The Via Alta Vallemaggia runs mainly along mountain paths (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 a.s.l. in places.
The trail includes short sections presenting a danger of falling and sections requiring climbing experience.
Good experience in the alpine environment
Good physical condition
Detailed planning (current conditions, weather forecast etc.)
Surefootedness on uneven ground (scree etc.)
Good hiking boots
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)
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
Get informed about the presence of the guardian and any subsistence
Book in advance (cancel in case of impediments)
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.
A lot can happen during an excursion: a companion may fall and not be able to continue the journey; the group may get lost and end up on the edge of a cliff; you may injure yourself and require urgent medical care. Here are some tips on what to do in an emergency.
Protect injured persons and people in difficulty from further danger, the cold and bad weather
Lend first aid
Call for help and start rescue operations; never leave injured persons alone
Think about your own safety, too
The general emergency number is 112. When you call 112, your call is automatically transferred to the relevant emergency unit (ambulance, police and fire brigade). 112 can be called via the GSM network even if your SIM card or mobile phone are blocked. In virtually all countries, 112 works on a GSM network. Outside Switzerland, it also works without a SIM card.