from Hinterrhein, Canton of Grisons
The climb to the Chilchalphorn is a classic skialp tour in the extreme western Grisons just after the Pass of San Bernardino.
It is an ideal route, relatively safe thanks to moderate slopes, continuous and therefore offering a steady descent in a beautiful mountain environment, typically Swiss.
It is assessed MSA (average skier), and is suitable also with snowshoes, although the altitude gain (about 1400 m) requires an adequate training.
You reach Hinterrhein coming from Como, Chiasso and Bellinzona, where you deviate taking the highway to San Bernardino: immediately after the tunnel of the Pass (closed in winter) there is the junction for Hinterrhein. Take the road through the village and to the left end, at the connecting ramp for the highway there is a place to park.
The destination is already evident and consists in the peak on the left:
You climb up along the series of four barns, already visible from the start:
after which you remain in the direction of the goal, keeping on the left of the stream Rappierbach (right bank downstream). The route turns to the west up to the hut of Chilchalp, with stable:
You go up towards the destination, along saddles and basins
You go up without forced path, keeping to the left, in this case the shortest way:
In the attached track we have made this choice uphill, while the descent route passes west and can be alternatively used for the ascent, with milder slopes in the final part; to be preferred, therefore, in conditions of strong snowmaking
You reach a ridge (cairn), which you follow up to the final slopes of the summit, that you can reach on skis. Depending on the conditions, rampants may be helpful in the last section.
From the top, you can enjoy spectacular views, all around!
Easy and awesome descent:
■ fb, 2014-01-06