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Zona golenale, Basòdino
Photo: Ivan Sasu
Discover the high Bavona Valley and the Basòdino glacier: when the ice retreats, pioneering plants find the space and an ideal environment to grow.
Distance 9.9 km
Highest point2,655 m
Lowest point1,890 m
The Basòdino is the longest and most extensively studied glacier in the canton of Ticino. Natural evolution has brought cyclical increases and decreases in its surface area, but climate change is currently causing the glacier to gradually retreat. At the current rate, it has been estimated that it may disappear before 2050. The wide variety of pioneering species that spring up and proliferate around it are nevertheless interesting to discover. For example, near the Piano del Ghiacciaio you can admire the Valetta di Fiorina, a federally protected alpine floodplain that it is home to species particularly suited to alpine conditions, such as the glacier buttercup, Artemisia genipi Weber, Androsace alpina, yarrow and Geum reptans. Living at high altitude requires a particular adaptability: the seasons are short and the climatic conditions extreme. You are sure to see pads of Eritrichium nanum, the white fluff-covered leaves of white ragwort and the fleshier leaves of the common houseleek; there are also creeping dwarf shrubs such as the Salix retusa. The environment is also extremely popular with animals such as the stoat, rock ptarmigan and mountain hare, which change the colour of their fur (or plumage) depending on the season.
Discover more walks "Alla scoperta della biodiversità" in the printed guide (in Italian). Information: www.a-pro.ch
From San Carlo in Val Bavona (accessible by Autopostale PostBus) take the cable car to Robièi. Walk for a brief stretch along the road towards Lago del Zött and then follow the path towards Randinascia. Once in Randinascia continue towards Piano del Ghiacciaio and the Bocchetta di Val Maggia (without crossing it).
To get back, follow the signs for Lago del Matörgn and continue straight on, following a particularly panoramic route over the glacier and the top of the Basòdino.
Bus 315 from Locarno, towards Cavergno + 333 from Bignasco, towards San Carlo (Bavona). Timetable on www.sbb.ch
32T 462561 5143366
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Alla scoperta della biodiversità. Escursioni nelle zone naturali protette del Canton Ticino - Salvioni Edizioni, www.a-pro.ch
Ivan Sasu, Eric Vimercati, Marcello Martinoni, SalvioniEdizioni, ISBN 978-88-7967-419-5
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers