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 night 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.

Online booking: EUROTREK


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 - Capanna Cristallina CAS

The section leads to the modern Capanna Cristallina, from where you can enjoy the view of the Basodino glacier; around it, many crystalline rocks. If you wish, you can extend the short day's hike with a hike to one of the many lakes in this area.

Details: distance ca. 7 km, climb 760 m, descent 100 m, duration: 3 h

Day 4: Capanna Cristallina CAS - Airolo | Departure

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. 17 km, climb 275 m, descent 1'695 m, duration: 5 h


  • 3 overnights stays with breakfast
  • Half-board at the Cristallina Hut
  • Daily luggage transport 
  • Ticino Ticket
  • Guide 
  • Detailed tour documentation
  • GPS-data available
  • 7-day Helpline 
  • Costs for luggage deposit at the station

Not included:

  • Cable car San Carlo - Robiei,  approx. CHF 15.-

Search on ascona-locarno.com

Search results