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Via GeoAlpina: Personico-Cavergno

Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
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Three stages through beautiful natural landscapes in the Ticino canton to raise visitors' awareness of the local geology, geomorphology and hydrology, as well as natural hazards and the uses of stone.

difficult
Distance 57 km
26:00 h
5,670 m
5,540 m
2,298 m
318 m

The Via GeoAlpina project is being implemented alongside the Via Alpina, an itinerary crossing all the countries in the Alpine chain, from Trieste to Monaco. The route in the "Ticino Alps" section of the Via GeoAlpina goes from Biasca (Valle Leventina) to Cavergno (Vallemaggia), via Sonogno (Valle Verzasca). An exciting three-day tour through the Lepontine Alps offering the chance to discover the Ticino and its various rocks. The tour starts in Personico (reached by a bus from Biasca), heads up to Passo Gagnone and Capanna Efra, and then down to Frasco in the Verzasca Valley. There is a PostBus from Frasco to Sonogno. The Earth's mantle is visible at Passo Gagnone and consists of soapstone (steatite), a talc-schist from which stone pots were once made. The second day of the tour takes in the picturesque Val Redorta to the mountain pass of the same name. It then drops down to Prato-Sornico, going via either Capanna Tomeo or the wild Valle di Pertüs. The third day starts with an ascent to Monti di Rima and Bocchetta di Fiorasca, a landscape full of Ruscada gneiss and limestone formations. The route then descends to Capanna Fiorasca, and then on to Fontana in Val Bavona and the PostBus to Cavergno.

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Mariano Berri 
Update: May 07, 2024
Difficulty
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Highest point
2,298 m
Lowest point
318 m
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Track types

Asphalt 8.34%Forested/wild trail 4.62%Path 85.69%Road 1.33%
Asphalt
4.8 km
Forested/wild trail
2.6 km
Path
48.8 km
Road
0.8 km
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Rest stops

Capanna Tomeo
Mountain hut Efra
Rifugio Fiorasca

Start

Personico
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'713'743E 1'136'736N
DD
46.372356, 8.916935
DMS
46°22'20.5"N 8°55'01.0"E
UTM
32T 493611 5135423
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Destination

Cavergno

Turn-by-turn directions

Personico-Passo di Gagnone-Capanna Efra-Frasco-Sonogno-Passo di Redòrta-Bassa di Partús-Capanna Tomeo-Prato Sornico-Monti di Rima-Bocchetta di Fiorasca-Fontana-Cavergno

Public transport

Public-transport-friendly

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'713'743E 1'136'736N
DD
46.372356, 8.916935
DMS
46°22'20.5"N 8°55'01.0"E
UTM
32T 493611 5135423
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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

Similar routes nearby

  • Frasco-Capanna Efra-Frasco
  • Sonogno-Capanna Barone-Sonogno
  • Sentiero Verzasca (SvizzeraMobile 74)
  • Brione Verzasca-Rifugio Sambuco-Sonogno
  • Brione Verzasca-Capanna Starlaresc-Brione Verzasca
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
57 km
Duration
26:00 h
Ascent
5,670 m
Descent
5,540 m
Highest point
2,298 m
Lowest point
318 m
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  • 3 Stages
Long Distance Hiking · Bellinzona and Valleys
Via GeoAlpina - Stage 1: Personico-Sonogno
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 1
Distance 22.8 km
Duration 9:45 h
Ascent 2,245 m
Descent 1,657 m

First stage of the Via GeoAlpina – Ticino Alps, which goes from Biasca in Valle Leventina to Sonogno in Valle Verzasca. An interesting mountain ...

from Mariano Berri,   Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
Via GeoAlpina - Stage 2: Sonogno-Prato Sornico
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 2
Distance 17.2 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,689 m
Descent 1,860 m

The second stage of the Via GeoAlpina – Ticino Alps takes you back to the Ice Age, when the valleys were dominated by white giants.

from Mariano Berri,   Ascona-Locarno Tourism
Long Distance Hiking · Ascona-Locarno
Via GeoAlpina - Stage 3: Prato Sornico-Cavergno
recommended route Difficulty difficult Stage 3 closed
Distance 16.9 km
Duration 8:00 h
Ascent 1,736 m
Descent 2,024 m

The third stage, from Prato-Sornico in Lavizzara to Cavergno in Vallemaggia, offers some stunning panoramic views and incredible rock structures.

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