Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard

Distance: 4.0 miles (one way)

near St Moritz in Eastern Switzerland

Introduction

Views of the Bernina Alps to the south of the Segantini Hut

Almost every step of this short hike is packed with stunning views. The trail starts at the top of the Muottas Muragl funicular with splendid views of the Albula Alps, dominated by Piz Julier and Piz Ot, towering above the lakes nestled along the floor of the Upper Engadine Valley. The high peaks of the Bernina Alps above Val Roseg and Morteratsch valley fill the skyline to the south while Piz Vadret and Piz Muragl rise above the Muragl valley to the east.

From the funicular station a scenic trail drops down to the floor of the Muragl Valley where it crosses the Ova da Muragl (stream) and then climbs steeply up to Bes-cha, an overlook at the end of the ridge extending from Piz Muragl. The overlook enjoys great views of the Bernina massif and the Albula range.

A short climbs leads to the high point of the hike at the Segantini hut with glorious views of the Bernina massif, Val Roseg, the Engadine Lake district and the Albula Alps. From the hut the trail descends briefly and then follows a panoramic traverse along the flanks of Las Sours before dropping steeply down to the chairlift at Alp Languard. The last two miles of the hike are along the themed Climate Trail which features eighteen information panels explaining how climate change is impacting the alpine environment.

This trail should not present any problems for most hikers. Please be aware that short sections of the trail are narrow and exposed. Fix chains bolted to the rock offer a level of security along these segments. Also the trail dropping down to Alp Languard is quite steep in places.

Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard

Close-up of the peaks at the head of Val Roseg

Take the Muottas Muragl Funicular from the Punt Muragl Talstation (bottom station) to Muottas Muragl (8,051-ft/2,454-meters) (see directions below). Overlooks near the exit to the funicular station offer stunning views of the Albula Alps to the west/southwest, dominated by Piz Julier and Piz Ot, towering above the Upper Engadine Valley. St. Moritz, Celerina and Samedan lie nestled along the valley floor.

To the south views extend up Val Roseg to the high peaks of the Bernina Alps, including Piz Bernina, Piz Scerscen, Piz Gluschaint and Piz Roseg, to name a few. To the east, Piz Vadret and Piz Muragl fill the skyline above the Val Muragl (Muragl Valley).

When you are done enjoying the views, find the trail signs behind the funicular station. Turn right (southeast) toward Chana Segantini (1h 45min) and Alp Languard (2h 45min) on a trail descending on moderate grades through pastures, passing Alp Muottas along the way. At 0.9 miles the grade abates as the trail reaches the floor of Val Muragl and passes a small building. Ignore the trail to the right that drops to Punt Muragl and Samedan.

Just before reaching a stream, pass a trail branching left at 1.1 miles toward Lej Muragl (Lake Muragl) and Fcla. Muragl (Muragl Pass). Continue straight ahead, crossing the wood bridge over the stream draining Val Muragl.

On the other side of the bridge ignore the trail branching right (west) and descending to Unterer Schaftberg, Alp Languard and Puntraschinga (a Romansh derivation of Pontresina). Our trail toward Chana Segantini (Sagantini Hut) and Alp Languard now climbs a series of steep switchbacks up the northwest face of the ridge extending from Piz Muragl. At 1.6 miles the switchbacks end as the trail curves to right and heads west, continuing its steep climb toward the top of the ridge.

As you ascend, enjoy ever improving views of Piz Ott and the peaks lining the head of the Val Saluver to the west of Celerina. To the north, Piz Kesch and Piz Cotschen and the peaks of the Albula range form the backdrop for Muottas Muragl at the western end of the ridge extending from Piz Vadret.

Soon the trail curves to the left (south/southwest) and climbs to the ridge crest at Munt de la Bes-cha (8,683-ft/2,647-meters) at 1.9 miles. Here glorious views extend west/southwest to Piz Ot, Piz Julier and the high peaks of the Albula range. Celerina and Samedan lie on either side of the flood plain marking the confluence of Val Bernia with the Upper Engadine valley. A string of lakes extend southwest along the Upper Engadine valley floor, with St. Moritz surrounding the west/southwest sides of the Lake St. Moritz.

To south are wonderful views of Piz Roseg, Piz Scerscen, Piz Sella and Piz Gluschaint rising above the head of the Val Roseg. Piz Bernina, Piz Zupo and Piz Palu soar above the Morterarsch Valley to the east of Val Roseg.

From Bes-char the trail climbs steeply up the broad ridge crest to the Segantini Hut (8,960-ft/2,731-meters) at 2.1 miles with breathtaking views of the Bernina massif, Val Roseg, the Upper Engadine Lake district and the Albula Alps. The hut, now a restaurant, is named after a famous artist that painted and died here in 1899. Beyond the hut the trail travels along easy grades, passing some nice places to sit and take in the views.

Pass a junction at 2.25 miles with a trail branching left and climbing to the summit of Las Sours. Our trail branches to the right, dropping steeply through meadows along the southwest face of the ridge.

Reach a trail junction at 2.5 miles. The trail to the right drops down very steep switchbacks to Unter Schafberg and Pontresina. We take the trail straight ahead toward the Berstation Languard and Piz Languard. You are now on the Climate Trail, which features eighteen information panels explaining how climate change is impacting the Alpine environment.

Follow the trail as it traverses southeast along the extremely steep flanks of Las Sours, passing through an area of avalanche barriers. Fixed chains provide a level of security along narrow, exposed section of the path. Along the way enjoy stunning, non-stop views of the Bernina massif, Piz Zupo and Piz Palu and the Morteratsch glacier.

Reach a “Y” intersection at 3.0 miles. The trail to the left, heading toward Piz Languard, continues the traverse beneath the southwest face of Piz Muragl. We take the trail branching right toward the Bergstation Languard and Puntraschinga, descending steeply along the slopes beneath Piz Muragl to a junction at 3.9 miles. Turn right on the trail to the Bergstation Languard, now in sight, and Pontresina. Reach the chairlift at Alp Languard (7,644-ft/2,330-meters) at 4.0 miles. A six minute chairlift ride whisks hikers down to Pontresina. Alternatively, a trail drops steeply down the hillside to Pontresina, losing over 1,700-ft in 1.6 miles.

Hike Facts

  • Distance: 4.0 miles (one way)
  • Elevation: 8,050-ft. - 8,970-ft.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,270-ft.
  • Difficulty: moderate
  • Basecamp(s): St Moritz
  • Region: Eastern Switzerland

 

Elevation Profile

Elevation Profile - Muottas Muragl to Alp Languard

 

 

Driving Directions

From St. Moritz: Take the bus from St. Moritz to Punt Muragl Talstation (the bottom station of the Muottas Muragl Funicular), located in Val Bernina to the northwest of Pontresina. From the St. Moritz Bahnhoff, take the #1 bus toward Samedan, which stops at Punt Muragl. There are other bus routes that stop at Punt Muragl leaving from St. Moritz, St. Moritz Bad and Pontresina. Get bus information from the local tourist office or visit the SBB Website or download the app to find the best option near your accommodations.

From Alp Languard to St. Moritz: Take the chairlift from Alp Languard to the bottom station in Pontresina. Exit the chair lift and walk down the street. Take a right (northwest) on Via Cruscheda. Follow Crusheda down to Via Maistra, the main street in Pontresina. Continue straight ahead on Maistra (northwest) to the Pontresina Rondo bus stop. Catch the #1 bus in the direction of Surlej, Corvatschbahn and get off at the stop in St. Moritz closest to your accommodations. The ride takes 45 minutes.

Other options require a bus change or a long walk. For example, you can walk to the Pontresina, Punt Ota Sur bus stop. (To find the Punt Ota Sur stop, continue along Via Miastra and turn left on Via Da la Staziun. Follow this street for a short distance to the Punta Ota Sur bus stop.) At this stop, get on a #2 bus bounds for Silvaplana post. Change to the #1 bus (headed to the St. Moritz Bahnhoff) at the Punt Muragl Tal Station.

You can also follow Via Da la Staziun as it drops down the hill, crosses the River Flax on a bridge and then curves around to the Pontresina train station. At the train station get on a train headed for St. Moritz. The walk to the train station will take about 20 minutes.

 

Trail Resources

Trail Photo Gallery / Trail Map

Basecamp(s) Information:
St Moritz

Region Information:
Eastern Switzerland

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Switzerland