Via Alta Vallemaggia

Foto: Marco Volken

Sometimes it can be fun to go back over your own tracks, at least for a bit. We do so by climbing up to the Bocchetta della Campala. From there, a sustained descent with short exposed passages leads us to explore the Valle di Prato, once home to the Capanna Soveltra, which was destroyed by a fire in 2017. 

We find ourselves at the foot of the Pizzo Campo Tencia, a mountain-climbing and geographical focal point in the Alto Ticino. But we still have a way to go and we take advantage of the momentum to climb up through the larches. We simply have to stop at Piatto, a very apt name and the only plateau along the entire Via Alta, featuring a wonderful mosaic of little valleys, lakes, streams and grassy knolls. Just below is the Passo Fornale, the last obstacle of the day: on the opposite slope, the path marked out in white and red descends at a dizzying rate. We stop for a snack at Lake Mognola and complete the level walk to Fusio. After days of exciting adventures, we finally reach the warm welcome of an alpine village just waiting to be discovered.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    14,1 km

  • Height difference ascent

    1210 m

  • Height difference descent

    2090 m

  • Maximum height

    2327 m

  • Duration

    07:30 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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