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Where we are and how to get there

Ces is located on a beautiful plateau at 1450 m above sea level on the western side of the Leventina Valley in northern Ticino, Switzerland. The coordinates are 706.9 / 144.4 (GPS: N46 26.270 E8 49.400). Together with the four other "monti" (Gribbio, Doro, Cala and Osadigo), Ces belongs to the hamlet of Chironico in the municipality of Faido.

Ces can be reached on foot in about two hours from Chironico or in one hour from Gribbio, which is connected to Chironico by an asphalted road of about 5km.

–>Arrival by public transport
–>Arrival by individual means (cars, mopeds, bicycles, etc.)
–>Chironico, Lavorgo, Gribbio, Faido, Biasca

Please note: We usually appreciate visitors very much, but do not forget to notify first and ask if the visit is fine at this time, please.

Arrival by public transport

From the North: With the "Treno Gottardo" from Zurich or Basel (hourly alternating, Regio-Express, timetable field 631) to Lavorgo, from there with a small post bus to Chironico, paese (duration 12 minutes, timetable field 62.123).

From the South: With the "Treno Gottardo" (Regio-Express, timetable field 631, runs hourly) direction Zurich/Basel to Lavorgo. From there, take a small post bus to Chironico, paese (duration 12 minutes, timetable field 62.123).

Near the stop "Chironico, paese" there is a yellow arrow indicating Ces. Follow through the village in a northerly direction, always uphill, more through the woods. The path is marked white-red-white. Depending on the condition and the luggage, the climb takes about two hours.

On request we can organize a Taxis service to the cableway or to Gribbio. Please ask the operation group.

Arrival by private transport

From the South or the North: On the motorway (Autobahn) to the Faido exit (Chiggiogna), then right on the cantonal road to Lavorgo (3km approx.), passing the village and the railway underpass turn right and continue for another 4 km until Chironico.

There are some parking spaces at the end of the village Chironico, near the old washhouse next to the stream (fiume).

Before entering the village of Chironico, on the right there is a paved road that climbs to the "monte di Gribbio" (5km approx.), passing the "Oratorio Madonna delle neve" (2.5km approx.), where there is the valley station of the cable car to Ces (only for goods) - PDF map available here. The road is not passable during the winter!

In Gribbio there are some parking spaces at the last bend before entering the village. From here begins the marked white-red-white path that takes you to Ces in about an hour. Other car parks are located near the church of Gribbio. However, these are privately owned by the restaurant "Osteria Grotto Ul Ciurlin". Therefore, please report there and either consume something or pay a small rent.

In spring 2024, an impressive avalanche fell in the "Vallone" on the hiking trail between Gribbio and Ces. At the moment (mid-June), the hiking trail is easily passable (hiking poles recommended). However, it makes sense to hike on the hills rather than in the valleys. When it gets warmer, however, the risk of possible collapses increases. We recommend ascending to Ces from Chironico.

Chironico, Lavorgo, Gribbio, Faido, Biasca

In Chironico there is a small Restaurant-Hotel Pizzo Forno, but no shop anymore.

In Lavorgo, the Defanti family runs a gas station and a hotel-restaurant Defanti. Other restaurants are located along the main road, the Strada Cantonale. No shop anymore.

Faido and Biasca are regional centres with more extensive offers.

In Gribbio there is the small restaurant (buvette) Ul Ciurlin, open only in summer, outside the months of July and August often only Saturday and Sunday (tel. 077.531.16.46).


The privileged location of Ces offers a choice for excursions and walks, for example towards the mountains of Gribbio, Doro or Cala, continuing towards the Ragada waterfall at the end of the Valle di Chironico and further on to the Laghetto and Passo Piatto, or from Cala all'Alpe Sponda (Capanna) and on the Pizzo Forno or towards the Passo Barone and the Pizzo Barone.

(Links will follow)

Additional information

–>Flyer zum Projekt (PDF, in german)

Mail-Contact: web_at_cesnet.ch

updated 2024-07-01 - webmaster_at_cesnet.ch