The four-thousander of the Eastern Alps
Chiesa Valmalenco (960 m, from Sondrio railway station regular bus connections to Chiesa)
Saddle, below Piz Morteratsch (3347 m)
Total travelling time:
Overall height gain/loss:
+ 7524 m - 7051 m route 6a + 7a,
+ 6782 m - 5141 m route 6b + 7b
Selva – Urgnasch – Plaz Cervas – Val – Braita – Alp Varuna – Cavaglia – Alp Grüm
From Selva (1458 m) take the path to Urgnasch, and then follow a logging road to Plaz Cervas, followed by another road running through the splendid Urse valley towards the town of Val (1631 m). The trail goes past Cugnani, then rises gently to Braita (1820 m) followed by the stunning Varuna valley and Mount Varuna (1898 m). Keep going ahead and past the towns of Motta di Cadera and Cavagliola till you reach the small rural community of Cavaglia* (1693 m). If you think that the day has not been particularly demanding so far, then wait until you start climbing up to Alp Grüm (2091 m). You will need all the energy you have left to reach this place, where you can stay over night! The other optional overnight stay is at the “Albergo Belvedere” hotel (2189 m), 100m higher and a further walk of around 20 minutes.
*In Cavaglia try to visit the Gletschergarten (the whole tour takes about an hour and 50 m height gain): the path is equipped with explanatory panels and you can also visit the recently discovered „Giant’s cooking pots“.
Rif. Cavaglia (1,693 m): Tel. +41-(0)81-8440565, e-mail: [email protected]
, open from the beginning of May to the end of October, private.
Buffet Alp Grüm (2,091 m): Tel. +41-(0)81-8440318, e-mail: [email protected]
, open almost all year, private.
Albergo Belvedere (Alp Grüm, 2,189 m): Tel. +41-(0)81-8440314, e-mail: [email protected]
, open from the end of May to mid October, private.