Category: Switzerland

Winter hiking to Capanna Leit and Pizzo delle Löite, Lepontine Alps, Switzerland


Trip Summary
Duration: 2 days (11-12 October 2017)
Route: Dalpe – Passo Venett – Capanna Leit – Pizzo delle Löite – Capanna Leit – Passo Venett – Dalpe
Distance: 22.1 km
Ascent: 1380 m / Descent: 1380 m
Total number of hikers met along the way: 0

Pizzo Campolungo is a mountain of the Lepontine Alps, overlooking Prato and Dalpe in the Leventina valley of the canton of Ticino. It lies just south of the Campolungo Pass.
The plan for the weekend was a 2 days circular hike around Pizzo Campo Lungo starting in Dalpe, with an overnight at Capanna Campo Tencia. We have chosen this route through Passo Venett with Capanna Leit on the way in case the conditions/time would not allow us to reach Capanna Campo Tencia. It was November and there was already snow in the mountains but we didn’t know exactly how much snow is over there…

DAY 1
Duration: 7h 10min
8:10 Dalpe parking 1192m
8:55 Boscobello 1345m
10:00 Scontra 1670m
10:20 Alpe Cadonighino 1750m
11:00 Stüéi
12:20 Passo Venett 2138m
15:20 Capanna Leit 2257m

We started our hike in Dalpe at 8:10 AM from small parking located in front of a small supermarket (Address: Botea da Dalp, Nucleo Dalpe 17, 6774 Dalpe) and headed toward Boscobello. It was a beautuful, sunny, autumn day. The sky was blue and views over Dalpe and rourrounding mountains were magical. The snow started already in Scontra at an altitude ca 1600m. This is where we met 2 hunters looking for prey which turned out to be the last human beings we have encountered before coming back to Dalpe the next day.


The 1000m ascent to Passo Venett was quite challenging but the trail was visible and straightforward without any major obstacles. It was just hard work. We reached the highest point of Passo Venett after 4 hours. Only 35 min behind the time indicated on a signpost in Dalpe. So far, so good but from this point the hike got tough. There is a straight route to Capanna Leit from here, running south-west along the mountainside and the signpost indicated only 25min to the hut. The snow cover was arround 50 cm and we could not identify this route when we looked at the mountain in front of us. Even if the trail was somwhere there, it seemed quite dangerous to climb that route in these conditions. We decided to make a detour and take the route down to Alpe Campolunge. It took us 3 long hours before we finally saw the roof of Capanna Leit. The time was 15:20, much too late to continue towards Capanna Campo Tencia so we set up fire in the oven, put some bacon on frying pan, poured some strong beverages in our cups and relaxed after 7 hours climb in deep snow. It was one of these nights you never forget. No electricity, no network coverage, 1 hour light only from solar batteries, no water (snow can be easily converted to water), quietness and beutiful snowy landscape outside.






DAY 2
Duration: 9h 15min
8:45 Capanna Leit 2257m
9:15 – 11:35 Passo Leit / Bocchette Passo Leìt
11:35 Pizzo delle Löite ca. 2420m
12:35 Capanna Leit 2257m
14:45 Alpe Campolungo
15:05 Passo Venett 2138m
16:00 Alpe Cadonighino 1750m
16:30 Scontra 1670m
18:00 Dalpe 1192m

The next day we tried to continue towards Campo Tencia. After passing an easy, flat section running along Laghetto Campolungo, there was a tricky climb through Passo Leit which led to the highest point along the route at an altitude ca. 2420 m called Bocchette Passo Leìt, lying at the foot of Pizzo delle Löite mountain. Getting here took us 3 hours. It was a long, difficult and quite dangerous route. Taking into consideration the time required to cross this short part of the route and the fact that the next section of the trail doesn’t seem to be easy at all, we decided to come back to Dalpe the same way as we got up.
First we descended back to Capanna Leit where we cooked quick dinner and then continued towards Passo Venett. We followed our trail from the previous day which saved us lots of time and energy. We reached Dalpe at 6pm crossing last section of the trail in darkness with headlamps on.










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HIKING TO CAPANNA LEIT – PHOTO GALLERY

LINKS
www.map.geo.admin.ch – Topographic map of Switzerland
www.capanna-leit.ch – The Leìt Hut (Capanna Leit)
www.campotencia.ch – Capanna Campo Tencia
http://www.schweizmobil.ch – Traversata Leit-Tencia
www.wetterspiegel.de – Weather forcast for Capanna Leit
www.fat-ti.ch – Federazione Alpinistica Ticinese

Mountain Biking Trail No.4 ‘Um den Homberg’, Baselland, Switzerland

Mountain Biking Trail No.4 ‘Um den Homberg’
Starting point: Grellingen Railway Station
Distance: 22.70 km
Elevation gain: 497 m
Highest point: 759 m
Time required: ca. 3h
End point: Grellingen Railway Station

Map of trail No.4 ‘Um den Homberg’ (Hallwag Mountain Bike Map)

This circular tour starts and ends at the Grellingen train station and leads first along the Birs to Chessiloch, a historical site from the 1st World War – now a popular picnic area (Feuerstelle). During the first World War troops were stationed at Chessiloch. Since the Jura railway line was one of the important connections to the border troops, this railway line, as well as the Chessiloch bridge, was strictly guarded. Members of the various units have left coats of arms and symbolic figures on the rock walls.
The ascent through the Chaltbrunnen valley is not very steep an follows a designated hiking trail so (mind the walkers and hikers at this part of the trail!). After Chessiloch the trail turns left into beautiful Chaltbrunnen Valley (Chaltbrunnental) with towns Meltigen, Zullwil, Nunningen, Bretzwil and Seewen. Here the trail enters so-called ‘Schwarzbubenland’. After rounding the Homberg, the trail returns to the starting point Grellingen, crossing the main road Seewen – Grellingen and continuing downhill on the flank of the Eichenberg. READ MORE !!!

Ski Holiday Hasliberg, Reka Holiday Village, Switzerland

Ski Resort Meiringen-Hasliberg is one of the best and most family friendly ski resorts in the Bernese Oberland. It is located 50km from Luzern and 80km from the capital Bern. With 60km ski slopes, 13 lifts, 2 toboggan runs, 15km classic cross-country ski-runs, 25km winter hiking trails and several child lift it is a great winter destination for everyone. Detailed info about the Meiringen-Hasliberg ski resort can be found HERE

hasliberg

WHERE WE STAYED ?
We stayed 7 days at Hasliberg Reka Holiday Village (Reka-Feriendorf Hasliberg). It is situated at about 1100m in Wasserwendi – one of the 4 villages of the Hasliberg municipality on a south-west facing terrace above the valley of the river Aare. Hasliberg can be reached by car or PostBus from Brünig pass or by train from Brünig-Hasliberg station.
Hasliberg Reka Holiday Village is a great destination for families with small kids. Rooms are spacious and equipped with things like additional table for kids, cot (toddler bed), set of board games, books etc. There was also fully equipped kitchen which can significantly reduce the overall travel expenses. The Grocery store (Dorfladen Wasserwendi) with many delicious local products is located only 200m from holiday houses. One thing you have to try are local yogurt and ice creams !

hasliberg

hasliberg

There was heavy snowfall during the second night and we woke up in Winter-Wonderland. Everything was covered with the white powder and the views from our terrace were spectacular. It continued to snow during the day and by the time we came back from skiing there was enough material to build an igloo. We used a plastic shopping basket for that purpose which we found in our room. It is a perfect tool for producing snow blocks which we than placed in a circular rings creating walls of the igloo. The next day our igloo became a highlight and a small tourist attraction. People were taking photos, kids were having lots of fun, even the management of the Hasliberg Village were impressed and placed some photos on their Facebook Page.

hasliberg

hasliberg

There were several activities/events organized by Reka Holiday Village. These were mainly for kids but for adults as well. One not to be missed was the Apéro followed by the Thai Evening. First delicious mulled wine (Glühwein) was served outside at the fireplace and then we took part in the Thai Evening where the guest could choose from variety of Thai dishes prepared on the spot by a Thai cook. Separate kids menus were also available since not all kids would enjoy the spicy Thai kitchen… There was an extra charge for the Thai Evening but it was really worth taking part in this event.

hasliberg

hasliberg

WHICH SKI RESORT ?
The nearest ski resort is the Ski Resort Meiringen-Hasliberg. During the winter season there are small buses/vans called Häsli-Taxi which stops directly in front of Reka Holiday Village and go to Bidmi. Our car stayed the whole week in the underground car park. We just put our skiing shoes on , took our gear and drove with Häsli-Taxi to Bidmi where we had our “base camp”. Bidmi is the place where all skiing courses start and all the main facilities are located. Another option to get to the slopes would be to walk/drive down to Twing and get the cable car to Käserstatt.
There are about 60km slopes within this ski resort. The highest points are Glogghüs 2433m and Alpen Tower 2250m. When I visited Alpentower/Planplatten in 2016 there was an unforgettable sea of clouds around the Panorama Restaurant Alpen Tower.

hasliberg

hasliberg

ANY WINTER HIKING TRAILS ?
There are 25km winter hiking trails within this ski resort. They are marked with pink signposts and post along the route. One of the trails starts in Hasliberg Wasserwendi just beside the Holiday Village. Our preferred trail is the circular trail starting and ending at Bidmi.

Following marked winter hiking trails are available:

Circular Trail: Bidmi-Mägisalp-Käserstatt-Balisalp-Bidmi Duration: ca.5h Starting point: Bidmi
Panorama Hiking Trail: Brünig-Hohfluh-Wasserwendi-Reuti Duration: ca.3h Starting point: Brünig
Käserstatt-Mägisalp (Murmeliweg) Duration: ca.1h Starting point: top station of Twing – Käserstatt lift
Käserstatt-Balisalp-Lischen Duration: ca.1h Starting point: Käserstatt mountain restaurant
Lischen-Wasserwendi Duration: ca.45min Starting point: Lischen mid-station
Lischen-Bidmi Duration: ca.45min Starting point: Lischen mid-station
Bidmi-Mägisalp Duration: ca.1h 20min Starting point: Bidmi
Bidmi-Reuti Duration: ca.1h 40min Starting point: Bidmi
Bidmi-Twing Duration: ca.45min Starting point: Bidmi

All trail can be done the other way around or combined but the duration should be adjusted accordingly.
Interactive map: Interactive Map Hasliberg-Meiringen
More information: Winter Hiking Hasliberg

hasliberg

hasliberg

hasliberg

LINKS
www.reka.ch – Hasliberg Reka Holiday Village
www.myswitzerland.com – Hasliberg Reka Holiday Village
www.meiringen-hasliberg.ch – Ski Resort official website
www.bergfex.com – Ski Information Meiringen – Hasliberg
www.snow-online.com – Ski Information Meiringen – Hasliberg
www.meiringen-hasliberg.ch – Brochure Winter Hiking Hasliberg
www.haslital.ch – Information about the Haslital region
www.haesli-taxi.ch – Transport from Hasliberg to Bidmi
www.myswitzerland.com – Information about Alpen Tower Planplatten

Solo hike in the Lepontine Alps, Ticino/Piedmont, Switzerland/Italy

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Late autumn is the perfect time for hikers who wants to get some “Into the Wild” feeling. The snow has already covered the higher parts of Alps, most of the mountain huts are closed, days are short and temperatures during the night are around zero or less. Only very little hikers decide to go into the higher parts of the Alps which makes it almost a wilderness area. The landscape during the spring is fairy-tale-like and colours almost unreal. With a great weather forecast for the next few days, it was a perfect time for a nature-lover adventure. I packed my backpack with everything I need for 4 days and went to swiss canton of Ticino in the Lepontine Alps region. READ MORE !

Ski Holiday Meiringen-Hasliberg, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Meiringen-Hasliberg 001
This winter we have visited the Meiringen-Haslital ski resort again and booked accommodation in Brienz as last year. On the first day we took the cable car from Mägisalp to Alpentower where we could observe the uncommon phenomena called “sea of clouds” formed by the uniform layer of clouds below. It is often compared to an open sea with the mountain peaks rising above the clouds looking like small island on the horizon. Standing there, looking at the clouds below and the surrounding mountains, it was really hard to believe that it is only about 2245m above the sea level and there are mountains on our planet which are almost 4 times higher than this one… READ MORE !

Climbing Barrhorn (3610m) in 1 day, Switzerland

Barrhorn 001Highest Mountain Hike in Europe or Highest “snow-free” Mountain in Europe.
This is how the Barrhorn summit is often described. What does it really mean ?
Barrhorn summit claims to be the highest mountain in Europe which is “snow-free” during summer and can be ascended via the normal route by an experienced hiker without any climbing gear. I have came across this mountain while searching the web for a summit over 3000 which can be ascended in 1 day without previous mountaineering experience and without crossing any ice/glacier. READ MORE !

Lago Ritom, Ticino, Switzerland

MTB Lago Ritom 001The natural lake Lago Ritom, located in Piora valley, Ticino, Switzerland is used as a reservoir to generate hydro-electric power for the Gotthard line. Our plan was to cycle up to Lago Ritom and cycle some of the trails around the lake. Unfortunately all trails were covered by snow and we only got to the lake after breaking through some small snowdrifts and a road blocked by an avalanche… There was no chance to get further.
I am posting some pictured from our short ride. I am hoping to come back to this place in Summer and explore the area on a bike … READ MORE

Ski Holiday Brienz & Haslital, Bernese Oberland, Switzerland

Haslital 001The winter holiday were approaching and we still didn’t have anything booked… This year instead of going to Klewenalp-Stockhütte we decided to try something new … The prices during winter holiday for accommodations located close to ski slopes are pretty high so we decided to stay in a much cheaper place located not far from a good ski resort. Our choice was Brienz which is located only 14km from Meiringen-Hasliberg resort and ca. 17km from Axalp ski resort. READ MORE !

Carnival of Basel / Basler Fasnacht 2014

Basler Fasnacht 001
“Die drey scheenschte Dääg” (“the three most beautiful days”)
This is how the locals call the Carnival of Basel. The name is very appropriate because it is the most important event in Basel which transforms the city into a huge spectacle and brings the whole region into the streets. The Basler Fasnacht is a very old tradition with roots in the 14th century. The oldest existing document concerning the event dates from 1376 and refers to the “evil Fasnacht” but the form in which Fasnacht is celebrated today is just over 100 years old and is carefully guarded by the Basler Fasnachts Comité ( http://www.fasnachts-comite.ch ) READ MORE !

Ski Weekend Klewenalp-Stockhütte, Switzerland 2014

klewenalp 001

It was already the end of January and the winter was still nowhere to see … No signs of the white powder … And the kids were asking the same question everyday: When is the snow coming ??
It was the time for a short ski break. If snow is not coming to us, then we are coming to the snow ! … READ MORE !!!

Family trip to Naturfreundehaus in Emmental, Switzerland 2013

Emmental 001
Have you ever wondered why Swiss cows wear bells?
To keeps the cows contented ? So you can hear them from the distance on the foggy day ? or just to remind you that you haven`t got a glass of milk yet?
Whichever reason is behind those cowbells – there is nothing more amazing then waking up with this lovely tunes:) and then falling asleep with this sweet lullaby… READ MORE !!!

River Rafting Lutschine, Switzerland 2011

Rafting Lutschine 001
The river Lütschine offers some of the best whitewater rafting in the Swiss Alps.
It starts below the Eiger North Face, continuous down the mountains and comes out into the Interlaken valley and the Lake of Brienz.
Some photographs and a movie from rafting adventure on the Lütschine river. READ MORE !!!