This new Tour around the Bernina massif in the Eastern Alps has only existed since 2019 and I found it to be extremely varied. My interpretation of the hike deviates somewhat from the original route, but it’s certainly no less beautiful. For mountain hikers who are fit and have some head for heights and surefootedness, this Tour is simply phenomenal.
The Italian part of the hike is pretty wild. I saw ibexes, eagles and a lot of untouched Alpine nature. I also stayed with exceptionally-friendly hosts. The Swiss part of the Tour is a bit more touristy, but on my version you get to climb three 3,000-metre (9,842-feet) peaks and get very close to the huge glaciers of Piz Palü (3,901 metres/12,792 feet), Piz Bernina (4,049 metres/13,284 feet) and Piz Roseg (3,937 metres/12,916 feet). This is a unique experience that most hikers don’t get to enjoy.
With 120 kilometres (74.5 miles) and more than 7,000 metres (22,965 feet) of ascent alone, my 8 day Tour requires some stamina. However, you are compensated for your effort the whole way through every single stage. I really liked the fact that each stage is marked by a large peak that you can see almost the whole day: Monte Disgrazia (3,678 metres/12,066 feet), Piz Palü, Piz Zupo (3,996 metres/13,110 feet), Piz Roseg and lots of others. In short, this was a wonderful Tour on which my dog from Münsterland, Lotte, could also accompany me.
A detailed report with tips on accommodation, travel and Tour reports can also be found on my blog: etappen-wandern.de/fernwanderweg/bernina-tour.
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When I looked at the map this morning, I thought, “Well, this will probably be a mediocre tour.” In fact, it began with a walk through the ski area, which I don't really like. But: These views of the Engadine Lake District with high fog were simply breathtakingly beautiful. So I strolled around, strained my camera and hardly noticed how I slowly walked out of the ski area. At every corner there were even more beautiful views, right, left - one panorama more beautiful than the other. There were also beautiful larch forests again, how I would love to be here when they turn yellow. When I arrived at Lej da Segl, I had to adjust my route due to a road block and walked back to the left side of the lake to where I had started my hike eight days ago, to Maloja. Made it 💪.