Hiking in Switzerland – a Hike to the Morteratsch Glacier, Pontresina and Overnight Stay in the Boval Mountain Hut

Filed in Snow, Swiss Mountains, Travel by on June 27, 2013 3 Comments

Morteratsch Glacier and hike

Following on from our recent article about resources for hiking in Switzerland (see here for more information), last week we went on a hike to the Morteratsch Galcier in Graubunden. 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.

Swiss Train Journey

Some great views as the train wends it s way through the passes and above the gorges.

Morteratsch Glacier ©NewInZurich.com

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.

Hiking Signpost ©newInZurich.com

The hike is well signposted throughout and to extend it a little you could, like us, start at the valley floor and walk along the edge of the Val Bernina taking a slight diversion to stop at the great restaurant right next to Morteratsch station for a wonderful lunch, snack or just one of their amazing tarts or ice creams.

Coffee and tart

The hike takes you up through amazing countryside with fabulous views crossing waterfalls, walking over snow with a steeper ascent in the final stages to a height of just over 2,500m to reach the Boval Mountain Hut.

Morteratsch Glacier ©NewInZurich.com

The Boval Hut had just opened (it opens from mid-June to October) and is a very popular stop for hikers and climbers alike. It was clean but basic with great views from its panoramic terrace.

Morteratsch Glacier

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!

Mountain Hut Boval in Morteratsch Glacier

It was fine for just a night and luckily we had great weather and we received a warm welcome from our friendly hosts.

Hiking in Morteratsch

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  1. Kathryn Vasilaky says:

    Can you say if there’s a website or phone number for Boval Mountain Hut?

    Thank you,
    Kathryn

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