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Switzerland / Italy
Grisons / Lombardy
Innerferrera / Madesimo

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A Tarred or paved road
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R82 Innerferrera » Isola
  |   6h50   |   19.8 km   |   828 m   |   1022 m

Leave Innerferrera on a steep climb to the Val Niemet towards the south west. A trail on the valley floor leads to the Niemet pass at the Italian border. The trail leads down to the Bertacchi hut, on a viewpoint on the shores of the Emet lake, then to Montespluga Lake and through the Gola del Cardinello gorge. Here an old mule track was cut into the vertical rock face all the way to Isola.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1485 m
| D  3.5 km / 1h30
Punt da la Muttala
1846 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h20
Alp Niemet
1903 m
| D  3.7 km / 1h30
Pass da Niemet
2285 m
| D  1.2 km / 0h20
Rifugio Bertacchi
2161 m
| BCD  4.9 km / 1h10
Rifugio Stuetta
1886 m
| BCD  5 km / 2h00
1286 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • T 268 Julierpass ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • T 267 San Bernardino ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • 92 ~ kompass (2.0833333333333335)
Useful guidebooks
  • Hinterrhein ~ BAW Bündner Wanderwege (ISBN 3-729-81136-3)

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  • POPEYE GG - 2020-08-12
    Vendredi 28 juin 2019
    Très belle étape, cependant exigeante dans la descente sur Isola par l'ancienne voie Romaine Via Spluga. A Isola, nous retrouvons d'autres randonneurs, Cindy et Benoit (qui font la Via Alpina dans sa totalité, avec des variantes naturellement suite à l'enneigement).
  • Bergziege - 2018-08-18
    In der Cardinellschlucht muss man im oberen Drittel nicht die Seite wechseln. Der Weg führt auch auf der linken Seite nach Isola.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    In Cardinell Gorge you do not have to change sides in the upper third. The path also leads to Isola on the left.
  • Peter - 2017-08-27
    Schöne, ruhige, sehr angenehme Übernachtung bei den zwei Schwestern in der Albergo Mangusto. Der kleine Kiosk am Parkplatz vor dem Ort öffnet um 8:00h und macht sehr leckere Sandwichs. Im Rist. Cardinello kann man ebenfalls übernachten.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Nice, quiet, very pleasant night with the two sisters in the Albergo Mangusto. The small kiosk at the parking lot in front of the village opens at 8: 00h and makes very tasty sandwiches. In the instep. Cardinello you can also stay.
  • Niki - 2014-07-12
    Prix 1 personne demi-pension à Mangusta et Cardinello: 60 euro. Au Cardinello où je suis allée, tout le repas et boissons décrits par Daniel sont compris dans le prix (vraiment sympa et délicieux)
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Price for 1 person half board and Mangusta Cardinello: 60 euro. In Cardinello I went, all meals and beverages described by Daniel are included in the price (really nice and delicious)
  • isabelle - 2014-07-09
    A Isola, très bon bed and breakfast
    2 très grande chambre, possibilité de se faire à manger..La propirétaire parle français , est très sympatique !et c est mise en 4 pr ns donner des renseignements sur la suite de notre voyage..
    Par contre il n y a plus de magasin à Isola ! Possible de prendre le bus jusqu à Madesimo pour refaire le plein !
    Automatic translation [Google]
    A Isola, very good bed and breakfast two very large room, an opportunity to be in talks to Own manger..La French is very nice! C is set 4 pr ns provide information on the rest of our trip .. For against when no more store Isola! Possible to take the bus up to Madesimo to refuel!
  • Elisabeth - 2014-03-19
    Contrairement à ce qui est indiqué, il n'y a plus de possibilité de ravitaillement à Isola depuis quelques années ! Il faut prendre un bus soit pour Madesimo, soit pour Campodolcino.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Contrary to what is stated, there is no more possibility to supply Isola recent years! Take a bus or to Madesimo, either CAMPODOLCINO.
  • Daniel - 2011-08-18
    In Isola you go to the 'Trattoria Cardinello'. (€65 half pension). Try their refreshing draught white wine! The warden (speaks German) liked to listen to my adventures and translated them to the other guests on the terrace. From 7pm you will be invited in the 18th century mansion, where with an aperitivo you will be introduced into the family's history. Then in the grand room -unchanged for 200+ years- dishes of food and jars of wine keep coming in until about 9.30 pm. Stuff up well, because you will have a long way to go tomorrow!

    If you think Isola is 'a place in nowhere', you haven't seen the really wonderful 17th century frescoes in the church. Also see the photos of the WWI victims, on a chapel nearby.
  • Daniel - 2011-08-18
    The Bertacchi Hut was closed when I arrived there late Monday-evening. But the door was left open and up the stairs were beds and blankets. Outside there is running water. Wonderful night, completely alone during a wild thunderstorm.
  • Martin Schreiber - 2010-12-07
    About 3 hours away from the village Innerferrera there's Rifugio Bertacchi which also offers accomodations.
    I was there for only 1 hour and it was really convenient there.
    The advantages of spending a night at this hut compared to staying in Innerferrera is the cheaper price since this hut is in Italy and also that this helps you to skip staying in Isola (which is indeed a village in nowhere).

    Rif. Bertachi telephone: 335 6817062
Last update : 2019-12-17