Bernina Ospizio - Alp Grum Walk 8055
Canton - Graubunden/Grisons - Upper Engadine
Author - Lou Johnson
Length - 6.0 km / 3.8 miles
Ascent - 20 metres / 66 feet
Descent - 170 metres / 561 feet
Time - 2.00 hours
Grade - easy
This easy walk takes you through the wild terrain of the Bernina Pass. The start is the railway station of Bernina Ospizio (2253m) which is served by regular trains between Pontresina and Tirano on the Bernina line of the Rhaetian Railway. Connections are also available from St. Moritz, the Lower Engadine and beyond.
Alighting at Ospizio Bernina you can see the extensive Lago Bianco with almost white waters reflecting the blue sky (or dark clouds on some days). Leave the station following the signs for Alp Grüm. Initially the path is above the railway but soon crosses the railway and follows the shores of Lago Bianco which are on your immediate right. The path is almost level and walking is easy and you can relax and enjoy this wilderness.
Reaching the southern end of Lago Bianco, you pass a substantial arched dam on your right and descend on a clear track with the railway hidden in snow sheds to your left. At Mot (2162m) keep straight ahead keeping the railway on your immediate left. (alternatively you can stay on the main track veering left and follow this down to Alp Grüm) The path continues to descend and crosses the railway, climbing slightly. The upper choice of routes is probably better providing better views to reach a narrow road. Turn right here and Alp Grüm and welcome refreshments are short way ahead.
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