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Hike to Corte Buè from Ompio alp

Ruspesso - Fantoli lodge - Basseno alp

Parco Nazionale Val Grande - Val D'Ossola

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length icon Length:
11 Km
time icon Our time:
4h00' walking
climb icon Total climb:
550 mt
height icon Min and max height:
710 mt - 1120 mt
track ring icon Type of track:
ring track
surface icon Surface:
panorama icon Panorama:
woods - mountains - ancient villages
coverage icon Cell network coverage:
very poor
winter icon Traced in winter:
bike icon Traced by bike:

The trail winds along the chestnut woods of Val Grande, among places full of history. Along the path halfway up from Ompio to Corte Buè, to be precise at Belmec Frec, there is a signpost that tells about the tragedy of 13th of August 1935, when a military plane crashed during a recon mission because of the bad weather. The blades of the plane’s engine, flown by Sergeant Major Aristide Marchi and Lieutenant Raffaele Antonelli, where given to their families, who donated them to the Gruppo Escursionisti Val Grande.
Proceeding along the trail that follows the mountain’s shape, the village of Corte Buè can be reached, a woodland court dated around 1300, where some families took the livestock to graze during the summer. To embrace the life that was lived here until the half of 1900, at the entrance of the town a signpost has been placed, telling the testimony of Silvestro Lietta. “It was a terrible strain to make hay here on these steep fields. I worked a lot and walked a lot, but I’m happy about my life. Today it’s more difficult to be happy”.
The small town, almost completely abandoned, grows on a sunny place from where one can peek the high peaks of Val Grande. Today, in Corte Buè, there is the Serena hut, usable by hikers, and a lodge, both built by the Escursionisti Val Grande group.

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