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Kesch Trek

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  • Kesch Hütte
    / Kesch Hütte
    Photo: Antonella Klee, Graubünden Ferien
  • Kesch Hütte Landschaft
    / Kesch Hütte Landschaft
    Photo: Antonella Klee, Graubünden Ferien
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    Photo: Antonella Klee, Graubünden Ferien
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Leave the humdrum of everyday life behind in the valley as you explore the Graubünden mountains. Experience on foot this silent, spectacular world of the high mountains between the Flüela and Albula passes. The Grialetsch, Kesch and Es-cha SAC Huts are jointly offering the Kesch Trek package deal as a four-day mountain tour.
55.2 km
19:52 h
2476 m
3269 m
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The Kesch region is a unique and mainly intact high-mountain area in the heart of Canton Graubünden. Visitors are amazed as they observe the geological rock layers and overlays in conjunction with the area's diverse flora and fauna.

Author's recommendation

How about a small detour with amazing views while on your way to the Grialetsch Hut? 

The Flüela Schwarzhorn (3,147 m. a.s.l.) is a three-thousand-metre-high peak with simple ascent (white-red-white marked access) for which you would need to add 3 to 4 hours of walking time.  In fine weather, the view extends from the Grossglockner to Mont Blanc. From the Kesch Hut you then continue down to the Alp digl Chant where you can sample and purchse delicious products including yoghurt, mountain cheese and milk. After a slightly steep climb up the Fuorcla Pischa and a renewed descent you will reach the Es-cha Hut. There is a particularly beautiful spot in store for you on the final day of the Kesch Trek. The Lai da Palpuogna, shortly before Preda, was voted as "Switzerland's most beautiful location" during a survey taken by Swiss TV. It is often described as the "blue eye of the landscape" and Lake Palpuogna really does shimmer in various shades of blue. In autumn, the contrast with the yellow larches is especially beautiful. User
Antonella Klee
Updated: 2017-03-29

Difficulty difficult
2871 m
1376 m
Best time of year

With refreshment stops With refreshment stops
Stage tour
Nice views
Geological highlights
Botanical highlights
Insider tip
Entdecken und Erleben / Weitwandern

Safety information

While on the Kesch Trek please note the following:

–The Kesch Trek is an Alpine mountain hike. It is important that you fully take into account the dangers typical of high-mountain areas. You need to have a good level of fitness

–As the Kesch Trek is a mountain hike, it is signposted in white-red-white. Between the Flüela and Albula passes, it uses the signposting for the existing hiking trails.


You should take strong hiking boots, weatherproof and warm clothing, rain protection, food and drink for each stage (packed lunches are available at the mountain huts), sufficient water, sun and head protection, a pocket medicine case, maps to show you the way, and possibly hiking poles as well.

Tips, hints and links

Further information about the Bergün Filisur holiday region is available at the Tourist Office in the former armoury at the station. Would would be delighted to answer any questions you may have. If you are already traveling and have any questions, or if you need to cancel any part of the Kesch Trek, you can find the most important contacts listed here. We would be very happy to assist you! If you need to cancel any part of the Kesch Trek we request you to kindly advise the mountain huts and hotels in good time. Thank you! 

Grialetsch Hut:
Tel.: +41 (0)81 401 14 51

Kesch Hut:
Tel.: +41 (0)81 407 11 34

Es-cha Hut:
Tel.: +41 (0)81 854 17 55 

Bergün Filisur Tourism
Tel.: +41 (0)81 407 11 52

Hotel Albula:
Tel.: +41 (0)81 407 11 26

Hotel Kulm Preda:
Tel.: +41 (0)81 407 11 46

Hotel Piz Ela:
Tel.: +41 (0)81 407 23 23 


Davos (2168 m)
Geogr. 46.744017 N 9.982599 E
UTM 32T 575058 5177187



Turn-by-turn directions

Journey to Davos – ascent Grialetsch Hut SAC (2 to 2 ½ hours)

Arrival Dürrboden in the Dischmatal (2,007 m) or up the Flüela Pass (2,263 m) – ascent Grialetsch Hut SAC (2,542 m) / dinner and overnight stay at the Grialetsch Hut SAC, breakfast.

2nd day. Hike Grialetsch Hut SAC – Kesch Hut SAC (4 to 4 ½ hours) Descent Grialetsch – ascent Scaletta Pass (2,606 m) – Val Funtauna – Val Tschüvel – Kesch Hut SAC (2,625 m) / dinner, overnight stay at the Kesch Hut SAC, breakfast.

3rd day. Hike Kesch Hut SAC – Plazbi – Es-cha Hut SAC (5 to 6 hours) Descent Kesch – Alp digl Chant (1,999 m) – Val Plazbi – Fuorcla Pischa (2,871 m) – Es-cha-Hut SAC (2,594 m) / dinner, overnight stay at the Es-cha Hut SAC, breakfast.

4th day. Hike Es-cha Hut SAC – Preda (RhB) – Bergün (5 to 6 hours) Es-cha Hut SAC – Fuorcla Gualdauna (2,491 m) – Albula Pass Ospiz (2,312 m) – Lai da Palpuogna (1,918 m) – Preda, Rhaetian Railway station or directly via Naz (1,747 m) – Bergün (1,367 m) / dinner, overnight stay at a hotel in Bergün or Preda. 

5th day. A good sleep, leisurely breakfast, enjoy Bergünand individual return home. Exact itinerary. This means that the user could find the way with the aid of this description alone. 

Public transport:

Take the Rhaetian Railway to Davos via Landquart. There are two approaches to the Grialetsch Hut SAC that are easily to reach by public transport: From Davos Dorf Station to Dürrboden (Dischmatal) with Bus Line 12 (ascent from Dürrboden approx. 1 ½ to 2 hours). From Davos Dorf by post bus (station) to Flüela Pass-Chantsura approx. 1.5 km to the top of the pass (ascent from pass road approx. 2 to 2 ½ hours).

Getting there:

From Zurich motorway A13, exit at Landquart, take the main road to Davos


Cars may be parked directly at the Ochsen partner hotel in Davos.

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty difficult
Distance 55.2 km
Duration 19:52 h
Ascent 2476 m
Descent 3269 m


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