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Bernina Tour – 8 days around the only 4,000er peak in the Eastern Alps

Romy von Etappen-Wandern

Bernina Tour – 8 days around the only 4,000er peak in the Eastern Alps

Hiking Collection by Romy von Etappen-Wandern



38:57 h

74.4 mi

23,300 ft

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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Tours & Highlights

  • Bernina-Tour, Tag 1 – Auf Schmugglerpfaden nach Italien

    9.40 mi
    1.7 mph
    2,625 ft
    3,150 ft

    So that was it, my first day on the Bernina tour. In 8 days we hike once around the mountain massif, with the Piz Bernina, also known as the only 4,000-meter peak in the Eastern Alps. But I didn't see him today, at least I think 😆. Fresh, clear weather awaits me this morning as I plunge into the lonely

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  • 08:00
    12.2 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,650 ft
    3,325 ft

    Today I was really not sure if I could do it. I think that in order to do a long tour well, a lot has to be right. It didn't do that for me today. I slept incredibly badly, on the second day I am usually not that fit and it was very hot. This great mountain world, countless waterfalls and the extremely

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  • 03:58
    7.73 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,850 ft
    875 ft

    With the good feeling of knowing that everything will be easier from now on, I wake up in the Rifugio Musella. It's a little before eight and I'm in no hurry. Yesterday I rescheduled my third stage and saved 600 meters in altitude. Today I want to enjoy and give myself a lot of time. Instead of going

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  • 05:00
    11.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    2,300 ft
    3,475 ft

    Last night two friendly Italians joined me in the bivouac, but that wasn't a problem. On the contrary, otherwise I could not tell this story: I wake up this morning and Lotte is gone! I mean, there's not much space in such a bivouac. Where can I find them? In a strange man's bed 😱! The two of them sleep

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  • 04:21
    7.95 mi
    1.8 mph
    3,450 ft
    1,125 ft

    Another great late summer day on the Bernina Tour is behind us and what a day! At the end of Lago Bianco we leave civilization and climb meter by meter - not a soul can be seen far and wide. We have sun most of the day, not bad for the fact that it should rain today.


    The landscape is barren, rugged and

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  • 04:46
    7.56 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,925 ft
    2,900 ft

    With a heavy heart I say goodbye this morning to the thick glaciers of the Bernina Alps and set off towards Potresina. From the valley station of the Diavolezza cable car it goes to the tranquil Val Languard. But in order to reach the high valley, the first 700 meters of altitude on small, steep paths

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  • 03:55
    8.31 mi
    2.1 mph
    3,275 ft
    375 ft

    While yesterday I moved away from the thick glaciers, today I was heading straight for them again. At a fresh 6 degrees on well-developed paths, we hiked through the Val Roseg, the Piz Roseg of the same name almost always right in front of our eyes. The striking, almost 4,000-meter peak, which is right

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  • 03:30
    9.66 mi
    2.8 mph
    225 ft
    3,200 ft

    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

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    74.4 mi
  • Duration
    38:57 h
  • Elevation
    23,300 ft

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