Via Alta Vallemaggia

Foto: Christian Ferrari

If we really wanted to, we could start from the Locarno shore of Lake Maggiore, at less than 200 metres above sea level. Fortunately, a funicular railway, a cableway and a chairlift save us a climb of 1500 metres. The Via Alta Vallemaggia therefore begins at the wonderful Cimetta viewpoint, which really lives up to its name (little summit), before making its way to our destination (which we can’t yet see). After a short stop to admire the view, we turn our backs on the busy lake and head off on a great adventure that will lead us straight to the heart of the Ticino Alps over the course of several days. Our first stage gets us off to a really great start: a long walk over the ridges and slopes between Vallemaggia and Verzasca. At the end of a memorable day, we receive at warm welcome at the Capanna Alpe Nimi, which unites two wonderful old mountain traditions: sheep farming and hospitality.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    10,4 km

  • Height difference ascent

    1170 m

  • Height difference descent

    1090 m

  • Maximum height

    2169 m

  • Duration

    05:30 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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