Stage 3: Hike from Pontresina to Alpe Grüm on Via Valtellina No. 30 / Via Bernina No. 33
Distance 6.3 km
This exciting section leads you from the train station at the Bernina Pass 2.253m along the glacial lake Lago Bianco. You have two options: either hike towards the Sassal Mason hut (closed), which is located below the Palü Glacier (path 33) or take a more direct path vie no. 30 (Via Valtellina) to reach Alpe Grüm.
0.0 km – START at the Ospizia Bernina train station, walk south, past the station building to the start of the track. BEAR LEFT and ascend on the hiking trail direction Alpe Grüm following the green trail markers no 30/ 33.
2.4 km – Reach a junction, here follow either trail no 33 (TURN RIGHT to walk on Via Bernina 33 towards Sassal Mason, a stony path leads to the hut) or 31 (BEAR LEFT to hike on the shorter Via Valtellina No. 30 directly to Alpe Grüm.)
The route no 33 via the Sassal Muton hut is described here.
3.8 km – ARRIVE at the Sassal Muton Hut with a fantastic view of the Palü Glacier. From the terrace KEEP RIGHT on a path, that first leads towards the glacier and then snakes down towards Alpe Grüm.
5.8 km – BEAR RIGHT, follow the yellow signs to Alpe Grüm. CROSS the railroad tracks, the path continues above the train station and then swings in an arc down to the station and its hostel.
6.3 km – ARRIVE at Alpe Grüm.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Such is the way of Alpine hiking, that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun-cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike, it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.