Hi fellow walkers
I am interested in walking the Via Spluga with 2 friends July next year. As we are all older women we are interested in making it a little easier in terms of assents and day lengths. Basically I would like advice on this. I am looking at perhaps cutting out one or two steep sections by catching the bus. What are the sections that i should definitely not miss. What were everyone's favorite sections?
All ideas appreciated
I just came back from Via Spluga a couple of weeks ago.
It's the most amazing and beautiful hike so I am sure you will enjoy it.
First of all, I am assuming in my answer that you will be walking from Thusis to Chiavenna (some people are walking the opposite direction).
Most of the ascents are on the Swiss side, so that where you'll have to do most of the "cutting", but I must say that the decent in the Cardinello Gorge on the Italian side is very steep, and is one of the most difficult parts of the walk.
On the first leg (Thusis to Andeer) the main attraction is Viamala Gorge.
It's right on the road so theoretically you can get there by bus/taxi.
By walking there are 2 options:
Easy path - "Lost Hole" which goes mainly along the road..
Difficult path - "Via Traversina" which has some ascents.
I took the difficult path which was beautiful. I suggest you'll do the same, and decide after you get to Viamala Gorge whether you want to take the bus straight to Andeer or continue walking.
When you get to Andeer, be sure not to miss the mineral Spa. It's a wonderful end to a hiking day.
On the second leg (Andeer to Splugen), the main attraction is the Roffla Gorge.
Same suggestion as the first leg: walk until Roffla Gorge, and then decide whether to carry on walking or take a bus/taxi.
The 3rd leg (Splugen to Isola) is the most difficult day.
You climb to the Via Spluga pass which is the most difficult climb of the trail, and then decent in the Cardinello Gorge.
We have done it in a most difficult weather (it was rainy, windy, and around 0 degrees Celsius at the pass - I don't know if this kind of weather is possible in July, but if it is, make sure you bring your winter gear).
As for cutting this leg, I've heard that a lot of people are taking the bus from Splugen to the pass, and then just walk down.
From the pass on, it's 99% decent so you won't have to cut anything.
Having said all that, if you are in good shape, it should definitely be possible for you to do it all without any cutting. I've seen older people on the trail.
Just make sure you bring good hiking shoes (very important).
Feel free to ask me if you have more questions.
Enjoy the hike,
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