Canyoning in the Nala

Powerful canyoning experience in a sensational landscape: Canyoning Osogna in the Riale Nala

A deeply cut valley in the middle of the steep rock faces of the “Trenta Sassi”, green, wooded slopes, mountains with almost 3000m in the background – this is the Valle d ‘Osogna. One of the longest and most eventful canyons in Swiss Ticino is located here, the Canyon Nala. The canyoning gorge in the valley of the village of Osogna is called Canyon Osogna by canyonists all over the world or Nala by the local canyon guides. It can be divided into three parts and started: Nala inferiore, Nala intermedio and Nala superiore. This canyoning tour is one of the longest canyoning trips in Ticino that can also be walked with guests and is suitable for a canyoning tour.

Canyoning takes us around 750 meters deep in the Osogna Valley, but you can feel in every corner and at every passage that it is a very special kind of canyoning experience. Is it the light granite rock or the cave-like shape of the gorge, in which the feeling of security forms an exciting contrast to adventurous discoveries and the jumps that require full concentration?

Osogna with its mighty, majestic appearance is one of the Big Five of the canyons in Ticino. Exciting climbing passages, impressive jumping and abseiling areas enable a fantastic alternation between action and intense encounter with the elements.

We offer this canyon in two different canyoning trips and different levels of difficulty: Nala inferiore as a pro trip for advanced and Nala integrale (inferiore, intermedio and superiore) as a helicopter canyoning tour for experts. We fly with the helicopter so that you don't have to hike up 3 hours.

The Val Osogna, which lies between Biasca and Cresciano, is a region that is also famous for its imposing, high rock walls, where you can also climb challenging. Boulderers will find a famous climbing bouldering area nearby.

The well-developed tourist areas on Lake Maggiore or Lake Lugano can be easily reached after an hour's drive after our canyoning experience in the Nala. If you are on the way to Italy, Osogna, which is also popular with bathers, is ideal for a stopover where you can indulge your passion for canyoning.

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Demanding canyoning for advanced canyonists in Ticino

Beautiful, but challenging! This is the brief assessment for canyoning in the Nala inferiore, which is why participation is particularly suitable for canyonists with some previous knowledge, as well as for everyone who can keep up on a canyoning trip level pro and who are passionate about abseiling.

The half-hour ascent leads us exposed over the gorge, following an old path to the water, to the only possibility to climb into the gorge. They surely laid out this path centuries ago. We put on our canyoning equipment and get wet in the water. The first big challenge immediately follows: a 30 meter high abseiling point, where you will experience how wonderful it feels to float well secured into the depths of the canyon. From now on it goes in quick succession, you reach the next waterfall by swimming, you take the rope again immediately and off you go! The gorge continues exactly in this style until we reach the large waterfall. An exit would only be possible here.

After abseiling into one of the beautiful 50 m high waterfall (which, by the way, is the cover picture of our design canyoning voucher) the canyon becomes more open, sunnier and funnier. In fact, there is also the possibility of doing a slide of 18 meters and equally challenging jumps.

The rappelling points in this canyon near Biasca are very technical and are often located in narrows and in the middle of the watercourse. An ideal canyon for people who can abseil well and are not afraid of heights!

We provide you with the special equipment for canyoning in Osogna at no extra cost. You are also welcome to use our photo service free of charge to look back at all the deep and narrow passages that you faced with courage and desire for adventure.

Everything at a glance

For sporty beginners and repeaters

Have you ever done canyoning with us or anywhere else in the world? Are you sporty and have brave friends? Then on! The Ticino canyons are getting longer, the gorges on the south side of the Alps deeper and the experience bigger!

Experience level
required previous knowledge
  • Planning and implementation of the canyoning tour
  • Coordination of the canyoning event on site
  • Support from certified purelements employees (certified canyoning guides)
  • Guide-guest ratio is a maximum of 1: 7
  • No time pressure!
  • Special equipment required for the tour
  • Photo service
  • Own safety standards for canyoning

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Val Osogna, the longest canyon we offer: Our helicopter canyoning adventure

If you already have a good canyoning experience, are physically very fit and can abseil very well, you are ready for this crazy adventure in the Osogna Valley!

We start early in the morning from Lodrino Airport, where a helicopter takes us into the high mountains of the Osognatal in a few minutes. From the helicopter we can admire the Riviera Valley and the Leventina Valley, both of which are home to many other majestic gorges of Ticino! We land high up on the helipad in an alpine village in the middle of a steep forest – impressive!

After the helicopter flight, the adrenaline is already very present in our body, and after a 15-minute walk in the woods we are ready to put on our gear and tackle our first descent! At the entrance we can also marvel at one of the many waterintakes in Ticino.

Due to the water intake, the canyon begins quite calmly with little water and abseiling points of medium difficulty. In the further course the canyon becomes more and more technical and physically demanding. Nala integral is characterized by a multitude of narrows and more open passages that allow you to admire the extreme vertical walls into which the canyon is dug!

Below the Trenta Sassi rock face we take a break and eat something. Strengthened we follow the water further downhill, we pass numerous waterfalls and later we arrive to the almost unnoticed path that marks the entry into the lower part of the Osogna Canyon.

After about 80 waterfalls we are ready: one more optional jump and we can look forward to a beer satisfied and let off steam in the Grotto al Pozzon, which luckily lies at the end of the gorge and allows us to look back wonderfully on the canyon we have just experienced.

Not finished yet! What else is there to do in the Riviera?

After an eventful visit to one of the most beautiful canyons in Europe and many more experiences in canyoning, you can end the day in a relaxed manner. In the nearby village of the same name you will find comfortably furnished “grottos” and restaurants, where you can usually choose between mediterranean cuisine and regional specialties.

If you want more exercise (which is probably not the case after such a long tour), we recommend a detour to the neighboring Canyon Boggera or a walk on the Ticino River. A variety of hikes and climbing tours in the Ticino Alps can also be planned from Osogna.

If you want more, such as Lodrino integrale or other special gorges, it is best to go with a private guide from purelements. Click here for the offer.