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Glacier hikes starting on the Diavolezza

Bernina Glaciers - the grisons glacier experience

Glacier hikes starting on the Diavolezza

Hiking on the glacier is a unique feeling. It takes time to get used to walking with crampons but you’ll end up being amazed – by the ragged beauty of the high-alpine glacier world, the ice masses and mighty nature. The glacier tours offered by the Pontresina Mountaineering School can also be tackled without any alpine experience and are suitable for children in part. Yet they also require surefootedness and some stamina, as you will be hiking in high mountains for a long time. The starting point for the mountain tours and glacier hikes is the Diavolezza mountain station.

Palü glacier hike
The circular tour on the Diavolezza (2,973 m) starts with a rocky descent. You then find yourself on the mighty Pers Glacier and hike towards Piz Palü – with its three summits that make it possibly the most striking and beautiful mountain in the Bernina Range. Duration: around 5 hours. **

Diavolezza–Morteratsch glacier hike
The hike from Diavolezza and via the Pers and Morteratsch glaciers down towards Morteratsch (1,896 m) takes around seven hours. The part of the tour on the ice is becoming shorter each year due to the decrease in the glacier tongue. An impressive mountain experience and a lesson in the effects of climate change.

Crap Pers glacier trekking
This glacier trekking along the route up to Piz Palü is almost a small high tour. With ice picks and rope, you go through the impressive Cambrena Brüche and up to the Crap Pers viewpoint at 3,250 m. Tour duration: approx. 6 hours.

Good to know:

  • On all three tours, the focus is on the Piz Palü (3,900 m) with its 1,000 metre-high north wall.
  • The Glacier Experience Trail takes you very close to the glacier. Guided tours with competent Bernina Glaciers rangers can also be booked via the Pontresina Mountaineering School.
  • During the Swiss Hiking Night, there is an evening glacier hike followed by fondue.
  • The following sights are located in the nearby area: Diavolezza mountain station, Glacier Experience Trail, Morteratsch Glacier Trail, alpine cheese dairy and Gletscherhotel Morteratsch.