Hiking holidays: Sentiero Cristallina


You walk past small villages adorned with pointed church towers and typical stone houses up to Robiei. Afterwards you turn your back on the Bavona Valley and hike up into some barren mountain scenery. Deep blue lakes and sparkling rocks provide the necessary splashes of colour on the hike to the Cristallina Pass. Culinary highlights await you at the top of the pass: a rest in the Capanna Cristallina makes you fit for the descent into Val Bedretto. The hike on the Sentiero Cristallina is demanding, but shows Ticino from its most beautiful sides.

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Day 1: Individual arrival in Locarno

Day 2: Bignasco - Robiei

By bus to the Maggia Valley and start of the hike in Bignasco. The Val Bavona is characterised by steep mountain slopes, wild vegetation, lots of rock and twelve rustic hamlets. Very special: the dwellings built into rock cavities. Worth seeing: the 50 m high waterfall in Foroglio. By bus back to Bignasco. 

Details: distance ca. 14 km, climb 900 m, descent 300 m, duration: 4.5 h

Day 3: Robiei - Airolo | Departure

The section leads to the modern Capanna Cristallina, from where you can enjoy the view of the Basodino glacier; around it, many crystalline rocks. From the stony slopes of the mountains you reach the path of Val Bedretto through beautiful Alps. The high moorland areas shine with strong colours and the view of the Gotthard massif is incredible. Individual departure after arrival in Airolo.

Details: distance ca. 23 km, climb 1'015 m, descent 1'765 m, duration: 7.5 h


  • 2 overnights stays with breakfast
  • Daily luggage transport 
  • Ticino Ticket
  • Guide 
  • Detailed tour documentation
  • GPS-data available
  • 7-day Helpline 

Not included:

  • Bus trip S. Carlo - Bignaso (back and forth, CHF 12.- pp)
  • Costs for luggage deposit at the station, CHF 12.- pp

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