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.
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.
Safety informationIn June there may still be snow at higher altitudes.
In the mountains, mobile phone reception is not always available.
EquipmentGood, sturdy hiking boots, clothes suitable for the weather, sun and rain protection, enough food and drinking water, first aid kit, a good map.
Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Blister kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
- Tent (3- or 4-season)
- Stove (including fuel and utensils)
- Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
- Toiletries and medication
- Toilet paper
Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut
- Toiletries and medication
- Quick-drying towel
- Ear plugs
- Sleeping bag liner
- Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
- Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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