Sentiero Cristallina Stage 1: Bignasco - S. Carlo

This walk offers a magnificent day out in the enchanting natural landscape of the Bavona Valley. The path follows the route taken by past generations for the seasonal transfer of grazing animals to different pastures.

After visiting the ancient heart of the village of Bignasco, carry on towards Mondada, the first of the twelve hamlets which you will pass through en route to San Carlo at the foot of the Basodino massif with its impressive glacier. Rock shelters referred to as «splüi», waterfalls, a river accompanying you along the way, huge boulders which have crashed down into valley over the centuries from the dizzy slopes towering above the valley floor: these are just a few of the fascinating attractions that draw people from far and wide to visit this unique valley.
Worth seeing: 50m-high waterfall in Foroglio.

Sentiero Cristallina - Discover the full itinerary

The Sentiero Cristallina links Bignasco in Valle Maggia with Airolo in Val Bedretto. Between them lie steep mountain slopes, a waterfall on a village outskirts, crystalline rock, Alpine lakes/reservoirs, idyllic alps and remote hamlets.

ArrivalSan Carlo Bavona
Suitable for
Itinerary features
13.81 KM
4H 30
Wednesday 21 February
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rainfall 0%
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For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts:
Sentiero Cristallina
n. 59

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


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Tourism Organization Addresses

Ascona-Locarno Turismo
Infodesk Maggia

Centro commerciale
CH-6673 Maggia
T +41 91 759 77 26
F +41 91 759 77 40
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