Alpinism has a long tradition in Pontresina. The imposing mountains of the Bernina Range were first climbed as early as in the middle of the 19th century – mainly by local mountaineers. Ever since then, the majestic Engadine ice and snowcapped mountains have featured on every climber’s bucket list. As soon as the winter is over, the summer tour season starts. The high alpine conditions accommodate climbers well into October. Once equipped with crampons and ice axe, off you go: cross a glacier, climb the Biancograt to the Piz Bernina, or try a climbing route in a rope party with an experienced mountain guide. If you want to take it a little slower, climb one of the three via ferrata or overcome obstacles on the dizzy heights of the high ropes course Pontresina. Can you already feel the tingling under your fingernails?
High Alpine tours & climbing in Pontresina, the Engadine
Alpinism is synonymous with Pontresina like cheese is to a fondue.
Tip: glacier trekking Diavolezza
This high alpine glacier tour leads up to a unique vantage point in the midst of the Bernina Range. From the Diavolezza, you head down to the Pers Glacier, cross it, and then climb to the Gemsfreiheit (3,186 metres above sea level). From there, you continue along the base of Piz Palü to Fuorcla Trovat and back to the Diavolezza. The hiking time is approximately 6 hours. The Bergsteigerschule Pontresina knows the way.
Pontresina High Ropes Course
Balancing, swinging, and climbing. The Pontresina high ropes course makes for novel fun and action. The facility is located in the forest. Rope bridges, ziplines, balance beams and other challenges await visitors aged four years and over. Children under 13 years must be accompanied by an adult. Professionals instruct all visitors and prepare them with safety equipment. Once you have mastered the test course, you're free to head to the high ropes course. All information on the high ropes course can be found here: www.hochseilgarten-pontresina.ch.
Via ferrata and climbing gardens in Pontresina
If you want to reach new heights but prefer hiking boots over crampons and ice axes, you have a choice of attractive white-blue-white-marked alpine routes. For climbers, the via ferrata La Resgia* and Piz Trovat I and II, as well as the 17 climbing gardens in Engadine St. Moritz provide plenty of challenges – not only for experienced climbers but also for beginners and families. For more information about climbing and mountaineering go to the website of Engadine St. Moritz.
*The 1st part of the via ferrata La Resgia is closed for the 2020 season due to rockfall and will be closed in June 2021 at the earliest. The 2nd part of the via ferrata La Resgia is still passable.
GUIDED HIGH ALPINE AND CLIMBING TOURS AS WELL AS RENTAL EQUIPMENT
The Bergsteigerschule Pontresina and Go Vertical provide tour advice, guides, training and rental equipment.