The views here are unrivalled: This ridge walk from Monte Lema to Monte Tamaro is a classic amongst the Swiss high-altitude hikes. The panoramic views are unbeatable, extending from the Leventina region over the surrounding valleys and up into the Valais Alps to the west and the Graubünden Alps to the east.


This high-altitude hike runs almost exclusively along the ridge close to the Swiss-Italian border. The view from the summit of Monte Lema at the start of the hike is truly unforgettable. Lake Lugano sparkles far below on one side and Lake Maggiore on the other, both picturesquely nestled in the mountains of southern Ticino.

These picture-postcard views continue throughout this mountain hike, which includes only two major climbs: one up Monte Gradiccioli and the other up Monte Tamaro towards the end of the trail. For those who would rather avoid climbing these peaks, there are easy alternatives for bypassing both.

The Capanna Tamaro beneath the summit is a must, however. This hut is nestled close to the mountainside and offers up homemade specialities in addition to the views from the sunny terrace. From here it is only a stone’s throw down to Alpe Foppa, a delight for culture aficionados with its Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli, a church designed by Mario Botta.


The hike can be completed in either direction. In summer, there is a shuttle bus to take you back to the starting point. The combination ticket can be purchased at participating stations up to 11:30 a.m.


An enjoyable tour includes the careful planning of the same. Please inform yourself in advance at the local information center about the route and weather conditions. Depending on the season and weather conditions, this route may be blocked or interrupted

Technical information

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One way
873 m
888 m
13 km
4 h 40 min
Technical requirements
Physical requirements
May - October
With panoramic view, To a mountain peak
Active, Adventure, Nature


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Getting there

Cable car to Monte Lema


Ente Turistico del Luganese
Piazza della Riforma
Palazzo Civico
6901  Lugano

Phone  +41 (0)58 220 65 00

Quick Facts

Route number


13 km


4 h 40 min


873 m

Travel information: Tamaro - Lema

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