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Val Bavona

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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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R90 Prato Sornico » Fontana (Val Bovana)
  |   6h50   |   18.6 km   |   1698 m   |   1816 m

Leave Prato Sornico and head southward to the terrace of Monti di Rima, which marks the start of the actual climb - passing the Brünesc Alp meadow - to the Bocchetta Fiorasca gap. After crossing the pass and also the Fiorasca meadow, there is a dramatic descent into Val Bavona valley, after which comes Fontana, the stage destination.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Prato Sornico
745 m
| D  2.2 km / 1h00
Monti di Rima
1047 m
| D  3.1 km / 1h40
Corte Grande
1614 m
| D  1.8 km / 1h30
Bocchetta di Fiorasca
2289 m
| D  11.5 km / 2h40
Fontana (Val Bovana)
623 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • 266T Valle Leventina ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • 265T Nufenenpass ~ 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)
  • Oberwallis / Michael Waeber / Hans Steinbichler ~ Bergverlag Rudolf Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4127-7)

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  • Berta - 2018-07-01
    In Fontana gibt es keine Unterkunft. Man kann mit dem Bus nach Cavergno fahren, da gibt es die Pensione la Curva mit Lager und 1 Zweibettzimmer. Mit Frühstück und Abendessen 96 SF für 2 Personen. Sehr empfehlenswert, sehr freundliche Leute und gutes Essen. In der Früh, nach dem Frühstück mit dem Bus um 8h25 wieder zurück nach Fontana.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    There is no accommodation in Fontana. You can take the bus to Cavergno, there is the pensione la Curva with storage and 1 twin room. With breakfast and dinner 96 SF for 2 persons. Highly recommended, very friendly people and good food. In the morning, after breakfast by bus at 8h25 back to Fontana.
  • de noray - 2015-08-23
    Un autre itineraire par la vallee bignasco, puis broglio permet de voir autre paysage et eviter montee tres rude, de plus comme le parcours a change on peut eviter d aller a Prato et d economiser 6 KM....alors, a Broglio, on prend la direction du refuge Tomeo
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Another route through the valley Bignasco, then broglio allows you to see and avoid other landscape montee very rough, more like the path has changed can be avoided to go to Prato and save 6 KM .... then has Broglio, one took over the management of the refuge Tomeo
  • auf-guten-wegen - 2014-09-02
    Der Schwierigkeitsgrad 1 (Wanderweg) ist falsch und hat uns leider dazu verleitet, den Weg bei Nässe zu machen, was nicht empfehlenswert ist. Es gibt mehrere mit Ketten gesicherte Stellen und eine Leiter.
    Die einzige Unterkunft in Fontana, das "Grotto di Baloi", ist montags geschlossen. Alternativ kann man zu Fuss oder mit dem Bus nach Bignasco hinunter gehen und dort übernachten.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The difficulty level 1 (hiking trail) is false and has us unfortunately tempted to make their way in the wet, which is not advisable. There are several secure locations with chains and a ladder. The only hotel in Fontana, the "Grotto di Baloi" is closed on Mondays. Alternatively, you can go on foot or by bus to Bignasco down and stay there.
  • Clemens - 2014-07-06
    Die Alternative von Martin Schreiber kann ich empfehlen. Der Weg von Prato über Bignasco nach Fontana dauert gemütliche 4 Stunden. Bleibt noch genug Zeit durch das Tal bis nach San Carlo weiterzulaufen. Wer die Bahn nimmt nach Röbiei: Fahrt jede volle Stunde ab 08.00 Uhr, letzte Fahrt um 17.00 Uhr.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The alternative of Martin Schreiber I can recommend. The path from Prato about Bignasco to Fontana takes cozy 4 hours. Still remains enough time to run through the valley to San Carlo. Who takes the train after Röbiei: drive every hour from 08.00 clock, last ride at 17.00 clock.
  • Elisabeth - 2014-03-20
    A Prato-Sornico, un panneau donne 8h pour aller à Fontana et non 6h50, comme dans votre descriptif où ni le nom du col (Forcella di Fiorasca - 2281 m) ni le refuge ne sont mentionnés ! La descente sur Fontana prend 3h30 et non 1h30 !!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    A Prato-Sornico, panel gives 8am to go to Fontana and not 6:50, as in your description where neither the name of the neck (Forcella di Fiorasca - 2281 m) nor the refuge are mentioned! The descent takes about Fontana 3:30 ET 1:30 !! not
  • vaeltava tohtori - 2012-08-13
    I could not found the route in Monte di Rima, I still does not know which way it goes from there
  • Wolfgang Walter - 2012-08-08
    Direkt unterhalb der Bochetta di Fiorasca befindet sich die gleichnamige, unbewartete, aber tolle Hütte(10 Plätze).Die Halbierung der Etappe bietet sich an.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Directly below the Bochetta Tues Fiorasca is the same, without waiting, but great cabin (10 seats). Halving stage is useful.
  • Janek - 2011-07-21
    I highly doubt that the distance between Bochetta di Fiorasca and Fontana is 11,5 km. Looks more like about 4 km as you have said in the detailed description. It seems like the overall stage distance could be close to 11-12km. And if I was correctly on the path then the sharp bends are on the pass more south - Bochetta di Fiorasca South or something like that.
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-01-02
    There is an accommodation available in Fontana:
    Grotto di Baloi

    I had a bad weather and decided to go along the valley (Prato -> Fontana).
    Since this took only a few hours, it was possible for me to join this trip with the next one to Robiei (Cap. Basodino).
  • ROUSSELLE - 2010-09-30
    Refuge Alpe di Fiorasca (2086m) à une 1/2h du col, non gardé mais rénové et très confortable
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Alpe di Fiorasca refuge (2086m) 1/2h a cervical unguarded but renovated and very comfortable
Last update : 2019-12-17