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Lavertezzo-Capanna Cornavòsa-Lavertezzo

Long Distance Hiking · Val Verzasca
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A two-day hike through the wonderfully wild Val Pincascia valley following white-red-white waymarking with the option of a more demanding alpine (white-blue-white) section.
difficult
Distance 19.8 km
8:55 h
1,790 m
1,790 m
1,991 m
537 m

This two-day tour to the Capanna Cornavòsa starts and ends at Lavertezzo, which is reachable by car or bus (Locarno-Tenero-Sonogno route); the must-see two-arched bridge, the Ponte dei Salti, is one of the Verzasca valley's landmark monuments.

The Val Pincascia is a long, very wild valley through which the path wends its way in woodland – perfect for summer walking. The hamlet of Pincascia, where the path divides, marks the start of the very steep ascent to the Capanna Cornavòsa (June-October). Renovated in 2009, this unattended refuge with stunning views is situated on a large summer alp nestled in the mighty mountainscape of the Verzasca valley.

The hike to the Capanna Fümegna follows a white-blue-white alpine trail, which is exposed in places. The alternative to this is to return to Lavertezzo from the Capanna Cornavòsa the way you came up. Fümegna is an attended refuge (June-October) on a summer alp. The way back down again passes through the Val Pincascia.

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Update: July 19, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
1,991 m
Lowest point
537 m
Best time of year
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 13.25%Path 86.40%Road 0.33%
Forested/wild trail
2.6 km
Path
17.1 km
Road
0.1 km
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Rest stops

Mountain hut Cornavosa
Mountain hut Fümegna

Safety information

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Start

Lavertezzo, Paese
Coordinates:
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2'707'930E 1'124'012N
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46.258873, 8.838459
DMS
46°15'31.9"N 8°50'18.5"E
UTM
32T 487549 5122823
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Destination

Lavertezzo, Paese

Turn-by-turn directions

Lavertezzo, Paese-Verzöö-Cognera-Cognera di Dentro-Forno-Alpe Cornavosa-Capanna Cornavòsa-Alpe Fümègna-Capanna Fümegna-Forno-Cognoda di Dentro-Cognera-Verzöö-Lavertezzo, Paese

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'707'930E 1'124'012N
DD
46.258873, 8.838459
DMS
46°15'31.9"N 8°50'18.5"E
UTM
32T 487549 5122823
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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
19.8 km
Duration
8:55 h
Ascent
1,790 m
Descent
1,790 m
Highest point
1,991 m
Lowest point
537 m
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  • 2 Stages
Long Distance Hiking · Val Verzasca
Stage 1: Lavertezzo-Capanna Cornavòsa
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 1
Distance 8.8 km
Duration 5:00 h
Ascent 1,566 m
Descent 114 m

A long, wild valley, dense woodland, waterfalls and lots of climbing mark the first day of this fascinating mountain tour.

from Mariano Berri,   Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Long Distance Hiking · Val Verzasca
Stage 2: Capanna Cornavòsa-Lavertezzo
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 10.9 km
Duration 3:55 h
Ascent 224 m
Descent 1,676 m

The second day of this two-day mountain tour offers thrills and a wealth of scenery. The optional extra loop to the Capanna Fümegna follows alpine ...

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