Guidebook

Ski Tour Romansch Switzerland : The Albula Alps Traverse

A beautiful 6 day ski tour through a truly unique part of Switzerland.

Description

Despite their proximity to Davos and St Moritz - 2 of the most famous and glitzy ski resorts in the World - the Albula Alps are remarkably quiet and seemingly unaffected by the modern world. The mountains there are high, wild and beautiful, the snowfall reliable and the weather generally better (thanks to a favourable microclimate) than in many surrounding ranges.

The Albula region is also completely unique because it is the only part of Switzerland where the ancient language of Romansch is the native language, spoken on a daily basis by the locals. The Romansch culture has also given the Albula area some picturesque and unusual architecture, as well as a cuisine all of its own.

As if cultural interest, excellent food and reliable conditions weren't enough, the area is also home to some epic skiing. The proximity of so many famous resorts means that you can spend a few days getting your ski legs and then embark on this wonderful 6 day trip through one of the Alps' last great wildernesses.

Julierpass to Jenatsch Hut
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Julierpass to Jenatsch Hut

4 - 5 hrs
7.5 km
937 m
486 m
34 °
An ideal introductory day, with one long slow climb and a N facing descent
Moderate
Private
Jenatsch Hut to Bergün
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Jenatsch Hut to Bergün

5 - 6 hrs
15.2 km
486 m
1,760 m
43 °
A crucial exposed rising traverse early on, followed by mellow terrain and an amazing 1500m descent
Difficult
Private
Bergün to the Es-cha Hut
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Bergün to the Es-cha Hut

5 - 6 hrs
9.8 km
1,097 m
1,073 m
39 °
Lift assistance then a stunning ridge traverse and descent, with a long climb to follow
Moderate
Private
Es-cha Hut to the Kesch Hut
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Es-cha Hut to the Kesch Hut

3 - 4 hrs
6.9 km
870 m
840 m
47 °
An up and over day, with a technical scramble to a col and an optional climb up the biggest peak in the area
Difficult
Private
Kesch Hut to Grialetsch Hut
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Kesch Hut to Grialetsch Hut

5 - 6 hrs
12.4 km
932 m
1,023 m
37 °
A mellow day with a choice of route options
Moderate
Private
Grialetsch Hut to the Engadine Valley
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Grialetsch Hut to the Engadine Valley

4 - 5 hrs
12.3 km
713 m
1,803 m
31 °
A great peak for your last day then a huge descent to finish
Moderate
Private