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The route departs from the hamlet of Cheggio in the upper Antrona Valley (where there is an automobile checkpoint), skirts the flatlands along the western shore of Cheggio Lake, climbs to the Rifugio Andolla mountain hut and then to Passo Andolla (the 1st pass on the route). It then descends into Switzerland (upper Zwischbergental – Sempione Valley) until reaching Alpe Porcareccia, gradually rising again to Passo del Busin (the 2nd pass on the route). With a panoramic, aerial course, it climbs the western crest, then descends again to the southern one until reaching Passo della Preia (the 3rd pass), and heads uphill again just until Passo Castello (the 4th pass). Crossing behind Mount Preia, in the vicinity of the Bognanco Valley, the trail reaches Bocchetta di Pianei (the 5th pass). From here the descent begins, passing by Alpe Pianei, upper and lower Alpe Pasquale and Alpe Bisi to finally return to the dam of Lake Cheggio.

Notes: The route of the 5 passes is a grand panoramic loop that extends at a high altitude and, for a stretch, covers the ridge along the Antrona Valley and Zwischbergental (Switzerland). Expert hikers may depart from Cheggio. As an alternative, it is possible to lodge in the area at a high-altitude mountain hut (the Rifugio Andolla), making the excursion somewhat easier.

 
 

Last update: 06/03/2018 ore 15:11:34

Itinerary informations

Starting Point

Alpe Cheggio

Itinerary

C27 + SFT + GTA + C26

Altitude Difference Going Up

1542 m

Altitude Difference Going Down

1542 m

Track Length

16,1 km

Elapsed Track Traversal Time

8 h 10 min

Track Numbers

C27 + SFT + GTA + C26

Difficulty Level

EE (difficult)

Recommended Time Period

July - September

Zone

Valle Antrona

Notable Items along the Track

Natural Park of Alta Valle Antrona

Notes

Il giro dei 5 passi rappresenta un grandioso percorso panoramico ad anello che si sviluppa in quota e per un tratto interessa la cresta di frontiera tra la Valle Antrona e la Zwischbergental (CH). Per escursionisti ben allenati può essere compiuto con partenza da Cheggio. In alternativa è possibile pernottare in quota al rif. Andolla riducendo le difficoltà.

Escursioni

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