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Heli canyoning Ticino

Helicopter canyoning in Ticino: “For experts only!”

Are you looking for a new challenge?
We have the answer: helicopter canyoning! Yes, you read that right, canyoning with a helicopter – like heli-skiing in Canada, only this time with canyoning in Ticino. Instead of a strenuous ascent of over 3 hours into the mountains of Ticino, we use the helicopter from our flight partner Heli-TV, which is stationed at the Lodrino Airbase. A great opportunity to combine the desire to have flown in a helicopter with some of the most famous canyoning gorges in the world.


Have you already done canyoning several times with us or another canyoning guide in Ticino? Do you now feel ready for an extraordinary and very demanding canyoning tour? Then it's time to book this fantastic adventure!

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Heli-canyoning in Ticino is for canyoning enthusiasts looking for adrenaline and pure nature!

Let’s go to the canyoning Mecca of Ticino, Switzerland. In the valleys leading down from the Gotthard and San Bernardino passes, after the last ice age, extraordinarily beautiful and unexpectedly many gorges formed in hidden branches. Many of the gorges, which are fed with crystal clear water, are accessible as canyons and offer a variety of different levels of difficulty, jumps, slides and rappelling points.


You already know the canyoning equipment, you have mastered the various jumping, sliding and abseiling techniques and you already have a feel for the Ticino rock granite and gneiss. At dawn we set off for a very special highlight in Tesin. Helicopter canyoning!

The helicopter takes us to the entrance of the gorge. During the flight over the Riviera Valley and the towns of Lodrino, Cresciano and Osogna, you will get a first impression of what awaits you. The experienced pilot swings the helicopter into the gorge and flies up, following the course of the stream. We gain altitude quickly and after a few minutes we have already reached the landing platform. The pilot skillfully puts the helicopter on the ground and we get out in the forest clearing. After a short hike of a few minutes downhill, we now have 7-10 hours of superlative canyoning ahead of us. Countless waterfalls with cool jumps and slides in all variations are waiting for us.

This tour is ideal, for example, for a long weekend, a men's excursion or a special kind of bachelor party. Here, canyoning advanced and experienced riders get their money's worth.

The heli-canyoning Boggera and Osogna are our standard variants for helicanyoning in Ticino from which you can choose! Both tours are on an expert level.

Everything at a glance

Anna and Luca Nizzola, authors of the famous canyoning guide “Elorado Ticino” called the tour “The Neverending Canyon”. If you experience the Boggera Gorge with us, you will know why. So continuously and steadily provided with waterfalls without long running stretches, the canyons challenges us all the time, from waterfall to waterfall and from jump to jump as it is rarely otherwise. The canyon covers an altitude of 750 meters into the valley until we stand up to the edge full of impressions in the gravel bed at the end of the spectacular, final waterfall.

On the tour we pass different types of rock in Ticino, we can sometimes even see chamois (mountain goats) in the gorge, which are curiously watching us. We even find a spring in the pool of the highest individual waterfall at 35 meters. We rappel down the higher waterfalls with transfer points in the wall, whereby open, wide passages with views over the entire Riviera valley alternate with almost cave-like narrow parts. For the first few meters it is still possible to exit the gorge to the left on a hiking trail, but we soon reach a “point of no-return” – from this waterfall the easiest path leads down through the gorge to the entrance of the Cresciano inferiore. Due to your previous experience and our preparation, you are well prepared for this adventure and can truly enjoy the descent.

The Nala brook leads out of a large valley near Osogna, past huge, high rock walls, down into the region known as the Riviera, where it ends in a wonderful bathing pool in the middle of the picturesque village of Osogna and flows into the Ticino river. After the last ice age, the brook conjured up a fantastically washed-out canyon in the rock. This beauty could not be seen for years because a large rock fall has buried parts of the canyon. But we are lucky, in the last few years nature has slowly and steadily exposed this beauty through rainfalls and snowmelt and we can currently enjoy it in the best condition!

The helicopter picks us up, fully dressed, either directly at the heliport near the Lodrino airfield or directly in Osogna on a meadow. We fly past the rock face of the “Trenta sassi” to the landing site at Alpe In Scign. From there we hike a few minutes downhill to the water intake, which makes it possible for us to climb the canyon in early summer. We marvel at the engineering performance for hydropower and start our canyon ascent.

The canyon begins with little water and leads us in the part called “Nala superiore” under an impressive stone bridge down a 40 meter waterfall, where there is always a water-bearing side stream. Smooth rock slides and beautiful abseils let us start the day. Suddenly it becomes flat and the bridge of the hiking trail into the Valle d’Osogna lines the way. The upper part is already over …

´ “Nala intermedio” – the middle part of the gorge is steeper and technically more demanding. Abseiling points in narrow rocky passages and transfer points at the waterfalls around the corner have to be mastered. Again and again we get a lively shower when crossing the water jet while abseiling. In any case, Nala is technically more difficult than Boggera and includes significantly more abseiling points, the jumps are more technical and the gorge is even longer. The long and technical middle part ends when we reach the edge of the Riviera valley and see the small path of the ascent from “Nala inferiore” on the right. The tour can easily be ended here. We decide on site depending on the group and daily conditions.

Then the Helitour Osogna leads us in the beautiful lower part “Nala inferiore” over many pools and a high 50 meter abseil point to the bathing pool of Osogna, where we end the tour and we can end the gigantic day in the Grotto al Pozzon.

As the only canyoning provider in Ticino, we already offer you two different helicanyoning tours as standard. But that’s not all, there is also the option to go to other, special canyons with a private canyoning guide and, in some cases, to manage the approaches to the canyons by helicopter. Just ask us about your canyoning options.

On these tours we will be busy all day and we will overcome many great waterfalls together!
The helicopter flight and numerous slides and jumps from considerable heights ensure a lot of adrenaline!
A good trust and ability in the abseiling and jumping technique is definitely advisable!

Before we can take you on a helicopter canyoning tour, we will contact you to ensure that you have the necessary requirements and experience to tackle this expert tour. But don’t worry, we will find a solution for you!

If you still want to gain canyoning experience and don’t have one at all, you first have to take part in one of our pro tours or book our canyoning short trip Ticino.

If you have no canyoning experience or if you don’t feel ready yet but want to do the helicanyoning, we recommend our short trip offer Canyoning Mecca Ticino .

Brief overview helicopter canyoning trip:
The day before the first tour, Marco will welcome you at Agriturismo La Finca. After a cozy night on a straw bed or in your tent, you will get to know your purelements guides and your canyoning adventure will begin. Together we will walk through an imposing gorge and get you fit for your helicopter adventure. After the tour we pack the backpacks together for the next day and let the evening fade away in good company. On the last day it starts at dawn. Let’s go to the airfield, where a helicopter and equipment will bring us to the boarding point. After a short equipment check and a snack, around 50 to 70 waterfalls, slides in all variations and jumps of up to 12 m await you! As with all of our tours, jumping and sliding are only an option and not a must, these passages can always be roped down. Do not miss this canyoning highlight and discover what you are made of!

This canyoning trip is organized by purelements® Germany (purelements GmbH & Co. KG) and carried out by us Ticino locals.

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