Guided Weekend Hike in Ticino from Bellinzona to Val Verzasca
This wonderful hike in Ticino is a perfect way to burn calories while exploring the beauty and the charm of Ticino – starting from the historic town of Bellinzona and its famous market, staying a night in a mountain hut, and finishing in the famous Val Verzasca!
What’s the plan?
Day 1: Bellinzona – Capanna Albagno
You will meet Otto at Bellinzona train station at 11:15 to start the long and steep hike to the hut. If you want to take an earlier train, feel free to enjoy the famous market in Bellinzona which takes place every Saturday morning and where you can find amazing local products! Well deserved dinner and night at Capanna Albagno, a small and charming mountain hut from where you can see all the lights from the valley at night, and watch a beautiful sunrise in the morning.
10km – 1650m ascent
Day 2: Capanna Albagno – San Bartolomeo
The second day is more of an alpine hike, as we will walk up to almost 2500m, crossing 3 mountain passes (Bocchetta d’Erbea, Bocchetta della Cima dell’Uomo and Bocchetta di Medee), all of them offering us breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and peaks. We will then go down and stop for a drink and a snack at Capanna Borgna, before going up again, all the way to the peak of the day, Pizzo di Vogorno at 2442m above sea level. After enjoying the views of Lago Maggiore, we will start our descent to Capanna Bardhugee. To shorten the descent, we will take a cable car from Bardhugee to San Bartolomeo. In case of bad conditions or weather preventing us from going to Pizzo di Vogorno, we would need to take a different route and walk down to the valley, in which case the descent would be a bit longer.
10km – 1100m ascent – 1200m descent
Requirements (Hike in Ticino)
T3 hike. To join this hike in Ticino, you need to be a fit hiker and able to hike all day with up to 1600m of elevation gain. You should also not be afraid of heights as some of the trails are narrow and exposed.
- 30-40L backpack
- Waterproof backpack cover and waterproof inner bag
- Hiking boots
- Hiking poles
- Waterproof jacket and over trousers
- Down jacket
- Hiking trousers
- Quick-dry t-shirt
- Warm hat
- Sun hat
- Sunscreen and lip protection
- Sleeping bag liner
- Lightweight towel
- Personal first aid kit (plasters, pain killers, etc…)
- Cash to buy drinks at the huts
- Water (minimum 2L)
- Packed lunches
- Face mask and hand sanitiser
How to get there?
If you are traveling from Zurich by public transport, we recommend you to take the following transportation.
- Zurich HB 09:33 – 11:12 Bellinzona
- Vogorno, San Bartolomeo 16:24 – 18:55 Zurich HB
The price for this event is CHF 280.
What does the price include?
- 2 days hike in Ticino with a certified International Mountain Leader
- 1 night of accommodation in a mountain hut
- 3-course dinner on Saturday
- Breakfast on Sunday
- Cable car to San Bartolomeo
What does the price NOT include?
- Transport to Bellinzona and back from San Bartolomeo
- Hot shower token (CHF 5)
Once registered, please pay a 50% deposit within 7 days and the balance by 19 May 2021, one month before the event starts.
Minimum number of participants: 3
Maximum number of participants: 9
By signing up for this event, you agree that you have read, understood, and will adhere to our Terms and Conditions.