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WARNING: trekking is not like walking! If you can't overcome a passage, go back!
Some of the tracks presented here are set along mountain trails where some passages may require holding to ropes or climbing short ladders, and may have exposed passages without safety protections. These tracts can be a serious danger if faced without the right equipment, awareness and physical condition.
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Trekking to Paione lakes

San Bernardo - Paione alp

Val Bognanco - Val D'Ossola

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length icon Length:
9 Km
time icon Our time:
4h30' walking
climb icon Total climb:
780 mt
height icon Min and max height:
1600 mt - 2270 mt
track there and back icon Type of track:
there and back
surface icon Surface:
dirt road - trail - stones
panorama icon Panorama:
lakes - mountains
coverage icon Cell network coverage:
winter icon Traced in winter:
bike icon Traced by bike:

The three Paione lakes are located at different altitudes. The water from the highest lake flows into the middle, and then it flows to the lowest. The water leaves the lowest lake through torrent Bogna, which gives name to Val Bognanco.

Val Bognanco indeed takes its wealth from water, in particular from its three springs that still feed the thermal SPA and the mineral water factory, whose story begins in the first years of 1900. The Bognanco water factory was officially presented at the Esposizione Universale (EXPO) in Milan in 1906. A documentary filmed in the '30s presents a typical day at the SPA, with a lot of people, and then the bottling of mineral water (the film is available on Archivio Storico Istituto Luce's site).

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