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Albula Alps

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Grisons / Graubünden, Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.61219°N / 9.83002°E

Object Title: Albula Alps

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Sport Climbing, Via Ferrata, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Elevation: 11211 ft / 3417 m

 

Page By: Gangolf Haub, Cyrill

Created/Edited: Mar 6, 2006 / Oct 29, 2013

Object ID: 178882

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Overview

Albula Alps
Piz Julier and Piz Ot above St. Moritz

The Albula Alps are located in the east of Switzerland in its easternmost canton (province) Graubünden / Grisons / Grischun. The range belongs to the Rhaetian Alps which again are part of the Eastern Alps. It is located almost at the western end of both the larger areas in what are called the "Central Eastern Alps" and thus part of the alpine main ridge.

Historically the range has some importance due to several mountain passes which have been in use since the Bronze Age. All are located in the southern and central parts of the range: Malojapass, Septimerpass and Julierpass all show signs of having been used for ages. In all three cases the Romans built roads to cross them, roads which fell into disrepair, after the Romans had to abandon the area. Especially around Julierpass and Malojapass you can still see the cart tracks which date 2000 years back.
 
view to Piz Kesch
 
 
Cart tracks dating back to Roman Times
 
 
Piz Julier 3380m
 

Today the Albula Alps are part of the heartland of the Rhaetoromanic culture and heritage. here and in the neighbouring mountain groups and valleys the Rhaetic tounge is still spoken. There are a half dozen dialects, each of which is spoken in distinct areas. In an effort to preserve the language the written language Romantsch Grischun has been developed as a means to support the language as a whole. Since 2003 it is the official language of the region. However, German has become the dominant language in the valleys east and north of the Albula Alps, a fact that is reflected in the mountain names in these areas.

Generally most mountains are known by their Raetian names, though the most important ones carry a German equivalent as well. For instance Piz Kesch is Aguglia d'Es-cha in Raetian or Piz Julier is Piz Guglia. Only in the north around Flüelapass will you find mountains with only German names like Flüela Schwarzhorn or its neighbour, Radüner Rothorn.
 
Piz Lagrev 3165m
 
 
view from Scalettahorn
 
 
Schwarzhorn 3146m
 

Finally speaking of mountains, most of the Albula Alps summits range in the area between 2800m and 3200m. Unlike the neighbouring Silvretta, a range of similar height, the Albula Alps are a loosely knit range with the principal summits standing rather solitary. Thus they all carry only small glaciers with the exception of the Grialetsch Subbgroup where several high mountains are grouped together to shelter a large glacier basin.

At 3417m the highest mountain of the Albula Alps is Piz Kesch followed by Piz Calderas (3397m), Piz Julier (3380m) and Piz d'Err (3378m). All of these mountains are located in the central part of the range, between Julierpass and Albulapass.

The Albula River is the naming patron of the range. It divides it into two parts (see next section), north and south of Albulapass. Albula Valley and Pass are most famous for the Albula Railway, a part of Rätische Bahn, the train compaany which operates the lines in Graubünden and which has been declared UNESCO world cultural heritage. In several long loops the railway track heads up to the long tunnel which passes the range underneath Albulapass and which emerges near St. Moritz on the Engadin Side (east).
 
Piz d Agnel
 
 
Piz Lunghin
 
 
direct ascent
 

The Albula Alps are bounded by the Inn River in their east, Malojapass and Septimerpass in the south, Oberhalbstein / Sursess and Albula Valley in the west and Flüelapass in the north. Neighbouring mountain ranges, all of them parts of the Rhaetian Alps, are Sesvenna Group, Livigno Alps and Bernina in the east, Val Massino Alps in the south, Platta and Plessur Groups in the west and Silvretta in the north.

The Albula Alps are probably best known for their ski runs. St. Moritz in the east and Davos in the nort-west are particularly important. Moreover, quite a number of the major mountains are good and popular ski tour destinations. In summer activities range from hiking and mountain biking across the many passes of the range to more or less difficult ascents of the higher mountains. The Albula Alps are a all-year destination.

The Albula Alps on SP

Piz Lagrev Group Güglia Bever Group Piz Bever Group Piz Calderas Group Piz d'Err Group Piz Bleis-Marcha Group Piz Bial Group Crasta Mora Group Albula Group Tschimas da Tisch Group Pizs da Brauvuogn Group Piz Kesch Group Piz Forun Group Piz Ducan Group Monstein Group Chüealphorn Group Schwarzhorn Group Grialetsch Group Image Map


The grouping and subgrouping structure on this page follows the classification of the Italian Alpine Club CAI. It separates the Albula Alps into two parts (see the red line in the above map), north and south of Albula Pass. Each of these two groups again is separated into subgroups, which themselves are made up by even smaller sub-subgroups. The areas designed in the map above refer to the smallest subgroups.

A - Güglia-Err-Bravuogn Chain

The Piz Lagrev Group above Lej da Segl

A.1 - Güglia-Ot Group


A.1.1 - Piz Lagrev Group


  • Motta da Sett (2637m)
  • Piz dal Sase (2720m)
  • Piz Lunghin (2780m)

  • Piz Grevasalvas (2932m)

  • Piz Materdell (2967m)

  • Piz d’Emmat Dadaint (2927m)
  • Piz d’Emmat Dadora (2851m)
  • Roccabella (2731m)

  • Piz Lagrev (3165m)

  • Piz Polaschin (3013m)

  • Piz da las Coluonnas (2786m)

A.1.2 - Güglia-Bever Group


  • Piz Albana (3100m)

  • Piz Güglia (3380m)

  • Corn Suvretta (3072m)
  • Piz Suvretta (3144m)

  • Piz Bever (3220m)
  • Piz Valetta (2918m)
  • Corn Alv (2980m)

  • Piz Surgonda (3197m)

  • Piz Traunter Ovas (3152m)

A.1.3 - Piz Ot Group


  • Sass Runzöl (2486m)
  • Piz Nair Pitschen (2877m)
  • Piz Nair (3056m)
  • Piz Schlattain (3004m)
  • Sass Corviglia (2862m)
  • Sass Nair (2762m)
  • Piz dal Büz (2955m)
  • Piz Padella (2856m)
  • Piz Grisch (3098m)
  • Piz Corviglia (3057m)
  • Piz Glüna (3102m)
  • Piz Salüver (2957m)
  • Piz Marsch (3120m)
  • Cho d’Suvretta (2966m)
  • Piz Ot (3246m)

  • Piz Muottas (2914m)
  • Piz Spinas (2883m)
  • Cho d’Valetta (2493m)

A.2 - Err-Calderas Group


A.2.1 - Piz Calderas Group


  • Piz Barscheinz (2617m)
  • Piz Neir (2910m)

  • Crappa dal Tocf (2860m)

  • Piz Bardella (2839m)

  • Piz Campagnung (2826m)
  • Piz Cugnets (2739m)
  • Piz d’Agnel (3205m)

  • Tschima da Flix (3316m)

  • Piz Picuogl (3333m)

  • Piz Calderas (3397m)

  • Piz Cucarnegl (3051m)

A.2.2 - Piz d‘Err Group


  • Piz digl Plaz (2327m)
  • Piz Colm (2415m)
  • Carungas (2622m)
  • Castalegns (3021m)
  • Piz d’Err (3378m)

  • Piz Jenatsch (3251m)

  • Piz Laviner (3137m)
  • Piz Chembels (2981m)

A.2.3 - Piz Bleis-Marscha Group


  • Piz Bleis-Marscha (3128m)

  • Piz Mulix (2887m)
  • Piz Salteras (3111m)

  • Piz Val Lunga (3078m)
  • Piz Cuetschens (2919m)
  • Pizza Grossa (2939m)

A.2.4 - Piz Bial Group


  • Piz d’Alp Val (3053m)
  • Piz Bial (3067m)

  • La Piramida (2964m)
  • Igl Danclér (2814m)
  • Piz Palpuogna (2730m)

A.2.5 - Crasta-Mora Group


  • Dschimels (2782m)
  • Piz da la Blais (2930m)
  • Piz Mez (2900m)
  • Crasta Mora (2953m)

A.3 - Pizs da Bravuogn Group


  • Tschimas da Tschitta (2745m)
  • Piz Ela (3339m)

  • Piz Rugnux (2736m)
  • Piz digl Barba Peder (3239m)
  • Piz Radond (2666m)
  • Piz d’Uglix (2967m)
  • Piz Spadlatscha (2761m)
  • Corn da Tinizong (3173m)
  • Piz Cuolmet (2796m)
  • Piz Mitgel (3159m)

  • Crap Neir (2432m)

B - Kesch-Chüealphorn-Grialetsch Chain

Northern Albula Alps seen from Piz Chastè

B.1 - Greater Piz Kesch Group


B.1.1 - Albula Group


  • Piz Muot (2670m)
  • Piz Zavretta (3042m)
  • Piz Üertsch (3267m)

  • Igl Compass (3016m)

  • Piz Blaisun (3200m)

  • Muntischè (2528m)

B.1.2 - Tschimas da Tisch Group


  • Piz Darlux (2642m)
  • Tschimas da Tisch (2872m)
  • Piz Fregslas (2819m)

B.1.3 - Piz Kesch Group (in the local sense)


  • Piz As-cha (2719m)
  • Piz Cotschen (3195m)
  • Piz Kesch (Piz d’Es-cha, 3417m)

  • Kesch Pitschen (2751m)
  • Piz Val Müra (3162m)
  • Piz Viroula (3062m)
  • Piz Belvair (2822m)
  • Pizzet (2910m)
  • Piz Griatschouls (2912m)

  • Piz Porschabella (3079m)
  • Piz Viluoch (3042m)
  • Piz Müsella (2897m)

B.1.4 - Piz Forun Group


  • Murtel digl Stangels (2482m)
  • Piz Forun (3052m)

  • Piz Murtelet (3019m)

B.2 - Ducan-Monstein Group


B.2.1 - Piz Ducan Group


  • Piz Prosonch (2684m)
  • Piz Platta Roggia (2955m)
  • Piz Crealetsch (2950m)
  • Piz Ravigliel (2987m)
  • Ducan Dador (3020m)
  • Igls Cuetschen (2774m)
  • Ducan Pitschen (2744m)
  • Chlein Ducan (3004m)
  • Hoch Ducan (3063m)
  • Plattenflue (3013m)
  • Mittaghorn (2735m)

B.2.2 - Monstein Group


  • Muchetta (2623m)
  • Fil da Stugl (2612m)
  • Büelenhorn (2808m)
  • Bott’Ota (2685m)
  • Mäschengrat (2786m)
  • Gipshorn (2814m)
  • Chrummhüreli (2666m)
  • Chrachenhorn (2891m)
  • Gretji (2652m)
  • Strel (2844m)
  • Männli (2459m)
  • Älplihorn (3006m)
  • Erezberg (2616m)
  • Leidbachhorn (2908m)
  • Schwarzhorn (2625m)
  • Schwarzflue (2818m)
  • Marchhüreli (2578m)
  • Rinerhorn (2495m)

B.3 - Chüealphorn-Schwarzhorn Group


B.3.1 - Chüealphorn Group


  • Chüealphorn (3078m)

  • Augstenhüreli (3027m)
  • Leidhorn (2934m)
  • Bocktenhorn (3044m)
  • Sattelhorn (2980m)
  • Hüreli (2574m)
  • Gfroren Horn (2747m)
  • Wuosthorn (2815m)
  • Börterhorn (2697m)
  • Tällihorn (2684m)
  • Witihüreli (2635m)
  • Jatzhorn (2682m)
  • Jakobshorn (2590m)
  • Brämabüel (2429m)

B.3.2 - Schwarzhorn Group


  • Radüner Rothorn (3022m)

  • Piz Radönt (3065m)

  • Schwarzhorn (3146m)

  • Brunhorn (2743m)
  • Sentisch Horn (2827m)
  • Baslersch Chopf (2629m)
  • Büelenhorn (2512m)

B.4 - Grialetsch Group


  • Piz Forun (2932m)
  • Piz da l’Hom (2986m)
  • Piz Punt Ota (3021m)
  • Piz Grialetsch (3131m)

  • Scalettahorn (3068m)

  • Piz Vadret (3229m)

  • Piz Sarsura (3178m)

  • Piz Sarsuret (3126m)
  • Piz d’Urezza (2906m)

  • Piz Sarsura Pitschen (3134m)
  • Piz d’Immez (2892m)
  • Piz Arpschella (3032m)
  • Piz Murterschömbel (2996m)
  • Piz Murtaröl (2881m)

  • Piz dal Ras (3026m)

Getting There

Lej Nair beneath Piz Materdell
Lej Nair beneath Piz Materdell

The Albula Alps are located in Switzerland's easternmost Canton (province) Graubünden / Grison. You cannot reach the area by motorway directly but rather have to use narrow two laned highways.

  • Western Access (Switzerland, Germany):
    • Either take motorway A3 from Zürich or A13 from the Swiss - German - Austrian border near Bregenz.
    • Both combine south of Liechtenstein and lead (A13) to Landquart or Chur.
    • From these exits take one of the mountain passes (Flüela, Albula, Julier) to get into the range.

  • North-Eastern Access (Austria):
    • Take A12 (Inntalautobahn) to the exit Landeck.
    • Switch to B180 and after Pfunds cross the Swiss border.
    • Stay on B27 through Engadin until you reach Susch, Zernez, St. Moritz.

  • South-Eastern Access (Italy through South Tyrol):
    • Take Brenner Motorway A22 to the exit Bozen / Bolzano Sud.
    • Switch to SS38 and pass Meran / Merano to drive through Vinschgau / Val Venosta.
    • At Sponding / Spondinga turn onto SS40 to Schluderns / Sluderno
    • Switch to SS41 through Glurns / Glorenza to the Swiss border.
    • Stay on B28 across Ofenpass / Pass dal Fuorn until you reach Zernez

  • Southern Access (Italy)
    • Either Take SS37 through Chiavenna and Val Bregaglia to Maloja Pass and on to St. Moritz, Zernez and Susch (B3 and B27 in Switzerland).
    • Or take SS38 to Tirano and B29 across Bernina Pass to Pontresina, St. Moritz and so on.
    • Or take SS38 to Bormio and SS301 through Livigno, which will lead to B28 near Zernez.

Accommodation

Albula Alps above St. Moritz and Samedan
St. Moritz and Samedan beneath the Albula Alps

Hotel Rooms and Apartments




Mountain Huts & Refuges


Red Tape

Motherly Love
Motherly Love

Within the boundaries of the Albula Alps Switzerlands largest natural park, Parc Ela has been established. It protects the cultural, economic and natural heritage o an area where people have lived since the bronze age. Named after Piz Ela in its midst the park covers an area of 550 square kilometres, 200 of which are untouched nature. The 19 communities on its groundsupport the goals of the park and use them to attract visitors.

Official Website

Weather Conditions

Maps & Books

Maps


Digital Maps




Swisstopo Maps


  • 1:50000
    • LK 268 T: Julierpass
      ISBN: 978-3302302683
    • LK 258 T: Bergün / Brauvogn
      ISBN: 978-3302302584

  • 1:25000
    • LK 1276: Val Bregaglia
      ISBN: 978-3302012766
    • LK 1256: Bivio
      ISBN: 978-3302012568
    • LK 1257: St. Moritz
      ISBN: 978-3302012575
    • LK 1236: Savognin
      ISBN: 978-3302012360
    • LK 1237: Albulapass
      ISBN: 978-3302012377
    • LK 1217: Scalettapass
      ISBN: 978-3302012179
    • LK 1218: Zernez
      ISBN: 978-9602122488
    • LK 1197 Davos
      ISBN: 978-3302011974

  • Other Maps:
    • Oberendagin / Alta Engadina
      1:40000
      Kompass Verlag
      ISBN: 978-3850269094


Books


  • Bündner Alpen 6
    Manfred Hunziker
    Sac Schweizer Alpenclub
    ISBN: 978-3859021877
  • Oberengadin - St. Moritz, Zuoz, Pontresina
    Rudolf Weiss, Siegrun Weiss
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3763340422
  • Unterengadin. Scuol - Zernez - Münstertal
    Rudolf Weiss, Siegrun Weiss
    Rother Verlag
    ISBN: 978-3763340439
  • Skitouren Graubünden Süd: Oberhalbstein / Albula / Davos / Engadin
    Vital Eggenberger
    Sac Schweizer Alpenclub
    ISBN: 978-3859023017

In Memory of Cyrill Rüegger

A note from the SP staff
Cyrill Rüegger, the member we all used to know as Cyrill and Digitalis, died on June 13th 2009 in an avalanche on the summit ridge of Piz Palü together with his wife Tanja and a common friend. They were swept down by the avalanche into a couloir underneath the east summit and died instantly. Their bodies were retrieved from the Palü Glacier by helicopter a day after the accident.

Cyrill joined SP in March 2006 and soon was one of the most prolific contributors on the site with almost 70 mountain and 5 range pages to his profile. He was an accomplished climber, bagging almost 1000 summits in not quite seven years. Among them are 35 4000ers and 272 3000ers, almost all of them in his home country Switzerland.

While contributing a lot on SP, Cyrill's real internet home was www.hikr.org where he contributed 585 mountain profiles and reports in his native language German. Cyrill also posted on www.bergsteigen.at and other climbing sites, often under his real name but also under the pseudonym Digitalis. He was a botanist by profession and also contributed his knowledge about medical plants to different websites. Cyrill will be greatly missed by all.

This page will be kept in honour of Cyrill, one of SP's most prolific members and most active mountaineers.

Rest in peace, brother!

The picture above was taken on the summit of Matterhorn on July 28th 2007.

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