Morterasch GlacierWalk 8021
Canton - Graubunden/Grisons - Upper Engadine
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 km / 3.8 miles
Ascent - 80 metres / 264 feet
Descent - 80 metres / 264 feet
Time - 2.00 hours
Grade - easy
An easy walk that is full of interest. There are signs explaining how the glacier has retreated in recent years with markers showing the location of the toe of the glacier for each of the key years. The text is in German but the broad picture can be easily understood from the diagrams.
Start & End - Morterasch station on the Bernina Railway. Trains operate from Pontresina to Alp Grüm with connections from other parts of the Engadine. See Transport Map for the Upper Engadine Region.
Leave the railway station and take the broad track that goes south to the foot of the Morterasch Glacier. You are unlikely to walk alone especially after the arrival of a train as this is a popular walk.
There are no navigational problems. All you need to do is walk along the clear path in the floor of the valley. The glacier gradually gets nearer and you are able to reach and touch the ice! The valley is very scenic and there are plenty of places to sit and enjoy the view.
Once you have seen enough, turn back and head the way you came. For those with energy to spare you can return by a different route. This path climbs up to the crest of the morraine and then drops back down to Morterasch through pleasant forrest.
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