Enjoy high thrills? The Engadin offers climbing and bouldering to suit all tastes and levels of expertise – from traditional granite ascents to leisurely family climbs.
Climbing enthusiasts find a tremendous choice of well-equipped climbing areas and sport climbing routes in the Engadin and in the neighbouring valleys to the south, the Val Bregaglia and the Val Poschiavo. There are more than two dozen climbing areas, with new routes continually added and old ones renovated. After all, the valley is home to a lively climbing and bouldering scene, whose members are keen to offer the safest possible climbing experience to all. All the same, when it comes to climbing, each individual is entirely responsible for their own safety – unless you book the services of a mountain guide. The Pontresina Mountaineering School offers training courses and guided climbs throughout the region.
A well-illustrated bilingual guide (German/Italian) includes details of many top climbs in the Engadin, Val Bregaglia and Val Poschiavo. The “Kletterführer Engadin” is available from local bookshops and mountain sports shops; you can also order a copy online www.klettern-engadin.ch. Here, we present a selection of the local climbing sites; in all cases, the setting is spectacular.
This south-facing climbing area, equipped with anchors, lies between the base stations of the Diavolezza and Lagalb cable cars. It is the largest in the Engadin, with routes of all levels of difficulty. Thanks to the altitude (2,200 m), temperatures are pleasant even in high summer.
Glorious views of the Bernina massif are among the attractions of the climbing area at Morteratsch. Easily accessible and equipped with anchors, it offers many very easy and well-secured routes – but experts, too, can enjoy plenty of athletic climbs. Bouldering enthusiasts, meanwhile, will find many attractive challenges in the forest between Pontresina and the Morteratsch restaurant (ask at specialist mountain sports shops for the special bouldering guide).
At Serlas Parc, visitors can climb all year round – even in rainy weather. The climbing hall in S-chanf has a bouldering area as well as climbing walls, along with a mini bowling alley and a pizzeria. Ideal for first experiences of climbing.
The first anchors were fixed to the rock here as far back as the 1950s: this idyllically located climbing area with views over Lake Sils was the cradle of sport climbing in the Engadin. Most routes are suitable for advanced and expert climbers.
The Albigna reservoir, accessible by gondola, is framed by spectacular granite cliffs. The climbing opportunities here are virtually unlimited, from well-equipped sport climbing routes to traditional alpine climbs – not to mention the famous rock pinnacle of “La Fiamma”. The area lies in the Val Bregaglia, and makes an attractive day-excursion from the Engadin.
In addition to the “normal” route (ascent with rope, ice axe and crampons), there are also thrilling climbing routes on what many call the world’s most beautiful glaciated mountain. The line via the eastern summit offers superb granite climbing with an icy final summit ascent.