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Glacier hike

Hiking trail · Pontresina
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  • Gletscherwanderung
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  • / Rückblick
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  • / Gletscherweg Morteratsch
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  • / Gletscherträne
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This hike's itinerary is probably the most famous tour in the Diavolezza region. And rightly so. First of all, in winter, it is the site of the popular 10 km long downhill run across the glacier with its stunning scenery; secondly, the Diavolezza cable car was built here first and foremost because of the sensational downhill slope.
moderate
8.4 km
5:00 h
1 m
1075 m
From the Diavolezza mountain hut the hike leads down to the Pers Glacier, crossing it to the Isla Persa. Over the Pers glacier we walk to its lower end. Here the crossing to the Morteratsch glacier is again in the rocks. Once there we admire the view of the "Labyrinth", the "Buch" (both wild parts of the Morteratsch glacier) and the mighty Piz Bernina. We follow the Morteratsch glacier up to its very end and reach the hiking trail via another moraine path, which leads us to the train station Morteratsch. The hike itself ends at the railway station of the Rhaetian Railway, which rounds off this astonishing experience. The tour is physically challenging, dropping more than 1118 m in altitude into the valley. It also intended only for experienced mountaineers and adept glacier-goers. Those who do not yet fall into that category but would still like to take a peek at this phenomenal alpine world should contact the Pontresina Mountaineering School, which offers daily guided tours during the high season (see below for more information).

Note(s)
Please bear in mind that the right equipment is needed for this tour. Long trousers, mountain boots, sunglasses and walking sticks are a must. The route across the two glaciers varies depending on conditions on the ground and changes all the time. The Pontresina Mountaineering School offers an official guided tour every day in the high season. The rendezvous point is the Gletscherhüsli of the Diavolezza Berghaus (mountain hut). In uncertain weather please call ahead to make sure the tour is still taking place.

See also
Mountaineering School Pontresina
Via Maistra 163
CH-7504 Pontresina
Tel: +41 (0)81 842 82 82
Internet: www.bergsteiger-pontresina.ch
E-Mail: info@bergsteiger-pontresina.ch

Diavolezza Lagalb AG
CH-7504 Pontresina
Tel: +41 (0)81 838 73 73
Internet: www.diavolezza.ch
E-Mail: info@diavolezza.ch

Berghaus Diavolezza
Diavolezza Lagalb AG
7504 Pontresina
Tel: +41 (0)81 842 62 05
E-Mail: gastronomie@diavolezza.ch

Engadin St. Moritz
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Tel: +41 (0)81 830 00 01
Fax: +41 (0)81 830 08 18
E-Mail: allegra@estm.ch
Internet: www.engadin.stmoritz.ch

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Engadin St. Moritz
Updated: August 29, 2019

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Landscape
Highest point
2972 m
Lowest point
1897 m
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Start

Diavolezza, mountain station (2971 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.412282, 9.964809
UTM
32T 574150 5140308

Turn-by-turn directions

Diavolezza Bergstation - Berghaus - Pers Gletscher - Isla Persa - Morteratsch Gletscher - Gletscherlehrpfad - RhB Station Morteratsch

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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.4 km
Duration
5:00h
Ascent
1 m
Descent
1075 m
Refreshment stops available Scenic

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