Corviglia - Pass SuvrettaWalk 8015
Canton - Graubunden/Grisons - Upper Engadine
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 5.0 km / 3.1 miles
Ascent - 240 metres / 792 feet
Descent - 100 metres / 330 feet
Time - 1.50 hours
Grade - easy/moderate
Being a popular skiing area, Corviglia does suffer from some visual pollution from the many ski-lifts and other infrastructure constructed in recent years. However as the walk progresses the visual impacts fade and you enter a wild a wonderful pass with mountains forming a beautiful backdrop.
Start - The upper station of the Corviglia Funicular, which offers connections to St Moritz with its many train and bus routes. Alternatively you can use the cableways that ascend from the valley at Celerina. See Transport Map for the Upper Engadine Region.
End - Pass Suvretta where you can continue by following Walk 016 or return by the same route. Other options include a return over the summit of Piz Nair or a descent to Champfer in the valley.
From the upper station of the Corviglia funicular follow the signs to Pass Suvretta. Initially the route follows rough tracks in a northwesterly direction climbing steeply for a short way. The Piz Nair cable car is to your left. At the first signed junction go left to continue along a track (Note - in 2003 this was poorly signed and in places the path was severely disrupted due to construction work). The path goes beneath the Piz Nair cable car with excellent view across the Upper Engadine valley to Piz Bernina.
Maintaining a steady height across the mountainside the track reaches the upper station of the Signalbahn chairlift. Shortly afterwards a well-signed path leaves the track. To your right the rocky slopes of Piz Nair rise steeply. Ahead shapely Piz Julier with its small glacier looks very spectacular. Go straight ahead at the next junction where a path goes right to the summit of Piz Nair.
The scenery is now in complete contrast to the start of the walk with natural scenic beauty uninterrupted by modern construction work. The path is interesting weaving through rocky terrain. Lej Suvretta, still unseen, lies ahead.
Rounding a rocky bluff, Lej Suvretta comes into view. Its waters adding sparkle to the mountain scenery. The path descends to Suvretta Pass (2615 m.) with signs providing assistance for onward routes.
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