Bassa di Indemini
An extreme tour which climbs to Monte Tamaro with its wonderful panoramic view over the south part of Ticino and Lake Maggiore. On the main road we go from Vira/Magadino to Quartino, from where we arrive at Monte Ceneri on a steep old mule track. The path that climbs to Monte Tamaro is very tough, especially the higher section. To compensate for the effort, one of the best views in all Ticino awaits us at the Capanna (mountain hut) Monte Tamaro. After more than 1,700 metres of descent, the first technically very difficult descent to Indemini starts. A short, asphalted section of road leads us to the border into Italy, and near Biegno the last climb begins, to the Passo Forcora. Here there is another marvellous view over Lake Maggiore and the Veddasca Valley, before the very steep descent to Zenna. With sections at over 30% angle, this descent is only for expert mountain bikers. The lake road takes us back to the starting point. Highlights: Vira Botanical gardens of Gambaragno, 17,000m2 with different varieties of camellia, rhododendron, azalea and magnolia. Rivera Cable car Rivera - Alpe Foppa (1500 m) Alpe Foppa Church of S Maris degli Angioli (designed by Mario Botta) Indemini Museum Madonna del Monte sul Colle di S Anna Magadino Bolle di Magadino, wetland area of international importance for flora and fauna Parish Church.
Difference of level: 2,230 m
Maximum altitude: 1,895 mslm.
Distance: 53.6 km
Lenght: 6 h
Departure: Vira/Magadino, station
Locations situated along the path: Vira/Magadino - Quartino - Monte Ceneri - Alpe Foppa - Capanna- - Monte Tamaro - Bassa di Indemini - Monti Idacca - Indemini - Biegno (I) - Passo Forcora (I) - Monti di Pino (I) - Zenna (I) - Dirinella - Ranzo - S. Nazzaro - Vira/Magadino
Indications: Period advised: june - october Please note: In autumn, woodland footpaths can be covered with large quantities of vegetation! Please note: Watch out for walkers (Pkt. 021 - 027)! Please note: Descents from Monte Tamaro are in a very steep area (Pkt.024 - 032)! Please note: The descent from Monte di Pino to Zenna is very steep and not passable in wet conditions. (Pkt. 045 - 048)! Info: Do not forget personal documents for the section in Italy!
Track: Mountain bike tour
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Il Ticino in Mountain Bike; Lake Maggiore and the Valleys; Nr. 5