From Pontresina train station, you head towards the village. Shortly before Punt'Ota (high bridge), a hiking trail branches off to the right, running parallel to the Bernina road towards the RhB station at Surovas. Cross the tracks, go around the playground and head into Val Bernina along a slight incline. The hiking trail leads to the edge of the forest above the Bernina railway line, through gnarled larch forest to Morteratsch RhB station. Here, you cross the tracks and turn right from the valley floor, ascending to Chünetta along a slight incline. On a rocky outcrop, you can enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the mighty Morteratsch glacier. In the early morning, game can often be observed here. From Chünetta, a good border route leads upward along the lateral moraines through coarse gravel and sheep pastures. Below the rock of Chamin, a steep zigzagging path leads to a band of rocks, and after a short while you reach Chamanna da Boval CAS. From the SAC cabin, you have a glorious view of the huge mountains Piz Palü, Bellavista, Zupò and the highest of all, the Piz Bernina.
Your return journey follows the same route. At Chünetta, a trail branches off to the right and leads over round rocky outcrops and boulders to the wide road on the valley floor. The retreat of the Morteratsch glacier is documented on signs. Follow the same road towards the valley to reach the Morteratsch RhB stop, where you can make your way back by train or to Pontresina on the same route.
Inns en route: Pontresina: Hotel Morteratsch Tel. +41 (0)81 842 63 13, Chamanna da Boval CAS Tel. +41 (0)81 842 64 03.
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Bovalhütte: Bovalhütte (boval = ox pasture) is the starting point for Alpine tours in the region of Bernina. A bronze plaque was mounted on a boulder as a reminder of the first ascent of Piz Bernina on 13 September 1850 by S-chanf townsman Johann Coaz. The famed mountaineer Hans Grass Sr. (1828–1902) is also commemorated by a memorial plaque with the inscription “To the Developer of the Bernina Range, Dedicated by Dr. Emil Burckhardt, Basel».
Pontresina – Morteratsch – Chamanna da Boval CAS
Getting there: By train (RhB) to Pontresina.
Getting back: By train (RhB) from Morteratsch.
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