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Hiking holidays: Sentiero dei passi alpini, Olivone - Ulrichen

The Alpine Passes Trail is part of the Switzerland Mobile Projekt and was opened in spring of 2008 as a national long distance trail.Trail nr. 6 strings together many of the most beautiful passes in the Alps. The result is a challenging but fascinating Alpine hiking tour with 34 stages from Chur to St. Gingolph.

The itinerary in Ticino goes from the Greina Plateau, along lake Ritòm and continuous into the Bedretto valley reaching the Corn Pass into the Valais. Clearly it’s not likely that all stages will be covered at one time – but it can be hiked in sections. One major advantage of hiking the passes is the opportunity to leave or join the route in any valley between two passes.

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The stages in Ticino:

Day 1: Individual arrival in Olivone | Olivone - Acquacalda

Luggage drop-off in Olivone. A day in the Santa Maria Valley, which climbs from Olivone to the Passo del Lucomagno. Protected heritage of national importance with  a rich flora up to the Capanna Dötra.

Details: distance approx. 10 km, climb 1'035 m, descent 175 m, duration: approx. 4 h.

Day 2: Acquacalda - Ritom

Climb to the Passo del Sole, the rock changes from sediment to granite. The Val Piora is one of the largest and quietest plateaus in the Swiss Alps. Overnight stay on the banks of Lago Ritom.

Details: distance approx. 16 km, climb 725 m, descent 625 m, duration: approx. 4.5 h.

Day 3: Ritom - Airolo

Descent on foot or by the steepest funicular in the world down to the Leventina and on to Airolo. Airolo, at the southern foot of the Gotthard Pass, is the location of the two southern portals of the Gotthard railway tunnel and the highway tunnel.

Details: distance approx. 9 km, climb 110 m, descent 785 m, duration: approx. 2.5 h.

Day 4: Airolo - All'Acqua

Take the cable car up to Pesciüm. The long panoramic stage to All'Acqua reveals the southern charms of the valley: light larch forests, below the villages Ossasco, Villa, Bedretto and Ronco. 

Details: distance approx. 19 km, climb 1'150 m, descent 685 m, duration: approx. 6.5 h.

Day 5: All'Acqua - Ulrichen | Departure

The Val Corno, which stretches from Cap. Gorno Gries to Passo del Corno is scenically and geologically very interesting. Proof of this is the inclusion of grenades in the chalkboard on the Griess Pass, the picturesque Griessee on the edge of the glacier world. Long descent to Goms. Individual arrival on arrival in Ulrichen.

Details: distance approx. 19 km, climb 980 m, dedscent 1'250 m, duration: approx. 6 h.

Services:

  • 3 overnights stays with breakfast
  • Daily luggage transport 
  • Ticino Ticket
  • Guide 
  • Detailed tour documentation
  • GPS-data available
  • 7-day Helpline 

Not included:

Cablecar way Piotta - Ritom