Hiking holidays hut trekking Airolo - Binn

Eurotrek Alpine: hut trekking Airolo - Binn

Mountain lakes and spectacular refuges

There is hardly any long-distance hiking trail in Switzerland that leads through a more unspoiled landscape than the Alpine Pass Trail between Airolo and Binn. With this spectacular crossing from the northern end of Ticino to the picturesque Binn Valley in Valais, Switzerland’s longest and most challenging long-distance trail succeeds in becoming a showpiece. Immerse yourself in a world of slate rock, mountain lakes, wild pass crossings and breath-taking situated mountain huts.

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Arrival in Airolo and luggage drop-off, followed by a cable car ride to Alp Pesciüm. From there the tour leads on a splendid high trail into the Val Bedretto. In the distance, the Gotthard pass with its old Tremola pass road can be seen.

After about 4.5 hours you reach the Alpe di Folcra, which invites you to take a break. The path continues to the hamlet of San Giaccomo. From where the stage destination, the Capanna Corno Gries, is already within reach.

approx. 7 h
approx. 21 km
1'330 m
740 m

Today you cross the border to Italy. From the Gries Pass the path winds down to the Italian reservoir Lago di Morasco. Once you reach the bottom, it's time for another climb. Over glacial moraines the path continues up to the Passo di Nefelgiu.

All around nothing but rock and debris. Only chamois, marmots or with a bit of luck ibexes keep you company here. After a difficult descent you reach Lago Vannino. At the eastern end of this reservoir sits enthroned the Rifugio Margaroli.

approx. 6 h
approx. 16 km
1'200 m
1'360 m

After the previous difficult stages, today you will overcome only one pass. From the Rifugio, a spectacular path leads first alongside Lago Vannino, then further up to Scatta Minoia.

After a short descent to the plateau of Alpe Forno Inferiore, you will return to Switzerland at the Albrun Pass. After arriving in Valais, the descent follows through the Binntal valley until the trip reaches its end in the main town of Binn.

approx. 6.5 h
approx. 20 km
880 m
1'650 m

Tour character

Demanding mountain hikes (T3 on the SAC scale). The tours lead on red-white marked hiking trails throughout. Good physical condition, surefootedness, no fear of heights and previous experience in mountain tours are required. Attention: On high sections snow fields are possible until the summer months.

Prices & Dates

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Airolo
  Season 1
01.07.2023 - 24.09.2023

every day
Eurotrek Alpine: hut trekking Airolo - Binn, 4 days, CH-TSAAB-04X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room 29.-

Category: Mass camps in the SAC cottages, historic-hotel in Binn

Season 1
Jul 1, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023
every day
Eurotrek Alpine: hut trekking Airolo - Binn, 4 days, CH-TSAAB-04X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room

Category: Mass camps in the SAC cottages, historic-hotel in Binn

Season 1
Jul 1, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Airolo
  Season 1
Jul 1, 2023 - Sep 24, 2023

every day
Extra night double room (BB) 95.-
Extra night single room (BB) 150.-
Extra night double room (BB) 119.-
Extra night single room (BB) 148.-
Lunch package (2x)
Reduction SAC Member
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information



  • 3 nights incl. breakfast
  • Half board at the mountain huts (2x)
  • Luggage transfer Airolo – Binn
  • Subsidy for the journey by train
  • Worked out route guidance
  • Travel documents with matching Swisstopo maps (1x per room)
  • Service hotline 


  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection)


  • Arrival by public transport to Airolo, luggage drop-off at Hotel Forni until 10:00 a.m.

Detailed information:

  • A cottage sleeping bag is required for overnight stays in the mountain cottages.
  • For a better assessment of the level of difficulty we recommend having a look at the SAC hiking scale.
  • Please note that no luggage transport can be organized to the mountain cottages. Your suitcase will be transported directly from the starting point to the final destination.
Travel documents

Travel documents "digital" 

We reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the Eurotrek Travel Guide App. We provide you with further information online. 

In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents: 

  • Your travel program 

  • Luggage tags 

  • Description of how to use the app 

  • Any vouchers 

The Eurotrek Travel Guide App will help you find your way around. In addition to your digital map, you will find further information about your booked trip. The app is also available offline, simply download the trip in advance.

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