Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Walk 8057

Canton - Graubunden/Grisons - Upper Engadine

Author - Lou Johnson

Length - 2.5 km / 1.6 miles

Ascent - 80 metres / 264 feet

Descent - 25 metres / 83 feet

Time - 1.25 hours

Grade - easy

Photo from the walk - Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Photo from the walk - Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Photo from the walk - Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Photo from the walk - Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Photo from the walk - Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Photo from the walk - Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Click thumbnails for larger images.

A short walk through the rocky landscape beneath the northern face of Corvatsch. The route is easy to follow, offers superb views down to Silvaplana and provides a real mountain experience. The start is the Murtel station of the Corvatsch cable-car which starts in Surlej. Buses provide regular connections with other parts of the area.

Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Murtel - Fuorcla Surlej
Click thumbnails for larger images.

Exit Murtel station (2699 m) and take the signed path to Fuorcla Surlej with its refuge located in a superb position offering a wonderful mountain panorama especially to the south-east. The path is clear and obvious and you soon enter a rock strewn landscape with views to your left down towards Silvaplana and the valley some 900 metres below with its string of lakes shining in the sun. The walking is never difficult despite the terrain and quick progress is made to reach a path junction (2685 m) where the path comes up from the valley.

Turn right uphill following a series of zig-zags to a col from where a short descent leads you to the refuge at Fuorcla Surlej with its small lake offering a perfect place to sit and digest the view. The options are (a) return to Murtel station using the outward route, (b) continue on the direct path down to Val Roseg and onto Pontresina or (c) to continue south up the valley to the Coaz Hütte.

Suggested Maps

Oberengadin, Bergell-Puschlav, Wanderkarte - 1:50000

 

Recommended Books

Trekking in the AlpsTrekking in the Alps

A book to 20 classic trekking routes in the Alps. Exploring the best trekking areas, outline descriptions and photographs illustrate the classics such as the Tour of Mont Blanc, and Chamonix to Zermatt, as well a number of trekking routes in Slovenia, the Italian Dolomites, the French Alps, Austrian Alps and Swiss Alps. Ideal for inspiration.

More information

Across the Eastern Alps: E5Across the Eastern Alps: E5

From Lake Constance in Germany, this guidebook describes walking the E5 trek that runs 600km through a remarkable kaleidoscope of landscapes and culture in Switzerland, Austria and Italy, to its destination at Verona. It traverses the Allgauer, Lechtaler and Ötztaler Alps. There is a good network of alpine refuges and guesthouses on the route.

More information