Randinascia: a small idyll; a microcosm of small valleys, peat bogs, alluvial plains, rocks smoothed by the action of the glacier, fascinating vestiges of a centuries-old human presence at the foot of the Basòdino, and home to an extraordinarily rich flora.
The shortest section of the trek is a good excuse to stop and admire the beauty of the landscape, listen to the silence and breathe in the scents: there is no hurry.
The trail then continues towards Bocchetta di Val Maggia and over into the Piedmont region: Welcome to the upper Formazza Valley, the home of the Walser people, who settled there in the early 13th century. The German dialect of the upper Valais was once spoken here, as evidenced by the names of the lakes-Boden Lakes (Bodenseen); Lake Castel (Kastelsee); Toggia Lake (Fischsee).
At Alpe Toggia is the Maria Luisa refuge, where you will be spending the night.
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
Rifugio Maria Luisa
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)