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Brione Verzasca-Rifugio Sambuco-Sonogno

Long Distance Hiking · Val Verzasca
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  • Brione Verzasca-Rifugio Sambuco-Sonogno
    Brione Verzasca-Rifugio Sambuco-Sonogno
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A two-day tour in remote alpine terrain. A wonderful opportunity for clearing the mind and discovering the natural environment of the Verzasca valley. 
difficult
Distance 23.9 km
10:15 h
2,019 m
1,865 m
2,518 m
756 m

The tour starts in Brione Verzasca and ends in Sonogno. Both villages are reachable by car or bus (Locarno-Tenero-Sonogno route). From Brione, the path to Daghéi follows the stream on an asphalt road: the stream harbours countless pools of luminous green water – perfect for taking a dip. A lovely path from Daghéi ascends the ever wilder-looking Val d'Osura through the larch forest to the Capanna Osola (May-October). We recommend families to stay overnight here and return to Brione on the same route.

The next section of path is steep, and although waymarked, it's not as well maintained as further down. It's also stony all the way to the Rifugio Sambuco (May-October) – the night's accommodation. The next leg consists of a steep ascent to Bocchetta di Mügaia, with the possibility of climbing the Monte Zucchero (about 20 minutes), after which comes the long descent. The landscape is very alpine with virtually no vegetation. Püscen Negro offers a chance to catch fantastic panoramic views of the Val Redòrta.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: September 27, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
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Highest point
2,518 m
Lowest point
756 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 11.63%Path 69.25%Road 19.11%
Forested/wild trail
2.8 km
Path
16.6 km
Road
4.6 km
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Rest stops

Mountain hut Osola
Rifugio Sambuco

Safety information

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Start

Brione Verzasca, Paese
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'704'218E 1'128'206N
DD
46.297180, 8.791255
DMS
46°17'49.8"N 8°47'28.5"E
UTM
32T 483923 5127088
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Destination

Sonogno

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'704'218E 1'128'206N
DD
46.297180, 8.791255
DMS
46°17'49.8"N 8°47'28.5"E
UTM
32T 483923 5127088
w3w 
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
23.9 km
Duration
10:15 h
Ascent
2,019 m
Descent
1,865 m
Highest point
2,518 m
Lowest point
756 m
Public-transport-friendly Multi-stage route

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  • 2 Stages
Long Distance Hiking · Val Verzasca
Stage 1: Brione Verzasca-Rifugio Sambuco
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 1 closed
Distance 11.9 km
Duration 4:50 h
Ascent 1,287 m
Descent 143 m

Easy-going first leg of a two-day tour in the mountains on the edge of the Verzasca valley, characterised by emerald green waters, alpine scenery ...

from Mariano Berri,   Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Long Distance Hiking · Val Verzasca
Stage 2: Rifugio Sambuco-Sonogno
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 12 km
Duration 5:25 h
Ascent 732 m
Descent 1,722 m

The second leg of this two-day tour from Brione Verzasca to Sonogno could be called "in the middle of nowhere". It's a demanding yet thoroughly ...

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