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712 Sentiero Alpino Calanca

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The Sentiero Alpino is a classic, a real gem among the multi-day treks. The trail hugs the steep flanks of the main north-south ridge of the mountain range that separates the south Graubünden valleys of Calanca and Misox.
moderate
Distance 44.6 km
21:30 h
2,891 m
4,001 m
Starting point: San Bernardino Pass. The trail, bordered by rhododendrons and sparse larch forest, sits at 2000m, making way for spectacular panoramic views of alternating alpine terrain and beautiful mountain lakes. The 42km route leads through barren and imposing high mountain troughs and valleys; a sheer delight for hikers with its bold transitions and unique lodges along the way.

The Sentiero runs mainly on the Calanca side of the mountain range which is nearly 3000m above sea level; only the start in San Bernardino and the descent to Santa Maria are on the Misox valley side. The trail winds up towards the heavens and leads hiker high above the valley along crevices and from hut to hut. Besides the manned and serviced «Capanna Buffalora» hut, there are three self-service Rifugi (refuge huts), well-spaced out on the Sentiero and possessing a very special charm indeed.

San Bernardino village can be used as a starting point as well, with public transport links there better than at pass altitude.

Stages

712.01 San Bernardino Hospiz–Rifugio Pian Grand

712.02 Rifugio Pian Grand–Capanna Buffalora

712.03 Capanna Buffalora–Santa Maria im Calancatal

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Author
Antonella Klee
Update: June 26, 2018
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,515 m
Lowest point
950 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Please note: Snow fields are possible on the upper sections right through to the summer months.

A steady foot and head for heights are required.

Tips and hints

Associazione Sentiero Alpini Calanca
Casella postale
6548 Rossa
Tel. +41 (0)91 828 14 67
huettenwart@sentiero-calanca.ch
www.sentiero-calanca.ch

Start

San Bernardino Hospiz (2,065 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'732'958E 1'150'885N
DD
46.496075, 9.170652
DMS
46°29'45.9"N 9°10'14.3"E
UTM
32T 513095 5149181
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Destination

Santa Maria im Calancatal

Turn-by-turn directions

Note


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Planen Sie eine Mehrtagestour?  Kaufen Sie unseren graubündenPass und geniessen Sie freie Fahrt in ganz Graubünden. Hier erhältlich! 

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'732'958E 1'150'885N
DD
46.496075, 9.170652
DMS
46°29'45.9"N 9°10'14.3"E
UTM
32T 513095 5149181
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Equipment

Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Ronny und Daniela Weinig 
December 26, 2017 · Community
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
44.6 km
Duration
21:30 h
Ascent
2,891 m
Descent
4,001 m
Multi-stage route Scenic Refreshment stops available

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