Bernina “Haute Route”, 4-day Ski touring with ascent on Piz Palu

Rentao, a UIAGM-certified guide, will lead you on this fun and beautiful 4-day ski touring trip along the Bernina “Haute Route”, including an ascent of the towering and majestic Piz Palu mountain, a stunning summit which provides views out over the alps and Europe.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

4 days

Mountain Range

Alps

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Intermediate

Offer Period

Jan, Feb, Mar, Nov, Dec

Type of Trip

Group

Highlights

 
  • Scale the summit of the glorious Piz Palu!

  • See some of the best views over Europe imaginable

  • Eat dinner with the Bernini Mountain Range as a backdrop

 

Join me on this exciting and rewarding 4-day ski touring adventure through the Bernina “Haute Route” in Switzerland and you will access some of the most breathtaking and exquisite views in Europe, as we scale the various summits on the mighty Piz Palu and look out over the sweeping, dramatic and vast valleys and mountain tops of the alps.

Piz Palu is located between Switzerland and Italy, with most of its peaks being on the Swiss side, and has long been renowned as an excellent climbing mountain. Its location and climate mean there are perfect climbing conditions for much of the year.

We will begin on the morning of the first day at our office, before driving to the Bernina Pass. We then start ski touring in earnest as we go up the Piz Minor, before riding the cable car up to Diavolezza, where dinner will be eaten with the backdrop of fantastic panoramic views of the Bernini Mountain Range.

The second day is where we hit the highest and most challenging part of the trip, the ascent of Piz Palu. Past mesmerizing glaciers and huge crevasses, we will ski tour as far we can up the mountain before switching to ice picks and crampons to reach the Eastern summit, and if the weather is clear, the main summit.

From here it seems as thought the whole of Europe stretches out before you, with the valleys below going out to the horizon, the snow-capped peak of the Alps dotting the landscape.

The subsequent two days are spent ski touring up Piz Tschierva and Piz San Gian, before we finish up back at our start point, having packed so much in to this 4-days.

Ski touring around the Bernina area is a fun and unique experience – book now to give it a try!

For those who want a shorter experience, try our 3-day ascents of Bernina and Piz Palu, here!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
600 EUR

Group of 2
600 EUR

Group of 3
600 EUR

Group of 4
600 EUR

Group of 5
600 EUR

Group of 6
600 EUR

Group of 7
600 EUR

Group of 8
600 EUR

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
 Price per person for a group of minimum 3 people.
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 1Piz Minor

    Meeting point 7:00 am at the office of the Bergsteigerschule Pontresina. Welcome, material control and drive to the Bernina Pass. Ski tour on the Piz Minor (1000hm, 3.5h) and then ascend by cable car to Diavolezza. At dinner we enjoy the great panorama of the Bernini Mountian Range. Overnight in a 6-bed room.

  • Day 2Piz Palu

    Ski tour on the Piz Palü. We start early in the morning on the Pers glacier, where we prepare for the ascent. Leisurely we look for the way through the Cambrenabrüche with its impressive crevasses. At 3730 m we leave our skis and climb with crampons and ice picks the last few meters up to the eastern summit of Piz Palü. With good conditions, we go even further to the main summit. From the ski depot we ski via Pers and Morteratsch glacier to Bovalhütte. Overnight in a shared room.
    With more than three participants a second mountain guide will accompany us on this day to ensure maximum safety on the summit ascent.

  • Day 3Piz Tschierva

    Today we will experience a quiet and secluded area of the Bernina region up close. Let yourself be surprised. From the Piz Tschierva we have a great view of the Piz Bernina and its surrounding. From the Boval hut we climb via Fuorcla Misaun or Piz Misaun to Piz Tschierva (1100hm, 4.5h). Then departure to the Hotel Roseg. Overnight in a 6-bed room.

  • Day 4Piz San Gian

    Today we climb from Val Roseg to Piz San Gian (1200hm, 4h). An incredibly beautiful and long descent takes us directly to St. Moritz Bad.

 
 

Other details

 
Skill level required

Intermediate

Fitness level required

Fit

Meeting point

Offices of the Bergsteigerschule Pontresina in Pontresina, Switzerland

Accommodation

Hut and hotel accommodation every night.

 

About the Guide

 
 

I was born in 1961, I live in Campitello di Fassa, in the Dolomites, together with my family. I have two sons, one is a mountain guide, the other is a ski instructor. I am a certified mountain guide since 1982, an instructor of guides, alpine ski instructor and a Federal coach for ISEF.

Being in the mountains has always been my passion, guiding people, teaching them climbing, mountaineering... during the various seasons of the year. I very much enjoy drawing nice curves in fresh powder snow and discover the charm of the frozen waterfalls.

My curriculum and professional mountaineering is made of many ascents and some openings of routes in the Dolomites and the Alps. I climbed in Yosemite Valley (California), Ben Nevis (Scotland) and Norway, Greece, Spain and Sardinia. I did also several high altitude climbs like Mt Denali (Alaska), Ama Dablam (6828m), Cho Oyu (8201m), Manaslu (8163m), Shivling in India (6545m), Cotopaxi and Chimborazo in Ecuador (5897m and 6310m), Patagonia (Argentina).

Feel free to get in touch with me if you are coming in the Dolomites for skiing (alpine, freeride and ski touring), rock climbing, sport climbing and multi pitch climbing. It will be my pleasure to guide you here and let you discover my secret spots.

 
 
FROM 600 EURper person
 

 

What People are Saying about Renato Bernard

 

Since Renato could not confirm our trip, his son Etienne (who is also a mountain guide) did a perfect job guiding us firstly on Via Ferratas and going all the way up to a pure rock climbing on the last day. We have gained exactly what we\'ve wanted from this trip and thanks to Etienne - even more! Etienne showed himself as a professional guide, who truly knows the mountain, who is able to quickly evaluate his client\'s capabilities and suggest appropriate routes in order to enhance the excitement, and who is willing to share his experience and knowledge to increase your degree of immersion!
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Wing Cheung
My fiancé and I were new to ski touring and requested our guide to assist us in completing the historical haute route. 5 nights and 6 days. Renato became not just our guide but our friend during the trip. We faced unexpected challenges from Mother Nature and Renato protected us. He patiently taught me how to ski tour and maneuver the mountain even though I should have known already. His stories and charming personality made the trip so much more enjoyable. His knowledge of the terrain and our skill limitations allowed him to guide us safely to our destination. We hope to hire him in the future for more fun adventures. We highly recommend him for your guiding needs.
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Christine Nuyen
 

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