Ascent Morteratsch glacier

810 m
0:35 hr
161 m
0 m
Stage Tour TOP Moderate
Best season
Starting point of the tour
End of the Morteratsch Glacier Trail
Destination of the tour
Tongue of the Morteratsch glacier
Lowest point
2.023 m
Highest point
2.184 m
  • Scenic
  • Geological highlights
Source : Engadin Tourismus AG

The ascent to the Morteratsch glacier starts at the wooden bridge at the end of the Morteratsch glacier trail. The short mountain hike (approx. 30 min.) leads over scree and a rock step up to the glacier tongue. The path is not clearly visible everywhere. It is therefore important to keep the white-red-white markings in sight at all times.

The ascent path leads to a rocky plain (approx. 2140m), where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the Morteratsch glacier, its moraines and the surrounding mountains. The glacier is right at your feet and the elemental force of Piz Bernina (4048m), Bellavista (3922m) and Crast' Agüza (3870m) can be felt up close. There is usually a cool breeze here; if you want to enjoy the view of the glacier world for longer, take a jacket with you even in summer.

The new mountain hiking trail (since summer 2023) was created because the glacier had retreated more and more. Thanks to the ascent path, access to the Morteratsch glacier is possible again - even without alpine experience. The marked path ends in front of the glacier tongue; entering the glacier is only recommended with a mountain guide and appropriate equipment.

If you want to walk the new trail, you first have to take the Morteratsch glacier trail under your feet or pedals, an easy hiking trail, wide and suitable for prams. In contrast, the ascent path requires surefootedness and some mountain mobility. The ascent leads through a small rock couloir and the ground is sometimes slippery. Good shoes are highly recommended. 


More information
Engadin Tourismus AG
Via Maistra 1
CH-7500 St. Moritz
Phone: +41 81 830 00 01

Safety information
Surefootedness required
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