OverviewIn the SE part of the group of Basodino group, almost at the end of the Val Maggia, there's a spectacular narrow valley named "Centovalli" that joins the Val Vigezzo (Italy - west) to Locarno (Switzerland - east).
... along this valley a narrow road (amusing to drive) and a railway that are really worth to be seen ...
This valley is bordered, to the south, by a ridge rising directly from the W bank of Verbano lake (Lago Maggiore) and arriving up to 2000 m and more.
|from Italy :|
from Switzerland :
from Brissago 2 different routes to the summit :
up to Mergugno then follow the path (ridge) leading to Rifugio Al Legn.
Along the ridge up to near the summit 2010, cross under it on the S side (careful) to get the saddle, along the ridge up to the summit 2138 (end of the ski route).
Now, on foot along the SE ridge, to the summit
- difference in elevation ~1300m - time required ~5 hours
Up (NW) along the wide slope to some small houses then cross to the left (warning !!!) to a valley ascending to Alpe di Voiè (1730m)
Toward W along the valley to arrive near the previous route or to the notch S of q.2138
Along the ridge, on foot, to the summit
- difference in elevation ~1200m - time required ~5 hours
for skilled and experienced ski-mountaneers
the hiking routes, of course, follow the same lines ...
Accomodationin case you want to enjoy the downhill with good snow (and break the difference in elevation in 2 days) you'd better spend the night in the Rifugio Al Legn
but if you don't mind to start very early in the morning you can avoid it, the difference in elevation is not so big
Ascona's hotel are not so cheap ...
advices and warningsin winter and spring there are some stretches a little dangerous for snow sheet ...
the perfect day for this ski-mountaneering requires :
not so easy, but if you're lucky you're going to remember forever this trip