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Glacier path

Hiking Trail · Ascona-Locarno
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  • Basòdino Glacier
    Basòdino Glacier
    Photo: Alessio Pizzicannella, Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Glacier path on the flank of the Basòdino, the highest mountain and glacier in the Ticino Alps. A journey into the distant past.
moderate
Distance 8.3 km
4:30 h
717 m
717 m
2,437 m
1,891 m

Take the aerial cableway to the Robièi and its icy enjoyment. Information about the natural landscape is conveyed at eight locations by means of a brochure which can be purchased at the cableway station.

A short stretch on an asphalted road leads to the dam of Lake Zött. It's a steep climb through the mountains to the rocky promontory of the Pizzo Pecora: if you have a head for heights, you can stand on the cliff and peer into the Bavona valley. The terrain was covered with ice until a few years ago, which explains why it's so barren and few pioneer plants have colonised the rocky ground.

Head back downhill on the moraine, taking care as it can be slippery. Now the scenery changes and green meadows start appearing.

Food and accommodation are available at the Berghotel or Capanna Basòdino, while Vallemaggia cheese can be bought at the Caseificio alpine dairy. San Carlo is on a bus route: make a note of the timetable.

Difficulty
moderate
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,437 m
Lowest point
1,891 m
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Track types

Asphalt 15.53%Path 84.47%
Asphalt
1.3 km
Path
7 km
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Rest stops

Capanna Basòdino
Albergo Robiei

Safety information

https://www.myswitzerland.com/en-ch/welcome-to-switzerlands-hiking-trails.html  

Start

Robièi
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'682'462E 1'144'082N
DD
46.443003, 8.511757
DMS
46°26'34.8"N 8°30'42.3"E
UTM
32T 462497 5143385
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Destination

Robièi

Public transport

From Locarno railway station: bus 315 towards Cavergno, Paese. Alight at Bignasco, Posta and change to bus 333 to S. Carlo, Funivia.

Return from San Carlo: Bus 333 to Bignasco, Posta. Take the bus 315 towards Locarno Stazione. Alight at Locarno station. Further information:

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'682'462E 1'144'082N
DD
46.443003, 8.511757
DMS
46°26'34.8"N 8°30'42.3"E
UTM
32T 462497 5143385
w3w 
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  • Robiei and the lakes at the Basodino glacier's foot
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  • Foroglio-Calnègia-Foroglio
  • Fusio-Lago Mognola-Fusio
  • Bignasco-San Carlo
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
8.3 km
Duration
4:30 h
Ascent
717 m
Descent
717 m
Highest point
2,437 m
Lowest point
1,891 m
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