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Claro Monastery Hike & Rabadan – Sun 19 Feb 2012 (Milan)

Rabadan, Rabadan, Rabadan, the craziness is less than 4 days away!!!

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Here is the plan!

Travel Arrangements
Getting There

Milano Centrale 9.10->10.34 Bellinzona

Lugano Centrale 10.12->10.34 Bellinzona

Milanese REMEMBER to buy Swiss and Italian tickets separately to save money(via Chiasso).
There’s 30 minutes (although this train is often late) at the station to group, get swiss francs or any other supplies you need before we take the 11.09 Bus Protected content Bellinzona Piazzale to Gnosca, arriving at 11.22am.
The hike will finish at Castione-Arbedo where we take either the 14.24, 14.52, 14.55, 15.25, 15.52 or 15.55 for a 4 minute train journey back to Bellinzona.

Getting Back

For Milano, Andy has suggested the Bellinzona 21.25->22.50 Milano Centrale or ->23.09 Sesto. There are sensible train links at the following times

17.25->18. Protected content 20.25->22. Protected content 22.25->00.22

For the Luganese it’s a lot more flexible. You can also buy tickets on your phone if you have the SBB app.

Weather Forecast

As of 15 Feb Protected content forecast for 19 Feb Protected content Bellinzona is 8C, some clouds with a 15% chance of <0.1mm of rainfall. Pretty Good :)


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Hike Description
We descend from bus Protected content 11.22am and take a quick look around the church ruins at Gnosca, before locating the footpath and heading towards the small bridge over River Ticino.
Once safely on the other side we head north along the river bank until we are just past the road bridge. Here we follow a path right towards central Claro and find the path towards the monastery.
We ascend the hill and visit the monastery, then come down using the same route.
We take a left on the Path outside Claro that brings us down to the river path we travel South along the route we travelled on earlier but instead of crossing the bridge to Gnosca continue to Castione-Arbedo and find our way to the train station.
The ascent is only 400m. The hike is quite easy and takes around 4 hours. You should bring a sandwich or snack and some water. Trainers/sneakers are fine. We should aim to get on the 14.55 or 15.25 train back into town.


If you need more details on this carnival go here (in Italian)

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or there’s a brief description in English here

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Cheers and See You Soon,