Intro & Summary
Alpe Veglia is a popular hiking destination located in the Italian Alps. It offers a variety of trails for hikers of different skill levels, ranging from easy walks to challenging mountain climbs. The area is known for its stunning scenery, including glaciers, alpine meadows, and forests, as well as its rich wildlife, such as marmots, ibex, and eagles.
Visitors can also enjoy scenic lakes, including Lago della Vecchia and Lago Nero, and take in panoramic views of the surrounding peaks. The hike to Alpe Veglia can be accessed from the nearby towns of Macugnaga and Alagna Valsesia and typically takes several hours to complete, depending on the trail and fitness level of the hiker.
Time: 7h21m moving time (Tracking stopped 1h before completion)
Elevation gain: 1,219m up and 1,219m down
Best time: May to September
Type: Single day, Loop
Best time of the year to hike
Summer months (June to August) are the most popular time for hiking and offer the best weather conditions, with warm temperatures and long days. However, it can also be crowded during this time.
Spring (April to May) and Autumn (September to October) are quieter and offer a chance to see the wildflowers and changing leaves, respectively.
Winter (December to March) can be challenging, but it offers a chance to enjoy the scenic beauty of the Alpe Veglia covered in snow. During this time, the area is also popular for winter sports like skiing and snowboarding.
Regardless of when you visit, it's always a good idea to check the weather forecast and trail conditions in advance, as well as to bring appropriate clothing and gear for the conditions.
The duration of a hike to Alpe Veglia depends on several factors, including the trail chosen, the hiker's fitness level, and the pace at which the hike is completed.
As a rough estimate, a one-way hike from Macugnaga to Alpe Veglia along the main trail takes about 3 to 4 hours. This can vary, depending on the trail and conditions, and some hikers may take longer or shorter. Keep in mind that these estimates are for one-way trips and do not include stops for rest, food, or sightseeing.
It is always a good idea to allow for extra time and to plan your hike with enough time to return before dark. Also, be sure to bring enough water and food, as well as appropriate clothing and gear, as the conditions can change quickly in the mountains.
Starting Location and how to get there
See below how to get to Fornovolasco, where the hike starts from:
By Car: The nearest town to Alpe Veglia is San Domenico, which can be reached by car from the A26 motorway. From San Domenico, follow the signs to Alpe Veglia. Parking is available near the trailhead.
By Bus: Bus services are available from the nearby town of San Domenico to Alpe Veglia. Check with local tourist information offices or online for the latest information on bus schedules and routes.
By Train: The nearest railway station is in Domodossola, which is connected to major cities in Italy and Switzerland. From Domodossola, take a bus or hire a taxi to San Domenico.
By Air: The nearest airport is Milan Malpensa, which is about 2 hours away by car. From the airport, you can rent a car or take a train to Domodossola and then a bus or taxi to San Domenico.
Note: It is always a good idea to check the latest travel information and conditions before setting out, as these details are subject to change.
I arrived the same day driving from a Milan with my own car.
Here is a possible itinerary from San Domenico to Alpe Veglia, using the CAI (Italian Alpine Club) trails:
Start at San Domenico and follow the CAI trail to Alpe Veglia. The trail begins with a steep ascent and passes through forests and meadows before reaching the alpine pastures.
Explore the surroundings of Alpe Veglia, including nearby lakes and peaks. You can also take one of the several day hikes that depart from Alpe Veglia.
Return to San Domenico along the same trail.
This itinerary assumes a moderate level of fitness and experience. Keep in mind that hiking in the mountains can be physically challenging, and it's always important to be prepared for the conditions and to carry the appropriate gear.
It's also a good idea to check the weather forecast and trail conditions in advance, and to carry a map and compass or a GPS device. Be sure to follow the principles of Leave No Trace and respect the natural environment and wildlife.
Cost and trip type
The cost of the trip from Milan to Alpe Veglia by car depends on several factors, including the type of car, the cost of fuel, and the number of people traveling. Here are some estimates to give you an idea:
Car rental: Depending on the type of car and rental company, car rental costs in Milan can range from around 50 to 200 euros per day.
Fuel: The cost of fuel from Milan to Alpe Veglia and back will depend on the make and model of the car and the current fuel prices. You can use online fuel cost calculators to get a rough estimate.
Accommodation: If you plan to camp overnight, you'll need to bring a tent, sleeping bag, and other camping gear. If you prefer to stay in a hotel or B&B, prices in San Domenico or the surrounding area can range from 50 to 150 euros per night.
Food and drink: You'll need to bring food and water for the hike, and there will also be the cost of meals and drinks during the rest of the trip.
These are rough estimates and the actual costs may vary. It's a good idea to budget a little extra for unexpected expenses or unexpected changes in plans..
Hiking is one of the best ways to discover the beauty of the natural world around you.
The simple trick to staying warm during any season is to layer your clothes.
Below I listed the range of hiking clothing designed specifically to make sure I'm comfortable and protected against the elements when exploring the outdoors.
Pants (Jeans) / Shorts + Over-trousers: What pants to wear hiking depends on the climate as well as what fabric best fits your needs. I usually hike with JEANS or SHORTS depending on the season and temperature. the jeans are always a safe option; since they are not waterproof, for multiday hikes I usually take with me the WATERPROOF OVER-TROUSERS.
Merino wool t-shirt and/or Flannel shirt: Always bring a long/short-sleeved MERINO WOOL T-SHIRT or a FLANNEL SHIRT shirt to keep you comfortably warm. These are always my first layers depending on how hot/cold it is.
Fleece and/or Insulated jacket (down): Over the Merino wool t-shirt / Flannel shirt I would always wear either a FLEECE, a long-sleeved LIGHT DOWN, or both depending on the weather. Ideally, the insulating jacket should be lightweight and fit in your pockets.
Waterproof & Windproof layer: Insulation won’t work if your jackets get wet, especially if it’s down material. I always bring with me a light, packable, highly versatile GORE-TEX PRO shell jacket. I use this jacket for multiple activities such as skiing, hiking, walking, mountaineering, etc. It is very important to have a helmet-compatible hood.
Hiking shoes and Socks: Good HIKING SHOES and MERINO WOOL SOCKS are key for a comfortable hike.
Hat / Cap, Neck warmer and Gloves: Depending on the season I usually take with me either a CHASMERE HAT or a CAP to protect myself from the cold or sun respectively. Go for moisture-wicking GLOVES in wet or cold weather. When it comes to neck protection, a WINDPROOF NECK WARMER can be lifesaving.
Camera, Travel and Backpacking gear
I'm a keen photographer and I love taking pictures of nature and landscapes. Below I listed what I usually carry with me on holiday. If you are interested to check my full camera gear, including all my accessories, this is my Kit: https://kit.com/pieroromoli/camera-gear
Nikon D700 (https://www.nikon.com/)
GoPro Hero 6 and 9 Black (https://gopro.com/)
DJI Mavic Air (https://www.dji.com/pt)
Nikkor 16-34mm f4 and 50mm f1.8 (http://www.nikkor.com/)
Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 (https://www.tamron.eu/)
iPhone 8 and iPhone SE (https://www.apple.com/)
Benro Carbon Fibre Tripod (http://www.benro.com/)
Manfrotto PIXI Evo 2 (https://www.manfrotto.co.uk/)
Joby Gorillapod 3k stand + Gorillapod Ballhead X BHX (https://joby.com/)
Lowepro ProTactic 450 AW II (https://www.lowepro.com/global/)
Hoya Filters (https://hoyafilter.com/)
I hope you enjoyed this blog.