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Maloja-Palza: A circular path above the village

Winter hiking
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m 1900 1850 1800 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km
A short circular trail on the marginal of Maloja, which with an altitude difference of about 100 metres is a good preparation for longer tours. You can also enjoy the beautiful views of the mountains and the village.
easy
Distance 3.4 km
1:00 h
111 m
115 m
If you're looking for a short hike with a bit of a challenge, the Maloja-Palza circular route is just right for you. It starts from the Giacometti Sport car park and climbs briefly from the Chiesa Bianca towards the Aela slope, before descending back down to the lake. Once again you pass the Chiesa Bianca and return to the car park. A real trial circuit!

Author’s recommendation

The Chiesa Bianca belonged to the overall concept of the Belgian Count Renesse for Maloja and was built simultaneously with other tourist buildings.
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Update: April 29, 2021
Difficulty
easy
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1,913 m
Lowest point
1,801 m
Best time of year
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Start

Parking at the Giacometti Sport Maloja (1,813 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'773'532E 1'141'322N
DD
46.400795, 9.695365
DMS
46°24'02.9"N 9°41'43.3"E
UTM
32T 553453 5138815
w3w 
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Destination

Parking at the Giacometti Sport Maloja

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'773'532E 1'141'322N
DD
46.400795, 9.695365
DMS
46°24'02.9"N 9°41'43.3"E
UTM
32T 553453 5138815
w3w 
///whisker.potential.obviously
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

Basic Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Winter Hiking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Trail ‘spike’ crampons at minimum and a basic ice axe are recommended when covering steeper terrain
  • 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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Difficulty
easy
Distance
3.4 km
Duration
1:00 h
Ascent
111 m
Descent
115 m
Circular route Scenic
1600 m 1800 m
Morning
1600 m 1800 m
Afternoon

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