The Alpe Parpinasca Refuge
The Parpinasca Refuge is located in Val d’Ossola, in the Municipality of Trontano, in the pre-park belt of the Val Grande National Park, on the pleasant pastures of the homonymous Alps, at an altitude of 1200 mt. It is a beautiful structure immersed in the green of the pastures surrounded by extensive beech woods and with Pizzo Tignolino, dominating the wide valley of Rio Graglia. The refuge is in an excellent position for excursions of one or more days to/from the Val Grande, one of the most important wilderness areas in Europe. It offers restaurants and accommodation for hikers, tourists, groups, schools, etc. It is easily reachable in just over an hour and a half from Trontano by the Park Nature Trail or by a service road to the Faievo and Parpinasca pastures. This also becomes an excellent route for mountain bike lovers!>>>
- 22 beds with toilet, shower and hot water
- Rooms available as winter shelters
How to get
Trontano (518 mt. a.s.l) can be reached by car from Domodossola (6 km) or from the Masera/Valle Vigezzo exit of the Val d’Ossola highway. It could also be reached by the evocative train of the Vigezzina Railway, linking Domodossola to Locarno (Ticino-CH) through the Vigezzo Valley.
By car from Trontano: follow the signs for Alpe Parpinasca and arrive at Alpe Faievo with a partially unpaved road in about 30 minutes. From here the path winds through enchanting beech forests and it is immersed in a welcoming and harmonious nature. The structure is surrounded by green pastures and you will arrive at the refuge in about 40 minutes.
On foot from Trontano: from Trontano Railway, exiting to the right, take via Tignolino. At the chapel at the intersection with via Martinella turn left from a brief stretch, then go along the mule track on the right, in the middle of the houses, until you reach the Trontano-Faievo Nature Trail of the Val Grande National Park (white and red trail signs and bulletin boards) that could be covered up to Alpe Faievo (about 1 hour). Continue on the path until you cross the unpaved road, then take an easy path to the left that leads to the first huts of Parpinasca and to the Refuge (40 minutes). The route is not too difficult and it is therefore suitable for everyone. The difference in height is about 660 mt.
Excursions from the Refuge
MONTE TOGANO 2301mt.
Difference in height: 1100mt. - Difficulty: EE – Duration: 3/4 hours uphill
PIZZO TIGNOLINO 2246mt.
Difference in height: 1050mt. - Difficulty: EE – Duration: 3/4 hours uphill
COLMA DI BASAGRANA 2070mt.
Difference in height: 870mt. - Difficulty: E – Duration: 2/3 hours uphill
TESTA DI MENTA 2204mt.
Difference in height: 1000mt. - Difficulty: EE – Duration: 4.30 hours uphill
PUNTA DI POZZOLO 2081mt.
Difference in height: 880mt. - Difficulty: EE – Duration: 4.30 hours uphill
Bivouac Alpe Rina 1720mt.
Difference in height: 520mt. - Difficulty: E – Duration: 1.30 hour uphill
PANORAMIC RING ROUTE ALPE PARPINASCA – ALPE DRISIONI
Difference in height: 270mt. - Difficulty: E – Duration: 1.30/2 hours in total
EASY EXCURSIONS to the pastures of PIESO, CAMPO, NOCCOLA, NAVA
CROSSING THE VAL GRANDE through PORTA di RAGOZZALE or COLMA di BASAGRANA
TRONTANO-BEURA CARDEZZA CROSSING
Opening times for 2019: weekends and days before a holiday from April 20th to May 26th; every day from June 1st to September 30th; every weekend in October; November, 1st, 2nd and 3rd. From 26th to 31st December