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Via Sett

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  • Kirche Mistail im Parc Ela, Alvaschein
    / Kirche Mistail im Parc Ela, Alvaschein
    Photo: Bregaglia Engadin Turismo, Parc Ela, Lorenz A. Fischer
  • / Alp Flix - Moorlandschaft von nationaler Bedeutung
    Photo: Bregaglia Engadin Turismo, Roland Gerth, Schweiz Tourismus
  • / Val Tgavretga Richtung Septimerpass
    Photo: Bregaglia Engadin Turismo, Parc Ela, Lorenz A. Fischer
  • / Zwischen Bergell und dem Septimerpass
    Photo: Bregaglia Engadin Turismo, Parc Ela, Lorenz A. Fischer
  • / Unterwegs zum Septimerpass
    Photo: Bregaglia Engadin Turismo, Parc Ela, Lorenz A. Fischer
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It was considered to be one of the most important Alpine passes in Roman times - the Septimerpass. The focus of this cultural and long-distance trail is on the different linguistic cultures and diversity of natural scenery in the three valleys.A large part of the walk through the Parc Ela, the largest nature park in Switzerland.
91.3 km
32:55 h
3785 m
4169 m
Traders, armies, kings and emperors all crossed the Alps via the Septimer route. Its advantages were the convenient location with a direct north-south link and ideal topographical conditions. Finds of lead slingshot on the Septimer bear witness to the fact that the Roman army made early use of the pass. Above all in the High Middle Ages, the Septimerpass was one of the most important trading routes and brought wealth to the Bishop of Chur.

Today, one of Switzerland's most diverse cultural and long-distance hiking routes travels over what was once an arduous Alpine crossing. From Thusis to Chiavenna in Italy, it gradually traces a chequered history and leads through three different cultural regions.

The natural setting is just as varied. There is plenty to discover, including the spectacular Schinschlucht gorge,the largest nature parc in Switzerland, the open space of the high plateau in the Surses, the rocky landscape at the head of the Septimerpass and the Mediterranean mountain valleys of Bergell and Valchiavenna. 

Author’s recommendation

With the hiking and culture guide "Via Sett" you can learn more about the region! Download the app "Parc Ela" on your smartphone. It contains interactive routes with stories about the region, interviews and pictures. User
Bregaglia Engadin Turismo
Updated: January 19, 2018

Highest point
Settimo Pass, 2311 m
Lowest point
Chiavenna, 323 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Via Sett is mid-June accessible to mid-October, depending on weather conditions. On some sections sure-footedness and a head for heights are required.

Tips, hints and links

The Via Sett offers many services overnight with breakfast, luggage transport, snack bag, a map and more a warm welcome. The package deal can be customized, both for the period for which the points of departure and arrival. For more information

Bregaglia Engadin
Strada Principale 101
7605 Stampa
T +41 81 822 15 55 


Thusis (705 m)
46.695167, 9.441412
32T 533748 5171384



Turn-by-turn directions

Via Sett begins in Thusis, crosses the Schin gorge, leading up to the sun terrace of Mon, Salouf and Riom and on to Savognin in the footsteps of Giovanni Segantini. We listen to the Surmiran, the Romance of the Surses, climb to Alp Flix, which belongs to the Federal Inventory of wetlands of national importance. Here and there the witness got in industry are visible at Alp Natons the trail passes through a stone pine forest and then pulls down overlooking the Marmorera reservoir, to Bivio. In historic trail systems in the Via Sett via the Septimer pass into the village Casaccia, on to Vicosoprano in the capital of the Bergells. The Bergell was honored in 2015 with the Wakker Prize of the Swiss Heritage Society. About Stampa and Coltura we walk to Promontogno. Here the rock barrier forms a bottleneck that divided the Bergell in Sopra- and Sottoporta and here there was also the Roman dam and customs station "Müraia". With a trip to Soglio and through the chestnut groves at Castasegna, we reach after five or six days hiking the most beautiful alpine town of Chiavenna.

Between the Schin gorge up to the Septimerpass you walk through the Parc Ela. Nature parks belong to the original natural and cultural landscapes of Switzerland.

The 93 km long distance hike from Thusis (CH) to Chiavenna (IT) can be hiked in 5 or 6 stages. 


Wildlife refuge Got Neir, Mottas: December 01 - April 30
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Public transport

Public transport friendly

By public transport or by car to Thusis.


For this long walk are available for a fee parking.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wander- und Kulturführer Via Sett

Author’s map recommendations

Parc Ela Wanderkarte 1:50'000

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Thomas Näf
August 08, 2018 · Community
Ich habe "nur" die Strecke von Bivio nach Chiavenna gemacht. Sehr schöne und abwechslungsreiche Tour.
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Done at August 03, 2018
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91.3 km
32:55 h
3785 m
4169 m
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