Via Alta Vallemaggia

Featuring grassy ridges, scree slopes, Alpine lakes, small snowfields, wildflower meadows, rocky ridges, larch woods and passages equipped with chains, the Via Alta Vallemaggia offers a unique trekking experience for hikers seeking a ridgeway adventure in the Vallemaggia region.

The route traverses pre-Alpine landscapes with views across Lake Maggiore and decidedly Alpine landscapes including the Basodino glacier, with two variants to the north. It covers 200 km divided into 19 sections and alternates between red-and-white trails and blue-and-white Alpine tracks, including sections with difficulty ratings of up to T5–. Given the length of this multi-stage trail, it can be completed in various stages according to your preferences.

Covering around 200 km, the Via Alta Vallemaggia trekking route traverses a wide variety of landscapes with various types of accommodation and varying degrees of difficulty. 

Trekking dei camosci

A spectacular landscape of ridges, rocks, pastures and refuges.

A linear trekking route for expert excursionists running from the blue waters of Lake Maggiore through a challenging Alpine landscape of rock and scree with some airy sections.

Trekking dei laghetti

A journey of discovery through a landscape of blue lakes and skies.

A circular trekking route for those keen to explore the spectacular diverse landscape of the Alps, running along the foot of the Basodino glacier, with accommodation manned by wardens.

Trekking delle aquile

Discover the fascinating Ticino mountains from a bird's eye view.

A linear ridgeway route ideal for families with children seeking an unforgettable experience in the mountains as well as for beginners seeking their first ridgeway adventure.


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    Is it summer? Yes, but not everywhere. The good weather of these days has finally launched the hiking season. This spring has been a bit special, if at low altitudes we have been enjoying summer temperatures, at the top of the mountains the conditions are delicate and require caution due to the large presence of snow, especially in areas less exposed to sunlight. Many canals are still covered by residual snowfields and will still be there for a long time, thus becoming dangerous, especially in the morning because they are frozen. We recommend you to inform yourself properly about the current conditions by contacting the Alpine huts guardians.