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


The Ticket for the Mountain Trail Monte Tamaro – Monte Lema can only be purchased at the ticket offices of the respective departure stations. This year, snow permitting, it will be open until October 31st, 2022, the last day of operation of the Monte Lema lifts.

Children (6-15)
Adults (16+)
Monte Tamaro and Monte Lema cable cars with bus
CHF 30.00
CHF 55.00
Monte Tamaro and Monte Lema cable cars without bus
CHF 20.00
CHF 40.00

People getting back to Rivera by private shuttle, must take at latest the gondola of 16:45 down from Monte Lema.

Shuttle bus

Every day, snow permitting until the end of October, it is possible to buy the combined Monte Tamaro – Monte Lema ticket with the bus for the return journey from Miglieglia to Rivera (and vice versa). This is an evening journey departing at 17:15 from the departure station of Monte Lema in Miglieglia (last possible ride with cablecar at 4.45pm). The return from Rivera is at 18:00.