Via Alta Vallemaggia

 

Featuring grassy ridges, scree slopes, Alpine lakes, small snowfields, wildflower meadows, rocky ridges, larch woods and passages equipped with chains, the Via Alta Vallemaggia offers a unique trekking experience for hikers seeking a ridgeway adventure in the Vallemaggia region.

The route traverses pre-Alpine landscapes with views across Lake Maggiore and decidedly Alpine landscapes including the Basodino glacier, with two variants to the north. It covers 200 km divided into 19 sections and alternates between red-and-white trails and blue-and-white Alpine tracks, including sections with difficulty ratings of up to T5–. Given the length of this multi-stage trail, it can be completed in various stages according to your preferences.

The trekking comprises 17 sections, which are a day excursions:
Section 1: Cimetta - Rifugio Nimi (10.4 Km / 5 h 30 min)
Section 2: Rifugio Nimi - Capanna Alpe Masneè (4.8 Km / 3 h 30 min)
Section 3: Rifugio Alpe Masneè - Capanna Alpe Spluga (10.3 Km / 5 h 45 min)
Section 4: Capanna Spluga - Rifugio Tomeo (8.7 Km / 6 h)
Section 5: Rifugio Tomeo - Capanna Barone (10.1 Km / 7 h)
Section 6: Capanna Barone - Fusio (14.1 Km / 7 h 30 min)
Section 7N: Fusio - Capanna Cristallina (18.9 Km / 8 h 45min)
Section 8N: Capanna Cristallina - Rifugio Maria Luisa (14.5 Km / 5 h 30 min)
Section 10: Rifugio Maria Luisa  - Capanna Piano delle Creste (10.8 Km / 5 h)
Section 11: Capanna Piano delle Creste - Capanna Grossalp (11.3 Km / 6 h 30 min)
Section 12: Capanna Grossalp - Cimalmotto (7.1 Km / 3 h)
Section 13: Cimalmotto - Capanna Ribia (12.1 Km / 6 h 45 min)
Section 14: Capanna Ribia - Capanna Alzasca (7.9 Km / 3 h 30 min)
Section 15: Capanna Alzasca - Capanna Alpe Canaa (6.6 Km / 3 h 45 min)
Section 16: Capanna Alpe Canaa - Salmone (10.3 Km / 5 h)
Section 17: Salmone - Ponte Brolla (10.3 Km / 4 h)

Downloads the flyer Via Alta Vallemaggia.
More info: www.vialtavallemaggia.ch

Tips

We would like to remind you that the Via Alta Vallemaggia is only recommended for experienced hikers with appropriate equipment.

  • Waterproof clothing, light and warm
  • Hiking boots
  • Gloves, sun cap, change of clothes
  • Backpack maximum 5-8 kg
  • First aid kit with penknife
  • Sleeping bag for overnight in alpine hut
  • Torch, sunglasses, sun cream, water-bottle
  • Hiking map/topographic map
  • Compass
  • Camera
  • Food
  • Raincover for backpacks
  • Identity card, cash money (euros and francs)

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: https://www.montagnepulite.ch/en/golden-rules

Alternative routes

Section 7S: Fusio - Capnanna Poncione di Braga (11.9 Km / 7 h 15 min)
Section 8S: Capanna Poncione di Braga - Robiei (10.3 Km / 4 h 45 min)
Section 9S: Robiei - Rifugio Maria Luisa (9.6 Km / 4 h)

More info: www.vialtavallemaggia.ch

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