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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  • Very beautiful and spectacular hiking trail with a breathtaking view on the glacier! Really to recommend! Footwear definitely necessary and perhaps also provisions to take!
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  • A simple trail from Morteratsch railway station to the foot of the glacier. Informative Panel on fauna and nature on the respective year markings illustrate the decline of the glacier within the last 150 years
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  • Reached with the Red Bernina train, stop Morteratsch, there is a walk of about fifty minutes to go. The path is well marked. Large and easily accessible. In any case, recommended hiking shoes. And winter windproof jacket. Every so often stop by in silence and look around. You can stop at various points, perhaps to a pick-nick, but definitely not in winter because of the cold temperatures, with an average of -10° c. On the route are places of information panels with date or indicate by year, to what extent did the glacier. Almost a third of the path you walk on what was once already glacier, now retired. The date stamps on one side explain as it appeared the glacier in that year and the other side explain as it appeared the area and local activities. At the end of the walk, you can walk reported to a small part of the glacier itself, until coming to the base. This part of the journey is at your own risk. To continue on to the glacier is discouraged to go it alone. In the circumstances, only by an experienced guide.
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