OverviewAll the ones that spend holydays in Saint Moritz perfectly know the ski areas on the south side of the plan and of the lake.
But, on the northern side there is the most (I think) frequented ski mountaneering summit of the area, especially in full winter when this can be the only safe route that can be done.
Easy, not so tiring, the Piz Lunghin is a minor summit but its crossing, from S to N, is really a good way to spend one day.
Getting ThereThe starting point of this ski-mountaneering (obviously it can be walked also in other seasons as a good, easy and panoramic hike-climb) is a car parking just near the Maloja Pass (1809m).
The Maloja is a well known pass that joins Lombardia (Italy) and the Graubunden (Grigioni - Switzerland) and can be quickly reached from Milano using the route SS36 (Spluga) till Chiavenna and following the road toward East, crossing the border in Castasegna, and passing below the N side of Bondasca mountains.
Once at Maloja you must go along the road few hundreds of meters to find the best way to park the car.
Crossing the Piz Lunghin
starting point is Plaun da Ley (Lake plan) wherefrom you follow the road to Grevasalvas (1940m), pass on its rights side (north) climbing sweet slopes toward west.
Passing between a minor summit (on the left) and the Piz Grevasalvas (on the right) you'll get a basin and. following along it you reach a small pass where you must descend toward the Lej (Lake) Lunghin.
Now follow toward west till near the pass Lunghin and, before it, turn on the left and climb directly to the summit.
Best route for coming down is to follow toward NW, getting the Plang Canfer and go along it till you reach the small town of Bivio (1769m)
Now the only problem is to get back to Maloja .. three different way to do it :
hitch hiking ..
postal bus (if you're lucky)
or, better, starting with 2 cars, one parked at Maloja and the other one in Bivio, that can be reached using the Julier Pass road.
Another way to access the Lake Lunghin is to go up directly along the south slopes starting immediatly from Maloja pass parking. This route shortens the time and the lenght but must be dono with safe snow and gives you less panoramic views
When To Climbwinter and early spring with skis, all the rest of the year on foot
CampingNo need, this is a typical one-day shot from the northern provinces of Lombardia
if you're so lucky and full of money to spend a holyday in St. Moritz don't look for a refuge !