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Valle Leventina

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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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R86 Capanna Alpe Cava » Biasca
  |   4h05   |   10.5 km   |   189 m   |   1969 m

Leave the Capanna Alpe Cava hut and head westward, and make the only climb involved in this stage right at the start of the hike to the Forcarella di Lago gap. From here, the steep descent - a drop of around 1,800m metres in altitude - passes via alpine meadows and woodland to Biasca.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Capanna Alpe Cava
2068 m
| D  0.7 km / 0h20
Forcarella di Lago
2236 m
| D  0.6 km / 0h20
Alpe di Lago
2115 m
| D  1.6 km / 0h45
Alpe di Pontima
1687 m
| D  5.3 km / 2h05
595 m
| D  2.3 km / 0h35
292 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
European long-distance hiking trail E1.
Useful topographic maps
  • 266T Valle Leventina ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • Tessin Sopraceneri 3-259-00831-4 ~ Hallwag Kümmerly und Frey AG, Urtenen BE (1: 60 000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Wanderwelt Tessin / SAW und Geotechn. Institut ~ Hallwag Kümmerly+Frey AG (ISBN 3-259-03698-9)
  • 20 Bergwanderungen RegionTessin / Luc Hagmann / Franz Auf der Maur ~ Werd Verlag TA Media AG, Zürich (ISBN 3-85932-347-4)
  • Strada Alta Leventina Bedrettotal / Hans-Peter Nething ~ Ott Verlag AG, Thun (ISBN 3-7225-6882-X)

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  • Berta - 2018-06-27
    Es gibt von Capanna Cava einen 2. Weg nach Biasca. Wir haben ihn unabsichtlich erwischt und es war ein wirklich schöner Abstieg, nicht so steil und lange Zeit auf einem guten Maultierpfad. In Biasca Zimmer in der Albergo della Posta, 120 SF mit Dusche und Frühstück. Zimmer zur Straße sehr laut.
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    There is a second way from Capanna Cava to Biasca. We caught him unintentionally and it was a really nice descent, not so steep and long time on a good mule track. In Biasca room in the Albergo della Posta, 120 SF with shower and breakfast. Room to the street very loud.
  • Peter - 2017-08-27
    Der endlose Abstieg nach Biasca war nicht so schlimm wie befürchtet. Dennoch kein Spaziergang, mit Pausen deutlich über 5 Stunden gebraucht. In Biasca Unterkunft im Hotel Giardinetto (121 Euro DZ für 2 P ohne Frühstück!). Teureres Zimmer zum Hof nehmen, ist relativ ruhig, alle anderen gehen auf die Hauptstraße raus. Restaurant im Haus und Frühstück schon ab 6:45 Uhr.
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    The endless descent to Biasca was not as bad as it was feared. Nevertheless, no walk, with breaks well over 5 hours needed. In Biasca accommodation in Hotel Giardinetto (121 Euro double room for 2 P without breakfast!). More expensive room to the courtyard, is relatively quiet, all the others go out on the main road. Restaurant in the house and breakfast from 6:45.
  • Andreas - 2017-08-14
    Letztes Wochenende (12.8./13.8.17) von Selma nach Biasca gewandert. Sehr schöne Wanderung, gute Wegverhältnisse. Via Alpina Wegweiser nur an der Alpe di Lago (Selbstversorgerhütte) und Höhe Fracion (waren mal mehr), sonst gut ausgeschildert durch die Schweizer Wanderweg-Organisationen. Bin alternativ ab Piansgera über Nadro und Bedra del Vent nach Biasca gewandert. Nur für geübte, schwindelfreie und trittsichere Wanderer.
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    Last weekend (12.8./13.8.17) hiked from Selma to Biasca. Very nice hike, good road conditions. Via Alpina signposted only at the Alpe di Lago (self-catering hut) and Fracion height (were once more), otherwise well signposted by the Swiss hiking trails organizations. Alternatively I hiked from Piansgera via Nadro and Bedra del Vent to Biasca. Only for experienced, vertigo-free and sure-footed hikers.
  • Andreas - 2015-01-12
    Letztes Wochenende (10.01.-11.01.2015) von Biasca zur Alpe Di Lago gewandert. Ab Alpe Di Compiett (1516 m) bis Alpe Di Pontima vereinzelt Eis auf dem Weg, dann ab 1800 m Schnee. Schneeschuhe wären von Vorteil gewesen ;-)! Trotzdem top Wanderung und schöne, einsame Übernachtung in der Alpe Di Lago!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Last weekend (10.01.-11.01.2015) Biasca migrated to the Alpe di Lago. From Alpe Di Compiett (1516 m) to Alpe di Pontima isolated ice on the road, then from 1800 m snow. Snowshoes would have been an advantage;-)! Nevertheless top hike and beautiful, lonely night in the Alpe di Lago!
  • Elisabeth - 2014-03-20
    A cause du mauvais renseignement reçu à la cabanne de l'Alpe Cava, je n'ai pas vu le "superbe lac de Careggio"... Ceci dit, le sentier que j'ai pris, passant par Svall et que l'on peut considérer comme une variante, est très joli, longtemps en balcon, et fort bien aménagé.
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    Because of incorrect information given to the cabin of Alpe Cava, I have not seen the "beautiful Lake Careggio" ... That said, the path that I took, through Svall and we can be considered as an alternative, is very pretty, with long balcony, and very well done.
  • Daniel - 2011-08-18
    In Biasca hotel Giardinetto charges CHF 88 pp. Around the train station (15mins) prices tend to be cheaper.

    Visit the old church on the hill with early medieval fresco's inside.
  • murmel - 2010-07-26
    Biasca: Minotel Al Giardinetto hat nette (preisgünstigere) Vierbettzimmer.
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    Biasca Minotel Al Giardinetto has nice (cheaper) quadruple.
  • murmel - 2010-07-26
    Alpe di Lago kleine Selbstversorgerhütte, Schlüssel über Tür, s. a.
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    Alpe di Lago small self-catering lodge, key on the door, sat
Last update : 2019-12-17