hiking

GTA: Stage 11 Alpe Devero - Alpe Veglia

da Baceno a Varzo (13,40 km)
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Highlights and tour details

From Alpe Devero, take the little road that goes to the left at the locality of Ai Ponti near the little church; at the first bridge it is better to pass on the opposite side of the stream and follow the dirt road that leads to the houses of Piedimonte, where there are several signs. After crossing the small cluster of houses, take the marked path that goes up into the woods to the right of the stream (orographic left) and reaches the huts of the lower Alpe Buscagna (1941 m). Then continue on the plateau along the wide path and reach the hut of Alpe Buscagna, (1967 m). Leave the path on the right that leads to the Combi-Lanza Bivouac and Passo di Cornera and continue on the flat and then slightly uphill. Cross a scree following cairns and signs (not a very visible path), then continue on a more visible track with a more decisive ascent between rhododendrons and sparse larch trees up to a second grassy plateau at about 2200 metres in altitude. Cross the whole plateau towards the south and then start climbing again on grassy and then detrital ground up to the pass of the Scatta d'Orogna (2461 m). From the Scatta d'Orogna, the path first makes a short traverse on steep ground, then it descends more easily to a nice ledge with a small lake (2352 m) and then descends again towards Valle Bondolero. It then crosses a small rocky spur at the base (a slightly exposed passage, equipped with a chain) to go up under the looming walls of Pizzo Moro until it reaches Passo di Valtendra (2431 m). Descend eastwards from the pass, first skirting a small nival lake and then descending a steep grassy and detrital slope along an excellently marked path. You will then reach Pian Sass Mor and skirt it to the left until you reach a beautiful fountain (about 2070 m) where there is a marked fork: go down to the right and reach Pian du Scricc at a large renovated hut. The path goes past the hut and continues on the opposite side of the plateau (orographic right), then enters a beautiful beech wood. Proceed along the Rio Frua on your left until reaching the large plateau of Alpe Veglia and the houses of Cornù; before arriving there, there is a diversion on the left that leads directly to Rifugio Città di Arona (1760 m).

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Other information

Itinerary code: GPN
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Alpe Devero
28861 Baceno (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Arrival
Alpe Veglia, Fraz. Cornù
28868 Varzo (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Accommodations and services

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Albergo Ristorante Cuccini
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Albergo Ristorante Cuccini
A family environment where the simplicity of wood floors, pastel shades and pine furniture reigns supreme. A place where you can rediscover the pleasure of a holiday in a setting dominated by the solemn grandeur of nature. 23 rooms of various standard and deluxe types. We offer single, double, and …
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Hotel La Vetta
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Hotel La Vetta
Hotel La Vetta, in San Domenico di Varzo, in Piedmont, is the perfect refuge for an escape from the city: here to regenerate simply fill your eyes and heart with nature, mountain and pure air. The facility, inaugurated for the first time in December 2018, offers 77 finely furnished rooms, a …
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La Beula
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
La Beula
“LA BEULA” B&B is located in Beola di Croveo, at 800 m a.s.l, a small hamlet of Baceno in the province of Verbania, at the foot of Mount Cistella, famous for its mysterious witch nights. It is 10 km from the ALPE DEVERO Natural Park, 5 km from the TERME DI PREMIA (SPA CENTRE) and just 30 …
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Rifugio 2000
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Mountain Refuges, Excursion Refuges and Bivouacs
Rifugio 2000
Situated in Alp Ciamporino, Rifugio 2000 boasts a restaurant, a terrace and free Wi-Fi connection in the common areas. All the rooms avail of air conditioning, wardrobe, parquet floors and shared bathroom. In the morning, guests can enjoy an Italian style breakfast based on hot beverages, …
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Rifugio Crosta Pietro
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Mountain Refuges, Excursion Refuges and Bivouacs
Rifugio Crosta Pietro
The Pietro Crosta Refuge, belonging to C.A.I. of Gallarate, is located in the Alpe Solcio of Varzo, at the border of the Natural Park of Alpe Veglia and Alpe Devero. It is located on the Altavia della Valle Divedro and is one of the best loved destinations for excursions and trekking in Val …
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