Via Alta Vallemaggia

Foto: Christian Ferrari

Apart from the first section of the route, between Cardada and Masnee, the Via Alta trekking route runs along the slopes, only occasionally climbing to peaks and ridges. Hiking is about much more than just following the ridges.

However, the topography between Alzasca and Canaa levels out just enough to offer a panoramic view from atop the mountain ridge: the trail from Bocchetta di Doia alternates between wide, comfortable sections and others that are more craggy and exposed. The route covers terrain of varying elevations and runs along the ridge between the Vallemaggia and Onsernone valleys, except for a crag that requires a detour along a ledge using the chains provided. The very attractive ridge ends at Pizzo Cramalina, a striking peak and the highest in the Lodano Valley. At the foot of the mountain you can already see the farmhouses of Canaa, restored in accordance with the building traditions of Alpine farmers: Created from abandoned buildings, the mountain lodge is a gem: an oasis of tranquillity.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    6,6 km

  • Height difference ascent

    710 m

  • Height difference descent

    610 m

  • Maximum height

    2322 m

  • Duration

    03:45 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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