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Zernez: Kirchturm

Zernez: Kirchturm

The walk from the Ofenpass to Il Fuorn leads mainly through the spectacular landscape of the Swiss National Park. This is the oldest natural park in the Alps and covers an area of 172.4 km2.

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Technical information

Begin of tour: Ofenpass bus-stop
End of tour: Il Fuorn bus-stop
Access starting point: Buses from Zernez
Access point of arrival: Buses to Zernez
Technical requirements: Average
Physical fitness: Average
Total altitude meters: Climb of approx. 400 m and fall of approx. 760 m
Hiking time: 4 hrs. 20 min.
Season: July to October
Gastronomy: Ofenpass, Il Fuorn
Overnight: Il Fuorn, Zernez
Various: Swiss National Park (www.nationalpark.ch)


Below the tree line, the land is covered with beautiful pine forests. Higher up, you keep getting magnificent views of all kinds of rock formation. These mountain rocks range in colour from chalk white and rusty red through to anthracite grey. Shortly after you enter the National Park itself, the mighty Bernina range towers up on the southern horizon. In the foreground can be seen the Lago di Livigno. The descent leads over the Alp la Schera and back into the main valley of the Ofenpass road to Il Fuorn.

Ofenpass (Süsom Givé) - Alp Buffalora - Alp La Schera - Il Fuorn

The first part of the tour leads from the Ofenpass down to the Alp Buffalora, and then up you go to the entrance to the National Park, with lovely views on all sides. This part of the park is treeless and bare. A narrow path then runs down to the Alp La Schera. This is the only stopping place on the walk. In this restricted area, you must never leave the footpath. A steep and in places quite tricky path then leads down to Il Fuorn.

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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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