Hiking from Bellinzona to Lugano (Ticino hike)

  • November 24, 2012 · 6:45 AM

Dear All,

Because of possible snowfall, it is a bit tricky to go hiking higher up in the Alps and although ski stations are already open, I do not believe skiing is already that great around at that time of the season, so I thought we could do a great day hike in Ticino.

We will take the 7.01 am train in zurich hb, arrival Bellinzona at 9.21 am.

After a good coffee, the idea is  to hike from Bellinzona (237m)- Giubasco (244m)- Cima di Centro (1000 m)-Isone (739m)- Cola di Lago (975m)- Santa Maria (708m)- Tesserete - Lugano (500m). This hike is among the more popular ones in Ticino.

Total distance is 28 kilometer. Estimated time on paper is about 9 hours, but I would assume that we do it in approx. 7 hours. The hike is easy, technically not difficult but given the distance it can be called sportlich.

We will take the 7.01 am train in zurich hb, arrival Bellinzona at 9.21 am and take a train back around 7pm in Lugano.

 

With regards to group tickets, please find below my bank account details:

account number:[masked]A

BIC: UBSWCHZH80A

IBAN: CH[masked] 8940 A

Beneficiary: Patrick Wellens, 8006 Zurich

Bank: UBS

 

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  • sarah

    Hi Patrick we are in the train to Zurich Maria , Natalia, mathias, seggy and me hope you guys okay thanks for the lovely hike :)

    November 24, 2012

  • Oli

    Hi Patrick , sorry something popped up so couldn't make this one

    November 24, 2012

  • Muhammad Farooq H.

    Hi everyone, I will be coming from Milan and will meet you on the Bellinzona Station. :)

    November 23, 2012

  • Patrick

    Please check on the boards for exact information, but I was given the information that the meetup wagon is reserved in the front of the train platform 2.
    We can meet either under the blue angel around 6.45 am or directly in the front of the train (7.01 am to bellinzona)- on the outside windows of the train there are meetup signs.
    I have bought halbtax for bilge, abishek, suzanne and vashek.

    November 23, 2012

    • Suzanne C

      Hi Guys, Zurich to Bellinzona train at 7:01 am is platform 4. best Suzanne (I just checked again)

      November 23, 2012

  • albert o.

    I believe the meeting point is under the blue angel, close to the ticket office. Let me know if I'm wrong

    November 23, 2012

  • terri

    is there a meeting point in Zurich? At the treffpunkt in Hauptbahnhof?

    November 23, 2012

  • Wolfgang L

    I will try to catch your train at Arth-Goldau, if not ì^ll arrive 9:23 at Bellinzona. Hope to meet you there.

    November 23, 2012

  • Simona

    Dear Patrick,
    I will come from Basel (I have GA)so I will meet you at 9.21 in Bellinzona! See you all on Saturday, ciao

    November 22, 2012

  • Patrick

    I will buy group ticket and pick them up friday late afternoon. Can I ask that those who want a group ticket, transfer money to my bank account, i.e. 23 francs for halbtax or 46 francs without halbtax.

    November 20, 2012

    • Vashek

      payment transferred, Halbtax.

      November 21, 2012

  • Patrick

    Dear All,

    I think I have already 7 GA and 1 halbtax (Abishek). Please note that I will be on a course next week wed/thu/fri so need to buy tickets at latest on tuesday evening.

    For those interested, please send money to my bank account before then.

    November 15, 2012

  • Lav O.

    Hi Patrik, I am still not sure. Hope I will be able to decide before all the tickets are gone. Thanks for organizing. Best, Lav

    November 15, 2012

  • Henriette

    Hi Patrik, unfortunately I won't be able to make it. Too bad. :) I also had no ticket reserved. Have fun and see you next time. Henriette

    November 15, 2012

  • Ashley

    I would have loved to join you on this day, will be in Paris.
    Have a great day,
    Ashley

    November 15, 2012

  • Patrick

    Dear All,

    I am excited that so many people signed up for the hike. That is great and allows a lot of social interaction while seeing switzerland and doing sport. A disadvantage of larger groups is that all things get a bit less personal, it becomes more difficult to keep the group together (different people want to hike at different speeds) and possibly some people sign up who are not that fit to complete the hike in the allotted time. Whereas in smaller groups it is easier to ensure the safety of everyone and stay all together, in larger groups this is more challenging.
    Personally I do not want to set a limit to the number of people who can come to the hike, but it is everyone responsibility to read the suggested hike, length, duration and difficulty level and to assess whether or not they can do it.

    Please also try to avoid last minute cancellations, but change status as soon as you know. This allows correct reservation of bus/train spots.

    Thanks

    October 24, 2012

    • Biff

      Hi Patrick, In any other country I have hiked in, I have hiked at a faster rate than is stated on any local sign post., BUt in Switzerland on average, I find that I take the time as per the sign. You walk much faster than that :-) I think, for the sake of people who are new to the group, that it is worth pointing out that by doing a 9 hour walk in 7 hours, one needs to not be a newbie to trekking. New people will invariably take the signposted tie, plus more in many cases. THanks, BIff

      October 31, 2012

    • Patrick

      @Biff, your comments are spot on. I do not know if we will, but the plan is certainly to go faster than usual times on swiss signposts to do the distance in a shorter time. Hence indeed you need to bring a certain level of physical fitness and be able to walk swiftly for a certain duration. If you have never hiked, if you know that you are an extremely slow hiker, that you typically need multiples stops etc. , you are quickly exhausted, you have no condition/endurance then this hike might not be for you.

      November 5, 2012

  • Wolfgang L

    no ticket needed, thank you

    October 31, 2012

  • Bilge S.

    I have a GA, too

    October 24, 2012

  • ANNE

    no ticket for me but thanks

    October 24, 2012

  • Ivo

    No Ticket for me. But thanks for the offer.!

    October 23, 2012

  • Sandra

    Hi Patrick
    I have a GA too, so I don't need a Ticket :) Thank youuuu

    October 23, 2012

  • Naofa

    Hi Patrick, I have GA also, so no ticket for me. Thank you

    October 23, 2012

  • Claudia

    Hello P, I have GA, no ticket for me, thanks, C

    October 23, 2012

  • Patrick

    Dear All,

    Assuming that 10 or more people will come, it make sense to buy group tickets. Persons with a GA count for one and as soon as there are 10 persons, group discounts apply.
    Because we do not know what time exactly we will come back, I will buy the group tickets 1 way only.
    Prices are:
    * individual ticket cost normally 54 francs (group ticket 46 francs)
    * individual ticket with halbtax normally cost 27 francs (with group ticket 23 francs)

    Given that I have a GA and hence benefits do not apply to me, I am nevertheless offering to organize group tickets and discounts for those interested, but then the above amounts 23 francs or 46 francs would need to be in my bank account by november 15 at the latest. No registration after that date.

    October 23, 2012

    • Conny

      no ticket

      October 23, 2012

  • Evelyne

    No group ticket for me, thank you.

    October 23, 2012

  • aleks

    No ticket for me, coming by car.

    October 23, 2012

  • Uli

    Looking forward hiking with you again soon :), latest by 2013:)

    October 22, 2012

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