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Mountain Walks

Fontane to Alpe Soi / Alpe Munda' / Valpiana

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Spring & Summer walk. Fatigue level: moderate. Distance: 7.7Km (round trip). Duration: approx 2 hrs.

Fontane to Alpe Soi, Alpe Munda', Alpe Castelletto, Alpe Giavine, Alpe Ca d'Ruez & Valpiana

A circular route combining road walking with woodland paths, around two hours total walking time, following the route of the torrent both ways, with three bridge crossings giving some good views, no particularly steep climbing, and various places to pause en route and take in the scenery. One of our very favourite walks. Rated moderate fatigue mostly because it is nearly 8Km in total.

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Fontane to Motto Di Balmo / Balmo

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Spring & Summer walk. Fatigue level: moderate. Distance: 3.3Km (round trip). Duration: approx 1 hr.

Fontane to Motto Di Balmo (Balmo, 1059m)

This walk follows an old mountain path that climbs from behind Fontane to the site of the old chairlift/ski-lift station and bar/restaurant (now derelict) at Balmo. This open, relatively level plateau at over 1050m altitude is covered in mountain flora in the summer and gives breathtaking views down the valley. There is a particularly nice cappella (tiny chapel) here, not far from the old restaurant, dedicated to the victim of a paragliding accident. When our own children were young, the plateau was a favourite place to go kite flying.

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Fontane to Valpiana / Alpe Giavine

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Spring & Summer walk. Fatigue level: comfortable. Distance: 4.7Km (round trip). Duration: approx 1.5 hrs.

Fontane to Valpiana, Valpiana to Alpe Giavine (857m)

An easy walk along the made-up road, with only the occasional steeper gradient to negotiate. This walk takes you to the torrent below Valpiana - the large stones provide a fantastic place to sit or lie and take in the sun on a nice day, with the sound and freshness of the rushing, icy cold alpine water around you.

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Fontane to Alpe Soi / Alpe Bocchetto

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Spring & Summer walk. Fatigue level: comfortable. Distance: 6.8Km (round trip). Duration: approx 2 hrs.

Fontane to Alpe Soi, Alpe Soi to Alpe Bocchetto (1022m)

Although this walk takes you all the way up to Alpe Bocchetto at 1022m, it is relatively easy, gentle walking as it follows the made-up road all the way. It's an excellent after lunch 'stroll', with the added incentive that if you start out before lunch, you could take time to sample the delights of food and/or drink at Rosa's restaurant at Alpe Soi (Ristoro Alpe Soi "da Rosy"), and the small church at Alpe Soi is beautiful any time of year but takes your breath away if you are fortunate to see it set amongst the remnants of the Spring snow.

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Fontane to Valpiana / Anzino / Bannio

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Spring & Summer walk. Fatigue level: comfortable. Distance: 6.5Km (round trip). Duration: approx 2 hrs.

Fontane to Valpiana, Valpiana to Anzino, Anzino to Bannio

Much of this walk is on the mountain roads around Bannio/Anzino and thus makes for relatively easy walking. A section follows a good, relatively flat mountain path through the trees. Our route here sets off from Fontane where we have our apartments, but it could be started in Bannio, following the one road up to Parcineto and then picking up our route from there, which would give you a nice circular tour back to Bannio via Anzino. The walk takes in the river at Valpiana, across to Anzino on a well established mountain path, through Anzino and along the road with views down to Pontegrande, then back up to Bannio, where we have included a section that takes you through the old buildings.

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Pecetto to Burky / Belvedere / Rifugio Zamboni e Zappa

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Summer walk. Fatigue level: moderate.

Pecetto to Burky, Burky to Belvedere, Belvedere to Rifugio Zamboni e Zappa

Pecetto is the furthest most hamlet (frazione) of Macugnaga and sits at the very foot of Monte Rosa. At Pecetto you can take the chair-lift up to the glacier for some of the finest summer mountain walks anywhere in the world.

It is possible to walk the entire route from Pecetto to the Rifugio and avoid the chair-lift altogether, though you would need to set out relatively early. This is a popular destination for hikers in the summer. The chair-lift ride is itself well worth doing, being both relaxing and aweinspiring. There are two separate chair-lifts, the first to Burky then up to Belvedere, and you can choose a ticket to take you half way, all the way, one way or return. This means you can choose to walk part way, up or down - it's a nice, flexible option.

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