Veglia Formazza trek


Four-day-trekking in paradise, hut to hut!

  • Price €: € 750,00

The Veglia Devero Natural Park is one of the most beautiful natural area in Piedmont. It is the hikers paradise: few ski lifts, many shelters, wonderful views, 3000 m high mountains around and the vision of the Swiss and Italian 4000 m peaks. 


  • TREK AREA: Piedmont, North Piedmont
  • SEASON: Summer
  • ACCOMODATION: Hotel, Mountain Hut
  • DURATION (days): 4
  • HIKING DIFFICULTY: T2 - Mountain hike
  • MAX ALTITUDE (meters): : 2600
  • ELEVATION GAIN (meters): : 800
  • PEOPLE MIN.: 2
  • PEOPLE MAX:: 8

This park runs along the Swiss border and is twinned with the Landschaftpark binntal natural area in the Swiss Valais.
This wonderful trek will cross the entire protected natural area, discovering the most beautiful alpine Ossolan pastures, stunning alpine lakes, wide alpine meadows reaching, in four days, the beautiful and welcoming Val Formazza. We will admire peaks like: Monte Leone, Monte Cervandone, Punta della Rossa and Punta d’Arbola (Ofenhorn in swiss german). We will discover the Walser culture, a people of German origin that since 1200 d.c. has been stable in these valleys making pastoralism and cultivation “heroic”, we will meet endemic plants and flowers, and there will be the chance to see wild animals.
This trek has a duration of 4 walking days and 2 airport transfer days, but it is possible to shorten the days (always consider 2 days only for transfers to / from the airport). The accommodations, during the summer, are in cozy alpine hut, where in the evenings you can find a good and typical hot meal, showers and the possibility to have a packet lunch available.
It is possible to trek in the autumn months, but the shelters are closed and there are available only the winter bivouac where it will be necessary to bring food, pots and dishes. This option involve a bigger and heavier backpack and greater physical capacity.


Alpe VegliaMonte Leone in Alpe Veglia
StalaregnoStalaregno pastures in Alpe Veglia
deveroDevero lake
FormazzaEntering in Formazza Valley


Indicative schedule


  • Day 1: Arrival in Milan Malpensa airports, transfer by private transport (taxi or minibuis) to San Domenico di Varzo (VB). Accomodation and briefing, welcome drink and typical dinner.
    Accomodation: Hotel, Half board
  • Day 2: From San Domenico to Alpe Veglia: From San Domenico village, we will climb up to the dramatic “Sentiero Balcone” a panoramic path where the view will be immediately taken by the elegant silhouette of Monte Leone, the highest mountain in the lepontine Alps. We will follow a wonderful and panoramic path that overlooks the impressive “orrido” as is defined in Italian, a deep rocky gorge dug by the ancient stream. We will pass by beautiful alpine pastures and with a small descent we will reach the Alpe Veglia and our nice refuge. Here we will visit a little pasture where we will have the chance to discover the cheese production.
    Accomodation: Mountain hut with common room and bathroom. Half board
    Distance: 8 Km - Difficulty: medium – Altitude gain/loss: 750 m up 350 m down – walking hours: 3
  • Day 3: From Alpe Veglia to Alpe devero: This path represents the link between these two ancient and wide pastures where cattle and goats have grazed for centuries. We will walk through beautiful alpine meadows, along lively streams enjoying the superb view of Veglia-Devero mountains like: Cervandone, Helsenhorn, Punta della Rossa and Punta d’Arbola.
    Accomodation: Mountain hut with common room and bathroom. Half board
    Distance: 14 Km - Difficulty: Medium - Altitude gain/loss: 780 m up + 900 m down – walking hours: 5
  • Day 4: From Alpe devero to Vannino valley: Superb route between alpine pastures, alpine lakes, prairies and incredible views. From the beautiful and peaceful plain of the devero we will go up to Crampiolo, a small village, we will visit the small settlement of shepherds' houses, and we will go up to the great Lake of Devero also called “Small Canada”, because it recalls the scenery of the Canadian Banff natural area. We will climb to see other beautiful alpine lakes with their curious vegetation, passing through a mountain pasture where you can see the production of the famous Bettelmatt cheese. We will reach the highest point of the day passing through a mountain pass with a wonderful panorama towards the nearby Switzerland. The descent will be just as wonderful among other lakes and prairies down to our refuge.
    Accomodation: Mountain hut with common room and bathroom. Half board
    Distance: 14 Km - Difficulty: medium – Total Altitude gain/loss: 900 m up + 600 m down – Walking hours: 6
  • Day 5: From Vannino valley to Riale: As the trek is very short we will climb first to the Arbola Glacier called Ghiacciaio dei Sabbioni (optional). Back to the refuge we will go up to the Pass dominated by the Horns of Ban and with the splendid vision of the small glaciers of these particular peaks. We will descend towards the pastures from which we will begin to have the view of the Morasco Lake with the history of the submerged village. We will go down to the foot of the lake and reach the small village of Riale with its pretty church.
    Accomodation: Hotel, Half board
    Distance: 9 Km - Difficulty: Medium - Altitude gain/loss: 500 m up + 900 m down – Walking hours: 4
  • Day 6: Transfer from Formazza to airport by private transport: tranfer to Malpensa airport (2 h)