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Val da Cam Round Tour

 
Val da Cam Round Tour

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Location: Switzerland, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.36944°N / 9.60342°E

Object Title: Val da Cam Round Tour

Route Type: Hiking

Season: Spring, Summer, Fall

Time Required: Most of a day

Difficulty: Easy hike up

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Page By: Vid Pogachnik

Created/Edited: Aug 8, 2011 / Sep 14, 2013

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Intro & Overview

Maloja-Soglio area
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Piz Badile from Tombal meadow
Piz Badile from Tombal

Intro


Normally, this should be a mountain page. Piz Cam, 2634 m, is still missing on SummitPost, so one would expect a page of it is created and this round tour becomes a part of it. But I did only the hike over the saddle, cca 2450 m, and did not ascend those additional, easy 200 meters up the grassy slope on Piz Cam. Even so we had a long, 12 hours trek, coming from Lake Lunghin and the summit of Piz Lunghin and continuing all the way to Soglio. For my injured knee those 2500 m of descent were more than enough that day, and I felt that already on the saddle, discarding all wishes to summit additionally also Piz Cam (later, in Soglio I almost fainted, because of pain in the knee or whatever other reason). So, if you know this place and are willing to add information, you can get and maintain this page, and we can convert it to a mountain page.

Overview


Piz Cam, 2634 m, is not a high mountain. But it is so luckilly situated above Val Bregaglia, that it offers one of the best views in the area. We are stading just opposite the big granite giants of Bergell mountains, and still more than 1500 meters above the valley. If the view was the only reason to visit Piz Cam, people could do only the here described round tour. And indeed it looks only a few do those additional 200 meters from the saddle on top. In winter and spring, Piz cam is also a nice goal for tour skiing. Its upper (western) slopes are not steep, then comes a flat Val da Cam, then 400 meters of a descent into Val Maroz and finally out of it by a flat valley and a mountain road.

In summer and autumn, the hike of Val da Cam is more popular. As said, it offers great views on Bergell mountains (especially Albigna and Bondasca group), the high valley is very nice itself, and those shepherds huts above Soglio are unsurpassable - you can find pictures of them on all postcards of Val Bregaglia. The route is actually not a round tour, because coming by it from Casaccia, 1458 m, to Soglio, 1090 m, you will most likely finish it and return by postal bus. Walking up (for example by the famous 'La Panoramica' path) would not add much (the views are the same) and would turn the tour into a very long day hike.

Getting There

We start the tour in Casaccia, the highest village in Val Bregaglia, before the valley rises up to Maloja pass.
Val Bregaglia (Bergell in German) can be reached by car from Milano (SS-36). The route is: Milano - Lecco - Chiavenna - Val Bregaglia (Casaccia village).
The other option is from the NE, so from Engadin (St. Moritz) and over Maloja pass down to Val Bregaglia (Casaccia).

Route Description

Maroz Dent
Maroz Dent
From Casaccia, 1458 m, we go westwards, by the mountain road, closed for public traffic, into Val Maroz. In a few turns the road overcomes the valley step, then on some 1750 m the valley flattens and we soon reach Maroz Dora, 1799 m. There one marked path deters right towards Septimerpass / Pass da Sett, but we continue by a flat valley in the western direction. Only a bit later the path ascends more considerably and we reach the inner shepherds huts - Maroz Dent, 2035 m. They are a bit above the creek bed, so in continuation the marked path goes slightly down (towards the SW), crosses the creek and reaches an important branching. The right path continues by the valley up (on Duan Pass), but we must go left, towards Val da Cam.

Above, it looks we shall reach a broad saddle - already from the distance we see a series of big ciarns. But that is only a place, where the flat upper Val da Cam begins. The more steep lower slopes our path overcomes first with a few turns on the left side, then it crosses much towards the right (SW), crosses the water stream and finally gains in a southern direction the ciarns. The place is nice and panoramic and we hardly resist a short break.

In Val da Cam
In Val da Cam
Piz Mäder
Piz Mäder
In the upper Val da Cam
Upper Val da Cam

The upper Val da Cam is flat, but to the highest point between Piz Cam on the E and Piz Duan on the W-NW we still need some walk up, perhaps good 100 m of altitude. The path turns down on the altitude of 2450 m (by some data 2463 m). Right below lies a small lake (Lägh da Cam), and in front of us a wonderful panorama opens. The whole northern flank of Val Masino (Bergell) group rises on the other side of Val Bregaglia.

The great view from Plan Lo
The great panorama from above Plan Lo

At first the path descends more considerably in the SW direction. But when we reach Plan Lo with a few huts, the path starts a long crossing of the southern slopes of Piz Duan. It goes all the time on the altitude of some 2100 meters, with great views. The path crosses steep grassy slopes, enters and exits several ravines (enough water on the tour), only in a few places it goes through light woods. Deep below the path we see a few huts, the majority of alpine meadows lies some 200 meters lower.

Plan Lo
Plan Lo
Crossing the slopes of Piz Duan
The crossing
Val Bondasca beauties
Beauties

Only towards the end of the crossing we reach a few houses and finally also the huts of Cadrin, 2127 m. There, one path continues right up (on Duan Pass), but we are happy to finally start descending towards the left.

Cadrin meadow
Cadrin
Discarded
Discarded
On Cadrin meadow
On Cadrin meadow

At first we again lose only a little of altitude, and the path continues crossing the slopes again. Then on the next clearing it definitely turns down and so we reach the famous and picturesque alpine meadows: Löbbia, Brüsciä, then Plan Vest, 1821 m, a step below Tombal, 1550 m. From the lower edge of the latter we first see Soglio, still deep below us. The path descends steeply into the woods, crosses towards the right considerably again and finally approaches the beautiful town from the NW side.

Plan Vest
Plan Vest
Tombal meadow
Tombal
Soglio
Soglio

Return to Casaccia. We shall very likely take the postal bus. It must be ordered, in the hotel (in the beautiful Salis palace) they will help you with information. The bus then descends to Promontogno in the main valley, where we switch on the other bus, driving towards Maloja.

Remark: As we came on Maroz Dora from the north (down from Septimerpass), and from there we continued the trek up the Val Maroz and over to Soglio, we did not do the part of the route from Casaccia to Maroz Dora. But it's only a mountain road anyway.

Basic Data

Altitude meters - up: 1100 m (some ups and downs, otherwise 1000 m).

Altitude meters - down: 1450 m.

Difficulty: Easy hike up and down by well beaten, marked paths, only on the crossing a few steeper slopes (by the SAC scale: T2).

Times (altogether 6 h 30 min, plus bus transfer):
> Casaccia - Maroz Dent: 2 h,
> Maroz Dent - top of Val da Cam: 1 h 45 min,
> top of Val da Cam - Soglio: 2 h 45 min.

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