Morteratsch Glacier, Pontresina
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The Morteratsch Glacier is the largest glacier by area in the Bernina Range of the Bündner Alps in Switzerland.It is, just after the Pasterze Glacier and Gepatschferner, the third largest and by volume the most massive glacier in the eastern alps. The Morteratsch Glacier is a typical valley glacier with a pronounced ice front. The accumulation zone lies between the peaks of Piz Morteratsch, Piz Bernina, Crast' Agüzza, Piz Argient, Piz Zupò and Bellavista. From Piz Argient to the ice front in the Val Morteratsch, its horizontal extent is about ~7km, with an altitude difference of up to 2000m. Together with the Pers Glacier, originating at Piz Palü, which joins the Morteratsch just below the rock formation Isla Persa, it covers an area of about 16km2. The volume of the ice is estimated to be about 1.2 km3. The Morteratsch Glacier drains through Inn River and Danube into the Black Sea.In spring, depending on the snow conditions, a 10-km-long ski-run accessible to skilled skiers is marked on the glacier. It leads from the Diavolezza aerial tramway terminus to the Morteratsch inn and has an altitude difference of 1100m. The RhB Station Morteratsch used to be situated directly at the ice front of the glacier. The ice front has receded over 1800m in the meantime, and cannot be seen from the station today.
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  • Be strolling on the White Lake with the colours of the sea in an icy but transparent. Wonder King, beauty, indeed, the great beauty.
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  • The hike on the premises, from which the Morteratsch Glacier, unfortunately in the last about 150 years increasingly has adopted fast unfortunately is highly recommended. It takes about 2 hours and until the end of the well signposted and marked with information steles trail and back to the starting point. Walking distance is about 6 km long. The hike is recommended for children.
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  • The path that leads to the glacier can be reached either via the Rhaetian Railway, both by car, with comfortable and large public car park. The trail is very large and not at all challenging. We have a legegra carri detour to the village "chüneta", slightly elevated, from where you can enjoy a nice view over the Valley. We are then going back down to the main path, and within a short time we have arrived at the foot of the glacier. Rarely happens that you can touch (in the true sense of the word) a glacier, and it was a beautiful and unforgettable experience. Both the glacier and the surrounding landscape are a rare beauty, I would recommend a lot of pictures. Attention: caution in approaching the glacier, there is danger of falling rocks and ice (some signs warn of the danger), under the glacier you can stop only a few moments at your own risk.
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