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Switzerland / Italy

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A Tarred or paved road
B Dirt track
C Mule trail
D Mountain trail
E Equipped trail (cables, ladders)
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D8 Alpe il Laghetto » Rifugio Andolla
  |   3h05   |   7.7 km   |   295 m   |   345 m

This trail, through pastures on the border between Switzerland and Italy, affords wonderful views and is pleasant, though at times rather exposed. The alpine lakes along the way are very striking, particularly those at Alpe Campo and Alpe Pontimia.

Easier alternative route

The trail segment between the Arsago Seprio hut and the cross-border pass into Switzerland is exposed and rather hard to make out.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Alpe il Laghetto
2039 m
| D  1.1 km / 0h35
Alpe Campo
2224 m
|   1.2 km / 0h00
Passo di Pontimia
2385 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h30
Alpe Pontimia
2192 m
| D  1.9 km / 0h30
Alpe Porcareccia
2192 m
| D  1 km / 0h50
Passo d'Andolla
2447 m
| D  1 km / 0h40
Rifugio Andolla
2061 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
Magnificent path in an environment characterised by alpine lakes and lush vegetation.
Useful topographic maps
  • 11 ~ IGC Domodossala e Val Formazza (1: 50000)
  • 10 ~ ICG Monte Rosa-Alagna-Macugnaga (1: 50000)
  • 88 ~ Kompass Monte Rosa (1: 50000)
Useful guidebooks
  • "Escursionismo in Val d'Ossola-Antrona Bognanco", Crosa Lenz, Frangioni ~ GROSSI, ed 1994 (ISBN )
  • Andolla Sempione, Armelloni ~ CAI TCI, ed 1991 (ISBN )
  • Alpi Pennine, Saglio ~ CAI TCI, ed 1951 (ISBN )

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  • FX - 2023-09-20
    Alpe Laghetto (refuge gardé, Wifi, douches, accueil agréable).
    Ce parcours n'a pas été exploré car le gardien du refuge Alape di Laghetoot a conseillé une très belle variante pour marcheurs avertis (passage de cheminée et assez aérien) --> cf. Trace ViaAlpina Blue - D8/D9 variante
    Trace GPX D8 :
    Trace GPX variante D8/D9 : (attention parcours avec cheminée)
  • Andreas Schmeller - 2013-10-08
    Anspruchsvolle (T3) Gipfeltour auf den Piz Straciugo (2713m):
    Am Passo Straciugo weglos auf dem Grat nach Norden, später Nordwest. Am Beginn des Gipfelaufbaus (ab hier einzelne Steinmänner) in einer steilen Grasflanke oberhalb der Felsabbrüche nach links queren, auf den Südwestgrat. Auf diesem wieder weglos bis zum Gipfel. Grandiose Sicht (siehe Foto)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Advanced (T3) Summit tour on the Piz Straciugo (2713 m): On the Passo Straciugo pathless on the ridge to the North, later North West. At the beginning of the Summit building (from individual men's stone) in a steep grass slope above the rockfalls left cross on the South-West Ridge. On this again pathless up to the Summit. Magnificent view (see photo)
  • CO - 2013-08-11
    Wir sind den Weg im August 2013 gelaufen. Sehr schöner, einsamer Weg, manchmal etwas ausgesetzt, Markierung z.T. schon verblichen, aber bei guter Sicht kein Problem. ABER: Gehzeit 3h05m absolut nicht realistisch. Wir haben 5h reine Gehzeit benötigt und sind nicht langsam gelaufen - auch die Leute von der Alpe Laghetto geben diese Zeit an!!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    We walked the road in August 2013. Very beautiful, lonely way, sometimes exposed to something, marking some already faded, but in good weather no problem. BUT: Walking 3h05m absolutely not realistic. We have 5h walking time required and are not running slow - even the people of the Alpe Laghetto enter this time!
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-10-25
    Special guest stars at Rif. Andollo: IBEX(!!), who frequently pass by the hut at dusk, on their way down valley. I was brushing my teeth in the bathroom when, glancing out the window, I spotted two magnificent long-horned creatures casually strolling by at close range, without a worry in the world... What a treat!
  • Neko - 2011-01-23
    Im Rif.Andolla haben wir sehr gut gegessen. Der Wirt warnte uns vor dem Weg zum Passo di Rosso auf der italienischen Seite. Die Schweizer Seite war gut begehbar (Stand Sommer 2010)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In Rif.Andolla we ate very well. The proprietor warned us the way to the Passo di Rosso on the Italian side. The Swiss side had good foot traffic (as of summer 2010)
  • ROUSSELLE - 2010-01-04
    Le refuge Alp di Laghetto n'est ouvert que de mi juillet à la fin du mois d'août
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The refuge Alp di Laghetto is only open from mid July to end of August
Last update : 2011-04-28