Hiking Trail recommended route

Diga Verzasca-Mergoscia-Corippo-Lavertezzo

Hiking Trail · Val Verzasca
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The Sentierone is a trail that leads through the whole of the Verzasca valley. The section from the Verzasca dam to Lavertezzo is lovely and great for families.
moderate
Distance 13.1 km
4:20 h
707 m
646 m
890 m
470 m
You start by crossing the famous dam, where agent 007 a.k.a. James Bond bungee-jumped 220 metres down in the film GoldenEye. Other brave souls can also do this between the months of April and October. A gentle ascent leads to Mergoscia. With Lake Vogorno at your feet and Lake Maggiore at your back, you have a wonderful panorama. Mergoscia boasts a public bread oven (still in operation) and a church that's regarded as a "place of power".

The trail then leads through a chestnut forest to the hamlet of Perbio, complete with a bench for enjoying the view. Corippo is tucked into the slope and it has just 12 inhabitants.

A bus (Locarno-Tenero-Sonogno route) can be caught at Corippo, Bivio (approx. 1 km). You then go up and down the emerald green river to Lavertezzo where the two-arched bridge "Ponte dei Salti" is situated.

Return by bus on the Locarno-Tenero-Sonogno route. The tour can be completed in both directions; restaurants are available in Mergoscia, Corippo and Lavertezzo. 

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Mariano Berri 
Update: April 05, 2024
Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
890 m
Lowest point
470 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Asphalt 28.18%Path 57.25%Road 14.56%
Asphalt
3.7 km
Path
7.5 km
Road
1.9 km
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Safety information

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Start

Diga Verzasca
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'709'004E 1'116'941N
DD
46.195106, 8.850735
DMS
46°11'42.4"N 8°51'02.6"E
UTM
32T 488482 5115736
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Destination

Lavertezzo, Paese

Turn-by-turn directions

Diga Verzasca-Mergoscia-Corippo-Lavertezzo, Paese

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'709'004E 1'116'941N
DD
46.195106, 8.850735
DMS
46°11'42.4"N 8°51'02.6"E
UTM
32T 488482 5115736
w3w 
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Equipment

  • Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
  • Comfortable and sturdy footwear
  • Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers
  • Telescope sticks if necessary,
  • Sun and rain protection
  • Snacks and drinking water
  • First aid kit
  • Penknife
  • Mobile phone, headlight if necessary
  • Maps

Similar routes nearby

  • Diga Verzasca-Vogorno-Corippo (Bivio)
  • Diga Verzasca-Monti di Motti-Diga Verzasca
  • Monti di Motti-Sassariente-Gana-Monti di Motti
  • Mergoscia-Alpe di Bietri-Monti di Lego-Mergoscia
  • Vogorno-Alpe Bardughè-Vogorno
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13.1 km
Duration
4:20 h
Ascent
707 m
Descent
646 m
Highest point
890 m
Lowest point
470 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available

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