Haute Route Medel

A ski tour in the "water tower of Europe"


In the heart of the central Alps this is a very original ski tour, where we set of for what feels like a long voyage in north eastern Switzerland. From Graubunden we set out to on a circular route passing through the Ticino and taking in the narrow valleys of the Rhin. In pure Swiss tradition our accommodation is always in guarded refuges (except one) and the terrain is exceptionally varied. There is a compulsory technical passage, the Rheinwaldhorn (known as Adula in Italy and also Piz Valrhein), which is the high point of the Adula massif. This massif is situated between the sources of the Rhin, the Rhone and the Inn Rivers, and some of the tributaries of the Po River. This position allows the massif to be named the water tower of Europe.

¤ Tour as a voyage in classic Swiss style
¤ One technical passage over the Rheinwaldhorn (3402m)
¤ The mountains that give birth to Europe's big rivers
¤ Interesting intermediate level tour

Grade: D2:A3:F2
Price: 1525€pp which includes six days ski touring with a qualified UIAGM high mountain guide, all accommodation, dinners, breakfasts, picnic lunches, transfer from Zurich and return.
Meeting Point: Zurich.
Extras: Lift passes, hire gear
Contact: Sian


Day One: Transfer from Zurich airport to Disentis . Meet with guide and discuss the plan for the week, check equipment etc.

110559lDay Two: Transfer by bus to Curaglia (1300 m). Today we climb a long valley to arrive at the Camona da Medel (2524 m) perched in the pass.

Day Three: Today is a technical traverse. We start by climbing the Piz Medel (3211 m) and then the Piz Uffiern (3131 m). We come back to sleep at the Camoma da Medel (2524 m).

Day Four: Today we start by a descent before climbing the Piz Valdraus (3096 m), leaving Graubunden and heading towards Ticino. We then descent to Val Camadra, and the village of Campo Blénio at 1200m. The only accommodation in the village, the Ospicio Camerio.

Day Five: After crossing a dam and a tunnel we have a long climb up the val Carassino to the Capana Adula UTOE at 2393m, a non-guarded refuges that is new and very well equipped.

Day Six: Today is summit day, tackling the Rheinwaldhorn at 3402m before we double back through the Graubunden and descend a long narrow valley to the Läntahütte (2090m) via the Länta Gletscher.

Day Seven: Another summit today, the Guferhorn (3379m) taking in the Güferlücke (2863m) along the way. We first descent before climbing back (100 m) to Güferlücke (2863 m) and then heading to Zerveilasee Valley (1738 m) from where we transfer back to our hotel.

Day Eight: Return transfer to Zurich.

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To book you can use the on-line booking system below - check the start date and the end date and then proceed. The system will ask for a deposit which you pay using PayPal. Or, if you prefer, you can email us directly (sian@pyrenees-mountains.com), ring directly on +33 5 62 92 81 52 or Skype: sian.grigg.

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