Via Alta Vallemaggia

Foto: Roberto Buzzini

The route between Valle di Campo over the ridge and down into the neighbouring Vergelletto Valley is a truly memorable one. It is possibly one of the most varied sections of the Via Alta, with a perfect succession of open spaces and rugged mountains. 

There are at least four highlights worth mentioning between Cimalmotto and Ribia: the tranquil secluded setting of Alpe di Sfii (where an excellent cheese is produced among the larch trees); the indescribable colour of Lake Sfii (which Plinio Grossi expresses as “a blue so bright that it may not be just water but instead a mysterious infusion of gentianella”); the bowl-shaped, steep-sided rocky mountain basin formed by Cima di Cregnell and Rosso di Ribia (described by Giuseppe Brenna as “wild and impenetrable” and interrupted by a “mysterious dip”, curiously named “Cata della Quarantèria”). Then there is the unexpected gentle arena of Ribia: a sunny, secluded amphitheatre situated at a lofty 1,000 metres above the Onsernone Valley floor.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    12,1 km

  • Height difference ascent

    1490 m

  • Height difference descent

    900 m

  • Maximum height

    2505 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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