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Bernina Trek classic: stage 1 Madulain-Chamanna d'Es-cha

Mountain Hike · Engadin St. Moritz
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  • Alp Es-cha Dadaint
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Ascent to the Es-cha mountain hut through sparse Swiss pine and larch forests and across warm, sunny mountain hillsides.
moderate
Distance 5.9 km
2:39 h
897 m
0 m
2,594 m
1,697 m
The first day starts with your arrival in the Upper Engadin (preferably by train). Therefore, the ascent, which begins in Madulain, is a bit shorter than the following stages. About 40 metres south of Madulain station, a road crosses the railway tracks and leads towards the mountain. Past a modern farmhouse, you leave the last houses of the small village behind. Before reaching a gorge, the path turns right towards the sunny terraced hillsides. Clearly signed, the path leads you past the Alp Es-cha Dadour. If you choose to start this first stage at Zuoz, you walk through the beautiful village centre with its historic Engadin houses. Once you reach the valley station of the chairlift, the signposts will guide you to the Chamanna d'Es-cha. Simply follow the high route until you reach the Alp Es-cha Dadains where the path will turn right up to the Chamanna d'Es-cha. The elevation gain of 900 metres across the sunny hillsides will make you sweat, but the terrific view of the Engadin as seen from the hut's sun terrace is worth it!

 

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 
Chamanna Coaz
Phone: +41 81 842 62 78
Email: info@coaz.ch  
Internet: bernina-trek.ch (in German only)

Author’s recommendation

Enjoy the beautiful view of the Bernina Range from the sun terrace.

The stucco ceiling of the parlour is really unique: you won't find anything like it in any other SAC-mountain hut.

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Engadin St. Moritz
Update: March 07, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,594 m
Lowest point
1,697 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 47.89%Path 35.36%Road 16.75%
Forested/wild trail
2.8 km
Path
2.1 km
Road
1 km
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Safety information

The hiking paths from Madulain and from Zuoz are clearly marked (red-white).

Excellent mobile reception until you reach the Alp Es-cha Dadour; after that, it tends to be intermittent and patchy.

Tips and hints

Accommodation:
Chamanna d'Es-cha
Phone: +41 81 854 17 55
Email: info@es-cha.ch 
Internet: www.es-cha.ch  

As there is often still a lot of snow at the beginning of June and most SAC huts are no longer staffed at the end of October, the best time to complete the Bernina Trek is from the end of June to the beginning of October.

Start

Madulain station (1,696 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'791'569E 1'162'580N
DD
46.587021, 9.938589
DMS
46°35'13.3"N 9°56'18.9"E
UTM
32T 571904 5159700
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Destination

Chamanna d'Es-cha

Turn-by-turn directions

Madulain/Zuoz - Chamanna d'Es-cha

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Take the train to the station of Madulain or Zuoz

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'791'569E 1'162'580N
DD
46.587021, 9.938589
DMS
46°35'13.3"N 9°56'18.9"E
UTM
32T 571904 5159700
w3w 
///clauses.keyboards.courage
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
5.9 km
Duration
2:39 h
Ascent
897 m
Highest point
2,594 m
Lowest point
1,697 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Multi-stage route Scenic

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