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Engadin Spectacular Hiking

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Dear All,

The idea is to have another action packed weekend with great hikes.

We would leave Zurich HB on Friday evening at 17.37 arriving in chur at 18.52, departing at 18.58 and arriving at 20.47 in Samedan, departing at 20.50 and arriving at 20.56 in Pontresina. We will be in our hotel at 21.15 and can have a drink to start socializing ))--


Today we will be hiking close to the glaciers and having lunch at one of the more spectacular mountain huts at 2750 meters (see below).

We will take the 8.24 am bus in Pontresina arriving at Surlej, Corvatsch station at 8.54 am and we will take the cable car up the mountain to the middle station.

One of the most impressive hiking tours takes you from the Corvatsch middle station, Murtèl, across the Fuorcla Surlej to the Chamanna Coaz, high above Val Roseg, and then back down to Pontresina. First take the Corvatsch cable car to the Murtèl middle station at 2,702m (8,865ft), from where you can already enjoy wonderful views of the Upper Engadin lake plateau.

Then we will follow the wide path and, after half an hour or so, you will reach Fuorcla Surlej, where you are treated to one of the most spectacular panoramas in the Alps. Spread out in front of you is a vast arena of ice and rock, with Piz Tschierva, Piz Morteratsch, Piz Bernina with the famous Biancograt, Piz Roseg and the Sella mountain range, in the background, surrounded by impressive glaciers. Scattered about the Fuorcla Surlej are silent witnesses to the last ice age: round rocks scarred by the ice masses, with small lakes in between. It is here, on the Fuorcla Surlej, that the high-altitude trail actually begins.

The route heads towards the majestic glacier backdrop and after walking for about an hour, you reach the Plaun dals Süts, immediately above the Lej de Vadret glacial lake. The path leads to the Coaz hut, which is perched on a rocky platform right next to the glacier (see photos below).

From the hut climb for another 5 or 10 minutes to the glacier. And here, there is plenty to discover: for example, small glacier mills or moulins, minerals, pioneer plants and a glacier snout. Back at the hut, you retrace your steps for approx. 20 minutes until you reach the first fork in the path, which leads down to the Lej dal Vadret. The glacial lake that has formed as a result of the melting ice masses has developed within the last fifty years or so. Continue walking along the lake, and after a short, steep section, you reach the foreland of the Roseg and Tschierva Glaciers. Finally, after a hike of some five to six hours through the enchanting beauty of this high valley, you reach the Hotel Restaurant Roseg Gletscher, where you can decide or complete the hike on foot.

Ascent: 350 m - descent: 800 meters

Duration: 6 hours - Distance 18 kilometers

Max. altitude: 2755 meters


Immediately after breakfast (8 am at the latest) we will start hiking - we will hike up to the mountain hut next to the glacier. It takes 2,5 hours to get to the hut (2,500 meters above sea level). Given that in Pontresina we start at 1800 meters, there is a 700 meter climb and equally descent by the same route back. Total hike is about 4, 5 to 5 hours depending on speed, number of stops etc.

We will take a train back to Zurich immediately after lunch (those who want to stay longer can do so), i.e. around 1.30 PM at the latest.

Price is 120 francs per person and the price is for two nights accommodation , breakfast and one dinner (saturday night)- on Friday night we will arrive too late.

I have taken an option for 25 spots - which I need to confirm as soon as possible. Therefore it is there is interest, please transfer the money into my bank account before June 11 (date I need to confirm the final booking). If there is little or no interest, I will cancel this activity.

For the details of my bank account and name, please look at the Wallis hike July 19th.

The date of payment received will be used as a basis for allocating spots - whether or not you clicked yes on Meetup before is irrelevant. I will regularly update all of you as to whom I received the payments from.


* The organizer is not responsible for any bodily injury or other accidents that might happen during the hike. By signing up on this activity, the participants agree that the organizer will not be held responsible in any way. Although the hike is not complicated, it is each individual responsibility to ensure that they can do the hike and check out the trail.

* To bring along : hiking boots, rain gear, water, snack, lunch ( I suggest we take lunch on the trails), smile, positive attitude, suncream,

* In case there is lots of rain, storm or foggy etc. then of course this hike does not take place

* Reservations will be made on buses and trains - in case however we as a group do not show up or change the hours, I as organizer get charged. The hours of trains and buses needs to be confirmed at least 3 working days in advance, any changes after that SBB cannot deal with. Furthermore it is not nice to reserve a large amounts of spaces if only a fraction show up, so therefore please adapt your status in real time.


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