Itinerary

Day 1 – Arrive in Pontresina | Warm-up walk and Welcome Dinner

Arrive in Pontresina, a haven for hikers in the Engadine. After checking into our hotel in the heart of town we take an afternoon excursion on the funicular to the mountainside resort at Muotas Muragl. At 2445m it’s the ideal viewpoint to orient yourself and have an overview of the week’s adventures in the region. We’ll take a short warm-up walk on the Inspiration Path. Return to Pontresina for and orientation and welcome dinner

Distance: 1 mile | Ascent 100 feet | Descent 100 feet

Day 2 – Fuorcla Surlej |Val Roseg

We ascend Corvatsch, ‘the raven,’ by mountain lift to the Murtèl mid-station. Skirting the glacial bowl we arrive at Fuorcla Surlej, one of the most beautiful spots in the Engadine, with views to the famous ice giants, Piz Bernina and Piz Roseg. A descent into the Val Roseg dishes out views to the Tschierva and Roseg Glaciers at the top of the valley. After a stop at the beloved Hotel Roseg Gletscher for lunch—or maybe just their famous dessert buffet—it’s an easy stroll through the forest back to Pontresina.  (BLD)

Distance: 7 miles | Ascent 420 feet | Descent 2480 feet

Day 3 – Val Trupchun in Swiss National Park

Swiss National Park is Switzerland’s largest nature reserve and the first national park in the Alps. Here nature has the upper hand, and humans are just invited observers. It’s a highlight for Alpenwild guests because of its abundance of wildlife and access to the most pristine landscapes in the Alps. We enter the park through a high forest trail overlooking the Ova Trupchun, on our ascent to Alp Trupchun, a high basin which offers some of the finest wildlife viewing in the Alps. We regularly spot chamois, ibex, a large herd of 35 or more European red deer, and lots of fearless marmots—so bring your binoculars or telephoto lens for best viewing opportunities. We descend the valley along lower riverside route (BSD)

Distance: 8 miles | Ascent: 1250 feet | Descent:  1250 feet

Day 4 – Bernina Pass| Palü Glacier | Cavaglia Glacier Pots

This morning we take the legendary Bernina Railway, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to the top of the Bernina Pass, the highest railway crossing in Europe. Above treeline the views of the surrounding peaks of the Bernina Alps are breathtaking. We follow a gentle route along the shores of Lago Bianco before descending through larch forests to Alp Grüm set below the Palü Glacier, where we have commanding views stretching down the Val Poschiavo into Italy. We conclude at the Cavaglia glacier garden where 10,000 years of glacial action has sculpted glacial pots and mills just uncovered in the past 20 years. Our return to Pontresina takes us along the scenic route of the Bernina Express. (BLD) 

Distance: 7 miles | Ascent: 100 feet | Descent: 1850 feet

Day 5 – Alp Languard |Panoramic Trail to Muottas Muragl

Starting just steps from our hotel in the center of Pontresina, we make an ascent above treeline by chairlift. Once at Alp Languard we have hiking opportunities in every direction. One favorite route is to follow in the footsteps of the famous alpine artist, Giovanni Segantini, and ascend the Klimaweg to the Segantini Hut for some of the best views in the Alps. It’s a steep trail on a path with some exposure but protected by cables for your safety. Our descent takes us to Muottas Muragl and a return by funicular to the valley floor near Pontresina. (BLD)

 Distance: 6 miles | Ascent: 1340 feet | Descent: 950 feet

Day 6 – St Moritz to Corvatsch Panorama HIke

After arriving in St Moritz and a short walk along the St Moritz lake shore to warm up, we start our ascent in St Moritz Bad, ascending through the forest and crossing the Hahnensee ski piste before arriving at the Lej Dals Chods (one of the most beautiful Alpine lakes on the planet) and the Hahnensee Hutte—a great place for a refreshment.  From there we climb further along the Hahnensee route to a wonderful lookout point over the Engadine lakes, before continuing on, crossing summer grazing meadows, to the Murtel station of the Corvatsch cable car.  The ascent takes about 4 hours, so we have time to ride to the top for the beautiful views of the Bernina Massif, with Piz Bernina, the Biancograt and the Tschierva, Corvatsch and Roseg Glaciers. (BSD)

Distance: 6 miles | Ascent: 3772 feet | Descent: 263 feet

 

Day 7 – Morning cheesemaking in Morteratsch | Return to Zurich

From Pontresina we cross the Ova da Bernina gorge and ascend the valley on a lush forested trail. In a little over an hour we arrive at the Alpine dairy in the village of Morteratsch, set at the mouth of the longest glacier in the Bernina Alps. We help the master cheesemaker stir the curds and then at the right moment, pull the curds from the whey to form his wheels of artisan Alp cheese. You’ll enjoy an unforgettable brunch spread of local cheese along with specialty cheeses, meats, and farm specialties from throughout Switzerland. Returning to Pontresina, we board our train for the return trip to Zurich along the route of the Glacier Express. Farewell dinner in Zurich. (BLD)

Day 8 – Depart

After breakfast plan your departure or onward travel

Bernina mountain pass

Activity Level

Alpenwild trips are designed for people who are energetic, active, and filled with a spirit of adventure. We rate this trip as moderate. You should be an experienced hiker in good physical condition. You should be capable of walking 4-6 hours per day on good trails with some steep ascents and descents, averaging 1500 to 2000 vertical feet per day at an elevation up to 9000 feet above sea level.

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