Via Alta Vallemaggia

Foto: Christian Ferrari

A short interlude in the upper Torta Valley, a side valley of the Bedretto Valley, enables you to circumvent the famous Cristallina massif to the north. The Narèt Pass leads back into the Maggia Valley and to an elegant reservoir adorned with numerous natural lakes. Their waters meet to form a fast-flowing stream which goes on to become the River Maggia.

From here, a final long descent runs alongside the meadows on the left slope of the Val Sambuco, namely the sunny side affording panoramic views. Stretching out below you is Campo la Torba, one of the oldest and most prized mountain pastures in the region, long disputed between Airolo and Fusio. Later on, the path continues along a ledge overlooking the blue Sambuco fjord, which takes you all the way to the abandoned mountain farmland of Larecc. Now it’s time to tackle the final stretch to Fusio, completing the long loop and bringing to a close five memorable days in the great outdoors. An unforgettable experience in a spectacular Alpine lake landscape.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    18,9 km

  • Height difference ascent

    900 m

  • Height difference descent

    2180 m

  • Maximum height

    2575 m

  • Duration

    06:45 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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