Everyone should experience the Greina Plateau (at least) once in their lifetime
We leave the charming village of Ronco, our cosy small hotel, Stella Alpina, and the Bedretto Valley, then travel through the Leventina district to Biasca, where we take the road towards Lukmanier Pass as far as Olivone in the Blenio Valley. Here, at the end of the tarmacked road, we have to change vehicles. The pre-booked Bus Alpin is as reliable as our PostBus and takes us to the starting point of our hike in Pian Geirètt (2012 m). There, as the intriguing conveyor track of the Scaletta Lodge is being loaded, we begin to walk uphill. Having set off after a hearty meal and inspired by the call of the Greina Plateau, we pass by the lodge, resting only briefly at the cairns on Scaletta Pass (2235 m) after the steep climb. After a final glance back to Ticino, we say “ciao Bella” and walk on towards Grisons. Over scree and snow fields we climb up to the Passo Greina (2355 m), where the expanse of the legendary Greina Plateau reveals itself to us for the first time. What a sight! Rocks, gravel, snow tongues, bare heathland that has only recently escaped its winter covering, and meandering waters. Incredible that this extraordinarily beautiful landscape was once meant to give way to a reservoir. In 1985 these plans caused nationwide protests, which saw the Greina Plateau in the headlines for months. Due to its unparalleled biotope diversity, this landscape was included in the Federal Inventory as a protected area and is now one of the Swiss natural monuments of national importance.
Ciao Ticino, bun di Grischun!
We enjoy our hike through this plateau, which is just over six kilometres long and approximately one kilometre wide. It is set amidst secluded mountains, far off the beaten track. For our packed lunch we seek out a spot sheltered from the wind and simply can’t get enough of the views. When you look closer at your immediate surroundings, you are bound to notice the Alpine flowers and moss, growing in the smallest crevices. As if striving for harmony with the colours of the lichen-covered rocks, an entire field of yellow gentian presents itself at the side of the path. The photographers among us rejoice and we all revel in these sights.
Approximately halfway across the plateau we pass the turnoff to Motterascio Lodge, a charming option for another time. Today, however, we head towards Grisons and climb Diesrut Pass (2428 m). Over a steep path we quickly gain altitude, and take one last look back over the Greina Plateau and Terri Lodge, in its spectacular location at the entrance to the valley. Our destination is Puzzatsch (1667 m) in the Val Lumnezia, where we arrive after a two and a half-hour descent through pastures full of flowers and past alps. Our PostBus is already waiting, admired by the villagers on the village square. Here we find a beautiful old fountain, perfect for cooling down our hot feet. Like a prickling spa treatment! We conclude this unforgettable day’s hike with a drive in the open-top PostBus through the beautiful Val Lumnezia, the Valley of Light, towards the Rhine Gorge, the next scenic jewel!
Hike Pian Geirètt – Scaletta Pass – Greina Pass – Greina plateau – Diesrut Pass – Puzzatsch, approximately 7 hours, T2