Lej da la Tscheppa (bonus Piz Polaschin)
The perfect overview of the Engadin Valley
Starting right at the Beach Club Sils, you have a fun run and an afternoon swim to look forward to. The climb to Lej da la Tscheppa kicks off steep by climbing more than 800 meters in the first 3km. Lej da la Tscheppa could be your run's high point, and then the route turns east for a short flat section before beginning the drop back to the Engadin Valley.
Otherwise, to tag the bonus peak, Piz Polaschin, watch for a faint trail breaking off from the main route about half kilometer past Lej de la Tscheppa. Follow along a wash that heads straight toward the summit to reach a small lake before veering west to a scree field where a trail leads up to the Fuorcla Polaschin.
From the Fuorcla, the route climbs steeply on a faint trail until it hits larger rocks near the summit. Once on the ridge, views open to the north and the impossibly turquoise Lej Lagrev. A short step of steeper rock marks where the trail stays on the right (south) side of the final section of ridge. Climbing onto the blocky top will quickly reveal a deadend.
The summit is a great viewpoint with some flat rocks to park yourself and take in the sites of the Engadin, including the famous Piz Bernina's Biancograt.
In descent, the trail is very steep with just the right amount of loose scree to be able to quickly descend. You'll understand why the route goes clockwise.
Once off the peak, you'll connect to the main trail begin your descent back to that Beach Club. There's still some descending and a few easy forest kilometers between you and a swim.
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- As a bonus, add in Piz Polaschin, 3013M. The steep 400m climb on a well worn track takes you up to views of so many shades of blue lakes below. This adds less than 3km & 400m vert to the overall total.
- Take your poles for a fast and loose descent to rejoin the loop if you decide to go for the bonus peak.
Passing the first lake, Lej da la Tscheppa
Just above the Fuorcla Polaschin with views to Lej Lagrev
Descending Piz Polaschin
The main trail down from Lej da la Tscheppa
Distant views of the Alps easternmost 4000-meter peak, Piz Bernina
The technical descent includes stretches of smooth
Inspired by the Lej da Silvaplauna swimming potential
Swimming at Beach Club Sils... Quiet possibly the best part of the whole run
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