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Strada Alta - copyright Gotthard-Connects

Strada Alta - copyright Gotthard-Connects

Strada Alta - copyright Gotthard-Connects

Strada Alta - copyright Gotthard-Connects

Tour description

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 5 Carì - Bodio

The final stage of the Gotthard Tunnel Trail essentially follows the Strada Alta Leventina, one of Switzerland’s oldest mountain passes. For a long time, it was somewhat forgotten. However, it has gained new significance because its course fairly closely follows the tunnel’s trajectory. And it has lost none of its charm: tightly-packed mountain villages consisting of rustic houses alternate with resin-scented forests; elegant little churches are planted on top of the most beautiful hilltops with breathtaking views. Those walking in autumn will find sweet chestnuts. In every season, you are accompanied by gorgeous views deep into the Leventina Valley from Airolo to Biasca. Shortly before Biasca, the Strada Alta descends along romantic paths to reach the valley floor almost immediately beside the southern portal of the Gotthard Base Tunnel. There, trains shoot out of the tunnel tubes, completing their journey from North to South in less than half an hour. For the hikers, it has been a very different experience: they have spent five days drinking in the light, hiking nearly 100 km through gorgeous mountain scenery, climbing 5600 m and rediscovering the Gotthard region.


Variant A: From Molare (behind the church) Strada dei Monti till Anzonico. Is partly exposed (T3).


You will cross the Gotthard Base Tunnel trajectory twice.

Postbus stops: Cari - Campello - Rossura - Tengia - Calonico - Lavorgo - Anzonico - Cavagnago - Sobrio - Bodio

Accommodation is available in Anzonico, Cavagnago and Sobrio.

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.

Further stages

Previous stage: Lukmanierpass - Cari

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Places along the route: Cari - Campello - Anzonico - Sobrio - Bodio - Pollegio (Ab Campello Strada Alta)


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Tour history (U00187)

First published: Donnerstag, 1. Oktober 2015

Last updated: Montag, 29. August 2016

Tour published by: Presented by www.st-gotthard.com

Tour characteristics

Distance: 23.2 km | Time requirement: 6½ h
Ascent: 681 m | Descent: 2005 m
Highest point: 1622 m.a.s.l.

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See also

Web: www.st-gotthard.com
Web: www.gotthard-tunnel-trail.ch - order your hiking guide here!

Turismo Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino
Sede Leventina
Via della Stazione 22
CH - 6780 Airolo
Tel.: +41 (0)91 869 15 33
Mail: leventina@bellinzonese-altoticino.ch
Web: www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

Turismo Bellinzonese e Alto Ticino
Sede Biasca e Riviera
Contrada Cavalier Pellanda 4
CH - 6710 Biasca
Tel.: +41 (0)91 862 33 27
Mail: biasca@bellinzonese-altoticino.ch
Web: www.bellinzonese-altoticino.ch

Accommodations along the trail:
Osteria Anzonico
Tel.: +41 (0)91 865 12 20
Web: www.osteriaanzonico.ch

Cavagnago, Agriturismo B&B
Tel.: +41 (0)91 864 21 77
Web: www.bertazzi.ch

Sobrio, B&B Norma Gasser
Tel.: +41 (0)79 299 56 78
Web: www.norma-sobrio.ch

Pollegio, Alla Botte
Tel.: +41 (0)91 862 21 41

Bodio, Albergo Stazione
Tel.: +41 (0)91 864 19 37
Web: www.albergostazionebodio.ch

Guided tours:
Web: www.alpineschool-mammut.ch
Web: www.montanara.ch

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