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Piz Casnil

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From the Pass da Casnil you can climb by means of easy scrambling over solid granite blocks to the beautiful rock pyramid of the homonymous Piz Casnil.
difficult
Distance 3.3 km
4:30 h
643 m
179 m
However, you need experience to climb the right route. From the height of the summit you can enjoy an excellent view of all the surrounding mountains. Only suitable for experienced hikers with good local knowledge .

Author’s recommendation

For those who do not know the area to be accompanied by a mountain guide 

Overnight stay in the Hut

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Bregaglia Engadin Turismo
Update: March 16, 2021
Difficulty
difficult
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Highest point
3,189 m
Lowest point
2,332 m
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Safety information

Difficulty: WB / The ascent is made first through a gully with loosened rock, after which the most strenuous part follows. One climbs on a crooked track between boulders and slabs (difficulty level II); numerous cairns. A rope may be useful. Marking blue-white until the pass, in the last stretch not present, but numerous cairns show the way.

Start

Albigna hut (2,332 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
DD
DMS
UTM
w3w 

Destination

Piz Casnil

Turn-by-turn directions

You follow the route up the Pass da Casnil until just before the top of the pass, where the path leaves the rocky rib to traverse towards the southern crossing of the pass. It is exactly at this point that you leave the path and turn left. You go past the foot of the rise between the two pass crossings over a gentle firn field. At the northern pass, which is occupied by a small lake, one continues straight on between boulders towards a gully that sits in the left part of the rock triangle above. Further up, one climbs over rocks. One should follow the passage tracks and pay attention to various cairns as signposts; in stretches by climbing between ordered boulders and easy slabs (grade II), one thus reaches the highest peak (3189 m). The descent follows the same route.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

from Pranzaira by cableway to the Albigna dam 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
DD
DMS
UTM
w3w 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Mountain boots, sticks, eventually a rope 

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
3.3 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
643 m
Descent
179 m
Summit route Out and back Exposed sections Scrambling required Ridge traverse

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