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Passo del Sole: From Acquacalda to Lake Ritom

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Passo del Sole: From Acquacalda to Lake Ritom

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  • Passo del Sole: From Acquacalda to Lake Ritom
    Passo del Sole: From Acquacalda to Lake Ritom
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On the tour from Acquacalda over the Passo del Sole to Lake Ritom you experience a natural paradise in all its diversity. Anyone who wants to savour a little more of this region can stay at a simple albergo in the best panoramic location. For the rest, the funicular railway to Piotta stands ready.

Distance 16.9 km
5:15 h
620 m
589 m
2,376 m
1,754 m


Val Piora with its 28 mountain lakes is considered one of the most beautiful regions of Ticino and is known for its wealth of fauna and flora. On the tour from Acquacalda over the Passo del Sole to Lake Ritom you experience a natural paradise in all its diversity. The highlight at the end of this enchanting tour is a true spectacle: From Acquacalda up to the Passo del Sole and past Cadagno Hütte to Lake Ritom, it ends at the top station of the steepest funicular railway in the world.
Here adventure hungry sightseers are truly dropped down on a cable. With a breathtaking maximum gradient of 87.8 percent the bright red cable car jerks its way down to Piotta. This almost feels like freefalling albeit in slow motion.

It is not a bad idea to enjoy the panoramic views and some of the many local delicacies in one of the Piora Valley's picturesque Grotti rustic mountain restaurants or mountain huts before the ride, even if just to muster some pretended courage. Perhaps in the Capanna Cadagno, where a wonderful brasato polenta is served, garnished with the legendary local Piora cheese that is produced nowhere else but here.
At any rate, this five-hour hike does not in the least lack exclusive features. This is already evident at the beginning of the tour, where holidays in harmony with nature are on offer in the multiple award winning Centro Ecologico in Acquacalda below the Lukmanier Pass.

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Update: December 30, 2022
Highest point
2,376 m
Lowest point
1,754 m

Track types

Asphalt 8.08%Dirt road 24.58%Forested/wild trail 24.43%Path 42.80%Road 0.10%
Asphalt
1.4 km
Dirt road
4.2 km
Forested/wild trail
4.1 km
Path
7.2 km
Road
0 km
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Tips and hints

Montagnepulite: This project was born to promote an effective management and sustainable use of mountain huts in Ticino, and in particular the litter management. The responsible management of litter in the mountains is a matter of common sense. We can all contribute: www.montagnepulite.ch

Start

Acquacalda (1,755 m)
Coordinates:
SwissGrid
2'707'053E 1'155'002N
DD
46.537748, 8.834234
DMS
46°32'15.9"N 8°50'03.2"E
UTM
32T 487289 5153811
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Destination

Ambrì-Piotta

Coordinates

SwissGrid
2'707'053E 1'155'002N
DD
46.537748, 8.834234
DMS
46°32'15.9"N 8°50'03.2"E
UTM
32T 487289 5153811
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Equipment

  •  Hiking boots
  • Sun cap
  • Water-bottle
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun cream
  • Hiking map
  • Camera
  • Food

Similar routes nearby

  • Lukmanier Alps
  • Brenno floodplains
  • Selvasecca Forest Reserve
  • Passo delle Colombe - Passo del Sole
  • Brenno spring
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Distance
16.9 km
Duration
5:15 h
Ascent
620 m
Descent
589 m
Highest point
2,376 m
Lowest point
1,754 m
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