Via Alta Vallemaggia

Foto: Roberto Buzzini

If you prefer, you can start the trek from Locarno, on the shores of Lake Maggiore (200 m a.s.l.). Otherwise, you can gain a 1,500-metre head start on elevation by taking a funicular, cable car and chairlift up the mountain.

At Cimetta, with the lake landscape behind you, you will set off on an adventure that will take you straight to the heart of the Ticino Alps over the space of several days. The first stage takes you on a long hike along spectacular slopes and ridges straddling the Vallemaggia and Verzasca regions. On your way up to the rocky Madom da Sgiof, you will tackle a narrow ledge overlooking a precipice and a short rock climb which will put you to the test, but a few metal staples in the rock are there to assist in the most challenging spots. The trek ends at Alpe Masnee, built from ruins and perched up high like an eagle's nest. The restoration of these Alpine huts successfully balances conservation and development, achieving a symbiosis of sustainable ecotourism and architectural heritage.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    12,9 km

  • Height difference ascent

    1520 m

  • Height difference descent

    1090 m

  • Maximum height

    2247 m

  • Duration

    6:45 h

  • Difficulty


Attention! The walking times indicated refer to walking time without breaks and are calculated on the basis of parameters defined by Swiss Hiking Federation and experience. The actual walking times will therefore generally be higher, especially for longer stages.

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