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Cup-marked stones in Ligünc, the Pizzo Zucchero and Salei Lake.
Distance 13.4 km
Highest point1,975 m
Lowest point1,083 m
The Valle Onsernone is one of the wildest and most untouched valleys in the canton of Ticino. This route will show you some of the important centres of energy it conceals.
The most significant in Comologno are the church of San Giovanni Battista and the Via Crucis; the latter is a truly energising pilgrimage.
Ligünc, a rural village on a wide natural terrace, is home to a number of cup-marked stones that are thought to have once been used for stargazing. Most of these can be found just before the centre of the village, on the left, near a small rocky promontory.
Further on, the route continues into a dense forest of larch and fir trees that envelops you in its scent and protects you from the sun almost as far as the Alpe Salei. From here, the Pizzo Zucchero, a stunning centre of energy, is just a few minutes away. You may be interested to know that of the two peaks the right-hand one has the most energy and the small depression in the middle is a beneficial geomantic location, probably already recognised as such in the Celtic age. Try to look at the arrangement of the stones.
Next you’ll reach the Salei lake, the most important centre of energy in the Valle Onsernone. Here, on the right, if you look carefully you will see some cup-marked stones (always significant evidence of practices and rituals), but the whole area around the lake has a beautiful energy, particularly popular with those who practise meditation here. Take the chance to be surprised.
Finally, continue towards the Alpe Pesced, where you’ll find yet more interesting energy rocks.
Update: September 14, 2020
Best time of year
Path 99.50%Road 0.49%
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Comologno (1,084 m)
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Comologno, where this itinerary starts, is easily accessible by public transport, an option we highly recommend as it allows you much more freedom of movement. It begins in the centre of the village, in the direction of the Alpe Salei (following the long-established transhumance route) before quickly reaching the settlement of Ligünc. As the climb continues, the route takes you into a large wooded area up to the Alpe Salei. From here follow the signs towards the Pizzo Zucchero before returning and climbing up to Salei lake. After a well-deserved rest, continue towards the Alpe Pesced before finally descending on foot towards Comologno or Spruga, or towards Vergeletto by cable car. To maximise your time, we recommend consulting public transport timetables to help plan in advance.