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Walk Morteratsch to the Bernina Pass

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  • Wide path under the Bernina Mountains
    / Wide path under the Bernina Mountains
    Photo: Minna Harshbarger, Macs Adventure Ltd
m 2400 2300 2200 2100 2000 1900 1800 10 8 6 4 2 km Ospizio Bernina Morteratsch Train Station
Stage 2:  Hike from Pontresina to Alpe Grüm.
Distance 10.2 km
3:00 h
378 m
18 m

From the Morteratsch train station, the route initially climbs gently through the forest into barren mountainous terrain. The hiking trail continues to follow the train line and you weave in and out of the various train stops (Suot, Ospizio, Diavolezza and Curtinatsch)

The route can be shortened by jumping on the train at one of these stations.

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Author
Minna Harshbarger
Update: July 30, 2021
Highest point
2,266 m
Lowest point
1,896 m

Safety information

Allow enough time to complete your walk as the times provided are solely walking times, and breaks have not been included.

Parts of the path are for shared use, for hikers and mountain bikers. Stay alert and make sure to make space for the other people using the trail.

Some of the fields may have cows in; they are not aggressive but take care not to startle them, and pass around them with a wide berth.

In early spring/summer there may still be patches of snow. Walk around where it is possible, and otherwise place your feet carefully and use walking poles if you have them.

Tips and hints

Find the train time table for the Rhaetian Railway (Rhätische Bahn) here - https://www.rhb.ch/en/home 

Start

Morteratsch Train Station (1.896 m) (1,896 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'792'195E 1'147'440N
DD
46.450714, 9.940447
DMS
46°27'02.6"N 9°56'25.6"E
UTM
32T 572227 5144556
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Destination

Ospizio Bernina Train Station

Turn-by-turn directions

0.0 km – START at the Morteratsch train station, walk past the restaurant and TURN LEFT, immediately TURN RIGHT to CROSS over a bridge. CROSS the car park and follow the narrow hiking trail towards Bernina Suot, Diavolezza following the hiking trail no 30/33 for 1 km as it snakes its way along the mountainside.

1.2 km - Arrive in the high alpine valley. The wide gravel path continues STRAIGHT, parallel to the railway line as it gently ascends.

2.7. km - Shortly before the Suot train station, the trail bends RIGHT and reunites with the railway line.

3.9 km - At the valley station of the Diavolezza cable car, CONTINUE STRAIGHT.

5.5 km - The wide path bears to the RIGHT and now follows the railway line again.

6.1 km - TURN LEFT at the Alp da Buond Sur stable and CROSS under the train tracks towards Ospizia Bernina, CONTINUE STRAIGHT following the hiking trail. In 100m CROSS a wooden bridge and TURN LEFT, follow the yellow hiking trail sign with no location information. (Do not go to the right, this is a downhill route for mountain bikers).

From the stream, and the yellow hiking trail sign (with no location information), ignore all trails turning off the main path. CROSS under the railway line and CONTINUE STRAIGHT.

8.3 km - TURN LEFT at the dam, either below the wall or over the top of the dam. At the end of the dam, carefully CROSS the tracks

8.8 km – CONTINUE behind the tracks on the wide ascending gravel road a few meters and TURN RIGHT onto a hiking path towards Stazione Ospizia Bernina. Follow the clearly visible hiking trail above the railway line.

10.1 km – BEAR RIGHT and descend to the train station car park.

10.4 km – ARRIVE at the Ospizia Bernina train station.

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Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'792'195E 1'147'440N
DD
46.450714, 9.940447
DMS
46°27'02.6"N 9°56'25.6"E
UTM
32T 572227 5144556
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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.


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Distance
10.2 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
378 m
Descent
18 m

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