Piz Labalb seen from the trailhead at the Diavolezza parking lot
is a standalone mountain, which rises to the north-east of Bernina Pass
. Its singular location just across the pass from the Bernina Group
makes it a perfect lookout towards the glaciated giants like Piz Palü
, Piz Bernina
or Piz Morterasch
. The Biancograt Ridge
towards Piz Bernina can be seen in its full length if you bring binoculars. And if you turn the other way you will see the mountains of the Livigno Alps
rising all around you, with farther peeks at the Albula Alps
or the Ortler / Ortles Group
. And very far away you'll see the Ötztal Alps
in the north or the Adamello Group
in the south.
There is one serious drawback, however: in 1963 a cable-car was installed on the mountain, starting in its north and ending close to the summit. Ski runs were developed, which run down Piz Lagalb's
north face. The cable-car station on top has been equipped with a big antenna, which simply cannot be blotted out of the views. The final ascent towards the summit runs across one of the ski runs which gives the impression of a big motorway. So why would you go there?
The answer lies in the views of course but also in the fact that the cable-car is only operated in winter. Moreover, the routes towards Piz Lagalb avoid the ski runs as much as possible so that you'll notice them only very close to the summit. The hike through Val Minor
, which circles Piz Lagalb
on its eastern side is very beautiful, thanks to the lakes which you find in its end. The hike up the south face runs along panoramic ledges, which offer increasingly beautiful views the higher you get. The direct route from the north cuts across one of the ski runs in a few spots but it also heads for nice ledges in the mountain's west face.
Piz Palü Piz Bernina Piz Morterasch
Albula Alps Cima Viola Adamello Group
is an easy "almost-3000er". From the Diavolezza / Lagalb Cable-Car
you merely have to scale some 850m to get to its summit and even the round trip through Val Minor
takes less than 1000m elevation gain.
360° Summit Panorama
360° summit panorama Piz Lagalb
Biancograt seen from Piz Lagalb
There are two trailheads for Piz Lagalb
, the hospice on Bernina Pass
and the Diavolezza / Lagalb Cable Car
. Both are located on B29
, the road from Samedan / St. Moritz
towards Bernina Pass
. Also, both can be reached either by car or by train as there are train stations of the Bernina Railway
in these locations.
There's no red tape. Piz Lagalb
is a ski mountain and you might be disappointed by the ski runs and the cable-car station near its summit. On the upside there are no limitations and a huge parking lot.
When to Climb
Bernina Group seen from Piz Lagalb
Regular hiking season is from July through October. In winter you can either take the cable-car or do a ski-tour to the summit.
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