Morteratsch Glacier, Pontresina

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The Morteratsch Glacier is the largest glacier by area in the Bernina Range of the Bündner Alps in Switzerland.It is, just after the Pasterze Glacier and Gepatschferner, the third largest and by volume the most massive glacier in the eastern alps. The Morteratsch Glacier is a typical valley glacier with a pronounced ice front. The accumulation zone lies between the peaks of Piz Morteratsch, Piz Bernina, Crast' Agüzza, Piz Argient, Piz Zupò and Bellavista. From Piz Argient to the ice front in the Val Morteratsch, its horizontal extent is about ~7km, with an altitude difference of up to 2000m. Together with the Pers Glacier, originating at Piz Palü, which joins the Morteratsch just below the rock formation Isla Persa, it covers an area of about 16km2. The volume of the ice is estimated to be about 1.2 km3. The Morteratsch Glacier drains through Inn River and Danube into the Black Sea.In spring, depending on the snow conditions, a 10-km-long ski-run accessible to skilled skiers is marked on the glacier. It leads from the Diavolezza aerial tramway terminus to the Morteratsch inn and has an altitude difference of 1100m. The RhB Station Morteratsch used to be situated directly at the ice front of the glacier. The ice front has receded over 1800m in the meantime, and cannot be seen from the station today. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Morteratsch Glacier by using our Pontresina trip itinerary builder.
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  • I came here from the nearby and adjacent glacier Diavolezza- see my recent review of that (and photos). From there- and not wanting to wait for the train, I took the bus in the direction of...  more »
  • What a great easy hike to see this glacier. We caught the train out and hiked out - took about an hour to walk it with stops to read the informative signs along the way. The path is well maintained...  more »
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  • See it while you still can
  • One of the best attractions in the region. Very easily accessible, you can walk up right to the ice front. Very beautiful region too.
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