4-Day Eco-Friendly Hiking Tour In The Valgrande National Park
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The tour as described includes:
- 3 x overnight stays with breakfast
- 3 x dinners at the huts
- 2 x packed lunches during the 2° and the 3° day
- Transfer from Cannobio
- Qualified english-speaking mountain guide for the whole duration of the tour (4 days / 3 nights)
Price: € 320 per person (min 7 max 10 participants) – Transfers to / from other places on request
N.B. in order to take part to the activity it is necessary to be in good physical condition.
- High ankle hiking boots with soles in good conditions
- Rucksack, big enough to contain personal belongings and clothes to change for four days (no trolleys!)
- Waterproof jacket or k-way and a small umbrella
- Silk sleeping bag or bed sheet
- Water bottle
- Tupperware containers
- Personal medicines (in case of pathologies)
- Kit for personal hygiene
- Mountain clothing (fleece or warm sweater)
- Some clothes to change (long trousers)
- Wool / fleece hat
- Sun hat / sunglasses
- Binoculars / camera
- Block-notes and a pen
- Energy bars or similars
- Trekking sticks
- Comfortable light shoes for the hut
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FINERO – BOCCHETTA DI TERZA – PIAN DI BOIT
Duration: 5h 30
Length of the hike: 11,7 km
Difference in height: 1080 mt ascent, 810 mt descent
We will start our dive into nature from the tiny village of Finero, situated between the Vigezzo and the Cannobina Valleys. The hiking route begins from the old village of Provola and goes up along the torrent Il Fiume among a shady beech-wood. After one and a half-hour walk you ascend the steep slope up to the panoramic pass Bocchetta di Terza from where you can have a spectacular view over the mountains and the valleys of the area of the Park. If you are lucky, you will also get to see chamois and birds of prey. After a short stop to eat your packed lunch, the path goes down the grass-slope till the alp “Alpe Terza” and continues through a thick beech-wood to the destination site: the alp “Pian di Boit”.
Dinner and overnight at the hut of the Valgrande Cooperative at the Alpe Pian di Boit. The hut for the hikers is a bivouac and has a simple sleeping room with mattresses put on a wooden floor and a big kitchen/dining room with a fireplace. No toilets in the hut. A good sense of adaptation and of collaboration is required. The dinner will be cooked together with a vegetarian menu based on organic food. The sources of energy used during the stay are mainly renewable ones. The hut is therefore heated by a wood-stove and has a solar panel for the small amount of energetic supply needed.
ALPE PIAN DI BOIT – POGALLO – CICOGNA – ALPE VELINA
Duration: 5h 30
Length of the hike: 14,2 km
Difference in height: 650 mt ascent, 1000 mt descent
After a rich breakfast in the hut you will descend along the Rio Pianezzoli and you will reach the historical alp of Pogallo full of stories of mountain dwellers, wood-cutters and partisans. From Pogallo along the historical “via Sutermeister” bordering the gorge of the torrent “Rio Pogallo” you will reach the village of Cicogna, the “capital” of the Val Grande National Park. If the weather is good and hot you can dive into the emerald-coloured waters and take the advantage of stopping to enjoy your packed lunch.
After a short visit of Cicogna you will continue the exploration of the Val Grande in the valley of the torrent “Val Grande” passing old abandoned alps, once rich in vineyards and orchards.
As soon as you have reached the Alps of Velina in Baserga locality, Piero will welcome you in the hut of the Association “Tre Veline” and he will tell stories about his life in strict contact with nature. Dinner
and overnight at the huts of Baserga.
ALPE VELINA – CORTE BUE’ – ALPE OMPIO
Length of the hike: 8 km
Difference in height: 960 mt ascent, 600 mt descent
After breakfast you will leave Piero and the alp Velina and you will descent to the bridge which crosses over the torrent “Val Grande”. After some pictures to the spectacular torrent you will ascend the steep slope of the forest once exploited by the Society of the quarry of the Cathedral of Milan which makes use of it even today. The Society has existed since 1387 and it was founded to extract the marble from the quarry of Candoglia. The steep slope leads you to the alp Corte Bué where we will stop and enjoy our packed lunch in front of the magnificent view of the Monte Pedum in the very protected area of the Park. You will have a glance of the ruins of the huts which speak about the history of this alp, where nowadays there are the bivouacs of the Association “Gruppo escursionistico Val Grande”. Continuing the hike bordering the north slope of the Pizzo Faié we will reach the hut of CAI Fantoli situated at the Alpe Ompio. The dinner with local food will be served while admiring the sunset on Lake Maggiore.
ALPE OMPIO – BRACCHIO – MERGOZZO – FONDOTOCE
Length of the hike: 9 km
Difference in height: 430 mt ascent, 670 mt descent
After a coffee with a nice view over Lake Maggiore you will go down to the village of Bracchio through a vegetation of chestnut trees while enjoying some glances over the small
lake of Mergozzo. Leaving the wild nature of the Park behind, the lively sounds of the village of Mergozzo, which is one of the most appreciated destinations of lake tourists, remind you of civilization.
After a refreshing stop with the possibility of swimming in the waters of the small lake and of enjoying a pizza or sandwich in one of the lively pizzeria / café of the village, you will continue the hike along the “Sentiero Azzurro” to the railway station of Verbania Fondotoce. The arrival is planned around 4pm.