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Sedrun - Bugnei - Segnas - Disentis

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Sedrun - Bugnei - Segnas - Disentis

Published/updated on 26.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk | 25790 points
 | Date of Tour: 24.01.2016 

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/updated on 26.01.2016 by GabrielleMerk (25790 points) | Date of Tour: 24.01.2016

Route Infos

Time Required
2 hours 30 minutes
9 km
143 m
449 m
Max. Altitude
1441 m
Min. Altitude
1130 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

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