Monte Tamaro and Monte Gambarogno (Normal route) Monte Tamaro 1961 m
- 2:15 h, 800 m
- 2:15 h, 1350 m
Action and solitude
Until 2002 Monte Tamaro was a destination for skiers. 6 ski-lifts, a chair lift and a gondola were in operation, if there was snow. As most winters lacked snow all too often, the means of transportation were rarely operating. That was not profitable: no revenues, but expenses nevertheless. The lifts needed investment, and obtaining a concession costs a lot of money. Therefore, the Tamaro transportation company said goodbye to the unreliable winter weather and turned to summer activities. A fun park with a high-wire garden, toboggan run, playground with a frog pond, 400 m long flying fox, mountain bike infrastructure, launch pad for paragliders etc. was built. And even those interested in high culture were considered. Egidio Cattaneo, a Ticino entrepreneur who made money in the oil business and the former owner of the Tamaro transportation company, had a chapel built on Monte Tamaro in honour of his late wife. He assigned the project to his friend, the architect Mario Botta. The chapel Santa Maria degli Angeli is very special and deserves a visit. Even if you are not into sacral buildings, the form and location of this chapel will leave a lasting impression on you. Also, the second part of the tour and the endpoint are worthwhile. Monte Gambarogno is a first-class vantage point, and Indemini is one of the best-preserved mountain villages of Sottoceneri.
From Alpe Foppa follow the wide hiking trail until P. 1575 on the ridge. Here a wide, then narrowing trail branches off leading up the increasingly steep ridge to the radio mast at La Manèra. The last stretch is sometimes overgrown with shrubs, but the prominent radio mast can easily be reached on many faint paths. Here you come across the marked trail again, leading past Capanna Tamaro (1867 m) and Ul Mött Tund to the col at 1838 m. Now ascend steeply on the ridge and traverse a few rock slabs to reach the summit cross and bench on Monte Tamaro (1962 m). Down to Alpe di Neggia follow the marked hiking trail which leads past P. 1748 und P. 1692 to Tamaretto and to the col of Alpe di Neggia.
From Alpe di Neggia follow the faint narrow path on the ridge leading directly to the summit station of the ski-lift and to P. 1674. From the summit cross a few metres to the north the view down on Lago Maggiore and the Maggia delta is breathtaking. Now continue on the ridge to the summit of Monte Gambarogno (1734 m) and on to P. 1611via Orgià; occasionally this stretch is pathless, but easily walkable. From here go down the slope interspersed with rocks and follow a very faint path leading to Oratorio di Sant'Anna. Now you are on the old mule-track, which has been used for ages to go from Lago Maggiore to the Oratorio and on to Indemini. Follow this well marked trail south-south-eastward to P. 1219 to reach Indemini in a few switchbacks.
- Departure point
Alpe Foppa (Monte Tamaro) (1532 m)
On Alpe Foppa do not miss to visit the famous church «Santa Maria degli Angeli» built by Mario Botta.
Information about the lifts: www.montetamaro.ch/de/
- End point
Indemini, Paese (980 m)
Alpe Foppa - Monte Tamaro 1 h 30 min.
Monte Tamaro - Alpe di Neggia 45 min.
Alpe di Neggia - Monte Gambarogno 45 min.
Monte Gambarogno - Indemini 1 h 30 min.
- Difficulty / Material
On Monte Tamaro there are no technical difficulties. Shortly before the summit there are a few high steps in the rocks, and on the descent some slippery slabs need attention. On Monte Gambarogno the direct trail on the ridge is often overgrown and not always visible. On the descent from P. 1611 to Oratorio di Sant'Anna it is better to rely on one’s instinct than the faint path.
Alpe di Neggia (1394 m)
Bus stop linking the alp to the railway station Magadiono-Vira or Indemini on a road with 32 hairpin bends
Accommodation on Alpe di Neggia: Ostello Ritrovo di Neggia Tel. 091 795 19 97, www.ticino.ch/de/hotels/details/Ritrovo-di-Neggia-/24433.html