Begin and end of tour: Airolo train station
Technical requirements: challenging
Physical fitness: medium difficulty
Distance: 31.5 km
Total altitude meters: 960 m
Biking time: 02:30 - 03:30 (hours, minutes)
Elevation start and end of tour: 1141 m
Season: June - October
Panorama: Magnificent views of the Val Bedretto
Gastronomy: Airolo, in the villages in the Bedrett valley
Access starting point: By train to Airolo
Access point of arrival: Airolo train station
The river Ticino first flows through the Val Bedretto, before it passes through Leventina and finally merges into Lago Maggiore. The name Val Bedretto is derived from the word "bedra", which means birch-tree. You will see birch-trees from time to time during this tour. Pine and larch are also part and parcel of the valley. The views of the Gotthard massif, the Piz Rotondo and the Chüebodenhorn, as seen from the summer pastures, are particularly beautiful. And the trails? Let's just say they're simply sensational. The highest points of the route have become a byword for biking fun and skill.
Airolo - Villa - Bedretto - Ronco - Alpe di Folcra - Alpe di Cristallina - Alpe di Pesciüm - Nante - Airolo
From Airolo, bike through the charming Val Bedretto, up to the old mountain villages of Villa, Bedretto and Ronco. Here leave the asphalt road and continue upwards to Alp di Folcra, the beginning of the Strada degli Alpi. After the Alpe di Pesciüm you will be biking down the Alpine path at top speed to Nante, and the mountain road finally leads you back to your starting point.
The careful planning of a tour will ensure that you also derive the maximum pleasure and enjoyment from it. Please take the time to contact the local information centre and enquire about route and weather conditions before setting off. Your intended trail may be fully or partially closed, depending on the time of year and weather conditions.