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Hiking around St. Mortiz

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I arrived in St Mortiz at the evening . It was a long train ride from Zermatt by Glacier Express. My home for next 2 – 3 days was St . Mortiz youth hostel.

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St Mortiz Youth hostel

St. Mortiz is a luxury resort town which has hosted winter Olympicย  twice. Its frozen lake hosts cricket , polo during winter. The food was awesome at the youth hostel.

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St Mortiz Town

Next day I went for a walk to Piz Nair. I took Funicular from St. Mortiz to Upper Corviglia station.

From the upper station of the Corviglia funicular I followed the signs to Pass Suvretta. Initially the route follows rough tracks in a northwesterly direction climbing steeply for a short way. The Piz Nair cable car was my left. At the first signed junction I went left to continue along a track . The path goes beneath the Piz Nair cable car with excellent view across the Upper Engadine valley to Piz Bernina.

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Maintaining a steady height across the mountainside the track reaches the upper station of the Signalbahn chairlift. Shortly afterwards a well-signed path leaves the track. To my right the rocky slopes of Piz Nair rise steeply. Ahead shapely Piz Julier with its small glacier looks very spectacular. I turned right at the next indistinct path junction to begin the ascent to the summit of Piz Nair.

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The path, after a gradual traverse across intermittent scree, climbs steeply using zigzags to ease the gradient. You pass under the cablecar for the final climb to the summit ridge. Once the ridge is gained the gradient eases for the final pull to the summit. The views are excellent with Piz Julier probably keeping your attention.

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Descend by the signed route to Suvretta Pass. The path is clear and, despite being loose underfoot in places, will bring you to the delightful surroundings of Suvretta Pass (2615 m.) with its beautifully located lake.

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