A Hike to the the Boval Mountain Hut Near Morteratsch
Following on from our article about resources for hiking in Switzerland (see here for more information), we went on a hike to the Boval Mountain Hut and the Morteratsch Glacier in Graubunden in mid June. Not only was it a beautiful hike but the train ride from Zurich passes though some wonderful countryside, making the journey itself a great outing on its own.
Some great views as the train wends its way through the passes and above the gorges.
If you live in Zurich it’s best to take the train direct from Zurich Hauptbahnhof. Alternatively if you live outside Zurich and want to drive to Chur and board the train there that is also an option. Alternatively you could drive to Morteratsch and park in the car park there.
After our train journey to Morteratsch we stopped at the great restaurant right next to station where we had a wonderful lunch. We then set off on this very scenic hike.
Views at 2,500m
The hike is well signposted throughout and it takes you up through amazing countryside with fabulous views crossing waterfalls and walking over snow (so do make sure you have waterproof footwear). In the final stages there is a fairly steep ascent to a height of just over 2,500m as you reach the Boval Mountain Hut.
The Boval Hut had just opened when we arrived (it opens from mid-June to October) and it is a very popular stop for hikers and climbers alike. It was clean but basic with great views from its panoramic terrace.
The Boval Hut
A copious 4 course dinner accompanied by wine (small supplement) was served early evening and in the morning a good breakfast to prepare us for the 2 hour descent back to Morteratsch. The accommodation was in bunk style dormitory rooms but please note there is no hot water and there are no showers!
It was fine for just a night and luckily we had great weather and we received a warm welcome from our friendly hosts.
If you would like to wake up to amazing glacier views, the hike from Morteratsch to the Boval Hut is definitely worth doing.
Please note that the Boval Hut is open from mid June to mid October for the Summer Season and from mid March till Mid May for the Winter season.
Address: 7504 Pontresina
Tel: 081 842 64 03
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