Long Distance Hiking recommended route Stage 3

Via GeoAlpina - Stage 3: Prato Sornico-Cavergno

Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
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The third stage, from Prato-Sornico in Lavizzara to Cavergno in Vallemaggia, offers some stunning panoramic views and incredible rock structures.

difficult
Distance 16.9 km
8:00 h
1,736 m
2,024 m
2,298 m
449 m

Starting in Prato-Sornico, not far from Peccia, home to the only marble to be quarried in Switzerland, this stage (the last section of the Via GeoAlpina in the Ticino Alps) leads up to Monti di Rima, a beautiful hamlet with typical stone houses. The route takes you through the Bosco di Müresc to Corte Grande on the Brünesc mountain, with stupendous views of the Lepontine Alps. Look out for the interesting geological features between Pizzo Massari to the north and Corona di Redorta to the south. The most important structure here is definitely the thrust fault between the Maggia and Simano folds, although this is not easily discerned as it forms a boundary between two rocks of a similar, relatively compact nature: Ruscada gneiss (light pink) below and Ganna gneiss (brown) above. Cattle are free to range here in the summer months. The landscape around Bocchetta di Fiorasca becomes typically alpine as the path heads towards to Val Bavona. It then drops down to the unmanned Rifugio Fiorasca hut. There follows a long, steep descent to Fontana. If you wish, you can spend the night in the hut and recharge your batteries before tackling the last section in the morning. The Antigorio Fold makes up most of the Bavona Valley, composed mainly of granite gneiss containing amphibolite fractions. The Val Bavona has several special features, including the Splüi: fallen rocks and boulders used as cellars, homes and shelters for humans and livestock. On reaching Fontana you can catch the PostBus to Cavergno.

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Author
Mariano Berri 
Update: October 06, 2023
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
2,298 m
Lowest point
449 m
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Track types

Asphalt 10.60%Forested/wild trail 3.01%Path 84.89%Road 1.48%
Asphalt
1.8 km
Forested/wild trail
0.5 km
Path
14.4 km
Road
0.3 km
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Rest stops

Rifugio Fiorasca

Start

Prato Sornico (742 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'693'587E 1'138'915N
DD
46.395075, 8.655461
DMS
46°23'42.3"N 8°39'19.7"E
UTM
32T 473512 5138002
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Destination

Cavergno

Turn-by-turn directions

Prato Sornico-Monti di Rima-Bocchetta di Fiorasca-Fontana-Cavergno

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'693'587E 1'138'915N
DD
46.395075, 8.655461
DMS
46°23'42.3"N 8°39'19.7"E
UTM
32T 473512 5138002
w3w 
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Get there by train, car, bike, or on foot!

Equipment

  • Trekking backpack (approx. 50 liters) with rain cover
  • Comfortable and sturdy footwear, second pair of shoes / sandals if necessary
  • Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
  • Change of clothes,
  • Telescope sticks
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Penknife
  • Mobile phone
  • Headlight
  • Maps
  • Travel documents 
  • Toilet bag and travel towel, travel detergent and clothesline, camping equipment if necessary (tent, sleeping mat, sleeping bag, cooking equipment), hut equipment if necessary

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
16.9 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
1,736 m
Descent
2,024 m
Highest point
2,298 m
Lowest point
449 m
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