Walking in a territory, both along marked routes such as roads or paths, or freely out of set routes. It is not a walk to an end in itself, nor an extreme achievement, not even a sport competitions.
It is an activity accessible to all and can be adapted to every need.
Hiking always restores the concrete perception of the foot which meets an extraordinary land which is continuously different: smooth, slippery, hard, soft, friable, compact, going up, going down; it awakens the memory of walking in ancestral times in a physical landscape closely related to mental landscapes.
It does not a matter of the destination but the journey, the experience of walking is the true art of a hiker. In walking all flows into the perception and emotion, recognition and discovery, the expected and the unexpected.
We become whole people, in whose feet and mind, breath and vision, where heartbeat and memory meet.
A Round Trip of Mount Faié 1352 m
Scenic tour with breathtaking views of the lakes, Monte Rosa and the 4000 of the Valais.
We are at the edge of the Val Grande National Park, and we have the ability to modulate the day based on our skills and training: from the shortest round trip or up to go deep in the Valgrande Park with descent to the shores of Lake Mergozzo with snack in Candoglia to taste the best ice-cream in the area. We start at Alpe Ompio, 1000 m, where we arrive by car or by an exciting helicopter flight.
Alpe Devero Tour of the Lakes
In about 40 minutes drive from Lake Maggiore you will reach the Natural Park Veglia-Devero, a true jewel of the Ossola Alps.
The tour I suggest includes a visit to two very special alpine lakes surrounded by a fairytale surroundings: Lake Codelago and Lake of the Streghe. A stop cannot be missed at the small village of Crampiolo where, thanks to the Chef Achille, we will enjoy some typical dishes with local wines.
A must stop in order to admire the highest wall of the Alps: the East face of Monte Rosa. The tour includes a walk starting from the Belvedere, which is easily reached by chairlift, and forward to the Lake of the Locce just below the legendary East wall, head back on the edge of the huge glacier, which extends to the Rifugio Zamboni where we stop for a culinary break.
For those who want to make less effort and enjoy an even more exciting view of the of Monte Rosa and the Capanna Margherita, directly from the helicopter base with an impressive scenic flight, you will arrive at the Monte Moro Pass, 2800 m, with in your eyes the sparkling ice of the East wall; a short trek to the top of the Joderhorn, 3012 m, to greet the climbers coming out of his famous South ridge and descent to the Rifugio Oberto where the Chef Francesco will make us taste the Macugnaghese pasta and a glass of Gattinara.
Walser valley par excellence, wedged in the furthest North, practically in Switzerland.
There are many walking routes that you can do: from day trips to admire the numerous lakes, to crossings taking several days from hut to hut.
Do not miss a stop at the Walser Schtuba in Riale where Chef Matteo will delight your palate with freshly prepared food and his wine list.
Here, too, there is the possibility of combining a scenic helicopter flight over the famous seven lakes of Formazza with a small trekking, a stop at Walser Schtuba and a bath at the Thermal Bath of Premia, all in a day.