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Climb the Alps' Easternmost 4000er: The Piz Bernina Tour

5 days of high altitude ski touring which take in some of the finest summits in the Eastern Alps.

Description

Starting and finishing in the Swiss village of Pontresina, this is a connoisseur's ski tour. With the exception of the Piz Bernina itself (the Easternmost 4000 metre peak in the Alps) the summits and cols that this tour traverses are not famous but they really ought to be; they are big, beautiful and ideal for ski mountaineering.

The tour passes through the mountains of the Engandine region which, after the Mont Blanc Massif, has the highest independent elevation in the Alps (from valley to summit). This gives the tour a wild feel despite the fact that it is accessed from a large commercial ski area.

Much of the terrain is serious and requires excellent ski mountaineering skills but if you have the pre-requisite fitness, skill and acclimatisation to complete this trip, it is a truly unforgettable journey.

Bernina Haute Route- Piz Palu to the Boval Hut
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Bernina Haute Route- Piz Palu to the Boval Hut

12.2 km1,415 m1,901 m44°
A historic high peak from the Diavolezza, followed by a very long N facing descent
Difficult
Private
Bernina Haute Route: Marinelli Hut to Coaz Hut.
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Bernina Haute Route: Marinelli Hut to Coaz Hut.

9.9 km884 m1,093 m43°
Steady climb to Piz Sella at 3511m, followed by an airy traverse and great glacial descent.
Difficult
Private
Bernina Haute Route. Boval Hut to Marco e Rosa Hut
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Bernina Haute Route. Boval Hut to Marco e Rosa Hut

8.3 km1,698 m600 m43°
Complex long glacial ascent with optional peak of Bellavista
Difficult
Private
Bernina Haute Route. Marco e Rosa Hut to Marinelli Hut.
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Bernina Haute Route. Marco e Rosa Hut to Marinelli Hut.

11.1 km812 m1,590 m41°
Optional ascent of Piz Bernina, 4048m, returning to the hut, then through a col and a descent to the Marinelli Hut.
Difficult
Private
Bernina Haute Route: Coaz Hut to Pontresina
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Bernina Haute Route: Coaz Hut to Pontresina

18.5 km846 m1,680 m26°
Traverse of the Chaputschins
Difficult
Private