Kesch Trek in Graubünden
Bookatrekking.com Trips - 4 days
Regular days with
- 10 - 15 km per day
- 500 - 1000m ascent per day
- T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
Overview> Complete the full Kesch Trek
> Cross the Flüela and the Albula Passes
> Don't worry about booking the huts, we got that covered!
The Graubünden (Grisons) region is famous for its enchanting winter season. However, few people know about its charm during Spring and Summer. From June to October, the snow melts and reveals adventurous trekking trails, like the Kesch Trek.
The 4-day Kesch Trek is a Swiss classic and one of the most beautiful treks in the region of Graubünden. On this trek, you will cross the Flüela and the Albula Passes and you will spend your nights in cozy mountain huts. On your last day, you will visit Lai da Palpuogna, described by the locals as the most beautiful lake in Switzerland.
The Kesch Trek is very diverse and guides its visitors through wide valleys, glaciers, steep rock formations, and emerald blue lakes. Get your hiking boots ready and discover this Swiss gem in the canton of the Grisons!
Why book with us?
RouteWhat's the plan?
You start the Kesch Trek at the Flüela Pass at 2263m where the first stage takes you to the Grialetsch Hut. The Grialetsch hut at 2542 meters is not much more than 2.5 hours walk from the Flüela pass. Time to spare? The Flüela Scharzhorn (3147m) is a relatively easy summit to climb on the way to the Grialetsch-Hut.
Distance: 6,4 km
Walking time: 2:45 uur
Ascent: 450 m
Descent: 300 m
Stage 2: Grialetsch-Hütte to Kesch Hütte
Today's path to the Kesch Hut leads over the Scaletta Pass and along the Panorama Road, which is on the route of the annual "Swiss Alpine Marathon". Today you will spend the night in the Kesch Hut, which was newly built in 2001 and is a model in terms of energy supply and concept in the Alpine region. The Kesch Hütte has also been awarded the European Union eco-label and is the winner of the Swiss Solar Award.
Distance: 12.8 km
Walking time: 4:45 hours
Ascent: 590 m
Descent: 520 m
Stage 3: Kesch Hut via Plazbi to the Escha Hut
The third stage is the most adventurous and promising section of the Kesch Trek. From the Kesch hut, you first descend to the Alp digl Chant. Here you can taste and buy homemade products such as yogurt, mountain cheese, and milk. After the steep ascent to the Fuorcla Pischa Pass at over 2,800 meters, and the highest point of the Kesch Trek, another descent will take you to the Es-cha hut.
Distance: 14,1 km
Walking time: 5:10 h
Ascent: 970 m
Descent: 1002 m
Stage 4: Escha Hut over the Albula pass to Preda/Bergün
On the last day of the Kesch trek, a particularly beautiful spot awaits you. Shortly before Preda is the Lai da Palpuogna, which was named "the most beautiful spot in Switzerland" in a survey by Swiss television. The Palpuognasee Lake shimmers in different shades of blue and, in autumn, the contrast with the yellow larches is particularly beautiful. Take the time to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and take a break at the barbecue areas around the lake. Then follow the trek down to Preda. You can either spend the night in Preda or continue to Bergün.
Distance: 20,4 km
Walking time: 6 h
Ascent: 78 m
Descent: 1307 m
√ Booking the huts
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.
We will arrange your accommodation on the Kesch Trek in mountain huts. There are 3 huts on the Kesch trek: the Grialetsch hut, the Kesch hut, and the Es-cha hut, each one at the end of each stage. The huts on the Kesch trek are all operated by the Swiss Alpine Club or SAC.
All huts on the Kesch trek, except for Waalserhuus, include dinner and breakfast. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts. Waalserhuus comes with breakfast, a menu for dinner is available.
× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Graubünden. The total amount is exclusive of flights to Switzerland.
Once in Switzerland, you will have to make your way to the trailhead in Dürrboden or the Flüela Pass. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there but the bus tickets are not included. The Kesch trek ends in Bergün. The transfer back to Davos at the end of the trek is not included.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.
× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.
On the Kesch trek, there are 3 huts where you will spend your nights. 2 of them are run by the Swiss Alpine Club:
No, there is no internet connection in this SAC hut. You can also leave your mobile phone at home, because there is no reception either. But otherwise there is everything you need for a relaxing stay, because this mountain hut was completely renovated in 2021 and otherwise meets all the requirements of our time. Enjoy!
The Kesch Hut SAC is located between Davos and the Albula Pass, east of Bergün, on the Fuorcla Funtauna, at 2625m. Here life gets a new lightness. In the middle of the Ela Nature Park, outdoor enthusiasts will find a SAC hut with a magnificent view and modern infrastructure. With a capacity for 92 guests, the Kesch Hut welcomes hikers, mountaineers, climbers, mountain bikers, and families alike.
The Es-cha hut is situated at 2594 m.a.s.l. above the Upper Engadine at the southern foot of the Piz Kesch. The hut was built in 1934 by the Bernina section of the SAC and was renovated and extended in 1989. In 2019-2020 the existing hut was extended and renovated. A new kitchen was built as well as storage rooms, sanitary facilities, and other smaller rooms. The hut offers 43 sleeping places, divided into rooms for 2 to 10 people. In summer, a small hut, above the main hut, offers additional space for 10 people.
Packing ListPacking List
It doesn't matter where you are going trekking or for how long. Carrying the right equipment with you is paramount. For the Kesch Trek you will need, first and foremost, a good backpack. The size of your backpack will depend on how many days you will be spending on the mountain, the season, and the clothes you will be taking with you. We have prepared a packing list with some essential clothing that you should include and some extras that you may find useful:
- Walking boots (worn in)
- walking socks
- Base layer tops – ideally thermal
- Mid-layer tops (eg. fleece)
- Trekking Trousers
- Hat for warmth or shade
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm layer.
- Casual clothes & footwear for evenings.
- Nightwear and underwear
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sun cream
- Small first aid kit
- Blister Plasters
- Insect repellent
- Electrical socket adapter
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass
- Book to read
- Energy snacks
- Walking poles
When Is the Best Season To Do the Kesch Trek?
The Graubünden region is famous for its enchanting winter season: romantic snow-capped mountains, chic ski chalets, and adventurous slopes. However, few people know about its charm during Spring and Summer. From June to October, the thick snow melts and reveals stunning trekking and hiking paths, one of them being the famous Kesch Trek. The huts on the Kesch Trek are open from mid-June to mid-October and welcome their visitors with exquisite local dishes! July and August are the most popular months for this region. Make sure to pack accordingly, it may be warm during the day, but temperatures in the mountains tend to be very low when the sun goes down.
How do I get to the starting point of the Kesch Trek?
To get to the starting point of the Kesch Trek, you must first travel to Davos. The journey to Davos is best made by train. The nearest international airport is Zurich, only 150 km away from Davos and well connected by train. The train journey through the Alps is a very special experience and the best way to start your Kesch Trek adventure!
Of course, you can also go to the Kesch Trek by car. You can park (paid) at the Jakobshorn car park in Davos Platz. The Kesch Trek starts near Davos from the bus stop at Flüelapass (2263m), or alternatively from Dürrboden (2007m) in the Dischma valley. Both starting points are easy to reach by public transport.
The Kesch Trek ends in Bergün. From Bergün you can easily return to Davos by train or tram. The train from Bergün to Davos takes 1.5 hours and the tram ride takes 45 minutes.
The Kesch Trek is safe, but as every mountain trail, it shouldn't be taken lightly. The Kesch Trek is a self-guided hike, and as such, it is clearly marked and easy to follow, despite the mountain terrain. The path is well signposted with yellow signs and white and red markings on rocks. Make sure to plan your trek in advance, have a map and a compass, and pack the right equipment. Also, make sure to check the weather broadcast in advance and be prepared for any sudden climatic changes.
The Corona pandemic has had its grip on us, and mountain huts in the Alpine region have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, the first relaxations in the Alps are noticeable, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some Covid restrictions that are worth mentioning:
- Don't go to the huts if you have symptoms!
- Not all mountain huts are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- To be on the safe side, always take a mouth mask with you.
- In some mountain huts it is still compulsory to bring your own sleeping bag, in others a sheet bag and pillowcase are sufficient. Your personal travel guide will tell you which rules apply to your route.
- Bring your own towel
How to Book
How to Book?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:
√ There is availability
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.
X There is no availability
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.
Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help you.
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