Monte Bar

An excursion through quintessential villages, dense forests and traditional Alpine terrain to Monte Bar. Enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views from Lugano to the Alps and from Milan to the Apennines.

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A hiker on Monte Bar. Copyright Davide Adamoli
© Davide Adamoli

To begin this unforgettable excursion, you should alight from the Postbus at the stop “Bogno, Cappella di Bogno”, at the top of the Val Colla. 

After an initial climb, you will pass a Highland cattle farm at Alpe Cottino. The walk continues to the Capanno San Lucio mountain hut on the slopes of Monte Gazzirola, near the Oratorio San Lucio. From there, you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Colla and Cavargna valleys. 

The path then leads you across the Alpe Pietrarossa to the Capanna Monte Bar mountain hut, where you will be treated to a beautiful panorama of Lugano’s lakeshore. The walk ends with a descent towards Corticiasca, where you can begin your journey home by Postbus from the stop “Corticiasca, Paese”. 

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5 hrs 25 mins

Difficulty level



16 km

Altitude difference

+ 934 m / − 883 m

Outward journey

PostBus stop “Bogno, Cappella di Bogno”

Return journey

PostBus stop “Corticiasca, Paese”

The shorter variant

For those who would prefer a shorter hike, you can start and finish your walk to Monte Bar in Corticiasca (duration: 2 hours; length: 4 kilometres). 

Monte Bar is always a popular destination − whether during the beautiful days of summer or in the winter, when the arrival of snow will transform your hike into an enchanting snowshoe tour. 

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