Guarda to Ftan

Route: Guarda to Ftan

Area: Switzerland

Date of walk: 17th January 2019

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 7.7 miles

Ascent: 1,000 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

For the second day running we awoke to sun and blue skies. Some of the mountain paths were still closed following very heavy snow – the heaviest in the area for 20 years. After checking that our proposed route was open we set off from our hotel in Guarda, the excellent Hotel Meisser, and followed a path directly beside the hotel heading east along the valley. From the outset the views ahead were superb, and this remained the case for the remainder of the walk

We joined the road briefly (not an issue as there was no traffic save for the postlady) and walked through the small village of Bos-cha. Just beyond the village we turned off to follow a footpath which climbed gently up to Munt, a small settlement of 3 or 4 houses 

We continued along the valley, where it was a thrill to spot a bearded vulture, otherwise known as lammergeier or ossifrage, and one of Europe’s rarest birds. What’s more, I managed to get the long lens out of  my rucksack in time to grab some photos of this magnificent bird of prey.

A short while after this sighting Ardez came into sight in the distance, marking the approximate half way point of the walk. Up to this point, and after walking for nearly two hours, we hadn’t seen another soul. It is possible to descend into Ardez, but this would have meant a re-ascent back to the path, so we continued above the village enjoying the views down into it

Beyond Ardez we walked through some woodland towards a gully, at which point the path joined the road to Ftan. Again this was no issue as there was scarcely any traffic. There is a path to Ftan further along the road, but it’s a summer path only and so we continued to follow the road into the attractive village. We didn’t have time to wander around, as the bus to Scuol was waiting in the village square. We quickly hopped on the bus and then caught the train back to Guarda to end another fantastic walk

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