Passo del Sole: From Acquacalda to Lake Ritom

On the tour from Acquacalda over the Passo del Sole to Lake Ritom you experience a natural paradise in all its diversity. Anyone who wants to savour a little more of this region can stay at a simple albergo in the best panoramic location. For the rest, the funicular railway to Piotta stands ready.

Val Piora with its 28 mountain lakes is considered one of the most beautiful regions of Ticino and is known for its wealth of fauna and flora. On the tour from Acquacalda over the Passo del Sole to Lake Ritom you experience a natural paradise in all its diversity. The highlight at the end of this enchanting tour is a true spectacle: From Acquacalda up to the Passo del Sole and past Cadagno Hütte to Lake Ritom, it ends at the top station of the steepest funicular railway in the world.
Here adventure hungry sightseers are truly dropped down on a cable. With a breathtaking maximum gradient of 87.8 percent the bright red cable car jerks its way down to Piotta. This almost feels like freefalling albeit in slow motion.

It is not a bad idea to enjoy the panoramic views and some of the many local delicacies in one of the Piora Valley's picturesque Grotti rustic mountain restaurants or mountain huts before the ride, even if just to muster some pretended courage. Perhaps in the Capanna Cadagno, where a wonderful brasato polenta is served, garnished with the legendary local Piora cheese that is produced nowhere else but here.
At any rate, this five-hour hike does not in the least lack exclusive features. This is already evident at the beginning of the tour, where holidays in harmony with nature are on offer in the multiple award winning Centro Ecologico in Acquacalda below the Lukmanier Pass.

Suitable for
Itinerary features
16.55 KM
5H 15
Sunday 18 February
MAX 9° / MIN -2°
rainfall 20%
wind light
Weather forecast for the next days

7° -2°

6° -2°

7° -3°

6° -4°

6° -2°
  • Hiking boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Hiking map
  • Camera
  • Food


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Tourism Organization Addresses

Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino
Sede Leventina

Via della Stazione 22
CH-6780 Airolo
T +41 91 869 15 33
F +41 91 869 26 42
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