An itinerary that takes you straight to the heart of the Val Grande National Park, the most extensive wilderness of both Italian and European Alps. Thousands of hectares of mountains abandoned by man that nature has been slowly reclaiming over the past fifty years. A treasure to be preserved, that holds the memories of an ancient world and remnants of the hard-working people who lived there nearly secluded until the last century. The area was also ground to some tragic events that took place during the II World War. Starting from the village of Cicogna (reached along an adventurous narrow road) we hike up to the panoramic terrace of Alpe Prà, enjoying wonderful views over Lake Maggiore. The trail takes us then in the beech forest to the ruins of Alpe Leciuri, our highest point for the day. From here we start descending towards Pogallo, once the biggest village along the transhumance routes to the higher pastures. From Pogallo we then get back to Cicogna along the scenic muletrack that stretches right in the gorge of the river, that here forms crystal clear pools and waterfalls. This itinerary is particularly recommended during fall.
BEST SEASON: may to october, avoiding the hottest months of july and august
WHAT TO EXPECT
TRIP TYPE: Day Hike Tour
TRIP LENGTH: Full Day
DRIVING TIME FROM MILAN: 1h45 – Let us know if you’re staying somewhere else and still want to organize the tour with us. We can meet you on the way!
DIFFICULTY LEVEL: DEMANDING – Click HERE to understand the Hiking Difficulty Levels
DISTANCE: 10 km/6.2 mi
ELEVATION GAIN: 750 m/2,460 ft
HIGHEST ALTITUDE: 1.311 m/4,301 ft
LUNCH: bring your own packed lunch
Private tours are only open to your party
20% discount on the total price for families with kids and parties of 3 and 4. For bigger groups please ask for quote.
GEAR NEEDED: check the list of Things to Bring on a Day Hike
IMPORTANT: we run our tours in almost all weather conditions and very rarely cancel. See our Terms and Conditions for information on cancellations and refunds
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