In Ossola Valley, there are several nature reserves where the dialogue between humans and nature is based on reciprocal respect, which can be a source of unparalleled emotions. One of the most remarkable of these is the Oasi Faunistica Monte Rosa (Monte Rosa Wildlife Oasis), in highest reaches of the Anzasca Valley, an area of almost three thousand hectares stretching from the slopes of the valley to the foot of the majestic east face of Monte Rosa.
The nature reserve is the perfect place for visitors who love mountains in their most authentic and wildest, but not totally inaccessible, state. In fact, Macugnaga’s aerial lift systems can also be used during the summer to reach the highest altitudes and follow fascinating trekking trails.
The Belvedere glacier, which crosses the whole reserve and is one of the symbols of Macugnaga, a Walser town lying at its foot, is enchantingly beautiful. Here the dense network of well-signposted trails allows you to take excursions to discover the biodiversity of the area: extensive larch woods and conifers guard a rich and varied undergrowth.
The Monte Rosa Wildlife Oasis was set up in 1969 with the intention of favouring the reintroduction of the ibex, which was almost extinct in this part of the Alps: in late spring and in autumn it is possible to admire chamois and ibex that populate the lower areas, before and after their summer climb to the higher altitudes.
Immersion in such a picturesque alpine setting, inhabited by marmots and stoats too, is also possible because the two Belvedere chairlifts running from Pecetto, the last hamlet of Macugnaga, allow you to reach the Belvedere glacier in just a few minutes. Despite the presence of convenient aerial lift systems, it is always useful to remember that, hikes along trails, especially those running close to glacier, must be undertaken with the maximum care or accompanied by excursion leaders or mountain guides.