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Crossing the Uina Gorge by mountain bike

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  • Die Alte Pforzheimer Hütte mit dem Pforzheimer See.
    Die Alte Pforzheimer Hütte mit dem Pforzheimer See.
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This tour, which is particularly demanding in terms of fitness, takes us from Vinschgau through the spectacular Uinaschlucht gorge into the Lower Engadin and back over the Pass da Costainas. Fantastic panoramic views ranging from the Sesvenna Group to the Silvretta and the distant Ötztal Alps, and exciting, partly technically difficult, partly enjoyable trails reward us for the long, sweaty climbs.
Distance 79.7 km
8:00 h
3,261 m
3,255 m
2,310 m
945 m
The first 900 metres of ascent through the lovely Schliniger Tal valley are relatively relaxed. But from the Schliniger Alm the path becomes increasingly steeper, until soon we are only able to move forward by pushing. Passing the Sesvennah, the last flat stretch leads to the Schlinigpass. Here we have made the first long climb and a varied trail awaits us down towards the Uina gorge. Pushing we pass the spectacular gorge gallery blasted into the rock, before we roll relaxed through the Val d'Uina down into the Lower Engadine. Already in Scuol, however, the next long climb begins. Through the wild and romantic Val S-charl, the path climbs steadily up towards the Pass da Costainas. Finally, a dreamlike, not too difficult trail leads us over the pass. Still accompanied by an overwhelming panorama, the final stretch more or less follows the course of the Rambach back into Vinschgau. Almost unnoticed on our tour, we also circle the highest peak of the Sesvenna Group, the Piz Sesvenna.
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Monika Heindl
Update: March 04, 2021
S1 difficult
Highest point
2,310 m
Lowest point
945 m
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Track types

Asphalt 21.91%Dirt road 7.57%Forested/wild trail 48.03%Path 13.40%Road 9.08%
17.5 km
Dirt road
6 km
Forested/wild trail
38.3 km
10.7 km
7.2 km
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Safety information

The crossing of the Uina Gorge requires surefootedness and a head for heights. The trail is very exposed in places. There is a danger of falling if you make a mistake!

Due to the length of the tour (approx. 80 km and a good 2600 metres of altitude), a very early start is absolutely essential. Bikers who are not extremely well trained should split the tour into two days and spend the night in Scuol, for example.

Tips and hints

&Our accommodation option, e.g. in Scuol. More information is available from Engadin Tourismus.



Laatsch (975 m)
2'836'532E 1'174'388N
46.678760, 10.530870
46°40'43.5"N 10°31'51.1"E
32T 617080 5170605
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Turn-by-turn directions

Start of the tour in Laatsch. Via Schleis and Latschg to Schlinig. Continue to the Schliniger Alm. On the cart track to the Alte Pforzheimer Hütte and to the Sesvennahütte (refreshment stop). On trail over the Schlinigpass (2309 m) towards the Uina gorge. Pushing through the gorge galleries. On forest road, past the Uina Dadaint (refreshment stop), through the Val d'Uina to Sur En. Via Pradella to Scuol. On the road along the Clemgia to S-charl. Through the Tamangur moor and forest landscape to Tamangur Dadaint. Trail over the Pass da Costainas (2251 m). Continue to Lü. Join the cantonal road 28 at Furom. Follow the road via Valchava, Santa Maria Val Müstair, Müstair and Taufers to the junction of a smaller road to Flutsch. Via Flutsch back to Laatsch.


Wildlife refuge God San Jon: December 20 - April 20
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Public transport

By train to Mals, then by bike to Laatsch (approx. 2.5 km).

Getting there

from the north: A12 to junction Oberinntal, continue via B180 (Reschenstraße), SS40 and SP104 to Laatsch.

From the south: A22 to Bozen-Süd exit, continue via the SS38, SS40 and SP104 to Laatsch


Parking space in Laatsch


2'836'532E 1'174'388N
46.678760, 10.530870
46°40'43.5"N 10°31'51.1"E
32T 617080 5170605
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Sturdy shoes with good tread that are also suitable for longer pushing and carrying passages in rocky terrain.


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Alex Trojer
August 24, 2018 · Community
Wir haben die wunderschöne Tour als 2-Tages-Tour (eigentlich reicht für den ersten Anstieg dann natürlich auch ein halber Tag) mit der Übernachtung auf der Sesvenna-Hütte gemacht, so teilt man sich die Höhenmeter auf 2 Tage auf.
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When did you do this route? August 21, 2018
Christoph Olbrich
September 20, 2017 · Community
Wahnsinns tolle Tour. Für jeden was dabei, außer für Weicheier ;-) Die Runde empfiehlt sich in der angegebenen Richtung, um Berg auf, möglichst wenig schieben zu müssen. Laut meinem Tacho waren es "nur" 2700hm (hatte aber auch wechselhaftes Wetter, vielleicht hat mich mein Bargraph um ein paar Meter betrogen). Und wer etwas von der schönen Landschaft sehen möchte oder bei diesen paar Höhenmeter vielleicht auch die ein oder andere Pause benötigt, sollte meiner Meinung nach, unbedingt eine Übernachtung mit einplanen!
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When did you do this route? September 19, 2017
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Aufstieg zur Sesvenna Hütte
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Rückblick zum Schlinigpass
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Geheimtipp Uina-Schlucht
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Stefan pichler
June 19, 2017 · Community
Hi, die Tour im umgekehrten Sinn fahrend: http://www.kaspressknoedel.com/uina
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S1 difficult
79.7 km
8:00 h
3,261 m
3,255 m
Highest point
2,310 m
Lowest point
945 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Singletrail/Free ride


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