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Trails with friends – komoot hiking relay through Ticino in Switzerland

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Trails with friends – komoot hiking relay through Ticino in Switzerland

Hiking Collection by Ticino Turismo

5-10

days

3-6 h

/ day

59.6 mi

10,950 ft

15,475 ft

Do you like to share your hiking adventures with like-minded people? Do you climb peaks arm-in-arm with your hiking friends? Do you revel in the stories of years gone by whilst sitting on a bench in front of a mountain inn? Do you accept the sound of snoring when you’re camped out? In that case, corona probably meant 2020 was not your year. It was a time when you had to hike alone and when the huts were mostly empty. You couldn’t share your adventures.

But wait, together with komoot, we came up with a plan to change this. Although we couldn’t go on a Tour together in Ticino in Switzerland, we could join each other virtually. So that more people could take part in the adventure, we set up a six-stage relay and set a different komoot user on each stage over the course of several weeks.

The campaign was a big success and far more outdoor enthusiasts wanted to take part than we could assign daily stages. You can check out what went down in our Collection here: komoot.de/collection/1039762/ticino-mtb-staffelfahrt-2020-powered-by-komoot. Initiated by komoot pioneer Beat (komoot.de/user/193412189424), a total of six users grabbed their mountain bikes and went on Tour, one after the other. Where one rider finished, the next began. From Lugano to Locarno, they explored the best single trails, the coziest huts and the most magnificent views - and the result was an adventure that the six will still be able to tell stories about years from now.

We'd like to build on last year's success so this year we're inviting hikers as well as mountain bikers to an outdoor relay in Ticino. We’ve mapped out seven hiking stages that take you from Airolo, a municipality on the border with Valais to Mendrisio in the far south. Across almost 100 kilometres (62 mi), participants experience the diversity of Ticino – from alpine flair in the border region to the Valais to sunlit villages in the Ticino valley and the Mediterranean charm of the great Italian lakes.

Are you itching to get hiking? Scroll to the bottom of this page and apply in the Collection comments for your preferred leg. You can enter your preferred date (from June 26th of July). By the way, you don’t have to go alone – one hiking companion can accompany you. All stages are designed as a long-distance hike and you can easily arrive by public transport.

As a little treat, Ticino Tourism covers all costs for bus and train in Switzerland. If you come from Switzerland, you travel completely free of charge – if you come from neighbouring countries, you pay for your journey to the national border yourself.

Take a look at the stages now and choose your favorite route. We know from last year, it pays to be quick, the stages are quickly taken.

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    Hike Etappe 1: Airolo - Osco

    Difficult
    05:49
    11.3 mi
    1.9 mph
    2,175 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage goes up and down through the wonderful mountain landscape: You leave Airolo and hike along the wooded slopes below the mighty Lago Ritom reservoir. On the way there are picturesque places like Altanca or Lurengo, which nestle against the slope with their stone churches. If you get hungry

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  • Difficult
    05:14
    9.20 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,525 ft
    2,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the panoramic mountain road you hike through quiet forests and over gently rolling alpine meadows. For the most part, the trail runs on soft natural ground and lets you immerse yourself deeply in the Swiss mountains. You will be accompanied by the peaks of the Leventina.

    

    Quaint villages with mountain

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  • Difficult
    05:17
    10.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    950 ft
    3,325 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    From Anzonico, it first passes impressive rocky beeches without any major differences in altitude. The Trans Swiss Trail leads through wide chestnut forests and you can take a well-deserved break in one of the rustic villages. Fresh mountain air and a lot of nature surrounds you and far below you is

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  • Intermediate
    02:18
    4.76 mi
    2.1 mph
    300 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Hikers, pilgrims, bandits and ancient knowledge.

    The Via del Ceneri is an educational and cultural route. This section of the historic Via Gottardo crosses the Terre del Ceneri, welcomes visitors and guides them through the rediscovery of a landscape that can highlight the new central role of Ticino.

    

    The

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  • Difficult
    03:03
    6.34 mi
    2.1 mph
    700 ft
    1,475 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The start of this hike with great views is in Tesserete, from where you first walk along the wooded mountain flank of the Sasso Scuro. You will pass a clearing and the Torre di Redde, a nice place for a short break.

    

    We continue with a short ascent to the San Bernardo, where there is a magnificent 360

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  • Difficult
    05:22
    8.76 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,600 ft
    2,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This stage of our relay hike starts on the shores of Lake Lugano. From there you hike to the popular Monte San Salvatore. You will be rewarded with changing views of the deep blue lake and the city. Alternatively, you can bridge the sometimes challenging incline with the funicular.

    

    We continue through

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  • Difficult
    05:22
    8.33 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,475 ft
    Ferry
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The Tour includes a crossing by ferry.

    The day starts relaxed with a ferry crossing from Morcote to Brusino. Then you tackle the crisp ascent to Monte Giorgio, which you can shorten with the cable car if necessary. The mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site because of the fossils found here.

    

    From the 1,097 meter high summit you hike through

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    59.6 mi
  • Duration
    32:25 h
  • Elevation
    10,950 ft15,475 ft

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