Alps Hiking in the Wild Beauty of the Engadine
The Engadine and St Moritz region holds a special place in the hearts of passionate Alps hikers. Its rugged ridges, glacial bowls, and radiating valleys are quieter and more remote than those in other parts of the Swiss Alps. For most outsiders it’s an undiscovered gem with an irresistible local culture drawing on Romansch roots and Italian influences
Get to Know the Bernina Alps
Our hikes and mountaintop excursions are centered in the Bernina Alps which boasts an abundance of glaciers and many of the highest peaks in the Alps. Piz Bernina is the most easterly 4000-meter peak in the Alps, and you’ll be able to discover and explore some of the glaciers which flank this Alpine giant and its surrounding peaks. The peaks and glaciers of the Bernina Alps rise above the deep-cut valleys of the Upper Engadine and villages like Pontresina, St Moritz, Zuoz, Zernez, and Sils Maria. You’ll also enjoy our crossing of the Bernina Pass and descending into Val Poschiavo, one of the Italian-speaking regions in the Swiss Alps.
Immerse Yourself in the Engadine
Our guests tell us that one of the features they enjoy most about this tour is that you only unpack and pack once. We stay six days in the centrally located resort town of Pontresina, so you can settle in and better connect with the scenic beauty and culture of the region. All our hiking and excursions are within the Swiss canton of Graubünden (Grisons in French), the largest and easternmost of Switzerland’s 26 cantons.
You’ll discover an overwhelming diversity of culture, scenery, geology, and flora. You’ll get to know the Swiss Alps in a way few travelers will ever experience. You’ll come to love the traditional whitewashed homes and buildings in the Engadin Valley which are decorated with sgraffito plasterwork. The Engadine is a trove of hidden treasures and new surprises, even for experienced Alps hikers.
Where the deer and the ibex roam
We've never led this tour without having astounding wildlife viewing. We're not just talking about an occasional marmot, deer, or rare ibex sighting. We regularly see a heard of 30 or more deer grazing on the hillside. We watch in amazement as a group of ibex descend almost into the village. Marmot pups on Alp Languard are particularly playful in the early summer, and chamois are easily spotted as they bound across a remaining snowfield.
At Home in Pontresina
We stay six nights in Pontresina set at the foot of the Bernina Alps. It's known as a haven for hikers, but it's also home to one of the largest ibex colonies in the Alps. Some of our hikes and outings begin just a short walk from our hotel. And the Bernina Express line train station is nearby for easy access to hikes over the Bernina Pass and throughout the region.
Alpenwild’s Unmatched Expertise in the Alps
You’ll benefit from our first-hand knowledge of the Alps and years of hiking in the Engadine, the Bernina Alps and in Swiss National Park. Alpenwild offers a level of expertise that no other operator can offer.
Combine World-Class Hiking with Superb Cuisine
Every Alpenwild trip places a high priority on the wonderful cuisine and regional food specialties of the region in which we travel, and our Engadine & St Moritz trip is no exception. Farmstead alpine cheeses, hearty soups, mouth-watering smoked sausages, capuns, and a continuous supply of Swiss chocolate will fuel your hiking adventure.
Day 1 – Arrive in Pontresina | Warm-up walk and Welcome Dinner
Day 2 – Fuorcla Surlej |Val Roseg
Day 3 – Val Trupchun in Swiss National Park
Day 4 – Bernina Pass| Palü Glacier | Cavaglia Glacier Pots
Day 5 – Alp Languard |Panoramic Trail to Muottas Muragl
Day 6 – St Moritz to Corvatsch Panorama HIke
Day 7 – Morning cheesemaking in Morteratsch | Return to Zurich
Day 8 – Depart
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