Standing at 13,284 feet (4,049 m), the Piz Bernina is the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps. You can now circumnavigate this impressive mountain massif between Switzerland and Italy on a relatively new route for hikers and trail runners.
It took me four days to complete the route, but I modified the third and fourth day to avoid the snowfields at higher altitudes. Even in the beginning of July, there was quite a lot of snow. The original route can be found here: komoot.de/tour/66090357.
The scenery along the route was magical throughout. The trails varied in difficulty from easy paths to challenging crossings of large boulder fields. You need alpine experience, a good level of fitness, and surefootedness for this adventure.
Depending on your fitness and how you travel (running or hiking), you can divide the tour into more or less stages. When planning the stages, you should err on the conservative side, especially on the Italian section, as progress here is often relatively slow due to the nature of the paths.
All in all, this was a really great and scenic tour which I would do again in a heartbeat.
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Last updated: May 20, 2022
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