This is a high alpine pass commencing on a glacial lake shore with a relaxed climb up to a prominent outcrop, then descending to the alpine railway station. The footing is gravel track leading to well-marked paths which become stony and zig zag frequently.
Take a short ride on the UNESCO listed Bernina Bahn, a train line which equals the Glacier Express for stunning views. Getting off at Bernina Hospiz station, follow the easy circular walking route skirting Lago Bianco to Alp Grum and hike up to the mountain hut at Sassat Mason. The peace and tranquillity of this area is inspiring. Return to Pontresina by train. Ospizio Bernina/Bernina Hospiz Station Is a stop on request only station, listen for the announcements, one of which will be in English.
Information and timetables about the trains can be found here: www.sbb.ch
The Sassal Mason hut is well placed for a lunch break (Closed for Summer 2021). They offer warm and cold food including local specialities. On a clear day the views from here of the surrounding lakes is fantastic. Always check opening hours and carry food/snacks in case of unplanned closures.
Weather conditions can change quickly in the mountains - always be prepared and carry appropriate clothing; warm as well as waterproof layers, hat and gloves etc. Please see your information pack for a detailed packing list.
This walk requires that you cross a railway line, please do so with caution.
Tips and hints
Food and Drink
Pick up a packed lunch in Pontresina to take with you. Food is served at Sassal Mason Hut but we recommend taking a packed lunch in case of unplanned closure.
Points of Interest
Sassal Mason Hut ***Closed for summer of 2021***
Located at 2,349m and open daily from the beginning of July to Mid-October. Always check opening hours locally if you plan on eating here. Contact number: +41 (0)81 844 03 23
The Bernina Pass
The Bernina Pass traces its human connections back to the Bronze Age and archaeological discoveries in Val Engadin link the region to Italy’s Valtellina Valley.
Piz Bernina, 4049m and ranked 5th in the Alps, forms part of the watershed between Switzerland and Italy. The mountain separates two glaciers, Vadret de Tschierva to the West and Vadret de Morteratsch to the East.
Lago da Bianco
Lago da Bianco, the “White Lake”, was formed when the two natural lakes, Lago Bianco and Lago della Scalla were both dammed. The associated hydroelectric system has powered the railway from its inception.
The Bernina Line
The Bernina Line was first established 100 years ago and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008.
This tour appears on the following itineraries: WSRHTGE