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Photo: Ivan Sasu
Discover one of Ticino’s most picturesque Alpine views. From Lake Tremorgio, through the dolomitic formations of the Campolungo Pass to the Alpe Zarìa: an explosion of fragrance and colours.
Distance 10.1 km
Highest point2,318 m
Lowest point1,276 m
The area around the Campolungo Pass is one of the most captivating in the whole of Ticino. Not only is it rich from a geological and mineralogical perspective, but also in terms of its nature and culture: a huge number of different plant species grow at these latitudes and the richness is such that, despite being slightly out of the way, this area is still extremely popular for its dairy production. This is confirmed near the Alpe Zarìa, where an excellent local cheese is made and can be purchased in Fusio.
The huge meadows are home to species such as Alpine clover, common gorse, orange radichiella, mountain arnica, bearded bellflower, Koch’s gentian, Alpine aster, Helianthemum nummularium, wild thyme, Alpine columbine and orchids such as the Manina rosea and the common nigritella. Unusually damp environments characterised by peat moss can be found in the meadow area around the Alpe Zarìa and the Alpe Pianascio. The altitude allows for the development of a few last groves of larch or mountain pine, accompanied by red rhododendrons and blackberries, giving way to Alpine meadows where eight-petal mountain-avens and various so-called “cushion plants” such as blue-green rockfoils, light-blue globe daisies and creeping gypsophila grow. From a geological perspective, the white dolomite rock faces near the pass are worthy of note.
Discover more walks "Alla scoperta della biodiversità" in the printed guide (in Italian). Information: www.a-pro.ch
The route starts in Rodi Fiesso, where a cable car makes Lake Tremorgio easily accessible. Follow the signs for the Campolungo Pass and cross the magnificent plateau, particularly rich in minerals. Once past a small hump, continue in the same direction and along the imposing rock face to the Campolungo Pass, an incredible lookout point. Continue onto the Alpe Pianascio, the entrance to another area extremely prized for its flowers and vegetation. To get a better look at this magnificent site, continue along the path that descends the Alpe Zarìa (not official but passable). Continue towards Fusio and, once you rejoin the official path, you have three options: turn back, make a diversion towards the Capanna Leit hut and walk to Dalpe, or continue on to Fusio, where you can stay overnight and buy cheese produced on the Alpe Zarìa.
Train from Locarno to Faido + Bus 120 from Faido, towards Airolo (Rodi-Posta stop). Timetable on www.sbb.ch
32T 478913 5147685
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Alla scoperta della biodiversità, Escursioni nelle zone naturali protette del Canton Ticino
Ivan Sasu, Eric Vimercati, Marcello Martinoni, SalvioniEdizioni, ISBN 978-88-7967-419-5
Hiking daypack (approx. 20 liters) with rain cover
Comfortable and sturdy footwear
Adequate and durable outdoor clothing in multiple layers