Plan a route here Copy route
Hiking route

Hike the Via Valtellina to Davos

Hiking route · Switzerland
Responsible for this content
Macs Adventure Verified partner  Explorers Choice 
  • Way Marking
    / Way Marking
    Photo: Minna Harshbarger, Macs Adventure
  • / Schwarzsee
    Photo: Minna Harshbarger, Macs Adventure
m 1800 1700 1600 1500 1400 1300 1200 1100 10 8 6 4 2 km Davos Klosters Gondola Station Davos Laret Cavadürli
Hike on the Via Valtellina, passing green alpine meadows and Lake Davos before reaching Davos.
Distance 11.2 km
3:30 h
468 m
97 m
1,632 m
1,171 m
Enjoy a leisurely walk along the Via Valtellina, a long-distance hiking trail from Klosters to Davos. Starting at the valley station of the Gotschnabahn train as you hike past traditional alpine villages, through forests, across alpine meadows high above the valleys and admire the spectacular views of the Monbieltal Valley and the Silvretta glacier before descending into Davos.

Author’s recommendation

Take a break at the small, idyllic Schwarsee Lake, a perfect spot for lunch. 

If you wish to have a swim post-walk, in Davos you can visit the Seebad for a dip. 

Profile picture of Minna Harshbarger
Minna Harshbarger
Update: July 30, 2021
Highest point
1,632 m
Lowest point
1,171 m

Safety information

Allow enough time to complete your walk as the times provided are solely walking times, and breaks have not been included.

Parts of the path are for shared use, for hikers and mountain bikers. Stay alert and make sure to make space for the other people using the trail.

Some of the fields may have cows in; they are not aggressive but take care not to startle them, and pass around them with a wide berth.

In early spring/summer there may still be patches of snow. Walk around where it is possible, and otherwise place your feet carefully and use walking poles if you have them.


Klosters (1,190 m)
2'786'148E 1'193'794N
46.869199, 9.880574
46°52'09.1"N 9°52'50.1"E
32T 567109 5191005



Turn-by-turn directions

Today you will follow route no.30 (see picture). 

0.0 km - START at the valley station of the Gotschnabahn Train. Walk STRAIGHT towards the bridge between the building and the parking lot. The trail begins here. Follow the green route markings “Via Valtellina” Nr. 30. CROSS the bridge and immediately after it TURN LEFT onto a forest path direction Laret Station / Schwarzseealpe.

0.4 km - TURN RIGHT at the intersection on an ascending trail, following the green route Nr 30 signs

1.3 km – Reach a crossroads in the village Almdorf Cavadürli. TURN LEFT and ascend towards Cavadürli / Serneuser Schwendi. After approx. 200m CROSS under the railway tracks and TURN LEFT at the next crossing (path no. 30).

1.5 km - After the intersection, CROSS a wooden bridge. TURN LEFT directly after the bridge onto a gravel path. Follow this path, running parallel above the railway line, with great views of Klosters and the Silvretta Glacier in the distance.

2.1 km - BEAR LEFT at the forest crossing.

3.9 km – Reach the hamlet, Ried. CROSS the gravel path and continue on a slightly ascending path, following route No. 30. The trail takes you above Ried, where you have beautiful views of the mountains before you continue your path through the forest.

4.5 km - Reach the Davos-Laret train station. CROSS the tracks and continue past the station. CONTINUE along the trail following the signposts No. 30, direction Wolfgang, Davoser See, Davos Dorf. Hike for a few hundred meters along a paved road until you reach the idyllic Schwarzsee Lake.

Continue on an asphalted road STRAIGHT through the small village of Laret until you reach a country road (There is a bus stop here for the bus to Davos, if necessary).

5.9 km - CROSS the country road and then a wooden bridge. Follow the signpost No. 30, direction Wolfgang, Davoser See and Davos Dorf. The trail ascends slightly and continues through the forest and along the road to the pass near Wolfgang.

7.5 km – Reach the village of Wolfgang, at the Hotel Kessler Kulm, TURN LEFT towards the train station following the signs for path no. 30, TURN RIGHT after the train station and follow the trail which runs parallel to the road below. The trail continues into the forest

8.3 km - TURN RIGHT onto a narrow descending hiking trail. After 300m reach a road. TURN LEFT and walk through the village of Höhwald to Lake Davos.

8.8 km - KEEP LEFT on the shores of Lake Davos and follow the promenade into the town.

10.1 km - At the end of the lake, pass the harbour and the Davos lido (swimming area). Continue STRAIGHT ON, following route No. 30.

10.4 km – Reach a few houses and an asphalt road. After a few meters, in the bend of the road, at the Stilli sign, CONTINUE STRAIGHT on a footpath through a meadow, in the direction of Davos Dorf (15 minutes - you stop following the signpost No.30 here).

10.7 km – Reach a road, TURN RIGHT and walk along the stream towards the town centre. CROSS the train tracks and BEAR LEFT on the sidewalk to the Davos Dorf train station.

11.3 km - You have ARRIVED at Davos train station.


all notes on protected areas


2'786'148E 1'193'794N
46.869199, 9.880574
46°52'09.1"N 9°52'50.1"E
32T 567109 5191005
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


For Alpine hiking, you need to be prepared for all types of weather, we recommend; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream.

Walking poles would be helpful on some of these ascents and descents.

Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it will be beneficial to bring a power bank.

This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

Questions and answers

Ask the first question

Would you like to the ask the author a question?


Write your first review

Help others by being the first to add a review.

Photos from others

11.2 km
3:30 h
468 m
97 m
Highest point
1,632 m
Lowest point
1,171 m


  • Content
  • Show images Hide images
2D 3D
Maps and trails
Distance  km
Duration : h
Ascent  m
Descent  m
Highest point  m
Lowest point  m
Push the arrows to change the view