Muottas da Puntraschigna

Muottas da Puntraschigna

Eastern Swiss Alps

Route: Muottas da Puntraschigna

Area: Eastern Swiss Alps

Date of walk: 30th June 2014

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly

Distance: 4.0 miles

Weather: sunny with some cloud cover

Having finished our glacier walk by mid morning – click here for details – we decided we had plenty of time for another walk. As it was the last day of our holiday, we thought it would be appropriate to visit the local Pontresina mountains ‘Muottas da Puntraschigna’. We can clearly see the foothills from the balcony of our hotel room, though we had no idea whether it would be an easy climb or not. It’s shown on the map as a hiking route so we didn’t anticipate any problems

Having stepped off the train at the end of our earlier walk, we started this one directly from the station at Surovas and we soon climbing up quite steeply through the pine forest. There was plenty of snow still lying on the ground but it was melting very quickly and didn’t cause us any issues, though we had to take care

It took us about 1 hour 20 minutes to reach ‘the top’ where a signpost announces the Muottas da Puntraschigna. Although it’s the top of the hiking route, it’s not the top of the mountains themselves – the climb up there is beyond the reach of ordinary pedestrians like us

The descent path was quite steep in places but there were no problems and the ingenious route somehow managed to avoid the towering cliffs bringing us down safely back to the start. That made two great walks in one day, but there was still time for another excursion – read on……

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