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    Along the Morteratsch Glacier to Boval Alpine Hostel

    Morteratsch Station - Chamanna Boval SAC - Morteratsch Station

    Along the Morteratsch Glacier to Boval Alpine Hostel

    Morteratsch Station - Chamanna Boval SAC - Morteratsch Station

    If you are vacationing in the St.Moritz or Pontresina areas of Graubünden and would like a hiking challenge that doesn’t require you to be a rock climber, this fairly simple (though not necessarily easy) hike parallel to the Morteratsch Glacier allows you to experience the might and majesty of nature just below the stately Bernina Massif.

    The route starts at the Morteratsch train station (Request Stop if you are coming by train) and follows the glacier moraine in a steady ascent with a continual view into the valley and on top of the glacier, as well as views of the Pers Glacier which flows onto the Morteratsch Glacier from the East. The summits of Piz Bernina and Piz Palü are always in your sights. A steeper and more difficult section of rocks with high steps and cable rails for support starts about 30 minutes before the destination of the Swiss Alpine Club’s Chamanna Boval where you can get refreshments and enjoy the stunning views before returning along the same trail.

    For a bit of variety, about ¾ of the way back a side trail descends into the valley from where you could double back to the base of the Glacier’s tongue (30 mins.), or return to the station along the valley bottom (15 mins.). Along the way are information boards showing the shrinking progress of the glacier over the years. (The glacier has retreated 2 km in the past 120 years, that’s an average of about 16 m per year).

     

    Published on 19.06.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 02.09.2013
    Published on 19.06.2016 by GabrielleMerk - Tour Date: 02.09.2013

    Route Details

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    Region
    Graubünden
    Time Required
    3 hours 45 minutes
    Distance
    11 km
    Ascent
    630 m
    Descent
    630 m
    Season Start / Season End
    July - September
    Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
    Panorama
    Experience
    Points of Interest
    Morteratsch Glacier, Pers Glacier, Bernina Group
    Starting Point
    Morteratsch Station
    Starting Point with Public Transport
    Destination
    Morteratsch Station
    Return with Public Transport
    Places to Eat
    Morteratsch Station, Chamanna Boval SAC
    Accommodation
    Chamanna Boval SAC (Swiss Alpine Club Hostel)
    Things to Note
    If coming by train, Morteratsch is a request stop, so make sure to press the Stop Button. Also, secure footing is required for the difficult final section.
    Adresses and Links
    travelguide.all-about-switzerland.info/morteratsch-glacier-retreat-globalwarming.html
    www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/to-the-morteratsch-glacier.html

    Route Description

    00:00 Start at Morteratsch train station and follow the trail to Chamanna Boval. The trail rises gradually from the train station always following parallel to the glacier.

    01:30 Here the trail becomes difficult. It is a very rocky section with high steps and cables secured in the rock for support. Good shoes and steady footing is required.

    02:00 Reach Chamanna Boval.

    The same same trail can be walked for the way back, but there is a side trail that leads to the valley bottom about 1 hour and 10 minutes along the return path.

    03:10 Reach junction where side trail descends to Valley.

    03:25 Reach Valley Bottom.

    From the valley bottom you could walk back to the base of the glacier tongue (30 mins.) or back to the train station (15 mins). Along the way are information boards showing the shrinking progress of the glacier over the years.

     

     

     

     

     

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