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Hiking holidays Ticinos Valleys

Hiking: Ticinos Valleys

Switzerland's hidden cornerns

Switzerland's most secluded areas are to be found in the side valleys of Ticino. Time seems to stand still between pointed church towers and stone houses. And while life pulsates just a few kilometres away on Lake Maggiore, one feels as if one has stepped into another world as soon as one arrives here.

In Verzasca Valley, steeply sloping flanks of the valley and countless waterfalls wait for you. Contrast this with the Maggia Valley a little further afield: typical rusticos and turquoise-blue pools are waiting to be discovered. Mule trails characterise the Onsernone Valley and Centovalli, before a last trail high above Lake Maggiore concludes the tour through Ticino's valleys.

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Itinerary

Luggage drop-off in Locarno and bus ride to Sonogno. Both Sonogno and Lavertezzo with its famous stone arch bridge are worth the trip. The stretch in between is also scenic: you hike through a piece of unspoilt, stone-rich mountain Ticino and stop for refreshments in a typical grotto.

approx. 4 h
approx. 14 km
265 m
650 m

The section of the trail between Corippo ( listed as a national heritage site) and Mergoscia is spectacular. Along the mountain trail you will come across architectural evidence of the struggle for existence that the farmers waged a hundred years ago. Hike to Contra and continue by bus to the centre of Locarno.

approx. 6 h
approx. 17 km
1'060 m
1'115 m

Bus ride to Lodano. At the very beginning you dive into the silence of the small villages of Lodano, Mogheghno and Aurigeno. On relatively flat paths through lush green forests, down in the valley the Maggia river digs deeper and deeper into the rock. Beautiful basins above Ponte Brolla and unique rock formations mark the end of today's hike.

approx. 3.5 h
approx. 13 km
500 m
610 m

Bus ride to Loco. First a steep descent down to the river Isorno. Then through chestnut woods and past scattered houses and settlements on old mule tracks towards Centovalli. The highest bell tower in Ticino greets from afar in Intragna.

approx. 2 h
approx. 6 km
275 m
615 m

For a long time this mule track was the only connection through the Valle Vigezzo to Domodossola. After a long climb you reach the small village of Verdasio. Through the forest of Gaggio to Palazzo Tondù in Lionza, a listed building. Then you pass the Parco dei Mulini above Borgnone and reach the stone houses of Camedo in the upper Centovalli.

approx. 4 h
approx. 12 km
840 m
615 m

Short train ride to Verdasio. By cable car up to the small village of Rasa. Don't start the walk too early, because the typical grotto in this village is a highlight. You leave this sunny terrace and hike through dense, shady forest up to Casone. Wonderful views of Lake Maggiore spice up the descent to Ronco sopra Ascona. Take the bus to Locarno, collect your luggage and departure.

approx. 3.5 h
approx. 10 km
520 m
1'050 m

Tour characteristic

Partly many metres in altitude and long stages. Especially in spring and autumn, paths on north-facing slopes can be slippery. Good physical condition is necessary for the steep climbs. 

Prices & Dates

All data for 2023 at a glance
Place of arrival: Sonogno
  Season 1
15.04.2023 - 12.05.2023
23.09.2023 - 15.10.2023

every day
Season 2
08.04.2023 - 14.04.2023
13.05.2023 - 22.09.2023

every day
Ticinos Valleys, 6 days, CH-TSWSL-06X
Base price
979.-
1'059.-
Surcharge Single Room 289.- 289.-

Category: 3*-hotels & local inns

Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
every day
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
every day
Ticinos Valleys, 6 days, CH-TSWSL-06X
Base price
Surcharge Single Room
979.-
289.-
1'059.-
289.-

Category: 3*-hotels & local inns

Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023
Sonogno
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Ponte Brolla
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
Ronco sopra Ascona
Extra night double room (BB)
Extra night single room (BB)
75.-
85.-
95.-
155.-
105.-
185.-
75.-
85.-
95.-
155.-
105.-
185.-
Additional nights
Place of arrival: Sonogno
  Season 1
Apr 15, 2023 - May 12, 2023
Sep 23, 2023 - Oct 15, 2023

every day
Season 2
Apr 8, 2023 - Apr 14, 2023
May 13, 2023 - Sep 22, 2023

every day
Sonogno
Extra night double room (BB) 75.- 75.-
Extra night single room (BB) 85.- 85.-
Ponte Brolla
Extra night double room (BB) 95.- 95.-
Extra night single room (BB) 155.- 155.-
Ronco sopra Ascona
Extra night double room (BB) 105.- 105.-
Extra night single room (BB) 185.- 185.-
Prices per person in CHF

Services & Information

Services

Included:

  • 5 overnight stays incl. breakfast
  • Daily Luggage transfers
  • Ticino Ticket with numerous inclusive services and discounts
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents (1x per room)
  • GPS data available
  • Service hotline

Note:

  • Bus ride Locarno - Sonogno and train ride on day 5 not included in the tour price.
  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price!
  • Reservation fee of CHF 15 per adult (incl. legally required customer money protection) 
Information

Arrival/Departure:

  • Arrival by public transport to Locarno. Drop off your luggage at the luggage counter by 10:00 a.m. at the latest.
  • Departure by public transport from Locarno. Suitcases will be handed over at the luggage counter by 5.00 p.m. at the latest.

Other important information: 

  • The distance travelled is approximate and may differ from the actual distance. 
  • Travel cancellation insurance, including travel interruption insurance is recommended. 
Travel Documents

Travel documents "digital”

In future we will reduce the amount of printed documents. You will receive instructions to help you find your way around using the SwitzerlandMobility app.  We will provide you with further information online. In advance you will receive a small package of documents with the following contents:

  • Description of how to use the necessary apps
  • Detailed programme for the individual stages
  • Annual subscription to SwitzerlandMobility Plus
  • Luggage tags
  • Any vouchers

On the way, you can easily find your way with the SwitzerlandMobility app and other freely accessible aids. Background information and all other documents are delivered electronically and can be downloaded to your mobile phone in advance.

Let us know if you don't want to do without maps. We will send them to you free of charge.

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