View of Dagro from the Cable Car. The Hike starts with a climb to that prominent hill
From the hill, looking back at Dagro
Most of the hike to Dandrio is along a quiet and level road
The 12th Century village of Germanionico
Approaching Dandrio at the back of the valley
A short detour across the dam with a view to the back of the Valley
Here you can cross on whichever bridge you wish to.
On the descent to Malvaglia
On the descent to Malvaglia with a view into the Blenio Valley
From the hillside near Germanionico, a view down to the Lake
Dagro - Anzano - Dandrio - Madra - Bacino di Val Malvaglia - Pontei di Fuori - Malvaglia
Published/updated on 22.04.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 23061 points | Date of Tour: 09.05.2017 | Favourite Entries (1)
This wonderful hike in the lesser-known Val Malvaglia is best suited for people without knee problems, as the hike out of the valley requires much downhill, sometimes steep, although, as is mostly the case in Canton Ticino, on trails...
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This wonderful hike in the lesser-known Val Malvaglia is best suited for people without knee problems, as the hike out of the valley requires much downhill, sometimes steep, although, as is mostly the case in Canton Ticino, on trails laid out with stone steps.
Dagro, one of five villages of Malvaglia, dates back to the year 1200 and considers itself one of the oldest villages in Switzerland. The recently re-opened gondola cable-way allows quick access to this quaint village located on a sunny terrace above the Blenio valley. The location offers magnificent panorama views both up and down the Blenio Valley as well as onto the peaks of the Malvaglia Valley. The town itself is picturesque, with closely clustered barns and homes in both wood and stone, rendering a lovely peaceful atmosphere to the area.
The walk to Dandrio in the back of the valley is easy and pleasant as it is all on an even road. Along the way there are a couple of villages to visit, but of particular interest is a detour with a slight ascent on an unofficial trail to a small hamlet called Garmagnünach or Germanionico, an ancient village of 17 wooden houses glued like a postage stamp to the hillside, a village of national importance as here one can get real close to how the farmers once eked out their living with potatoes and rye, sheep and goats... the homes are falling apart but have recently received a restoration promise, to preserve this history for future generations.
Dandrio is pretty and quaint and boasts a wonderful hotel/restaurant with historical flair and stunning backdrop. No less delightful are the villages of Anzano (on the way to Dandrio) and Madra, from where the trail now heads out of the valley, first past the dammed Lake Malvaglia and then with lots of variety to the mouth of the valley from which is a steep descent back down to the town of Malvaglia.
For more information about the valley, see the brochure in the attached links.
Rated T2 because of the descent to Malvaglia. The road to Dandrio and to the dam would be rated T1. // For an easier variation, can walk back to the cable car // This valley can be reached by car as well, all the way to Dandrio, but a 5 SFr. toll is required // The restaurant in Dagro (Sass Malt) is open 3rd of April to 5th of January, closed Mondays and Tuesdays (evenings with reservation only) // As of November 2017, renovations have started in Germanionico so expect construction there.
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