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Switzerland / Italy
Tessin / Piemonte
/ Verbania
Bignasco / Formazza
Valle Maggia

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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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R92 Robiei » Riale
Trail crossing
  |   4h15   |   13.4 km   |   803 m   |   966 m

Leave Robiei and head to the west, slowly climbing up past the Matörgn lake to the Bocchetta di Val Maggia gap. Here, cross the border into Italy. The trail descends steeply towards the Boden lakes, after which the road to the San Giacomo pass begins. Follow it down to Riale.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
1891 m
| D  2.7 km / 1h40
Lago dei Matörgn
2460 m
| D  1.6 km / 0h50
Bocchetta di Val Maggia
2631 m
| D  3.5 km / 1h00
Rifugio Maria Luisa
2168 m
|   5.6 km / 0h45
1733 m
Detailed route description
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)
  • n° 11 ~ Istituto Geografico Centrale - Torino (1:50.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Locarno (V.Verzasca / V.Maggia) / Arno Hofmann ~ Hallwag Kümmerly und Frey AG (ISBN 3-259-03642-3)
  • Wanderwelt Tessin / SAW und Geotechnisches Institut ~ Hallwag Kümmerly und Frey AG (ISBN 3-259-03698-9)

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  • Berta - 2018-07-03
    10 - 15 Min von Riale, am Fuße der Staumauer, ist das Rifugio Bimse, das können wir wärmstens empfehlen. Zimmer mit Dusche und Wc + Halbpension 50 €. Wirklich sehr gutes und reichliches Essen, ausgesprochen freundliche und nette Leute.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    10 - 15 minutes from Riale, at the foot of the dam, is the Rifugio Bimse, we can highly recommend. Room with shower and WC + half board 50 €. Really very good and plentiful food, very friendly and nice people.
  • Rudolf - 2017-07-15
    Übernachtungen in Riale
    Eichora B&B jedoch nur ohne Frühstück +39 3395331578
    Zwargji B&B +39 348622824
    Übernachten+Essen "Alts Dorf" +39 324634355,, Essen normalerweise nur für Hausgäste, fragen, geht.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Overnight stays in Riale Eichora B & B but only without breakfast +39 3395331578 Zwargji B & B +39 348622824 Overnight + food "Alts Dorf" +39 324634355,, food normally only for residents, ask, go.
  • Daniel - 2014-10-01
    Not far from Riale, below the Dam is Rifugio Bim-Se. Rooms 46 Euro HP. No dorms.
  • Clemens - 2014-07-07
    Janek hat recht: Die Entfernung von der Refugio Maria Luisa nach Riale ist weniger. Die Abstiegszeit stimmt, wenn man den Wanderweg geht.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Janek is right: The distance from the Refugio Maria Luisa after Riale is less. The descent time is right, when you walk the trail.
  • Secrétariat international Via Alpina - 2014-03-21
    @Elisabeth : en effet il s'agissait d'une imprécision mal interprétée par la traduction (on passe au-dessus et non à l'intérieur de ces tunnels, qui sont bien sûr inaccessibles). Désolés, c'est corrigé.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Elisabeth: Indeed it was a misinterpretation by translating imprecision (going above and not inside these tunnels, which are of course inaccessible). Sorry, it's fixed.
  • Elisabeth - 2014-03-20
    La description prête à confusion : la Via Alpina ne passe pas par les tunnels ! De Robiei, il faut 2h pour atteindre le lac Magörgn.
    Comme l'avait noté Janek en 2011, on escamote la distance entre le refuge Maria-Luisa et Riale : rajouter 1h minimum.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The description is misleading: the Via Alpina does not pass through the tunnels! Robiei, you have 2 hours to reach the lake Magörgn. As noted by Janek in 2011, the distance is retracted between the refuge and Maria-Luisa Riale: add 1 hour minimum.
  • Mountain Girl - 2012-10-29
    Another lodging option in Riale is: B&B "Schtebli", +39 328 3391368 (2 doors down from the pricey "Walser Stube" as you're coming into town, well before Rif Bimse) Daniele has just two cozy rooms for rent. She's a very kind hostess. 35 euros in 2012. Only drawback is: no dinner, and the Walser Stube is 'haute cuisine'! I would go to Rif Bimse for dinner.
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2012-03-28
    J'ai cherché mon chemin sur l'ALPE TOGGIA...Le balisage est nettement insuffisant , pour ne pas dire absent, sur la deuxième partie de l'étape.
    Arrivé à RIALE, j'ai pris la direction du RIFUGIO "BIM-SE" situé sous le barrage du Lac MORASCO.
    Possibilité B and B. Chambres avec douche
    Tel cell : 339-5953393
    Nourriture correcte sans plus...
    Endroit tranquille et bien situé sur l'itinéraire de l'étape suivante R92 .
    Automatic translation [Google]
    I searched on my way ... ALPE TOGGIA markup is clearly inadequate, if not absent, in the second part of the stage. Arrived at Riale, I took the direction of RIFUGIO "BIM-SE" located below the dam of Lake MORASCO. Option B and B. Rooms with shower Such cell: 339-5953393 Without proper food ... Quiet and conveniently located on the route of the R92 next step.
  • Janek - 2011-07-21
    In the detailed description, it is said that the Mari-Luisa hut at the Toggia Alp is the stage destination, but the stage seem to end further - in Riale.
    Also there is a footpath cutting over most of the serpentines. And covering the indicated 5,6km in 45 minutes is highly suspicious although it's downhill. I would suggest the distance from Alpe Toggia to Riale is about 2km.
    And there is also a restaurant in Riale.
  • Helga Bleml - 2011-07-15
    Fuer Riale gibt es eine sehr schoene und neue Uebernachtungsmoeglichkeit:
    Rifugio BIMSE bietet Zimmer mit Bad und leckerer Halbpension.
    Die Huette liegt direkt unter der Staumauer des Lago Morasco - grosses Hinweisschild und ist seit zwei Jahren geoeffnet!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    For Riale there is a very nice and new disembarking: Rifugio pumices has en suite rooms and a delicious half-board. The lodge is located just below the dam of Lake Morasco - big sign and is open for two years!
  • ROUSSELLE - 2010-09-30
    3 hôtels assez chers à RIALE mais aussi le refuge gardé Maria Luisa (CAI) situé à l'Alpe Toggia (2162m) à une heure de Riale
    Automatic translation [Google]
    3 hotels in Riale quite expensive but the hut Maria Luisa (CAI) on the Alpe Toggia (2162m) at a time Riale
  • Liebl Georg - 2009-08-10
    VA-Wegweiser sahen wir auf dieser Etappe leider nur einen, von der Bocchetta di Val Maggia sahen wir keinen Wegwweiser nach Riale.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    VA signs we saw at this stage, unfortunately, only one of the Bocchetta di Val Maggia we saw no Wegwweiser after Riale.
Last update : 2019-12-17