Two pretty lakes, a panoramic pass and lovely views of the Albula and Bernina Alps are the scenic rewards of this lovely hike crossing the rugged range between Julier Pass and the Upper Engadine Lakes plateau.
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- Distance: 2.6 miles (one way) to Fuorcla Grevasalvas
8.4 miles (one way) to Maloja (Complete Hike)
- Elevation: 7,330-ft. at Trailhead
8,820-ft. at Fuorcla Grevasalvas
5,950-ft. at Maloja (Complete Hike)
- Elevation Gain: 1,490-ft. to Fuorcla Grevasalvas
-3,542-ft. to Maloja (Complete Hike)
- Difficulty: moderate-strenuous
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St Moritz / Eastern Switzerland
Why Hike Julier Pass to Fuorcla Grevasalvas to Maloja
This great hike travels up a beautiful valley, crosses the scenic Grevasalvas Pass and then traverses high above the north side of the Upper Engadine valley before dropping down to Maloja. Along the way the hike visits two idyllic lakes and enjoys splendid views of the Albula and Bernina Alps.
The day starts with a postbus ride to a stop just west of Julier Pass. Here hikers south, on a trail climbing steeply to a hanging valley cradling pretty Lake Grevasalvas beneath the rugged slopes of Piz Lagrev. Beyond the lake the trail travels through lovely meadows and then climbs talus slopes to Fuorcla Grevasalvas. Here panoramic views stretch west to the peaks of the Albula range and south to the Bernina peaks, from Piz Gluschaint to Piz Fora, towering above the Lej da Segl (Lake Segl) in the Upper Engadine Valley. The Mont Sissone massif rises to the southwest of Maloja at the head of Lake Segl..
From the pass the trail descends along the south facing slopes of Piz d’Emmat Dadaint, and then turns southwest, dropping steeply down to the pretty pastures of the Plaun Grand were it turns west/northwest toward Lake Lunghin. A climb through rocky meadows and along talus slopes leads to the hanging valley where Lake Lunghin lies nestled in a rocky bowl.
From the lake the trail drops steeply down to Maloja, with grand views of the Bernina Range and the southern end of the Upper Engadine Lake plateau. In Maloja, hikers can catch a postbus back to St. Moritz.
This hike passes through several boulder fields and includes a steep descent to Maloja. The day can be shortened by skipping the visit to Lake Lunghin and dropping down to Plaun de Lej from Fuorcla Grevasalvas.
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