Corviglia - Piz Nair - Pass SuvrettaWalk 8020
Canton - Graubunden/Grisons - Upper Engadine
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 km / 3.8 miles
Ascent - 675 metres / 2228 feet
Descent - 545 metres / 1799 feet
Time - 2.50 hours
Grade - moderate
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 despite the cablecar to the summit of the Piz Nair you enter mountain scenery with the finale a descent to Suvretta Pass.
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.
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. Turn right at the next indistinct path junction to begin the ascent to the summit of Piz Nair.
The path, after a gradual traverse across intermittent scree, climbs steeply using zigzags to ease the gradient. You pass under the cablecar for the final climb to the summit ridge. Once the ridge is gained the gradient eases for the final pull to the summit. The views are excellent with Piz Julier probably keeping your attention.
Descend by the signed route to Suvretta Pass. The path is clear and, despite being loose underfoot in places, will bring you to the delightful surroundings of Suvretta Pass (2615 m.) with its beautifully located lake.
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