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Bakery / grocery
Hardware / sports shop
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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

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Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
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D9 Rifugio Andolla » Antronapiana
  |   2h30   |   8.5 km   |   0 m   |   1005 m

This is a pleasant stage, particularly around Lake dei Cavalli. From Cheggio there is an old mule track that steers clear of the road though it is heavily overgrown in parts.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Rifugio Andolla
2061 m
|   5.5 km / 1h25
Alpe Cheggio
1500 m
|   3 km / 1h05
902 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
There are secondary routes that climb to the top of the main peaks around the valley. The stage partly follows GTA stage 244.
Useful topographic maps
  • 11 ~ IGC Domodossola e Val Formazza (1: 50000)
  • 10 ~ IGC Monte Rosa (1: 50000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Camminaitalia, carnovalini, Cannobini, Valsesia ~ CAI-TCI (ISBN 1995)

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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 Alpe di Laghetto a conseillé une très belle variante pour marcheurs avertis (passage de cheminée et assez aérien) --> cf. Trace ViaAlpina Blue - D8/D9 variante

    A Cheggio, ne pas s'arrêter au restaurant près de l'église mais continuer plus bas dans le village jusqu'au PostoTappa (très bon repas, vente de fromage). Ensuite le chemin coupe la route à de nombreuses reprises. A Antronapiana (2 supermarchés, 1 poste, 1 bar coopératif, 1 camping à la sortie du village avec bar/resto/wifi)
    Trace GPX D9 :
    Trace GPX variante D8/D9 : (attention parcours avec cheminée).
  • Michelle - 2016-08-07
    I also stayed at the Rifugio Citta di Novara, in Alpe Cheggio. It was lovely - delicious food, comfortable rooms, very helpful host (Mariano). However, the details for this refuge included in the Via Alpina guidebook at present is not correct. The refuge may be contacted at or +39 0324.57.59.77 for more accurate information.
  • Andreas - 2015-08-02
    Tolle Wanderung vorbei am schönen Lago Alpe dei Cavalli bis zur Alpe Cheggio, wo man im sehr guten Rifugio "Città di Novara" einkehren und natürlich auch übernachten kann. Sehr gastfreundliche und hilfsbereite Besitzer. In Antronapiana kann man im La Casa della Nonna B&B übernachten oder, wenn mit Zelt unterwegs, den Campingplatz "Le Betulle" nutzen. Sehr einfacher und günstiger Campingplatz. In Antronapiana gibt es zwei Lebensmittelmärkte, ein Bar/Restaurant sowie eine Pizzeria und einen Bankautomat. Gute Busanbindung Richtung Villadossola/Domodossola (7.00 Uhr/10.05 Uhr/13.45 Uhr/ 17.55 Uhr).
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Great walk past the beautiful Lago Alpe dei Cavalli can to Alpe Cheggio where you come in very good Rifugio "Città di Novara" and stay of course. Very hospitable and helpful owners. In Antronapiana can stay at La Casa della Nonna B & B or when use with a tent on the road, the campsite "Le Betulle". Very simple and cheap camping. In Antronapiana there are two grocery stores, a bar / restaurant and a pizzeria and a cash machine. Good bus connection direction Villadossola / Domodossola (7.00 Clock / 10.05 clock / clock 13.45 / 17.55 clock).
  • robert - 2013-10-31
    Epicerie à Antronapiana , bien achalandée ; en face de l'église
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Antronapiana-grocery store, well stocked; in front of the Church
  • mariano scotto - 2011-03-30
    x favore :variazione rifugio città di Novara,numero posti 24,apertura : giugno\settembre altri periodo accordi con gestore,soci cai:1\2 pensione 38,pernotto 10\12,tel 0324 575977,mulattiera manutenzionata, grazie
    Automatic translation [Google]
    for x: change refuge city of Novara, of number 24, opening June \ September period agreements with other managers, partners cai: 1 \ 2 board 38 overnight 10 \ 12, phone 0324 575 977, trail maintained, thanks
Last update : 2010-05-05