At 4049 m above sea level, Piz Bernina is the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps and the only four-thousand-metre peak in Graubünden. From summer 2019, hikers and trail runners will be able to circle this mountain massif on the new Bernina Tour and experience the variety of landscapes at its base.
The route begins in the town of Poschiavo in the southern, Italian-speaking valley of Valposchiavo. Travelling there on the Rhaetian Railway on the Albula-Bernina UNESCO World Heritage Route is an experience in itself. Additionally, the route gives hikers and trail runners a preview of the views they can expect ahead of them.
From Poschiavo, it’s a five or six stage journey over the Bernina pass and Fuorcla Surlej to Maloja in Engadin. Highlights include the overnight stay on the Diavolezza with a view of the Morteratsch glacier, conquering the Fuorcla Pischa Pass and the wild, romantic Val Roseg.
From Maloja, the tour leads over the Muretto Pass to Italy and from there, along the shores of Lago Palù and Lago di Gera, back to Poschiavo.
So that you don’t have to carry a heavy backpack over an altitude different of 7500 m and 130 km, services including luggage transport from your last accommodation to your next, overnight stays and mountain rail tickets are bookable from this summer in Switzerland. Nevertheless, you will need to be fit and sure-footed for the Bernina Tour.
The route is traversable from 15th June, snow permitting. Continued services and route signage are planned for the route in Italy.