The first hour is spent leisurely climbing up the vast green slopes of Alpe Masnee, lit by the morning sun, as a warm-up for the trek ahead. You then continue along a rocky stretch, with the little gem of Lake Froda on your right, guiding you to Poncione di Braga. Your destination, however, is not the summit, but Bocchetta della Froda, a wide saddle on your right.
The pass offers a sweeping view of countless peaks, first of all the Basòdino, the second highest massif in the Ticino Alps, crowned by its glacier, the largest in the canton. From there, the trail continues downhill towards the Robièi valley. If you are lucky, you may even see a herd of ibexes grazing up close.
The path eases out and goes on to skirt Lago Nero and then Lago Bianco. You eventually reach Robièi, a popular destination for local hikers as well as hikers from further afield, connected to the Bavona Valley by a cable car.
Some huts open as early as June, when the connecting sections are usually still covered in snow.
Generally, the best season for trekking is between July and September/October.
However, even in the height of summer, you are advised to contact the guardians to check the state of the route. Overnight stays must be booked in advance in order to avoid unpleasant surprises and find oneself without accommodation.
Rest StopCapanna Basòdino
Mountain hut Poncione di Braga
The Alpine lakes trekking route (Trekking dei laghetti alpini) runs mainly along mountain paths (level of hiking difficulty: T3) with some section of Alpine tracks (T4). However, the trek should not be taken lightly, especially in terms of the length of some of the sections and the elevation, reaching altitudes of around 3,000 metres above asl in places.
The following are therefore required:
- good physical condition
- detailed planning (current conditions, weather forecast etc.)
- surefootedness on uneven ground (scree etc.)
Not to be underestimated:
- high elevation
- sudden weather changes
- presence of snow at the beginning of the season
- trekking time (particularly when hiking in large groups)
- often no mobile coverage
- lack of drinking water sources along some sections
Emergency telephone number: 112
Tips, hints and links
https://www.capanneti.ch/ (mountain huts)
https://map.geo.admin.ch/ (topographic map)
http://www.robiei.ch/ (cable car Robièi)
Book recommendations for this region:
- good hiking boots
- suitable clothing
- sunglasses and sunscreen
- map with a scale of 1:25,000, altimeter and, if possible, GPS
- travel pharmacy and emergency thermal blanket
- sufficient food and drink
- identity card and cash (francs and euros)