Via Alta Vallemaggia


This trail begins in Tomeo and shares a long stretch with the trail leading to Capanna Barone, crossing the pastures of Corte Piatto, Bassa di Pertüs with its panoramic views, the moderately technical section around Corona di Redorta, and the descent to the Ri di Larecc river. 

However, at the river, the trail turns off the high-altitude variant that takes you into chamois territory, plunging you instead into an Alpine landscape, where goatherds used to skilfully negotiate the ledges between rock outcrops to lead their flocks from one lean pasture to the next—a green landscape now partly reclaimed by flourishing shrubs. The trail then descends into sparse larch woodland and past a farmhouse referred to as "Cascina nuova" on the topographical map for the simple reason that it is slightly less ancient than others in this history-steeped valley of Val di Prato. It then crosses gently rolling pasture land and takes you to the stream that channels the foaming waters of the Campo Tencia amphitheatre. The Rifugio Alpe Fontana, recently restored from the buildings at Corte di Fondo and used as a very spartan refuge, is just a stone's throw away.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    11,2 km

  • Height difference ascent

    1320 m

  • Height difference descent

    1410 m

  • Maximum height

    2564 m

  • Duration

    06:00 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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