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Brione Verzasca-Capanna Starlaresc-Brione Verzasca

Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
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  • Lago del Starlarèsc da Scimarmòta
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A challenging two-day tour in the wilds of the Verzasca valley. A unique experience featuring alpine terrain, stunning views and deep-green mountain lakes.
difficult
Distance 16.4 km
8:50 h
1,817 m
1,817 m
2,124 m
665 m
This two-day round walk starts and ends in Brione Verzasca, which can be reached by car or bus (Locarno-Tenero-Sonogno route). Brione Verzasca is a bouldering and swimming mecca.

The ascent takes in Sparvé and Scimarmòta (optional short detour to the Lago del Starlaresc da Scimarmòta). Once back on the mountain path, the steep, stony climb passes below the Pizzo Costisc (where it joins the Via Alta Vallemaggia) to reach the ridge. The panoramic views here encompass the Laghetti di Masnee and Pianca. The tour now heads towards the Cima del Masnee (above the Rifugio Alpe Masnee); at the Passo Deva, the path zigzags steeply down to the Lago del Starlaresc and its eponymous unattended refuge (June-October), where you'll be spending the night.

Swimming in an alpine ambience is possible in the refreshing waters of the little lake. The next day features a long descent via the Alpe di Sgióf and a red-and-white path to Piano del Vald and back to Brione Verzasca.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: May 07, 2024
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
2,124 m
Lowest point
665 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 1.65%Dirt road 1.10%Forested/wild trail 1.21%Path 90.52%Road 5.50%
Asphalt
0.3 km
Dirt road
0.2 km
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
Path
14.8 km
Road
0.9 km
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Safety information

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Start

Brione Verzasca, Paese
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'704'224E 1'128'195N
DD
46.297088, 8.791332
DMS
46°17'49.5"N 8°47'28.8"E
UTM
32T 483929 5127078
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Destination

Brione Verzasca, Paese

Turn-by-turn directions

Brione Verzasca, Paese-Ponte Scuro-Sparvé-Scimaròta-Alpe Masnée-Lago del Starlarèsc da Sgióf-Capanna Starlaresc-Motarüch-Larecc-Piano dle Vald-Ganne-Brione Verzasca, Ai Piee-Brione Verzasca, Paese

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'704'224E 1'128'195N
DD
46.297088, 8.791332
DMS
46°17'49.5"N 8°47'28.8"E
UTM
32T 483929 5127078
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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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  • Sonogno-Capanna Barone-Sonogno
  • Sentiero Verzasca (SvizzeraMobile 74)
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
16.4 km
Duration
8:50 h
Ascent
1,817 m
Descent
1,817 m
Highest point
2,124 m
Lowest point
665 m
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  • 2 Stages
Long Distance Hiking · Val Verzasca
Stage 1: Brione Verzasca-Capanna Starlaresc
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 1 closed
Distance 8.7 km
Duration 5:25 h
Ascent 1,542 m
Descent 419 m

The first leg of this challenging two-day tour takes place in mountainous terrain replete with delightful little lakes, vistas and untamed nature. 

from Mariano Berri,   Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
Stage 2: Capanna Starlaresc-Brione Verzasca
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 7.7 km
Duration 3:25 h
Ascent 275 m
Descent 1,398 m

The second leg of the two-day tour involving the Capanna Starlaresc finds you negotiating the long descent across abandoned pastures and through ...

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