hiking

GTA: Stage 14 Varzo - Alpe Arza

da Varzo a Bognanco (0,00 km)
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Highlights and tour details

You start again from Varzo along the road that crosses the hamlets of Vaniullo and Bertonio and, after crossing the bridge over the Cairasca stream, you reach the junction with the 12A variant that descends from Trasquera via the historic 'Brôcc' mule track. Turn right towards the hamlet of Rosso and the bridge over the Diveria. Once across the stream take the road that leads from the ENEL power station to Salviggia. At this point take the path that proceeds in the direction of "Selvanera/Alpe Lorino/Passo di Variola". After an hour's walk you will reach Selvanera and, still immersed in the woods, you will reach the 1377 metres of the beautiful Alpe Wolf basin. You then continue by referring to the wooden pegs in the pasture and then take the path that climbs steeply up into the woods towards Alpe Lorino. After the crossroads to Alpe Corgiolo you reach the alpine pasture at the foot of Pizzo del Rovale and Pizzo Mezzodì at an altitude of 1820 metres. From here you pass near the rocky ramparts that are before the wide Pass di Variola and, following the signs on the rocks, you reach the pass at an altitude of 2252 metres. You descend from the pass by crossing the mountain pastures on the side of Val Bognanco. Firstly, you come to Alpe Variola (1977 m) marked by a large wooden cross. After a short descent you go along a long stretch in the hillside, crossing some brooks incised into the side of Pizzo Giezza, which allows you to reach Alpe Dorca (1874 m). Now the path sharply descends towards Alpe Casariola (1715 m). Finally, with some ascents and descents you arrive on the road that leads to Passo del Monscera and you take it going uphill for about a hundred metres to Alpe Arza with the Dosso Refuge.

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Other information

Itinerary code: GPN
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Departure
Varzo
28868 Varzo (VB)
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola
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Arrival
Alpe Arza
28842 Bognanco (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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Albergo Ristorante da Cecilia
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Hotels and tourist residences
Albergo Ristorante da Cecilia
The family-run Hotel Da Cecilia is located at 1100 m in the greenery of the Piedmont Alps, in the municipality of Bognanco. It is a quiet location, ideal for spending relaxing holidays, hiking along trails that will take you to explore the many lakes, green pastures and special mountain views, …
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B&B Popai Le Coin Perdu
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
B&B Popai Le Coin Perdu
Ancient farmhouse recently renovated, the Popai B&B is located in Montecrestese, a small village in Val d'Ossola. The facility has a large park, where you can sit under the linden trees and sip a tea as you gaze at the panorama that stretches as far as Domodossola and the famous Domobianca ski …
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Ca\' Broni
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
Ca' Broni
The B&B is situated in an early 20th century house, just outside the historic centre of Domodossola. It offers every comfort.
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Campeggio Yolki Palki Village
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Accommodation outdoors
Campeggio Yolki Palki Village
The Yolki Palki Camping village features characteristic chalets with kitchenette and private patio. Large spacious pitches on grassy ground inside a larch wood in the upper Bognanco Valley. The campsite offers a wood-fired Finnish sauna for exclusive use and a play area for young guests. The …
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Civico Museo di Palazzo San Francesco
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Museum
Civico Museo di Palazzo San Francesco
Building constructed on the perimeter walls of a church of 1200 dedicated to St. Francis, it preserves the original columns of the church with variously adorned capitals supporting the cross vaults of the aisles.
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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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La Madonnina
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Bed & Breakfast
La Madonnina
In the centre of Valdossola, in a dominant position overlooking the Antigorio valley at 825 m above sea level, B&B La Madonnina offers three bedrooms with private bathrooms in an Art Nouveau villa with a completely renovated garden.
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Locanda del Sasso Rooms
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Rooms to let
Locanda del Sasso Rooms
If you are looking for tranquillity in contact with nature then look no further. The new lodgings of Locanda del Sasso have the charm and unmistakable style that sets us apart. There are three lodgings tailored to all needs, of couples and families. Two mini apartments to suit from 2 to 6 guests …
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Locanda Piemonte da sciolla
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Rooms to let
Locanda Piemonte da sciolla
Located in the centre of the city of Domodossola, in a 14th century building, Locanda Piemonte da Sciolla offers free Wi-Fi connection in all areas. All rooms avail of a private bathroom with shower, hairdryer and courtesy kit and are equipped with a flat screen TV and, in some cases, a balcony. A …
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Residence Briona
Verbano-Cusio-Ossola | Holiday Houses and Apartments
Residence Briona
Residence Briona is an elegant 15th century building located in a quiet pedestrian area in the historic centre of Domodossola. It avails of furnished apartments that overlook the internal courtyard embellished with arches. The apartments offer a fully equipped cooking corner and TV and avail of a …
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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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