A four-day hut adventure on the Kesch-Trek – Davos Klosters
Destination Davos Klosters / Stefan Schlumpf
From the Flüela Pass to deep valleys and panoramic peaks to Bergün, the Kesch-Trek is a wonderfully varied four day hike. The beautiful mountain world around Davos Klosters is guaranteed to make your heart race as you hike along rippling mountain streams and unique, but challenging, high-altitude trails. Along the way, you can look forward to delicious food and spectacular views at rustic huts.
Your hike starts at the Chantsura bus stop on the Flüela Pass which you can reach from Davos Dorf or Davos Platz railway stations. More information about the timetables can be found at postauto.ch/de/ausflugstipps/flueelapass-linie. On the Kesch-Trek is made up of relaxed sections, gentle alpine pastures and exciting summit climbs. The first stage up to the Grialetsch hut is a leisurely 3 mile (5 km) climb. The second and third days take you from the Grialetsch hut and over the Scaletta Pass, passing the Lai da Ravais lakes on the way to the Kesch hut. Unique landscapes and gorgeous alpine views will accompany you the whole way. From there you continue to the Es-cha hut overlooking the Porchabella Glacier. The last stage takes you to Bergün, visiting the dreamlike Laj da Palpuogna, which was voted the most beautiful mountain lake in Switzerland, along the way.
For the Kesch-Trek, you should be sure-footed and bring enough sun protection as you’ll mostly be hiking in open spaces with no shade at an altitude of more than 6,500 feet (2,000 meters). We also recommend booking your overnight stay in the three huts in advance. Come prepared and four days of untouched nature and impressive views await you on the Kesch-Trek in Davos Klosters.
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The first leg of the Kesch Trek is a delightful and relaxed introduction to the four-day tour. Your hike starts at the bus station Chantsura on the Flüela Pass. Already on the first meters you dive into the dreamlike Swiss mountain world: Through a sea of alpine roses you look into the wide valley through which the brook Aua da Grialetsch meanders.The Alp Grialetsch is a charming place for a short break halfway. On the mountain slopes fall waterfalls down and on the boulders next to the path can be wonderfully sitting in the sun. The last, slightly steeper section brings you up to the Grialetsch hut. With its stone façade, your present-day accommodation adapts perfectly to the surroundings. At the adjacent mountain lake you can cool off your feet before enjoying a delicious meal on the terrace.The starting point Flüelapass-Chantsura, about 1.5 kilometers after the pass, you can reach by bus from the train stations Davos Platz or Davos Dorf.
The second stage starts with the descent down to the Dischmabach. Countless branched brooks and small lakes line the path and supply the lush green meadows with water. From the valley, the Kesch Trek winds over partly steep scree fields to the Scaletta Pass. Here, surefootedness and attention are required. Once you arrive at the top you will see an impressive panorama and a refuge.In the constant alternation of up and down you follow the trail over pastures and rocky lunar landscapes. After about ten kilometers you will come to a crossroads where you can turn right to the beautiful Ravais-ch lakes. The detour to the two waters against the backdrop of the mighty Piz Ducan is absolutely worthwhile.The last section provides a short climb before you reach your milestones: Built in 2001 Keschhütte is considered as a showcase project in the Alpine region because of their energy concept and has already been awarded various prizes. At sunset you can enjoy a unique and colorful view of Piz Kesch and Piz Ela.
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The third stage is the most adventurous and promising section of the Kesch Trek. Once you've fallen asleep you start the day with a magnificent view of the Porchabella Glacier. In zigzag you first walk down to Alp digl Chant. Here you can taste homemade products such as yoghurt, mountain cheese and milk.
After a little refreshment you follow the course of the stream Avada Plazbi. After about seven kilometers follows the demanding ascent to Fuorcola Pischa. For the rocky mountain trail you should bring sure-footedness. The further up you go, the miserable the landscape becomes. The pass Fuorcola Pischa lies at over 2,800 meters and represents the highest point of the Kesch Trek.
After a deserved break at the pass, you follow the trail over to the Es-cha Hut, your destination today. The rustic hut awaits you with Swiss delicacies and a cozy sun terrace. You can end the day with a fantastic view of the peaks of the Bernina Group.
On the last day of the Kesch trek you hike back from the Es-cha hut to the valley. You will be accompanied by changing views of green alpine meadows and rugged peaks. After a hearty breakfast you follow the path to Fuorcla Gualdauna, a promising mountain saddle. Several hiking trails meet here and your gaze wanders down into the idyllic valley of the Ova d'Es-cha stream.
Then it goes parallel to the pass road to the Albula Pass, which is also popular with cyclists. An absolute highlight of this stage is Lake Lai da Palpuogna, which was voted “The most beautiful place in Switzerland” on Swiss television. On the larch-lined bank you can take a break at the picnic areas.
From the Lai da Palpuogna, the Kesch trek alternately leads through calm forests and across wide meadows. You cross the Albula railway line, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, several times. Following the course of the Albula River, you will reach Bergün, the destination of your four-day hike.From Bergün you can continue to run or drive to Filisur. To get back to Davos Platz from there, you can either take an unforgettable ride on the nostalgic train (daily at 11.06 and 16.06) or take the normal Rhaetian Railway trains (every hour). The journey is free with the new Premium Card: rhb.ch/de/home