley Safiental and home of a huge wash fountain. Time for a breakt before you continue towards Ilanz. The so called "first city on the Rhine" has a lot to offer for gourmets as well as for culture-lovers.

approx. 3.5 h
approx. 12.5 km
285 m
485 m

Take the public bus up to Vella. The Val Lumnezia (Valley of Light) captivates with picturesque mountain villages, historic cultural treasures and sunny slopes. Vrin has been awarded the coveted Wakker-Preis for the preservation of its architectural heritage.

approx. 5 h
approx. 15 km
925 m
715 m

The high plateau of Plaun da Greina is an area of outstanding natural beauty with a symbolic character, an extensive water meadow, laced with small streams. The change of rock and continental microclimate are also of interest.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 11 km
1'155 m
460 m

1400-metre descent through all vegetation levels - from the rock world of Greina to meadows and alps and the forest belt. The Olivone Tourist Office has interesting information on the region. You can shorten todays walk by taking the public bus from Campo Blenio to Olivone.

approx. 6 h
approx. 20 km
425 m
1'670 m


The Alpine passes Trail leads through scarcely populated Regions. You should be experienced in longer walking tours. The trails are well maintained and easy to walk. Good stamina is needed for the long last walk to Olivone.

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Prices & Dates

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019
Sep 14, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Season 2
Jun 29, 2019 - Sep 13, 2019
Alpine passes trail Chur - Olivone, 7 days TO, CH-GRWBO-07X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room

Category: 3*-Hotels & mountain inns, Dormitory on the mountain inn Terri-Hütte

Season 1
Jun 15, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019
Sep 14, 2019 - Oct 12, 2019
Season 2
Jun 29, 2019 - Sep 13, 2019
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)

Services & Information


  • 6 overnight stays with breakfast
  • Halfboard on the Terri-Hütte
  • Thorough route guidance
  • Luggage transfer (except Terri-Hütte)
  • Detailed travel documents
  • GPS data available
  • Service-Hotline

Not included

  • Rides with public transport (Chur - Bonaduz, Ilanz - Vella & Campo Blenio - Olivone) 

Arrival / parking / departure

  • Parking at the railway station of Chur. CHF 10.- per day.
  • Return travel by bus and train from Olivone via Biasca and Bellinzona to Chur. Length: approx. 4 hours

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