Via Alta Vallemaggia

Foto: Roberto Buzzini
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We say our goodbyes to Nimi and we’re off again, back to the ridges and over the first really imposing rampart of our journey, the rocky Madom da Sgiof. The edge of the abyss and a few moments of easy climbing put us to the test, but a few metal staples help us get through the most demanding spots. 

Then comes the Passo Deva, a convenient pass between Maggia and Brione and an ideal spot for stopping to admire the view. This is just a short stage and time is not pressing. To the right, beyond Verzasca, the incredible fin of the Poncione d’Alnasca stands out, while to the left our gaze is lost amidst the numerous ravines of the Salto valley. Finally we come to the Alpe Masnee, an eagle’s nest created out of dilapidated buildings. The restoration of this mountain pasture is a wonderful example of safeguarding and upgrading, a symbiosis of sustainable ecotourism and architectural heritage.

Technical Data

  • Stage length

    4,8 km

  • Height difference ascent

    720 m

  • Height difference descent

    370 m

  • Maximum height

    2247 m

  • Duration

    03:30 h

  • Difficulty

    T5–

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