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Switzerland / Italy
Wallis / Piemonte
Zwischbergental / Passo di Monscera, ANDOLLA-WEISSMIES, ALPI PENNINE

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Stage point (start or end of stage)
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Bakery / grocery
Hardware / sports shop
Bank / cash dispenser
Open automobile access

A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
F No trail

Stroll / tourism (broad, non-exposed trail)
Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
Alpine route (equipped or very exposed section, snow field, blocks)
D7 Zwischbergen » Alpe il Laghetto
  |   6h00   |   15.5 km   |   977 m   |   418 m

This is an interesting route on easy trails across the upper part of Bognanco Valley. Leave Zwischbergen heading eastward to the Passo di Monscera pass, where the border into Italy is crossed. Clear trails cross plains and pastures and some thick woods. The trail becomes unclear towards the Alpe il Laghetto hut.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1359 m
| D  4.1 km / 2h30
Passo di Monscera
2103 m
| D  1.8 km / 0h25
Rifugio Gattascosa
1993 m
| D  3.3 km / 0h50
san Bernardo
1628 m
| D  1 km / 0h15
1540 m
| D  4.4 km / 1h20
Bivacco Marigonda
1821 m
| D  0.9 km / 0h40
Alpe il Laghetto
2039 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
From S.Bernardo it is possible to climb to D'Azoglio peak, Verosso peak and Pizzo Pioltone peak. Stage 245 of the GTA route leads to S. Bernardo da Varzo.
Useful topographic maps
  • 274T Visp ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • Aletsch - Goms - Brig - Simplon ~ Hallwag Kümmerly und Frey AG / ISBN 3-259-00821-7 (1: 60'000)
  • 11 Domodossala e Val Formazza ~ IGC (1: 50000)
Useful guidebooks
  • L'ossola e le sue Valli - P.Bossi, T.Valsesia ~ (ISBN 1988)
  • Escursionismo in Villadossola e Val Formazza-Crosa Lenz, P., Frangioni G. ~ (ISBN 1987)
  • CAI-TCI Alpi Lepontine, Sempione, Formazza e Vigezzo - R.Armellini ~ (ISBN 1986)

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  • vaeltava tohtori - 2014-06-08
    I got totally lost between Zwischbergen and Alpe Laghetto. Finally when I got there ( Alpe Laghetto) it was closed ( July midweek 2 years back). Winterroom open and I stayed in there.
  • Andreas Schmeller - 2013-10-08
    Bei geschlossenem Rif. Gattscosa kann man auch knapp 1h unterhalb (Richtung Alpe Laghetto) im Rifugio San Bernardo übernachten.
    Schöne Gipfelmöglichkeit: In San Bernardo am rechten Ende des Parkplatzes den Pfad Richtung Westen, in einer knappen Stunde auf den Cima Verosso (neu markiert). Abstieg vom Gipfel Südwest in den Passo Oriaccia und ausgeschildert weiter Richtung Alpe Laghetto.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    At closed RIF. You can stay well less than 1 h below (direction Alpe Laghetto) in the Rifugio San Bernardo Gattscosa. Nice Summit way: in San Bernardo at the right end of the car park the path West, in a tight hour on the CIMA Verosso (newly marked). Descent from the Summit of Southwest in the Passo Oriaccia and signposted towards Alpe Laghetto.
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-10-25
    Rif. Laghetto is cozy small hut, run by two charming Italian guys. Splendid, isolated location. I loved my stay here!
  • MartineAb - 2011-08-06
    Etape très agréable à Zwischbergen : dortoir et sanitaires tout à fait corrects... et surtout excellente cuisine de la "patronne" (qui n'a rien d'une matronne
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Step nice to Zwischbergen: sleeping, washing quite correct ... excellent cuisine and especially the "boss" (which is not a matron
  • Martine Keller - 2011-06-16
    Dans le sens Zwichbergen - Alpe il Laghetto
    Belle variante possible : A partir de Alpe di Laghetto, on peut aller directement au refuge de Gattascosa sans descendre à Marigonda (Bivacco fermé) en passant par le lac Oriaccia. Contourner le lac et monter direction nord-ouest au Passo di Oriaccia, puis B.tta Gattascosa avant de redescendre sur le refuge Gattascosa où l’on retrouve la VA.
    - Avant d’arriver à Zwischbergen, prendre le petit sentier à droite qui monte à Bord, où un panneau indique ‘Restaurant taxi 5minutes.’
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In the sense Zwichbergen - Alpe Laghetto it Beautiful possible variant: From Alpe di Laghetto, you can go directly to the shelter without going to Gattascosa Marigonda (Bivacco closed) via Lake Oriaccia. Around the lake and go northwest to the Passo di Oriaccia and B.tta Gattascosa before returning to the refuge where we find Gattascosa VA. - Before reaching Zwischbergen, take the small path to the right that goes to Edge, where a sign reads 'Restaurant 5minutes taxi.'
Last update : 2011-04-28