Robiei and the lakes at the Basodino glacier’s foot



An alpine landscape made of rock walls and a wild natural environment is the setting for the Lake Robiei trail loop. Let yourself be amazed by the majestic Basodino glacier: a glittering white ice cap set against a stunning granite backdrop. Along the path, admire the perennial snow and crystals sparkling in the sun. Have a taste of the fantastic “Vallemaggia” cheese and the super-fresh butter and ricotta.

From San Carlo in Val Bavona, set in an alpine area dotted with enormous boulders, rock walls and a wild natural environment, take the cableway to Robiei, the starting point of this looped route. The cableway is undoubtedly the most comfortable and thrilling way to reach Robiei and admire the surrounding landscape, while suspended in the void. In just 15 minutes you reach the beautiful Robiei area at the foot of the Basodino glacier at 1900m, close to the dam, where you can marvel over the stunning views of the Ticinese Alps. Basodino is the most majestic and important of the Ticino glaciers, a sparkling white ice cap reaching 3273m, set against a splendid landscape of granite and gneiss.
The trek starts from the station on top of the cableway, taking you to the left side of the Robiei lake. A panoramic viewpoint is located on the little pass taking you to the path toward Lake Bianco. You then descend along the right side, and you'll notice that not only the lake and the melt water from the glacier sparkle in the sun, but the crystals along the path, as well. Indeed, Robiei is well known for its richness of minerals.
Once you reach the far end of the lake, the path carries on, changing direction, through the Lielp alpage, where cows, goats and pigs happily graze and the exquisitely tasty 'Vallemaggia' cheese is produced, alongside butter and ricotta. Continue on, slightly downhill, toward the Basodino mountain hut. Here, if you look carefully, it is possible to observe a plethora of wild animals including alpine marmots, alpine ibex and chamois standing proudly on the crests. You then return to the cableway station at the top, where the route ends.


To explore the route, we recommend buying the official maps of the Federal Office of Topography Swisstopo. In addition, the following website offers constantly updated data.

  • Hiking boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Hiking map
  • Camera
  • Food

Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute:

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