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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  • 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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  • Meta choice quite by accident but really spectacular! You leave your car in the parking surcharge after camping. For those who had not, there is a change coins under the porch. Calculated that round, return and a half-hour to take some pictures at the glacier you will need approximately 2.5 hours. The trail follows the valley formed by the glacier. Very nice all the surrounding environment and equipped with benches where you can sit and admire the view. Along the path you are having columns that shows the level of the glacier since 1800 and lots of interesting information on the glacier. Worth the stop and read them. The path leads up to an Esplanade where you can admire the glacier which is still far away for security reasons! We went at the end of October, so we imagine that in the spring the ice tongue is a little wider but it was still a great experience. Location very good to do even with the stroller!
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  • A wonderful hike with breathtaking mountain views, and very instructive: one based on rich information live experience, meaning glacier melt, how rapidly the glacier has decreased in the past years and decades. For the way we recommend the higher mountain trail (right turn after railway station Morteratsch Boval hut) with great vantage points. An easy mountain hike, went perfectly with our 5 year old son.
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