Trip to the receding Morteratsch Glacier in the Swiss Alps 终将消失的冰川

in travel •  last year

Li ( @liflorence) mentioned on her post our adventure of visiting the receding Morteratsch Glacier. Living in a relatively cold country, I was not really that concerned about the global warming. However this trip was educational and it raised fully experiential awareness of this major climate change.

The Morteratsch Glacier is the largest glacier in the Mt. Bernina group, yet with an annual retreat rate of around 17 meter per year. It is sad to see the glacier has been receding several miles during the last hundred years.





I call my visit to the glacier an adventure not because how difficult the hiking was. It was only about one-hour easy flat trail from the Morteratsch train station. The glacier here is rather low-key and totally accessible, you don't need to have a super good condition to hike high in the mountain in order to see the glacier.




The scenery along the Pontresina Valley was simply stunning. During the autumn days, you can see different shades of yellow colors. Me and Li were saying this untouched nature feels more like somewhere in Canada or North America.




Because of the melting of the glaciers, any proximity to them can be at risk of rock fall. Beyond this cautionary sign, there were many natural loose rocks that one can hike above all the way to the the glacier tongue. The view here was breathtaking and wild.



It was amazing to see how many sign posts indicating 100 year intervals of the glacier front as it continuously retreats up the Pontresina Valley.





Getting closer, we were chocked to see how quick the glaciers melt.



Fact is that we heard some rocks falling when we got closer to touch the glacier. Also we have seen a few chunks of ice falling, which was a bit scary. It was sad to see this increasingly retreating and these huge losses. Be quick if you would like to visit this glacier, I guess it will vanish quickly in the future.



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I got told one day that that black stuff on the ice is pollution. Take it with a grain of salt tho.


Good to know that. I also didn't know.




That is such a beautiful place. I'll bet the air was so fresh and cool out there!

Beautiful post!

nice trip and interesting places. ever person should visit to beautiful places and enjoy. thanks for sharing.



哈哈哈这位同学看帖 很认真


的确 我都没研究过,可能跟面积有关

感觉你穿得好少哦 不冷咩 ~





Amazing scenery there isnt it I was blown away when I visited there many years ago thanks for rekindling some great memories


Thanks for coming by, tattoodjay. Was the glacier bigger back then?


I think so but my memory may be exaggerating what I actually saw LOL

or mixing it up with the one in NZ


I guess there must be more glacier in NZ.


Ther eis one big one down south in NZ the Fox Glacier it is amazing to see

哇唔 感觉很冷呢,你穿的好少呀哈哈😘


哈哈哈 有阳光的地方不是很冷

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I love these pictures! :-)


Thanks as-i-see-it. I'm glad you liked it.

Joy looks such a beautiful and peaceful place except for the rocks tumbling down. You should of stuck a wooden pole into the ground with your Steemit flag attached to it to spread your love around for future visitors to see.