ViaSpluga: The mule track over the Splügen Pass

Splügen - Isola

Glaspass: Berggasthaus Beverin

Glaspass: Berggasthaus Beverin

Mathon: Restaurant muntsulej

Mathon: Restaurant muntsulej

Ausserferrera: Ferrera

Ausserferrera: Ferrera

A cultural and long-distance hiking trail through exceptionally charming landscape. This trail is 65km long and runs from Thusis through the Viamala Gorge, the Roffla Gorge and on stone paths over Splügen Pass to Chiavenna. It is on the third leg, from the Walser village of Splügen to Isola in Italy, where you'll find the most beautiful historic remains of trails.

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Starting point:Splügen
Destination:Isola (Italy)
Getting to the starting point:Post bus to Splügen Post Office
Getting to the destination:With the post bus from Isola (Italy), Paese
Physical fitness:challenging
Hiking time:6h25
Season:June till October


History is experienced at every turn – as long as 2000 years ago the Via Spluga was the main link between the Grisons and Italy. People, goods and ideas found their way from Thusis over the Splügen Pass to Chiavenna and back. It is thought that in the early 19th century up to 2000 mules hauled goods from Munich to Milan over the adventurous Via Spluga every month.

If you want to follow the Splügen stretch all the way, it is best to leave your back unencumbered - if you so wish, your luggage can be transported to the next stopover on the route.

Before the third section of the trail from Splügen to Isola, it is well worth going on a little escapade to the world famous Viamala Gorge. But even those who give this a miss are not left unrewarded, for once past the top of the Splügen Pass the breathtaking Cardinello Gorge is the highlight of the tour. The wildest part of the trail, it had to be wrested from the rock and leads adventurously down to the picturesque village of Valle San Giacomo, where it ends up at the little hamlet of Isola.

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The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.

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