Val Mingér: Pure nature

10.8 km
4:35 h
667 mhd
667 mhd
Val Minger – Sur il Foss – Val Plavna

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Simple, leisurely family hike through the original Val Mingér, where the last free-living bear in Switzerland was shot down in 1904, and today red deer can be seen in large numbers.
Technique 3/6
Fitness 4/6
Highest Point  2316 m
Lowest Point  1650 m
Best Season

Start PostBus stop Scuol, Val Mingèr
Destination PostBus stop Tarasp, Fontana
Coordinates 46.730204, 10.30535


A leisurely, short hike through a valley with an eventful history. From the mining area (hence the name Val Mingér – Valley of the Miners) to the self-abandoned nature reserve. In addition to the good viewing possibilities for deer and chamois, the hike offers a beautiful view from Sur il Foss.

Note: Dogs are not allowed in the Swiss National Park, even on a leash. For more information and all protections, see


A visit to the Museum Schmelzra with the bear exhibition is very rewarding. The experience-oriented exhibition gives an insight into the past, the way of life, the biology and the return of the brown bears. It is particularly suitable for children. 

On the bear adventure trail directly adjacent, 9 interactive stations amaze young and old guests and provide practical tips on how to behave in a bear area.


The tour was evaluated in favorable weather conditions, the current weather conditions and weather forecasts must be observed before the start of the tour. This hike requires an elementary alpine experience, orientation skills, mountain boots are highly recommended.

Emergency call:
144 Emergency call, first aid
1414 Mountain rescue REGA
112 International emergency call


The hike starts at the Postbus stop Val Mingèr and the Pradatsch car park (1654 m above sea.M level) in Val S-charl. At the water catchment, the path crosses the Clemgia and climbs over steps into a magnificent forest with tall pines and larches. Soon the path reaches a small meadow, whose short-shaved lawn shows how many ungulates live in the region. Through dry terrain, the path climbs and offers a view of the inaccessible Val Foraz between trees. On the edge between Val Mingèr and Val Foraz, a striking rock formation awaits us. On closer inspection, the mighty head of a witch and the neck and head of a bird can be seen. In the vernacular, this rock, which is crossed by caves and notches, is therefore also called The Witch's Head or "Cheu da la stria".
After two stream crossings, the path leads uphill. Black remnants of coal kilns can be seen on the ground several times, witnesses from the time when the forests of the national park were intensively used as energy sources. Soon the striking pyramid of Piz Plavna Dadaint appears above the flat crespin of Sur il Foss. Shortly after leaving the closed forest, the Rest area Val Mingèr (2168 m above sea level.M.) follows. After the rest area, the path turns west towards Sur il Foss. South of the path you can see some particularly strong Swiss stone pines, which form the tree line here. Now it goes steeply up to the top of the pass of Sur il Foss (2317 m above sea level.M.).
From here, the route leads the same way back to the starting point Pradatsch.

But there are also variants: A descent through the Val Plavna to Tarasp makes the hike a round trip, and a continuation via the Fuorcla Val dal Botsch (see route description "Fuorcla Val dal Botsch") to Il Fuorn an attractive pass hike.

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