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    Winter Walk to the Monastery Village of Disentis

    Sedrun - Bugnei - Segnas - Disentis

    Winter Walk to the Monastery Village of Disentis

    Sedrun - Bugnei - Segnas - Disentis

    This easy winter walk from Sedrun to Disentis in the upper Surselva Valley starts not far from the source of the Rhine river, which is the Toma Lake near the Oberalp Pass. In fact, the young Rhine runs along the Surselva Valley past Disentis and then onward through the Rhine Canyon toward Liechtenstein. If you travel by train you will most likely pass through the Rhine Canyon on the way here or back.

    The walk from Sedrun is mostly along the Senda Sursilvana (the Sursilvana Trail) and descends lightly all the way to Disentis (just one small steep part). In all directions you are surrounded by the massive mountains like a wreath of rock, snow and ice all around you. All covered in snow like this, with the play of light and shadow, the mountains are simply magnificent.

    With the closure of the Oberalp Pass and the Lukmanier Pass to vehicular traffic in winter, a noticeably peaceful atmosphere settles over the valley. The many small picturesque villages can be accessed only by way of the Gotthard-Matterhorn railway line.

    Disentis is the cultural and business center of the Surselva area. The town’s renown comes from the monastery which was founded in the year 720.


    Published on 26.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 24.01.2016
    Published on 26.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 24.01.2016

    Route Details

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    Time Required
    2 hours 30 minutes
    9 km
    143 m
    449 m
    Season Start / Season End
    December - March
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Points of Interest
    Bugnei Viaduct, Disentis Abbey
    Starting Point
    Sedrun Train Station
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Disentis Train Station
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Sedrun, Disentis
    Sedrun, Disentis

    Route Description

    00:00: From the train station in Sedrun, follow the trail marker toward Disentis.

    00:05: When you get to the main street, turn left and walk along the road through the town.

    00:15: The path through the village now joins the Sursilvana Trail at the railway line. From here the trail crosses the stunning Bugnei viaduct. Continue in the direction of Disentis.

    01:10: In Mompé Tujetsch continue to Disentis. There is a short steep descent here so care is suggested if the path is slippery.

    01:40: In Segnas the Sursilvana Trail goes to the left, but you can also go right a short piece along the road before continuing on to Disentis. Either way, follow the trail markers to Disentis.

    02:05: Join the main road, turn left and continue following the trail markers to Disentis train station.

    02:30: Reach Disentis train station.





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