Monte Tamaro - Monte Lema Mountain Trail nature and adventure

Monte Tamaro – Monte Lema Mountain Trail

A spectacular hike suspended between civilization and uncivilized valleys
The Monte Tamaro – Monte Lema mountain trail is one of the most beautiful hikes of Switzerland. The spectacular view during the whole hike extends itself over Ticino, Valais and Italy.
Alpe Foppa is the starting point of this trail which sees its first conquest when reaching the summit of Monte Tamaro at 1,962 m a.s.l after about an hour of hiking. It is absolutely worth the effort as you are rewarded with a magnificent view and it is the beginning of a not too demanding up and down hike along the crest of the mountain. The hike passes through peaks, slopes, and alpine pastures to reach Monte Lema, in Malcantone (1,620 m a.s.l). During the entire route, the view widens to the north over Lake Maggiore, Centovalli, Verzasca, Vallemaggia, Locarno and Bellinzona, while you can see Lugano, with its valleys and lake to the south. The most majestic peaks of the Alps, such as Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn, also stand out.
Departing from Alpe Foppa, we recommend you continue until the summit of Monte Tamaro. There is also a path which undergoes the summit and accordingly shortens the route by about half an hour, hereby losing the unique view offered by walking over the summit. It is also possible to avoid the passage to the summit of Monte Gradiccioli, opting for a flat but less scenic variant.

Look for the connection Miglieglia, funivia Monte Lema – RIVERA-BIRONICO that fits you best.

Main stops: Alpe Foppa – Capanna Tamaro – Monte Tamaro – Bassa d’Indemini – Bassa di Montoia – Monte Gradiccioli – Monte Pola – Rifugio Agario – Zottone – Monte Lema

Itinerary details

13.1 km
Total climb / descent:
962 m / 933 m
Time required:
5 h without breaks
Medium - T2


Tickets for the Mountain Trail Monte Tamaro - Monte Lema can only be purchased at the ticket offices of the respective departure stations. These are only sold until 11:30.

Adults (16+)
Children (6-15)
Tamaro - Lema
CHF 42.00
CHF 21.00
Tamaro - Lema with shuttle bus *
CHF 57.00
CHF 31.00

People getting back to Rivera by private shuttle, must take at latest the gondola of 16:45 down from Monte Lema. Please take the ticket for the shuttle bus already before 11:30 in the morning at the departure station in Rivera in order to have guaranteed a seat.

Shuttle bus

A shuttle bus is organised for the return journey from Miglieglia to Rivera (and vice versa). This is an evening run departing at 17:15 from the Miglieglia departure station. To take the bus, it is necessary to get off at Monte Lema at 16:45 at the latest. The return from Rivera is scheduled at 18:00. The bus only circulates if the crossing is passable and the weather permits safe passage of the crossing

until the 15th june
weekends only
from 15th june to 31st august
every day