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Gordevio-Alpe Nimi-Gordevio

Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
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  • Mountain hut Alpe Nimi
    Mountain hut Alpe Nimi
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Two-day hike to the Nimi refuge high above the Maggia valley. A cultural and natural tour with views.
difficult
Distance 15.2 km
7:40 h
1,592 m
1,592 m
1,723 m
315 m

This waymarked (red-and-white) round walk starts by climbing steeply amid constantly changing vegetation. Leaf becomes needle and lush turns to barren.

Numerous steps lead to the old stone bridge "Gialìtt", which is after Archeggio, the well-prepared path continuing in zigzag fashion past the Capellona to Alpe Nimi and its eponymous refuge or capanna. Awaiting you are amazing views, which help you forget the arduousness of the ascent.

Stretch your legs and immerse yourself in the tranquillity of the surroundings.

Open all year round (though attended only from mid-June to mid-September), the refuge is very simply furnished yet charming.

The descent through inhabited and deserted alps presents no problems and features ever-changing scenery and vantage points.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: May 07, 2024
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,723 m
Lowest point
315 m
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Track types

Asphalt 0.70%Forested/wild trail 0.43%Path 91.76%Road 7.10%
Asphalt
0.1 km
Forested/wild trail
0.1 km
Path
13.9 km
Road
1.1 km
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Rest stops

Mountain hut Nimi

Safety information

Sentieri Svizzeri - Escursioni sicure

Start

Gordevio
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'700'588E 1'120'122N
DD
46.225028, 8.742416
DMS
46°13'30.1"N 8°44'32.7"E
UTM
32T 480135 5119082
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Destination

Gordevio

Turn-by-turn directions

Gordevio-Archeggio-Boschetto-A Malái-Brunescio-Alpe Nimi-Capanna Nimi-Aiarlo di Dentro-Mella-A Malái-Boschetto-Archeggio-Gordevio

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

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

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'700'588E 1'120'122N
DD
46.225028, 8.742416
DMS
46°13'30.1"N 8°44'32.7"E
UTM
32T 480135 5119082
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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
difficult
Distance
15.2 km
Duration
7:40 h
Ascent
1,592 m
Descent
1,592 m
Highest point
1,723 m
Lowest point
315 m
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  • 2 Stages
Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
Stage 1: Gordevio-Brunescio-Alpe Nimi
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 1
Distance 6.6 km
Duration 4:24 h
Ascent 1,407 m
Descent 0 m

1473 metres of elevation gain – hard work with scenic rewards and breathtaking views.

from Mariano Berri,   Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
Stage 2: Alpe Nimi-Aiarlo-Malai-Gordevio
recommended route Difficulty moderate Stage 2
Distance 8.5 km
Duration 3:11 h
Ascent 32 m
Descent 1,439 m

The Alpe Nimi is the perfect place to relax and savour nature's scenic wonders. An idyll with views of Lake Maggiore that's far from the beaten track.

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