After a quick visit to the Verzasca side of the Pizzo Costisc and Scimarmota, our route cuts across the sunny slopes of the Poncione Piancascia, with its blend of rocky meadows, curious goats and shy chamois.
Having turned the corner, we make our way down almost to the edge of the woods, crossing through a number of valleys, through the Alpe Cuasca with its fountain (the only one along the route), and heading towards a secluded pass with an intriguing name: the Passo dei Due Laghi (Two Lake Pass). The pass links the twin valleys of Coglio and Giumaglio, while the two lakes, perched on the slopes of the crossing place, invite us to linger, perhaps go for a paddle or dive in for a refreshing swim. Finally, we make our way to the Alpe Spluga. It would be a shame to leave it late and arrive just in time for dinner: it’s an enchanting spot where you can laze on the grass, enjoying the silence and giving in to idle thoughts while watching the clouds go by.
Height difference ascent
Height difference descent