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Swiss National Park

Round trip through Val dal Botsch and Val da Stabelchod

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Table of Contents:

  1. The Trip at a Glance
  2. Maps and Diagramms
  3. Picture Gallery

The Trip at a Glance:

Route: Stabelchod (P8) - Val dal Botsch - Val da Stabelchod - Stabelchod (P8)
Category: Regular trail, some steep and rocky sections
Distance: 7 km (4.4 miles)
Elevation: Minimum: 1836 m (6025 feet) / Maximum: 2095 m (6874 feet) / Difference: 259 m (849 feet)
Duration: 4 hours (stops not included)
Highlight: Sight of chamois, stags, marmots and a bearded vulture

(Note: Click on the images for an enlargment.)

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Maps and Diagramms:

Overview:

Overview of the trails through Val dal Botsch and Val da Stabelchod to Margunet

We started at parking lot P8 / bus stop "Stabelchod" and followed the trail to P7 (no bus stop). From there, we hiked up trough Val dal Botsch, where we saw a chamois and many stags high on the rim of Margunet. There is quite some elevation gain from there to the rest area marked as Margunet. This is close to the spot where the first bearded vulture were released and we actually saw one sitting on a rock on the opposite mountain. From there, we descended through the rather wild Val da Stabelchod to the hut Stabelchod. From there, one can either hike down to parking lot P9 (no bus stop) or back to parking lot P8 / bus stop "Stabelchod".
Note: We strongly discourage to walk on the Pas dal Fuorn road, it is a small road with a lot of traffic and there is no room for pedestrians !

Detailed Map:

Detailed map of the trails through Val dal Botsch and Val da Stabelchod

This track was recorded with a GPS and shows the actual trip to Margunet starting and ending at parking lot P8 / bus stop "Stabelchod" (find more information about GPS systems here).

Elevation profile:

Elevation profile of the trail to Alp Grimmels

This profile was recorded with a GPS and shows the measured elevation of the trail shown above (find more information about GPS systems here).

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Picture Gallery:

Val dal Botsch - a rough trail trough a forest with lots of roots Val dal Botsch - a wide river bed with lots of rocks and some dead wood but hardly any water. There is a forest on both sides of the river and a mountain in the background Val dal Botsch - an alpine meadow with a lot of dead wood in the foreground and a mountain range in the back
Val dal Botsch - rough trail trough a forest with lots of roots Val dal Botsch - river bed with plenty of rocks and wood Val dal Botsch - Alpine meadow with dead wood
Val dal Botsch - a very unique rock formation; hard rocks on top protect the less resistant dirt below Val dal Botsch - a single mountain goat in the rocks The far away silouets of a group of elk high on the rim of Margunet seen from the Val dal Botsch
Val dal Botsch - a very special rock formation Val dal Botsch - a single chamois in the rocks A group of elk high on the rim of Margunet seen from Val dal Botsch
Panoramic view from Margunet - some hikers on Margunet on the left, a whole mountain range in the background, more hikers just arriving on Margunet on the right
Panoramic view from Margunet
Val da Stabelchod - an alpine meadow in the foreground and a rough mountain in the back A bearded vulture high in the air Val da Stabelchod - a rough and wild valley and a rocky trail above the valley
Val da Stabelchod - home of the bearded vulture A bearded vulture (this is a stolen picture) Val da Stabelchod - a wild little valley with an adventures trail
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