Via Alta Vallemaggia

Foto: Marco Volken

For long sections of the route between Piano delle Creste and the Capanna Grossalp mountain lodge, the trail is nothing more than an imaginary line marked by blue-and-white signs and a few hiker symbols but with no clear trail visible or any other signs of passage. 

The route runs mainly through rocky terrain and vast, long stretches strewn with rocks and boulders, where it is virtually impossible to leave footprints. You feel as though you are passing through a forgotten landscape, one that is fascinating for its incredible variety of shades, shapes, sizes, surfaces and structures: an evocative gneiss landscape bejewelled with three magical pairs of lakes—Antabia, Cròsa and Formazzöö—and skilfully framed by a series of jagged ridges. Here, peace and tranquillity reign supreme. After you pass Bocchetta Formazzöö, the scenery changes as you enter the vibrant Bosco Gurin Valley, carpeted with lush green pastures.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    11,3 km

  • Height difference ascent

    1010 m

  • Height difference descent

    1200 m

  • Maximum height

    2703 m

  • Duration

    06:30 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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