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Val Bavona / Val Bedretto

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Stage point (start or end of stage)
Intermediate accommodation possibility
Town, village
Other locality

Bakery / grocery
Hardware / sports shop
Bank / cash dispenser
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

Stroll / tourism (broad, non-exposed trail)
Hiking (mountain trail, in places narrow and exposed)
Alpine route (equipped or very exposed section, snow field, blocks)
R91 Fontana (Val Bovana) » Robiei
  |   7h10   |   19.7 km   |   1448 m   |   182 m

From Fontana, leave the village on the right side of the valley heading to the north west. Follow the Val Bavona valley floor past numerous groups of houses or hamlets to reach San Carlo. This is where the climb to Robiei, the stage destination, begins. It is also possible to use the aerial cable car.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Fontana (Val Bovana)
623 m
| D  8.9 km / 2h30
698 m
| D  3 km / 0h50
809 m
| A  2 km / 0h40
San Carlo
937 m
| D  5.2 km / 3h00
Rifugio Basodino
1819 m
| D  0.6 km / 0h10
1891 m
Detailed route description
Natural and cultural heritage
Useful topographic maps
  • 265T Nufenenpass ~ Swisstopo (1: 50'000)
  • Tessin Sopraceneri 3-259-00831-4 ~ Hallwag Kümmerly und Frey AG, Urtenen BE (1: 60'000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Tessin ~ Bergverlag Rudolf Rother GmbH (ISBN 3-7633-4078-5)
  • Wanderwelt Tessin / SAW und Geotechnisches Institut ~ Kümmerly und 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)

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  • Toshio Yokoyama - 2016-10-03
    At Sonlert we can find a good B&B near a bus stop. The staff are very kind and the rooms (CHF 45-70) are clean.
  • Daniel - 2014-10-01
    In San Carlo there is a cute little hotel, named Basodino CHF 70.

    Taking the cable car from San Carlo saved lots of precious time, you can do San Carlo to Riale in one day.
  • John from bath - 2014-07-22
    There's a special welcome for via alpiners at the Rifugio Basodino and the cakes are really special.
  • Elisabeth - 2014-03-20
    Nouvelle erreur sur le topo : 50 mn pour faire 9 km ? Je suis déjà fière d'avoir mis 1h40 par le chemin de transhumance ! Ce n'est sûrement pas 9 km mais ce n'est pas 3 km non plus...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    New error on the topo: 50 min to 9 km? I'm already proud to have been 1:40 in the transhumance trail! This is certainly not 9 km but not 3 km either ...
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-10-19
    Albergo Robiei (the only lodging at Robiei), may be an ugly concrete block from the outside, but its rooms are clean & comfortable, with views that can't be beat. SFr 50 for a single, with breakfast. (Rif Basodino also wanted SFr 50 for a depressing little room.) An added bonus was the 'resident' fox who appeared at dusk, scavenging around the hotel for food.
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-10-19
    It's roughly 5km / +122m from Fontana to San Carlo. A bus also covers this stretch, though the walk through this rustic valley that has rejected electrification is enjoyable.
  • Janek - 2011-07-21
    The distance from Fontana to Foroglio is incorrect. Should be about 3km, which is manageable with the indicated 50 minutes. No way you could walk the shown 9 km in 50 minutes.

    There is a restaurant in Foroglio.
  • Martin Schreiber - 2011-01-02
    There's also an accommodation in San Carlo:
    Ristorante Basodino, 091/7551192.

    Instead of going on to (the quite ugly looking) Robiei to stay there in a hotel you can also spend a night at Rif. Basodino.
  • ROUSSELLE - 2010-09-30
    Une seule auberge à Fontana, "Grotto di Baloi" avec 4 chambres
    Automatic translation [Google]
    One hostel in Fontana, "Grotte di Baloi" with 4 bedrooms
Last update : 2019-12-17