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Trail running the Bernina Tour – the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps

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Trail running the Bernina Tour – the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps

Running Collection by Fräulein Draußen



26:25 h

75.7 mi

17,600 ft

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:

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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Tours & Highlights

  • 05:19
    18.5 mi
    3.5 mph
    4,375 ft
    4,300 ft

    The Bernina circumnavigation adventure - as is so often the case in Switzerland - does not actually start in Pontresina, but already on the train journey there. With its many …

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  • 10:33
    24.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    5,950 ft
    5,550 ft

    Definitely the most demanding section of the tour is between Maloja and the Campo Moro reservoir. At Maloja, after a short, flatter warm-up phase, the long climb begins up to …

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  • 03:52
    11.2 mi
    2.9 mph
    1,900 ft
    5,175 ft

    After the exhausting day before, we spontaneously rescheduled the third stage a bit - also to avoid the snow fields to be expected when circling the Sasso Moro. Instead of crossing the Passo Confinale, we cross the mountains a little further south via the Passo di Campagneda - and shortly after the highest point of 2,626 meters, we cross the border from Italy to Switzerland again.

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  • 06:40
    21.6 mi
    3.2 mph
    5,400 ft
    2,875 ft

    As long as the way into the valley was the day before, the ascent the next day back into the mountains of Graubünden. The route roughly follows the rails of …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    75.7 mi
  • Duration
    26:25 h
  • Elevation
    17,600 ft

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Trail running the Bernina Tour – the highest mountain in the Eastern Alps