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This path goes up the entire Cairasca Valley touching upon the lower Alpine pastures of Varzo. This track has become part of the Alpine Pastures Without Boundaries complex of paths joining up Veglia, Devero, and Formazza, with Airolo in the Ticino Canton (Switzerland).
At Varzo, by the Park Vigil’s Home a multimedia museum tells about the archaeological history of these valleys and in particular of the Mesolithic hunters that 8,000 years ago used to hunt around the Veglia basin.
The itinerary starts from the historical town centre of Varzo. We take the nice mule track which goes up on the left side of the river that crosses Varzofino around the town of Colla. From here we go towards Castello and thus we take the path which goes up to Coggia and the Nava Alp. From here, following the directions labeled “Naturalistic Path” (“Sentiero Naturalistico”) we go through a long series of Alpine pastures in Varzo up to arriving to the Fairies’ Woods and thus to Saint Domenico. At Saint Domenico we go down to Ponte Campo along a carriageable road and thus go back up to Veglia along a tractor trail which first begins steep up to the Del Groppallo Chapel and then carries on flat towards Veglia as we enter the impressive gully of the Cairasca Torrent.

THE TOUR:
ALPINE PASTURES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES

THE LEGS OF THIS TOUR:
ALPINE PASTURES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Tour – Stage 1: Varzo – Veglia Alp
ALPINE PASTURES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Tour – Stage 2: Veglia Alp– Devero Alp
ALPINE PASTURES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Tour – Stage 3: Devero Alp – Vannino Lake (Margaroli Alpine Hut)
ALPINE PASTURES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Tour – Stage 4: Vannino Lake (Margaroli Alpine Hut) - Riale
ALPINE PASTURES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Tour – Stage 5: Riale – Ronco (Switzerland)
ALPINE PASTURES WITHOUT BOUNDARIES Tour – Stage 6: Ronco (CH) – Airolo (CH)

Last update: 07/03/2018 ore 16:47:14

Itinerary informations

Starting Point

Varzo

Altitude Difference Going Up

1403 m

Altitude Difference Going Down

216 m

Track Length

16,2 Km

Elapsed Track Traversal Time

6 h 10 min

Difficulty Level

E (medium)

Notable Items along the Track

It is possible to go up to Saint Domenico directly from Varzo via the Prontobus bus service (Information: Tel.338 87 80 386, Devero Park Vigil, Tel: 0324.72572 Varzo Local Tourist Office, Tel: 0324.780809) At Saint Domenico it is possible to have refreshments and stay overnight. From Saint Domenico it is also possible to go back up to the Ciamporino Alp via chairlift and carry on via the panoramic Veglia Alp “flowers’ path” (“sentiero dei fiori”).

Stage beginning mainstay

Start: Hotel Sempione B&B Villa Nante B&B "Alpe Veglia" B&B "I Lamponi" Arrival CAI Arona Cities Mountain Hot, Alpe Veglia The Water Source Restaurant Inn, Alpe Veglia Lepontino Restaurant Hotel, Alpe Veglia

Ending Point Location

Veglia Alp

Escursioni

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