Hiking the Swiss Alps of Adelboden and Pontresina


04 September 2015

There is fog in the valley this morning but mostly clear skies above when we awoke. Good weather today for hiking!

Muragl Bahn funicular up to Muattos Muragl.
Muragl Bahn funicular up to Muattos Muragl.

We take the bus to Punt Muragl (pronounced mur-eye-al) station to catch the Muragl Bahn funicular up Muattos Muragl (1738m to 2456 m). At the top we are above the fog and clouds and the view is spectacular in all directions. We set off to Lej Muragl (2713 m). Snow had fallen overnight at these elevations and it made for a scenic vista—um, that is, even more scenic than it already was, if that’s possible.

Panorama from the funicular station.
Panorama from the funicular station.
Art in the mountains.
Art in the mountains.
Lej Muragl is towards the upper left. On we go!
Lej Muragl is towards the upper left. On we go!
We saw many cows in Switzerland; these were the only horses.
We saw many cows in Switzerland; these were the only horses.

Only two other hikers have come this way this morning and the solitude in which we enjoy the panoramic scenery is greatly appreciated. We spend about a half hour at the lake watching the fish swimming in the shallows, gazing at the reflection of snow-covered peaks in the water, and reveling in the presence of large mountains in almost every direction. In other words, we don’t want to leave—but we must as we have many more hours of hiking ahead of us. Off we go!

The approach to Lej Muragl.
The approach to Lej Muragl.
Crystal-clear waters of Lej Muragl.
Crystal-clear waters of Lej Muragl.
Panoramic image of Lej Muragl in the Swiss Alps.
Panoramic image of Lej Muragl in the Swiss Alps.

From the lake, we descend through Val Muragl to 2364 m then begin an ascent to Chamanna Segantini (2731 m) where we have lunch with a sweeping 360° view. We begin another descent on the Klimaweg trail eventually arriving at Alp Languard ski lift (2330 m). Portions of this trail have some exposure and the trail is narrow. Never scary, but it does require attentiveness.

Um...whatever.
Um…whatever.
Lunch outside the Chamanna Segantini.
Lunch outside the Chamanna Segantini.
The trail from Chamanna Segantini to Alp Languard.
The trail from Chamanna Segantini to Alp Languard.

At the lift, we are not yet ready to return to the village so we sit on the benches and marvel at the views of Piz Languard, Piz Albris, several high-mountain huts, and Morteratsch glacier. At times, we can almost see Piz Palü but clouds keep the summit cloaked.

Finally, it is time to descend via the ski lift back to the village. Our first task is to walk to the COOP grocery store—before it closes—and purchase some trail lunch items as well as easy-to-eat dinners. We purchase way too much food. Never shop when hungry!

Art in the streets of Pontresina.
Art in the streets of Pontresina.
Via Chantun Sur.
Via Chantun Sur.
Everyone photographs colorful doors. I do, too.
Everyone photographs colorful doors. I do, too.

Once again we take an evening stroll through the narrow streets of Pontresina and enjoy window shopping, colorful buildings, sidewalk art, and interesting architecture.

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