Stra' Granda Stage 4: Passo del Monte Moro - Saas-Almagell

da Macugnaga a Saas-Almagell (Switzerland) (11,47 km)
Highlights and tour details

From Rifugio Gaspare Oberto-Paolo Maroli you quickly climb up along a path and steps set into the rock to Passo del Moro, with its characteristic golden Madonnina (Virgin Mary), and from here you start the long descent into Swiss territory. You reach the Mattmark reservoir, which you follow on the left to the dam; cross the dam and continue downhill passing through Eienalp and Bord to Saas Almagel.

Points of interest

A wonderful panoramic view on the east wall of Monte Rosa and the 4000 m of Valle di Saas, Mattmark lake and dam (the largest earth dam throughout Europe), Walser architecture and culture in Valle di Saas, church of Saas Almagel with works by the Antronese sculptor Giulio Gualio (17th century). The golden statue of the Madonna delle Nevi stands out on the Moro Pass.

Support points

Downstream from the Mattmark dam there is the possibility of refreshment and bus departure point


By car: A8 motorway from Milan or A4 motorway from Torino and continuation on A26 motorway for Gravellona Toce. Continue on SS33 del Sempione to the Piedimulera exit. From Piedimulera the SS 549 of Valle Anzasca goes up as far as Macugnaga.

Other information

Itinerary code: SGR
Phone coverage: Swiss reception only
Recommended period: from July to October
Historical interest: Yes
Access by public transport: Yes
Classification: Medium and low mountain provincial
Provinces crossed: Distretto dei Laghi

Notes on public transport
By train: from Milan with the FS del Sempione international line to Domodossola. From Novara with the FS Novara-Domodossola line, train stop of Piedimulera. From Domodossola Station Autolinee Comazzi. Lines: Domodossola Antrona - Domodossola Macugnaga - Domodossola Verbania. For timetables Tel. +39 0324 240333 www.comazzibus.com. Possibility to return from Saas Almagell by bus (www.postauto.ch) as far as Visp and then by train as far as Domodossola via Briga (www.sbb.ch)
Departure, arrival and municipalities crossed
Passo del Monte Moro
28876 Macugnaga (VB)
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Saas-Almagell (Switzerland)
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