Winter walks in Laax, Vorab to Nargens

Day 2 of Winter Hiking

We decided we would be more adventurous today and walk a bit further. All we had to work from with this exercise was the little tourist map, that gives a very broad overview of the whole area. It is not at all detailed and really gives no idea of what to expect. I don’t know why it did not occur to us to look at a more detailed map, as this would have given us a much better idea of  distance, terrain and the paths.

We were working with a paper version of this online interactive map.

We went back up to Vorab, 2570m and decided to walk  down to the station at Nargens, 2127m.

Vorab Glacier Gletscher ©Gregory Goldston

Vorab Glacier Gletscher ©Gregory Goldston

From that small map, the distance looked around 2-3 times what we had walked the previous day, so it did not look too strenuous.

Again the path was clear and easy to follow. The snow was compressed and was firm to walk underfoot. The snow vehicles go up and down most of these paths quite regularly to keep them firm. It took us a good four hours and I was glad I had filled my rucksack with bread rolls, fruit, chocolate and water.  The paths are designed to stay away from the actual ski routes as much as possible, for obvious safety reasons, although there are a couple of places where you have to take your life in your hands and attempt to cross a ski-highway.

Walking from Vorab Gletscher to Nargens Restaurant ©Gregory Goldston

Walking from Vorab Gletscher to Nargens Restaurant ©Gregory Goldston

Most skiers on those slopes were clearly experienced and quite used to weaving their way around lone pedestrians.

Amanda on the path from Vorab Gletscher to Nargens ©Gregory Goldston

Amanda on the path from Vorab Gletscher to Nargens ©Gregory Goldston

Greg on the path from Vorab Gletscher to Nargens

Greg on the path from Vorab Gletscher to Nargens

We were glad to get to Nargens for some lunch as the walk was further than we thought it was and we were quite tired. We had also descended over 400 metres, which was quite a drop.

View from the path from Vorab Gletscher to Nargens

View from the path from Vorab Gletscher to Nargens

I also had in mind that I wanted to go that little bit further, up to the lift station at Grauberg, 2228m, which is only eight small red steps on the map, so I thought it would just be like walking a bit further beyond the cafe to a viewpoint. Again it was further than I had anticipated and an ascent over 100m is quite a lot for tired legs at the end of a long walk.

However, we did it and it was well worth it for the spectacular views down the valley. Each place we went gave us a slight different perspective of this awesome valley.

By the time we got back to Nargens, we were conscious it was getting late and the last lifts were at 4.30 pm, so it we caught the gondola to Plaun and then the next one down to Flims village and the free bus back to Laax. Once it starts to get dark, the light goes very quickly and we did not really want to spend the night on the mountain.

It probably would be a wise idea to invest in some better maps!

Amanda

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