59 Sentiero Cristallina
59 Sentiero Cristallina

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Sentiero Cristallina

Sentiero Cristallina

Bignasco–Airolo

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Sentiero Cristallina

Sentiero Cristallina

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.
From the typical Ticino mountain village of Bignasco, the trail winds through the stony, deeply-carved-out Val Bavona with its 12 small hamlets. A steep climb leads up past the traditional Basodino Hut to the natural and dammed lakes, which give life to this Alpine area and provide most of the electricity in Canton Ticino, whereas paradoxically, the Val Bavona just below has no electricity.

The sparse mountain meadows along the winding trail to the modern Cristallina lodge are increasingly laced with scree. The imposing and modern Capanna Critallina, with its excellent facilities and room for 120 guests, is located right on the pass, with spectacular views of the Basodino glacier.

The route leads down from the rocky slopes to charming alps and forests. The high-level trail on the sunny side of the Val Bedretto runs through high moorland and affords beautiful views to the Gotthard massif, everything a hiker’s heart could wish for. The goal of the route is reached at the traffic junction of Airolo.
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.
From the typical Ticino mountain village of Bignasco, the trail winds through the stony, deeply-carved-out Val Bavona with its 12 small hamlets. A steep climb leads up past the traditional Basodino Hut to the natural and dammed lakes, which give life to this Alpine area and provide most of the electricity in Canton Ticino, whereas paradoxically, the Val Bavona just below has no electricity.

The sparse mountain meadows along the winding trail to the modern Cristallina lodge are increasingly laced with scree. The imposing and modern Capanna Critallina, with its excellent facilities and room for 120 guests, is located right on the pass, with spectacular views of the Basodino glacier.

The route leads down from the rocky slopes to charming alps and forests. The high-level trail on the sunny side of the Val Bedretto runs through high moorland and affords beautiful views to the Gotthard massif, everything a hiker’s heart could wish for. The goal of the route is reached at the traffic junction of Airolo.
42 km | 3 Stages
2800 m | 2100 m
medium (mountain hiking trail) | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Bignasco, Posta
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Arrival / return travel Airolo
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Services

Accommodation

Capanna Basodino (Robiei) CAS
Capanna Basodino (Robiei) CAS
Cevio
Capanna Cristallina CAS
Capanna Cristallina CAS
Bedretto
Casa Arcobaleno
Casa Arcobaleno
Airolo
B&B Motta
B&B Motta
Airolo
B&B Gottardo
B&B Gottardo
Airolo
Hotel Forni
Hotel Forni
Airolo
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Bookable offers

59 Sentiero Cristallina
59 Sentiero Cristallina
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Places

Bignasco
Bignasco
S. Carlo (Val Bavona)
S. Carlo (Val Bavona)
Airolo
Airolo
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Places of interest

Cascata di Foroglio
Cascata di Foroglio
La Ciossa 'd Tea
La Ciossa 'd Tea
Airolo, Ressiga–Madrano
Airolo, Ressiga–Madrano
Cheese factory Gottardo
Cheese factory Gottardo
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Signalization

Signalization
For hiking, follow the logo indicated on the yellow signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your hike for safety's sake.
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