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Bernina Trek classic (7 stages)

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  • Val Müra
    / Val Müra
  • / Chamanna d'Es-cha
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  • / View into the Val Bever
  • / Chamanna Jenatsch
  • / Chamanna Jenatsch
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  • / Hiking trail at Traunter Ovas
  • / View from the Fuorcla Suvretta - Piz Nair und Bernina
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  • / View from the Fuorcla Surlej with the Bernina range
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  • / Trail to the Coaz hut
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  • / Chamanna Coaz
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  • / View of the Piz Roseg
  • / Val Roseg
  • / Chamanna da Tschierva
  • / Chamanna da Tschierva
  • / Val Roseg
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  • / Chamanna da Boval
  • / Descent to Morteratsch
  • / Val Minor
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  • / Arrival at Rifugio Saoseo
  • / Poz da Rügiul
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  • / View of the Palü glacier
  • / Val Poschiavo
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The high alpine Bernina Trek from Madulain through the Albula region to Poschiavo is one of the most impressive long-distance hikes in the Canton of Grisons.
difficult
130.3 km
44:00 h
6,060 m
6,741 m
This long-distance hike of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) not only passes by all mountain huts of the SAC Bernina, but also leads through a stunning alpine world: from the Albula valley with Piz Kesch and the UNESCO World Heritage line of the Rhaetian Railway; into the sublime Julier region with its impressive geological rock formations; through the Bernina region with the proud summits of Piz Palü, Piz Moteratsch and Piz Bernina; and finally to the unique Italianità of the lovely Poschiavo.

 

What makes the Bernina Trek the perfect hiking trip for all ages, is his variability, as its offers options for leisure, sporty and 'alpine junkie' hikers: The "Classic" route takes you through magnificent alpine scenery, along deep blue mountain lakes, icy glacial streams and snow-capped peaks over seven days. Those who seek and/or need more thrills should choose the "Summiteer" option that adds several peak experiences to the route. However, families with kids as well as groups with hikers of different fitness levels will certainly enjoy the beautiful mountain world while hiking the „Pachific“ route.

 

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
E-mail: info@coaz.ch 
Internet: bernina-trek.ch (in German only)

Author’s recommendation

The multi-day hike passes by many sights, for example ...

... the Chamanna d’Es-cha with the oldest stucco ceiling in a SAC-mountain hut (dating back to 1934)

... the Julier region (Chamanna Jenatsch) with its impressive geology ... the Upper Engadin lakescape

... the (almost) omnipresent panoramic view of the Bernina region with the prominent peaks of Piz Palü and Piz Bernina incl. the world-famous Bianco ridge

... the sixth stage of the trek (from Pontresina to Lagalb) which is travelled by the Rhaetian Railway via its UNESCO World Heritage line

... the lovely and warm Puschlav with its unique Italianità and inviting piazzas

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Updated: March 17, 2021
Difficulty
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Technique
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Highest point
2,966 m
Lowest point
1,015 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

The trails which are located at around 2'900 metres above sea level, are both field and high alpine mountain paths. They are marked "red-white-red" according to the standards of the Swiss Hiking Trails Association with yellow signposts as direction signs. For trips of up to 9 hours and up to 1'650 metres of elevation gain, a good fitness level is required as well as surefootedness and a head for heights.

In short: the Bernina Trek classic is a moderately challenging trek (mostly T2) and hikers should be in good/excellent physical condition.

Tips and hints

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 (1,696 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'791'568E 1'162'580N
DD
46.587017, 9.938577
DMS
46°35'13.3"N 9°56'18.9"E
UTM
32T 571903 5159700
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Destination

Poschiavo

Turn-by-turn directions

Madulain - Chamanna d'Es-cha - Albula pass - Fuorcla Crap Alv - Val Bever - Chamanna Jenatsch - Suvretta pass - Suvretta da San Murezzan - Silvaplana - Surlej - Corvatsch cable car - Murtèl - Fuorcla Surlej - Chamanna Coaz - Lej da Vadret - Chamanna  da Tschierva - Val Roseg - Pontresina - Morteratsch - Chamanna da Boval - Morteratsch - Bernina Suot - Bernina Diavolezza - Val Minor - Fuorcla Minor - Plan da li Tegi - La Rösa - Val da Camp - Rifugio Saoseo - Plan - Aurafreida - Urezza - Poschiavo

Note

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

Public-transport-friendly

There are good train connections from all over Switzerland via Chur to the Engadin and to the starting point in Madulain. In the Engadin the public transport network is excellent and can bring hikers to the starting point of some stages or shorten some stages. 

Parking

Long-term parking is available in Pontresina and St. Moritz, from where you can take public transport (Engadinbus and/or RhB) to the start of the stage. However, it is not recommended to travel by private car. 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'791'568E 1'162'580N
DD
46.587017, 9.938577
DMS
46°35'13.3"N 9°56'18.9"E
UTM
32T 571903 5159700
w3w 
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Hiking/trekking shoes with high traction rubber soles; trekking poles; weatherproof clothing (rain trousers, jacket and cover); all-weather clothes for a tour of up to 7 days; personal documents (IDs) and cash; small first-aid kit (poss. Ohropax); sleeping bag; camera (if needed); pocketknife; map and GPS tracker; mobile phone; sun protection; head lamp; gaiters, cap and gloves (depending on the season); provisions for a day with energy bars (can be purchased in the valley or in the mountain huts); at least 1.5 L of drinking water; some rope (if needed)

 

This equipment list is mainly a guide for packing and is not exhaustive. We recommend focusing on the most important things when planning a multi-day tour from mountain hut to mountain hut. The stages cover long distances so the heavier your backpack is, the slower you will be and the more tired you will get. The equipment should fit your individual needs as well as the weather and the duration of the trek.

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Kite Dominik
October 03, 2018 · Community
Einfach super. Hat der ganzen Familie aus Kanada gefallen.
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Anny Hauser
April 07, 2018 · Community
Jetzt bin ich erleichtert, dass die Daten tatsächlich überarbeitet wurden, Danke 😊. Nur das Höhenprofil ist immer noch auf eine Strecke von 250km (!) ausgelegt. Müsste noch angepasst werden. Ich freue mich, diese Tour vielleicht im Herbst geniessen zu können 🤗.
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Anny Hauser
August 08, 2017 · Community
Möchte diesen 7-Tage-Trek sehr gerne unter die Füsse nehmen, jedoch zweifle ich an den richtigen Daten, vorallem die Länge des Treks ergäbe ja nahezu 40km pro Tag und wenn man die Gesamtdauer in Stunden auf 7 Tage verteilt, würde das 23 Stunden Marschzeit ergeben 🤔😳. Ich hab's vor einigen Wochen mal kommentiert, habe leider nichts vom Veranstalter gehört 😳
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Bernina Trek - Swiss Alps

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
130.3 km
Duration
44:00 h
Ascent
6,060 m
Descent
6,741 m
Public-transport-friendly Scenic Geological highlights Botanical highlights Faunistic highlights Point to Point Cableway ascent/descent

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  • 7 Stages
Top moderate Stage 1
5.9 km
2:39 h
897 m
0 m

Ascent to the Es-cha mountain hut through sparse Swiss pine and larch forests and across warm, sunny mountain hillsides.

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Top difficult Stage 2
23.9 km
8:03 h
1,090 m
1,030 m

From the biodiverse, flowering alpine pastures on the sunny terraces and mountainsides into the wild Val Bever.

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Top moderate Stage 3
27.4 km
8:45 h
1,749 m
1,786 m

Striking passes, alpine scenery close to glaciers, views of the Engadin high valley and of famous mountain ranges (Bernina, Roseg, Julier), ibex, ...

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Top moderate Stage 4
8.5 km
3:15 h
533 m
562 m

Be inspired by the impressive nature on display during this stage

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Top moderate Stage 5
21.9 km
6:44 h
690 m
781 m

From the Val Roseg via Pontresina into the Val Morteratsch

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Top difficult Stage 6
28.4 km
9:01 h
772 m
1,267 m

From the glacier mountains of the Bernina range to the plant kingdom of the Val da Camp.

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Top moderate Stage 7
14.2 km
4:33 h
316 m
1,289 m

The impressive last stage of this long-distance hike starts at the Rifugio Saoseo (1'987 m) and takes you on mountain paths and dirt roads to the ...

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