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Long distance hiking trail · Engadin St. Moritz
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Long distance hike from Poschiavo to Maloja with varied views of the Bernina Mountain Group
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.  


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Engadin St. Moritz Tourismus AG
Via Maistra 1
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Phone: +41 81 830 00 01 


Eurotrek AG
Zürcherstrasse 42
CH-8103 Unterengstringen
Phone: +41 44 316 10 00

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: April 07, 2023
Highest point
3,002 m
Lowest point
1,011 m
Best time of year

Track types

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


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


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


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


2'801'437E 1'133'716N
46.324613, 10.054720
46°19'28.6"N 10°03'17.0"E
32T 581190 5130655
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


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

Questions and answers

Question from Arnaud Ventura · July 31, 2022 · Community
Bonjour, je voudrais randonnée avec mes 2 garçons (13 et 15 ans bons marcheurs) dans l'Engadin, je voudrais faire une randonnée de 3 jours avec 2 à 3 nuits en refuge ou sous la tente. Idéalement, j'aimerais une randonnée offrant: 1. de beaux paysage 2. passer la nuit près de lacs de montagne 3. idéalement une randonnée avec peu de monde 4. une randonnée en montagne. Avez vous des conseils?
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Answered by Chatrigna Signorell  · August 01, 2022 · Engadin Tourismus AG
Bonjour, est-il possible de m'envoyer un e-mail ( avec vos question? Come ça je vous peut faire des propositions.
Question from Christine Oth · June 06, 2022 · Community
Bonjour, nous aimerions randonner autour du Piz Bernina en septembre. Peut-on le faire dans l'autre sens, à partir Maloja vers Poschiavo ? Et revenir avec le célèbre train Bernina express ? Merci de votre réponse. C. Oth.
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Answered by Chatrigna Signorell  · June 07, 2022 · Engadin Tourismus AG
Allegra chèr Madame Oth, merci beaucoup pour votre question. Nous sommes heureux que vous souhaitiez faire le Bernina-Tour. Le tour peut également être effectué de Maloja à Poschiavo. Il est signalé dans les deux directions. Nous vous souhaitons une très belle randonnée.
Question from Carmen Frey · June 23, 2020 · Community
Darf ich diese tour mit hund machen? Möchte im juli ne woche in bündnerbergen wandern Mit freundlichen Grüßen
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Answered by Chatrigna Signorell  · June 24, 2020 · Engadin Tourismus AG
Allegra Frau Frey, ja, die Bernina Tour ist mit einem Hund machbar, er darf jedoch keine Angst haben, über Geröll zu laufen. Liebe Grüsse
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72.4 km
25:40 h
4,261 m
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 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 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.

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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.

from Engadin St. Moritz,   Engadin Tourismus AG
Mountain Hike · Engadin St. Moritz
53 Bernina-Tour: Stage 5 Surlej-Maloja
recommended route Difficulty easy Stage 5 closed
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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