Via Capricorn – Long Distance Trail through the Ibex Colony


Lohn: Gasthaus Ustreia Orta 7433 - GR

Lohn: Gasthaus Ustreia Orta 7433 - GR

Ausserferrera: Ferrera

Ausserferrera: Ferrera

Starting point and destination of this 48km hiking loop is Wergenstein. For three days one is not only close to pristine flora, but also to a rich fauna: the Safien-Rheinwald region between Piz Beverin and Alp Alperschäli is populated by a large ibex colony with 380 animals. If you are lucky, you can observe male and female ibex and their young.

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Technical information

Starting point:Wergenstein
Getting to the starting point:by bus
Getting to the destination:by bus
Physical fitness:difficult
Hiking time:Stage I: 7h15, Stage II: 5h15, Stage III: 6h15
Season:July till October
Overnight:Hotel Restaurant Capricorns, Wergenstein; Berggasthaus Beverin, Glas/Tschappina; Berggasthaus Turrahus, Thalkirch


Stage I: Wergenstein - Alp Tumpriv - Carnusapass – Glaspass
Stage II: Glaspass - Safien Platz - Camana - Bäch - Turrahus
Stage III: Turrahus - Höllgraben - Forcletta digl Lai Grand - Wergenstein

Capricorn is the Latin term for ibex, the heraldic animal of Graubünden. Experience the ibex in the wild. The ibex colony in Safien-Rheinwald consists of approximately 380 animals that have lived since 1954 in the area between Piz Beverin and Alp Alperschälli. If you are lucky and patient, you may observe bucks and goats with their offspring while hiking this region.

Tour Overview

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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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