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Mountain climbing and alpinism

Anyone keen on bagging an Alpine summit or two is spoilt for choice: with numerous peaks of over 3,000 metres (10,000ft), the Upper Engadin offers an exceptional variety of high-mountain thrills.

Those who prefer hiking boots and walking poles to crampons and an ice axe can opt for one of the many Alpine hiking routes.

Other exciting climbing experiences include the high-rope challenge course and the 17 practice rock walls, which attract not only experienced climbers but also beginners and active families.

Glacier hike: Diavolezza–Morteratsch

The only thing you need in order to tackle the spectacular tour from the Diavolezza summit station across the Pers and Bernina Glaciers and back down to Morteratsch railway station are surefootedness and sufficient stamina to cope with the 1,100m altitude difference. Here, amidst the largest mountain range in the eastern Alps, with the 4,049m high Piz Bernina in the middle, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating world of the glaciers that surround you on all sides. Some five billion tonnes of ice, covering a total distance of 12 kilometres and an altitude difference of 1,000 metres, creep lethargically down into the valley. The guided glacier hike provides an insight into a variety of natural phenomena – from crevasses, to glacial mills and erratics, through to the formation of moraines.

Piz Bernina (4,049m)

The majestic and sophisticated Kings of the eastern Alps deliver a hard-fought duel to win the favour of alpinists. All manner of legends abound about the history-steeped Piz Palü (3,901m). But the Piz Bernina, standing tall at 4,049m, is - quite literally - the absolute highlight of the eastern Alps: it doesn't get any higher than this. Tackling this giant also requires stamina and skill, as well as the appropriate equipment, such as pick axe, crampons and ropes.

Piz Trovat via ferrata

The first via ferrata – or fixed-rope climb – in the Engadin follows a two-hour route up to the Piz Trovat (3,146m), where, just a 20-minute walk from the Diavolezza top station, alpinists can enjoy a simple climbing experience while taking in magnificent panoramic views. The route starts at around 2,850 metres above sea level, and after following the western buttress, leads to a small gorge (at 3,050m) and on up to the summit. Here, after traversing around 500 steps, a ladder and a bridge, you can see the Bernina massif laid out below your feet. Climbers should be generally fit, sure-footed and have a good head for heights. The obligatory equipment can be hired at the Diavolezza bottom station.

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Pontresina Rope Park

Balance, roll, wiggle, clamber, crawl, swing, hop, climb or jump: the new high-rope challenge course in Pontresina is the perfect place to let off steam. The facility is located in the forest, and with its series of platforms linked by rope bridges, zip wires, wobbly beams and various obstacles, offers exciting challenges for agile and sure-footed visitors over the age of four. Children under the age of 13 are only admitted to the park if they are accompanied by an adult. Visitors are given expert instruction, equipped with safety equipment and assessed on a test route.

More information: Mountain Climbing in St. Moritz and the Engadine valley

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