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Alpine hiking KESCH & Bernina Trek

Eurotrek Alpine: Kesch & Bernina Trek

Trek in double pack

This trek combines two of the most famous hut tours in Switzerland. The KESCH trek leads around the peak of the identical name. After Fuorcla Pischa and a night in the Es-Cha hut, however, you do not descend to Bergün, but stay at altitude and follow the Bernina trek into the Engadine. Small mountain huts in dreamlike locations await you after each stage. As the journey comes to an end, you descend into Val Poschiavo. A magical silence hangs over this mountain valley in the south of Switzerland. In a charming hotel you can recover from the previous days. 

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Itinerary

Arrival in Landquart and luggage drop-off. Onward journey to Davos and bus ride to the Flüela Pass. From here on you will hike to the SAC hut “Chamanna da Grialetsch”. Its picturesque location offers views of the glaciers the glaciers Vadret Vallorgia, Vadret da Grialetsch and Vadret da Sasura. 

approx. 2.5 h
approx. 5 km
505 m
145 m

On this day you will hike over the Scaletta Pass. On your way to the SAC hut “Kesch-Hütte” enjoy a short detour, which takes you to the two Alpine lakes Ravais-ch Sout and Lai da Ravais-ch. They lie in a small valley beneath the mighty Piz Murtelet Sur. In the evening the Kesch-Hütte awaits you with good food, warmth and overall cosiness. 

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 13 km
605 m
535 m

From the Kesch-Hütte you will first descend to the Alp digl Chant. Here you can fortify yourself with local delicacies like yoghurt, Alpine cheeses, and milk. Afterwards you continue on the steep ascent up to the Fuorcla Pischa. After another descent you will reach the SAC hut “Chamanna d’Es-cha”. The parlour with its richly stucco decorated ceiling is unique for a SAC hut. Recharge with a portion of well-earned barley soup or with a homemade Engadinian walnut tart. 

approx. 5.5 h
approx. 14 km
970 m
1'000 m

Today you start the Bernina trek. After a simple start it truly gets going today. At first you climb over the Fuorcla Gualdauna down to the Albula Hospiz. From the top of the pass the path leads briefly downhill until you reach the crystal blue Lake Lais digl Crap Alv. You continue on to the Fuorcla Crap Alv and on steep, winding roads down into Val Bever. Once you reach the bottom follow the turquoise blue lake Beverin into the valley. The Chamanna Jenatsch is visible from far away, but the last few meters to the highest SAC hut of the Grisons are once again challenging. 

approx. 8 h
approx. 24 km
1'090 m
1'030 m

This leg of the journey is shorter, but you still shouldn’t underestimate the Fuorcla Suvretta. The path from the Chamanna Jenatsch leads briefly downhill. On the previous day the Beverin rushed with full force into the valley; now little bridges already suffice to cross it.

Soon the ground becomes steeper and rougher. Passing over screes, you will reach the Fuorcla Suvretta. The last few meters of your journey are unwieldy and challenging. There are no exposed sites, yet it calls for caution.

After the pass, the descent to Lej Suvretta follows. Here you will find another picturesque mountain lake. Then it is not much farther: In a constant descent you reach St. Moritz, where your luggage awaits you at the hotel.  

approx. 4 h
approx. 12 km
600 m
1'030 m

The PostBus takes you to the valley station of the Corvatsch cable car in Silvaplana. Here the hike into the famous Val Roseg begins. You may shorten your ascent to Fuorcla Surlej by taking the Corvatsch cable car to Murtèl.

From there it is but a stone’s throw to Fuorcla Surlej, your first stage goal of the day. The view of the Bernina Range turns the descent into Val Roseg into a real treat. Upon your arrival one last long ascent to the Chamanna da Tschierva follows.  

approx. 4 – 7 h
approx. 12 – 18 km
720 – 1'560 m
850 m

The path via Pontresina and Morteratsch won’t require ice axe, rope, and crampons, which is why you will follow it to Chamanna Boval. At first you return to the Hotel Roseg.

The hike leads you past Arven and Lärchen towards Pontresina and on to the Morteratsch railway station. On your trek you will pass the snout of the homonymous glacier and up to the Chamanna Boval.  

approx. 7 h
approx. 22 km
690 m
780 m

The royal stage into the Italian speaking parts of Switzerland first takes you back down to the Morteratsch railway station. A train ride to the Lagalp railway station follows, and from there you will hike over the homonymous valley to the Alpine Lake Lei Minor.

A short, pathless section leads you down to the mountain pass, which leads you to the Albergo La Rösa.It used to be a rest area for stagecoaches and muleteers; today it is a popular restaurant with good cuisine. After the midday break you will continue downhill to Val da Camp, from where you ascend pass the Hamlet Salva the Rifugio Saoseo.  

approx. 6.5 h
approx. 23 km
815 m
1'600 m

From Rifugio it will only take you a brief moment to reach the idyllic Lake Poz da Rügiul. The climb to the raised bog Plan da San Franzesch with its grand view of the Bernina Range and the Piz Palü begins here. A pleasant path takes you past viewpoints and small hamlets to Poschiavo, which is the municipality of the valley it shares its name with.

approx. 4.5 h
approx. 14 km
320 m
1'290 m

Tour character

The KESCH & Bernina treks are challenging mountain hikes (T3 on the SAC Mountain and Alpine hiking scale) and require a very good physical condition. The stages of the tour are long. Surefootedness and absence of vertigo are essential for this tour. Furthermore, a good sense of direction is imperative for the Fuorcla Minor passage, because a brief section of the descend occurs on a pathless route to the mountain road (The road is visible throughout the section) 

Preise & Termine

All data for 2024 at a glance
Place of arrival: Landquart/Davos
  Season Saison 1
31.08.2024 - 15.09.2024

Daily arrival
Season Saison 2
29.06.2024 - 30.08.2024

Daily arrival
Eurotrek Alpin: KESCH & Bernina Trek, 10 days, CH-GRADP-10X
Base price
1'319.-
1'399.-
Packed lunch 125.- 125.-
Deduction for SAC members -84.- -84.-
Surcharge single room 95.- 95.-

Kategorie: Dormitories in the SAC huts, 3* hotels in St. Moritz & Poschiavo

Season Saison 1
Aug 31, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024
Daily arrival
Season Saison 2
Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024
Daily arrival
Eurotrek Alpin: KESCH & Bernina Trek, 10 days, CH-GRADP-10X
Base price
Packed lunch
Deduction for SAC members
Surcharge single room
1'319.-
125.-
-84.-
95.-
1'399.-
125.-
-84.-
95.-

Kategorie: Dormitories in the SAC huts, 3* hotels in St. Moritz & Poschiavo

Season Saison 1
Aug 31, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024
Season Saison 2
Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024
Landquart/Davos
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
Poschiavo
Double room p. P.
Surcharge single room
79.-
40.-
109.-
40.-
79.-
40.-
109.-
40.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Landquart/Davos
  Season Saison 1
Aug 31, 2024 - Sep 15, 2024

Daily arrival
Season Saison 2
Jun 29, 2024 - Aug 30, 2024

Daily arrival
Landquart/Davos
Double room p. P. 79.- 79.-
Surcharge single room 40.- 40.-
Poschiavo
Double room p. P. 109.- 109.-
Surcharge single room 40.- 40.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • Accommodation in your selected category incl. breakfast 
  • 7 half-board in the SAC huts
  • 2 luggage transfers (Landquart – St. Moritz and St. Moritz – Poschiavo)
  • Costs for luggage pick-up at the station (for direct arrival and departure)
  • Subsidy for arrival by train
  • Carefully elaborated route
  • Travel documents with suitable Swisstopo maps (1 x per room) 
  • Navigation app and GPS data available
  • SwitzerlandMobility-Plus subscription for one year 
  • Service Hotline

Note:

  • Train ride from Pontresina to Morteratsch is not included in the prices (approx. CHF 3.- per person with the half fare card)
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Reservation fee of CHF 20.- per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Arrival by public transport in Davos. Suitcases must be handed in at the luggage counter in Landquart by 10:00 a.m. 
  • Departure from Poschiavo. 

Further information:

  • Overnight stays at the Alpine huts require suitable sleeping bags.
  • We recommend that you take a look at the SAC Mountain and Alpine hiking scale for a better evaluation of the level of difficulty.
  • Please note that there will be no luggage transport to each individual Alpine hut. Your baggage will be transported directly from the arrival location to the departure location.

Arrival by train:
Leave the car at home! For every bike, biking or hiking tour in Switzerland, you will receive an SBB coupon per participant, which you can use to deduct CHF 10 from the ticket price for traveling by train. The reduction can be obtained in the SBB online store or in the SBB app.

On many trips, we use the luggage counters at the stations at the beginning and at the end to hand over the suitcases. You can conveniently combine this right away when you arrive by train. If you are a GA owner, you can provide this information when booking. We will credit you the amount on the invoice. If you don't need the coupon for the trip itself, you can use it during the year. Unfortunately, a retroactive refund is not possible for administrative reasons.

Travel documents

Travel documents "digital"

We reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the Eurotrek Travel Guide App. We provide you with further information online.

In advance you will receive a package of documents with the following contents:

  • Your travel program
  • Luggage tags
  • Description of how to use the app
  • Any vouchers
  • Detailed program with map sections

The Eurotrek Travel Guide App will help you additionally to find your way around. In addition to your digital map, you will find further information about your booked trip. The app is also available offline, simply download the trip in advance.

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