Canyoning in Orino

Canyoning in the Malvaglia Valley – Orino Canyon

It has two opposing faces, the canyon Val Malvaglia or also called Orino: the upper part is open, easy and long, the lower part is sporty, demanding and extreme. Both parts of Orino inferiore and Orino superiore are located below the reservoir “Laghetto dealla Val Malvaglia” which is an intermediate storage facility for electricity generation and even gets water from the Rheinwaldhorn, Adula Alps on the main Alpine ridge.

Located just behind the Lukmanier Pass in the Blenio Valley, you can feel the proximity to the high mountains of the Alps when you drive into the Orino Valley. Every now and then even a few snow-capped peaks peek through. In the canyon, however, it is not cold, as we are well dressed in our canyoning equipment. And the reservoir is also an advantage: we can still walk through the gorge, even if other tours are no longer feasible due to the higher water level.

One canyon, two completely different canyoning trips. We would be happy to show you the upper part of the Val Malvaglia “Orino superior” as a more demanding, longer basic tour for beginners.

"Orino inferiore" the lower, steep part of the canyon is ideally suited as an expert tour to experience difficult canyoning with more water and demanding, technically challenging abseiling points and high waterfalls with transfer points.

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Fun and easy: canyoning basic in the Malvaglia valley

Canyoning in Malvaglia superiore is fun and easy, which is why participation is particularly suitable for people who are physically fit but are still technically inexperienced or rather have respect for higher abseiling points.

After about 50 minutes ascent, or if there are enough cars, a pleasant shuttle with the cars, we reach our starting point. The professional guides from purelements® Ticino are ready for the safety briefing! Here you will find out everything you need to know about canyoning safety and then practice the types of locomotion in the canyon. We train abseiling, jumping and sliding and there is also step training!

Good abseiling skills are the basis for further adventures in the advanced canyoning tours and gorges in Ticino. Once we have completed the abseiling exercise, we will set off into the famous Ticino gorges. The canyoning fun begins!

We provide you with the special equipment for canyoning in Malvaglia at no extra cost. You are also welcome to use our photo service free of charge to look back at your first canyoning tour of your life, where you bravely faced the canyoning adventure.

Everything at a glance

For beginners and the cautious

You have never done canyoning and always wanted to try it out? Then you’ve come to the right place. Experience nature with us while canyoning. This level of difficulty is ideal for beginners to familiarize themselves with the sport. Together with your guide you will discover the highlight of canyoning. Great abseiling spots, a real gorge feeling and a portion of action with casual jumps and slides are waiting for you! The right outdoor experience for beginners.

Experience level
required previous knowledge

For people with experience and experts 

Have you already experienced a basic canyoning tour or an advanced canyoning tour? You already know the fascination of the emerald green water, the glittering granite rocks and the indescribable natural backdrop? Can you abseil?

Then come with us on a canyoning expert tour.

Weather and water level influences play a major role in canyons in this category. For security reasons, we therefore reserve the right to change the tour or location at short notice. The best thing to do is to let our canyoning team advise you on an extreme canyoning tour by telephone.

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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The steep Val Malvaglia: the perfect extreme trip!

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 Malvaglia!

You will meet us in the morning at a parking near the river in Malvaglia. There you will receive the canyoning equipment and the first organizational briefings. Well prepared for your extreme canyoning, we drive into the Malvaglia Valley by car.

We place a vehicle at the canyon exit and shuttle up 20 minutes. We are ready to go into the gorge!

From an old Roman bridge we have the opportunity to admire our gorge from above. Here we can already see that the descent will be a great challenge. The canyoning trip is a constant mix of jumps, slides and sporty rappelling points as we pass the waterfalls. The canyon descent ends after some technically difficult passages with a waterfall of 80 meters! We manage this with an exposed transfer point at a height of 40 meters. After rappelling down this huge waterfall, we walk proudly on. The remaining meters lead through a picturesque gorge landscape with hanging ivy, small side waterfalls and glittering water droplets. The gorge opens, a few more steps and we get to the car, where our dry clothes are waiting for us.

Insider tip Val Malvaglia

Today the secluded valley is an insider tip for everyone who wants to spend a holiday in the Ticino Alps away from the hustle and bustle of tourism. A jewel for every lover of landscape and architectural history.

Another great canyon is hidden in a wild side valley above the reservoir of the Orino River, which you can experience with a private canyoning guide from purelements®. The canyon in Val Combra offers spectacular slides and really fresh, clear mountain water from the Ticino Alps. Val Combra and Val Malgavlia are known for their five village centers and typical farmhouses. Locals call this village center "ville". They used to be typical throughout the Blenio Valley.

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