Tracking the world’s longest tunnel
57 kilometres and around 20 minutes separate train travellers from the North and South of Switzerland thanks to the Gotthard Base Tunnel, the world’s longest tunnel. But it is more interesting to experience the trail from Erstfeld to Bodio, which lies above it, at walking pace.
Stage 4 Lukmanierpass - Carì
On the fourth day of your hike, you will again enter a different cultural area of Switzerland – Ticino. And your route will brush a plateau with a resonant name: the Piora syncline, notorious for the friable dolomite rock with which this basin is filled. Indeed, there is an outcrop of this crumbly, pale-yellow rock, which liquefies when subjected to water pressure, on the trail. Fortunately for the tunnel builders, the Base Tunnel passes underneath this zone. Hikers get to enjoy the gentle landscape of the high Alps, climb to the Passo del Sole and see the glacier of the Rheinwaldhorn in the distance. The high point of the stage and of the entire trail, however, is the Passo Predelp. It is worth clambering over the boulder strewn landscape to reach the nearby viewing point. Here you are not only again standing directly above the tunnel, you can view half of the mountain environment under which the tunnel passes. With this impression in your mind, you walk down to Predelp and the Agriturismo Alla Meta. You can also sleep in Capanna Prodör on top of Carì – please note that there is not always a warden present – or in Carì itself.
Variant A: From Lukmanierpass first direction Acquacalda and afterwards via Rondadöira to Passo Predelp.
Variant B: Longer route from Lukmanierpass via Val Termine over Passo dell'Uomo to Val Piora with an overnight stay in the SAC cabin Cadagno. Afterward you hike onwards over Passo del Sole till you reach the main route again.
Variant C: When you have spend the night in Acquacalda you hike through the forrest (Nr 1) up to you reach the main route direction Passo Predelp.
Variant D: Under Passo Predelp directly to Cari via Brusada (left steep up - approx. 2 hours)
You will cross the Gotthard Base Tunnel trajectory four times.
Postbus stops: Lukmanierpass - Alpe Casaccia - Acquacalda - Predelp - Tarnolgio - Cari
The chairlift Cari - Brusada is in summer only open during the first two weeks in august.
Attention: In winter from midd october till midd june this trail is covered with snow. In Summer it is also possible to pass through snowfields. Inform yourself before you start your tour.
Attention: Passo Predelp caries a lot of snow untill approx. mid july. Take Variant E!
Previous stage: Sedrun - Lukmanierpass
Next stage: Cari - Bodio
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Tour history (U00186)
First published: Donnerstag, 1. Oktober 2015
Last updated: Montag, 29. August 2016
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