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  • Arrival in Poschiavo
    Arrival in Poschiavo
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Long distance hike from Poschiavo to Maloja with varied views of the Bernina Mountain Group
difficult
Distance 72.4 km
25:40 h
4,261 m
3,473 m
3,002 m
1,011 m
The Bernina-Tour offers wonderful views of all the glaciers in the Bernina mountain range. The route leads from Mediterranean-style Poschiavo over the Bernina Pass and the Diavolezza to Pontresina and then further up to the Fuorcla Surlej. it offers views of the Engadin’s lake-strewn landscape as you make your way to Maloja, which serves as the end point of this varied hike.

The tour begins in Poschiavo, at 1,021 metres above sea level, and leads along the UNESCO World Heritage line of the Rhaetian Railway up to the Bernina Pass at 2,328 metres. It goes via the Cavaglia Glacier Garden with its glacial mills and Alp Grüm, which provides the first view of the eastern flanks of the Bernina massif. The wide, flat path along the Lago Bianco gives the opportunity to take a breather and loosen up their muscles for the further 1,000 metres of altitude up to Munt Pers at 3,207 metres above sea level - a climb that is rewarded with a breathtaking view of the Pers and Morteratsch glaciers.

Back at the summit station of the Diavolezza gondola, the trail leads past the Lej da Diavolezza and down to the valley station. After crossing the main road, the steep ascent to the Fuorcla Pischa at 2,835 metres begins. On the descent to Pontresina, you can enjoy refreshments in the Chamanna Paradis (detour) or the restaurant Alp Languard. Upon leaving the mountaineering village of Pontresina, on the same level as the train station, you enter the pretty Val Roseg. In front of the Hotel Restaurant Val Roseg, the path turns right and climbs up to the Fuorcla Surlej while offering views of the Vadret da Roseg lake and the Bianco ridge of the Piz Bernina on the left. After the Fuorcla Surlej, the trail leads to the middle station of the Corvatsch cable car befor descends 200 vertical metres and traverses the mountain flank to Alp Prasüra and heading down to the culture village of Sils. Next, the route leads past the church in Sils Baselgia to the left side of the valley along the Via Engiadina an the past the Heidi village of Grevasalvas to Maloja.  

 

More information
Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
Via Maistra 1
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Phone: +41 81 830 00 01 
E-mail: allegra@engadin.ch 
Internet: www.engadin.ch  

 

Booking
Eurotrek AG
Zürcherstrasse 42
CH-8103 Unterengstringen
Phone: +41 44 316 10 00
E-mail: eurotrek@eurotrek.ch 
Internet: www.eurotrek.ch/bernina-tour-6-5 

Author’s recommendation

Don't start the stages too late, so that you can allow yourself enough time for stops at the excursion restaurants or viewpoints.

If you plan to use a cable car for the descent, check the timetable in advance, that you don't miss the last cable car that leaves for the valley.

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Update: March 17, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
3,002 m
Lowest point
1,011 m
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Track types

Asphalt 0.42%Forested/wild trail 36.47%Path 56.62%Road 6.41%Unknown 0.06%
Asphalt
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
26.4 km
Path
41 km
Road
4.6 km
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0 km
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Safety information

In June there may still be snow at higher altitudes.

In the mountains, mobile phone reception is not always available.

Start

Poschiavo (1,013 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'801'437E 1'133'716N
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46.324613, 10.054720
DMS
46°19'28.6"N 10°03'17.0"E
UTM
32T 581190 5130655
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Destination

Maloja

Turn-by-turn directions

Poschiavo - Cavaglia - Alp Grüm - Ospizio Bernina - Daivolezza - Fuorcla Pischa - Alp Languard - Pontresina - Val Roseg - Fuorcla Surlej - Mittelstation Corvatsch - Sils - Grevasalvas - Blaunca - Maloja

Note

Wildlife refuge Val Roseg: December 20 - April 30
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Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

With the train on the Unesco World Heritage Line to Poschiavo.

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'801'437E 1'133'716N
DD
46.324613, 10.054720
DMS
46°19'28.6"N 10°03'17.0"E
UTM
32T 581190 5130655
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Equipment

Good, sturdy hiking boots, clothes suitable for the weather, sun and rain protection, enough food and drinking water, first aid kit, a good map.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
72.4 km
Duration
25:40 h
Ascent
4,261 m
Descent
3,473 m
Highest point
3,002 m
Lowest point
1,011 m
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  • 5 Stages
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 14.6 km
Duration 6:00 h
Ascent 1,254 m
Descent 14 m

Walk along the UNESCO World Heritage route of the Rhaetian Railway from Poschiavo up to the Bernina Pass

from Engadin St. Moritz,   Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 8.8 km
Duration 4:00 h
Ascent 805 m
Descent 74 m

From the Bernina Pass up to the Diavolezza with spectacular views of Piz Palü and Piz Bernina with the legendary Biancograt

from Engadin St. Moritz,   Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 3
Distance 10.9 km
Duration 4:30 h
Ascent 804 m
Descent 566 m

From the glacier world of Diavolezza over the stone desert of  Fuorcla Pischa down to the mountaineering village Pontresina.

from Engadin St. Moritz,   Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
Mountain Hike · Engadin & St.Moritz
53 Bernina-Tour: Stage 4 Pontresina-Surlej
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 4
Distance 13.4 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,017 m
Descent 122 m

Through the lovely Val Roseg to the Fuorcla Surlej with magnificent views on the famous Biancograt.

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from Engadin St. Moritz,   Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
Mountain Hike · Engadin & St.Moritz
53 Bernina-Tour: Stage 5 Surlej-Maloja
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 5
Distance 16.3 km
Duration 5:30 h
Ascent 319 m
Descent 1,209 m

Hike from the Corvatsch middle station Murtèl to Maloja on high-altitude paths with views of the Upper Engadin lake landscape

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