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No sky! Lake Ritom above the Lago Tom

No sky! Lake Ritom above the Lago Tom

The alpin lakes of Cadagno and Ritom

The alpin lakes of Cadagno and Ritom

Cadagno, Piora Alp and the Pizzo Colombe

Cadagno, Piora Alp and the Pizzo Colombe

Lake Ritom

Lake Ritom

Tour description

The most impressive but also the most practical route to reach the Val Piora lakes is from Piotta, by taking the famous and stunningly picturesque Ritom funicular, both the start and finish point for this unmissable walking loop. The 87.8% maximum slope of the funicular puts it among the very steepest in the world. Once you reach Piora station, you are immediately catapulted into one of the most beautiful and pristine landscapes anywhere in Ticino, and where you get the chance to admire a true paradise of alpine lakes. Starting from the Piora station you climb upwards along a path taking you to the 2208m of Pizzo Föisc. There you can have a stop at the Föisc mountain hut. Then you continue downhill, after passing the Föisc cleft, reaching Lake Ritom, the largest mountain reservoir in the Canton, whose waters are used to produce hydro-electric power. Walking along the left side of the Lake (in the direction of travel) you carry on until the side-route to Lake Tom which, after a brief uphill section, reaches 2022m. The path continues towards Lake Cadagno, crossing the Piora alpage, the largest in Ticino and a protected natural reserve. Why not take advantage of the stunning Capanna Cadagno, it’s nearby and has only just been renewed. A great stop to sample a wide range of local produce. After your break, you can head back to the funicular station, but this time, going along the other side of Lake Ritom and back to Piora.


Periodo advised: may - october

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Places along the route: Stne Piora - Föisc - Alpe Ritom - Alpe Tom - Cadagno di Fuori - Fontanella - Piora - Stne Piora


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Tour history (B00877)

First published: Donnerstag, 11. Januar 2007

Last updated: Donnerstag, 15. Oktober 2015

Tour published by: Presented by www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

Tour characteristics

Distance: 15.1 km | Time requirement: 4 h
Ascent: 806 m | Descent: 806 m
Highest point: 2199 m.a.s.l.

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See also

Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino
Sede Leventina
Via della Stazione 22
CH-6780 Airolo
T +41 (0)91 869 15 33
F +41 (0)91 869 26 42