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Panorama Hike in the Bedretto Valley from Nufenen Pass

Nufenen Pass - Alpe di Cruina - Lago delle Pigne (optional) -- Cap. Piansecco - All'Acqua

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Nufenen Pass - Alpe di Cruina - Lago delle Pigne (optional) -- Cap. Piansecco - All'Acqua

Published/updated on 28.09.2019 by GabrielleMerk | 26742 points
 | Date of Tour: 11.09.2018 

This hike from the Nufenen (Novena) Pass ending in All'Acqua in the Bedretto Valley offers some fantastic views into both the Obergoms Region of Wallis/Valais but mostly into the Bedretto Valley in Ticino.

The upper trail...

This hike from the Nufenen (Novena) Pass ending in All'Acqua in the Bedretto Valley offers some fantastic views into both the Obergoms Region of Wallis/Valais but mostly into the Bedretto Valley in Ticino.

The upper trail eastward into the valley takes you along a piece of the "Four Headwaters Trail", an 82-km themed trail that highlights the sources of four of Europe's major rivers: The Reuss, the Rhine, the Rhone and the Ticino. This particular region at the Nufenen Pass is where the Ticino River has its start, eventually entering the Po river near Pavia after flowing approx. 250 km through the canton of Ticino. The Nufenen Pass is also the geographic divider between Cantons Ticino and Valais.

The trail is mostly level mountain trail or comfortable downhill, and offers no particular difficulties. Before starting on the actual trail, you can get refreshments at the restaurant at the pass, or at the very least admire the view of the Griessee Glacier and dam just to the southeast, and the wind turbines which are the highest-altitude wind turbines in Europe. Directly westward is the Agene Valley which joins the pass to the perpendicular Goms Valley through which flows the young Rhone River. A good vantage point is also in the elevated area directly South of the parking lot.

Goal of this hike is the Pian Secco Hostel followed by a remarkably comfortable descent on a very good trail to All'Acqua. To add more variety to this hike, you can do a detour to the idyllic upper lake called "Lago delle Pigne", an approx. 40-minute detour off the main trail.

Published/updated on 28.09.2019 by GabrielleMerk (26742 points) | Date of Tour: 11.09.2018

Route Infos

Time Required
4 hours
12 km
330 m
1200 m
Max. Altitude
2490 m
Min. Altitude
1610 m
Season Start / Season End
June - October
Level of Difficulty (Hiking)
Points of Interest
Superb views, Highest wind turbines in Europe (Griessee Dam).
Starting Point
Nufenen Pass (Passo della Novena)
Starting Point with Public Transport
All'Acqua in the Bedretto Valley
Return with Public Transport
Places to Eat
Nufenen Pass, Piansecco SAC, All'Acqua
Things to Note
Pian Secco Hostel is closed 2019 for renovations // As with most Alpine Passes, the buses run only a limited number of weeks, and only a few times per day, so check bus schedules carefully. Alsô, due to its altitude, the Nufenen Pass is one of the latest passes to open in Spring.

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