Mule track across the Splügen Pass

ViaSpluga: Splügen – Splügen Pass – Monte Spluga – Isola

Tenna GR › Süd-West: Genossenschaft Skilift Tenna

Tenna GR › Süd-West: Genossenschaft Skilift Tenna

Glaspass › Ost: Berggasthaus Beverin

Glaspass › Ost: Berggasthaus Beverin

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 village
Destination:Isola (Italy)
Getting to the starting point:Car via A13 (Chur–Bellinzona) and bus from Chur and Bellinzona
Back from the destination:Bus from Isola and Splügen Pass to Splügen (few services, in summer only)
Physical fitness:Medium-high
Difference in elevation:Ascent 1000 m, descent 1200 m
Hiking time:Splügen–Isola (I):Splügen–Isola (I): 6h 25m / Splügen–Splügen Pass: xxxh
Season:July to October
Note:   ViaSpluga is signed as "Wanderland Route No. 50". Individual sections of the route can also be walked, from Splügen or the Splügen Pass.


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.

From Splügen, the route leads up the mountain – following some sections of the historic track – with particularly impressive scenery near the top of the pass. After crossing the pass and with the descent to Monte Spluga Lake behind us, another highlight of the tour awaits: the breathtaking Cardinello Gorge. 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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