This was a beautiful autumn day hike from S-chanf into the Swiss National Park up the Trupchun valley with Helen and Jessica.
S-chanf encompasses a string of villages lying along the Inn river with a total population of ~700. The S-chanf station is at an elevation of 1660m. Many of the locals speak Romansch, the fourth official language of Switzerland, although it is only spoken by 0.5% of the population nationally.
We started our hike from the train station in S-chanf at about 11:30am, walking through the outskirts of the village and over the Inn (En) river into the Trupchun valley. This valley follows the Ova da Trupchun up to the Alp Trupchun (2040m) and eventually up to a saddle on the border between Switzerland and Italy.
At Alp Trupchun (2040m) we came across a crowd of people who had started the walk earlier in the day. This seemed to be the turnaround point for most people, since it was already about 1:50pm when we arrived and the trail entered snow soon after this point.
Of course we forged ahead.
I told Helen and Jessica I wanted to walk to Italy. Jessica was also game, but Helen knew that it was going to be too far and too snowy given the time of day and our level of preparation. So we continued to see how far we would get before common sense prevailed :)
Jessica was still forging ahead towards Italy almost an hour after we had left Alp Trupchun behind us.
Luckily it was not long after that we spotted a chamois and then an ibex high up to our left as we traversed towards the saddle. I desperately wanted to reach Italy, but it was not to be and after communing with the wildlife for a few minutes we were sufficiently satisfied and Helen was able to coax me around to begin the return walk down the valley :)
We arrived back in S-chanf around 5:25pm, with the sun casting a late afternoon glow on the reformist church.