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Giumaglio-Alpe Spluga-Giumaglio

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Two-day round walk high above the roofs of Giumaglio. A tour that immerses you in the nature of the Maggia valley.
moderate
Distance 15 km
8:00 h
1,691 m
1,691 m
1,877 m
352 m

The red-and-white waymarked path on this round walk climbs steeply up to Arnau. Views of the Maggia valley and surrounding mountains can be glimpsed from time to time through the mighty chestnut trees. On reaching the top, you can already spy the distant stone refuges, nestled between barren mountains and lush meadows.

Of the 11 low buildings on the Alpe di Spluga, three are geared to self-catering hikers. They are open from May to October and equipped with a shower/WC, dormitory, kitchen and lounge – and a terrace boasting an immersive "cinema", i.e. nature! Various beverages are available in the hut, paid by means of an honesty box.

A steep ascent must mean there's a descent somewhere: this one is to Cortone. It's then a long yet pleasant descent to Arnau, followed by Giumaglio.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,877 m
Lowest point
352 m
Best time of year
Jan
Feb
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 1.54%Path 95.37%Road 3.08%
Forested/wild trail
0.2 km
Path
14.3 km
Road
0.5 km
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Rest stops

Mountain hut Alpe Spluga

Safety information

Sentieri Svizzeri - Escursioni sicure

Start

Giumaglio
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'695'718E 1'125'352N
DD
46.272777, 8.680370
DMS
46°16'22.0"N 8°40'49.3"E
UTM
32T 475372 5124405
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Destination

Giumaglio

Turn-by-turn directions

Giumaglio-Berzona-Arnau-Costa-Capanna Alpe Spluga-Cortone-Arnau-Front-Cappella di Cima-Giumaglio

Public transport

From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at the bus stop Giumaglio. Return from Giumaglio: Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information:

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'695'718E 1'125'352N
DD
46.272777, 8.680370
DMS
46°16'22.0"N 8°40'49.3"E
UTM
32T 475372 5124405
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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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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
15 km
Duration
8:00 h
Ascent
1,691 m
Descent
1,691 m
Highest point
1,877 m
Lowest point
352 m
Round trip Multi-stage route Scenic Cultural/historical interest Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Flora Fauna

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  • 2 Stages
Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
Stage 1: Giumaglio-Arnau-Costa-Alpe Spluga
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 8.1 km
Duration 4:01 h
Ascent 1,542 m
Descent 52 m

Mountain tour off the beaten track in the Maggia valley. From dense chestnut forest to barren mountain, where time appears to stand still.

from Mariano Berri,   Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
Stage 2: Alpe Spluga-Cortone-Arnau-Giumaglio
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 6.9 km
Duration 2:42 h
Ascent 0 m
Descent 1,490 m

Remote mountain setting above Giumaglio. The Vallemaggia hides many a secret in its side valleys.

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