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The tree man

The beech wood

On foot         Great Interest: Flora Great Interest: Panorama 
  • Departure: Ompio
  • Arrival: Monte Faiè (S. Bernardino Verbano)
  • Duration: 3h without considering stops
  • Difficulty Level: Hiking itinerary of intermediate difficulty.
  • Difference in height: 355m
  • Recommended Period: from April to November

This Nature Trail leaves from Ompio basin and leads to the summit of Mt. Faiè, along a route allowing visitors to discover and appreciate the nature and history of this territory. Mt. Faiè, which is characterized by a vast and shadowy beech wood, is one of the most panoramic and charming points in the whole valley.

The departure point of the trail is by the "Fantoli" mountain hut, 15 minutes far from where you will leave your car. The mountain hut, belonging to the CAI section of Pallanza, was built in 1949 on the remains of an old hut that was destroyed during World War II, and then it was enlarged in 1953 and 1983. It is open in summer. Alpe Ompio is one of the easiest access points to the mountains and summer pastures of lower Val Grande, with charming itineraries of different difficulty levels.
Along the route, nine panels present some of the features of the territory through images and short texts. Twenty numbered trail markers alternating with the panels mark as many observation points, whose peculiarities are described in the guidebook dedicated to this Nature Trail.

Equipment: comfortable trekking shoes and sportswear.
Structures: Fantoli Mountain Hut
The itinerary can also be followed only in part. Walking time to Caseracce: 1 hour and 30 minutes; difference in height: 263m. Walking time to Cima del Monte Faiè: 2 hours; difference in height: 355m.
View from Mt. Faiè
View from Mt. Faiè
(photo by: Giancarlo Martini)
 
Landscape
Landscape
(photo by: Archivio Parco Nazionale Val Grande)
 
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