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The Tour of the Bernina

9 day tour in Switzerland and Italy and Tour of Italy's Valmalenco

Guidebook describing a 9-stage (119km) route around the Piz Bernina massif in the Alps on the Swiss-Italian border near St Moritz, and the 8-stage (94km) Alta Via Valmalenco exploring the Valmalenco valley, in the shadow of Monte Disgrazia. The Tour of the Bernina is suitable for first-time trekkers but the Alta Via needs some experience.


Late June to late September.


In Switzerland: St Moritz, Sils Maria, Pontresina, Maloja, Bernina Pass, Poschiavo In Italy: Sondrio, Chiareggio, Chiesa in Valmalenco


While no glacier crossings are involved on these treks, some basic alpine walking experience is recommended. Clear paths and old mule tracks are followed for the most part, along with routes over rough rocky terrain, and snow cover is to be expected early in the season.

Must See

Awesome glaciers from Val Roseg, Rifugio Del Grande and Rifugio Marinelli in Valmalenco, and the Diavolezza belvedere. The Bernina Express train between Tirano and St Moritz experiences fantastic views and can be used to access the Bernina trek. Spectacular peaks en route include 4049m Piz Bernina, 3937m Piz Roseg, 3678m Monte Disgrazia, 3323m Pizzo Scalino.
5 Mar 2015
17.20 x 11.60 x 1.30cm

A guidebook to two trekking routes in the Swiss and Italian Alps. The Tour of the Bernina, a circular route around Piz Bernina covering 119km (74 miles), is suitable for trekkers of all experience levels and can be completed in 9 days. The Alta Via Valmalenco, a circular route in the shadow of Monte Disgrazia covering 94km (58 miles), is suitable for trekkers with some Alpine trekking experience and can be completed in 8 days.

The Tour of the Bernina is presented anti-clockwise in 9 stages, each between 7 and 19km (4–12 miles) in length, whilst the Alta Via Valmalenco is presented clockwise in 8 stages of 8–14km (5–9 miles) in length. Several extensions and detours are also included allowing the route to be adapted.

  • Sketch maps included for each stage
  • Detailed information on accommodation and amenities
  • Advice on planning and preparation
  • Highlights include the Diavolezza

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By Gillian Price

Gillian Price has trekked throughout Asia and the Himalayas, but now lives in Venice. Gillian has steadily explored the mountain ranges of Italy, and Corsica, and brought them to life for visitors in a series of outstanding guides for Cicerone. She is an active member of the Italian Alpine Club (CAI) and Mountain Wilderness.

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