Andreas & Sara / projectpedalfurther

Bikepacking with marmots — explore the Swiss National Park

Andreas & Sara / projectpedalfurther

Bikepacking with marmots — explore the Swiss National Park

Mountain Biking Collection by Andreas & Sara / projectpedalfurther

5

Tours

22:01 h

129 mi

18,375 ft

Where could a country be better for exploring than in its only national park? The Swiss National Park is indeed Switzerland’s only designated national park and is found in the south-east, in the canton of Graubünden on the border with Italy. In the summer of 2020, we set out to get to know this area better.

The region is well-known for its incredible natural beauty and as the home of Switzerland's smallest language group, Romansh. Only 60,000 people speak this language, yet it is an official national language. Another population we found here was that of marmots, wonderful alpine mammals who never fail to bring a smile to your face.

The route consists of two loops to the north and south of the Inn River, which rises in the Engadin valley before flowing into the Danube 500 kilometres (300 mi) later in Passau. The starting point and destination of the route is in Zernez. Known as the gateway to the Swiss National Park, Zernez has good transport connections and offers everything you could wish for before and after such an adventure, from a lovely campsite to a delicious pizzeria.

On the routes, you’ll experience the region’s fascinating nature, marvel at impressive mountains and rock formations, sweat on challenging climbs and enjoy flowing single track that’ll put a grin on your face for days.

Welcome to the land of the marmots!

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Tours & Highlights

  • 02:14
    20.3 mi
    9.1 mph
    1,925 ft
    2,725 ft

    Back on our bikes.After our four-day hike through the Albula Mountains, we set out to explore the Swiss National Park region by mountain bike. We chose our full suspension …

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  • Difficult
    05:40
    30.5 mi
    5.4 mph
    5,425 ft
    6,250 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    We didn't do this variant in the summer of 2020, but have already ridden it in the past and absolutely recommend it.The start to Guarda is the same as …

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  • 03:21
    21.2 mi
    6.3 mph
    3,625 ft
    2,325 ft

    Thunderstorms and wild camping ...The night before, a camping site a few kilometers down the valley had been hit by a violent thunderstorm and thunderstorms were also forecast for …

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  • 06:52
    36.8 mi
    5.4 mph
    5,025 ft
    6,475 ft

    Andreas had already told Sara a lot about Val Mora, in his opinion the most beautiful valley in Switzerland. The expectations for our third stage were correspondingly high. And we …

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  • 03:55
    20.0 mi
    5.1 mph
    2,375 ft
    4,325 ft

    "We can't stop here, it's bat country!" Unlike Johnny Depp, we weren't surrounded by imaginary bats, but by cute marmots that looked anything but threatening. Still, that legendary scene from “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas” came to mind as we pushed our mountain bikes towards the Kesch hut. Those cute things were really everywhere and Sara couldn't stop watching them.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    5
  • Distance
    129 mi
  • Duration
    22:01 h
  • Elevation
    18,375 ft

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