Ossola Valley is characterised by a glacial mountain system that, over time, has created a hydrographic network composed of spectacular rivers and gorges. A true paradise for canyoning enthusiasts.
Today there are over 100 highly interesting routes equipped for canyoning in Ossola Valley, including some very popular and increasingly well-known gorges frequented by Italian and foreign canyoners.
Canyoning in Ossola Valley means a huge variety of routes, characterised by different levels of technical and water difficulty. This variety, framed by the unique environmental and natural beauty of this part of the Alpine arc, has led to Ossola Valley becoming the jewel in the crown of the Italian canyoning scene over the years.
VisitOssola, with the valuable contribution of the Italian Canyoning Association (Associazione Italiana Canyoning – AIC), has put together these pages to highlight some of the best canyons, including some technical data and a photo gallery.
The AIC periodically organises the International Canyoning Gathering (in 2018 it was hosted in Domodossola and in Ossola Valley), each edition of which attracts a large number of enthusiasts from all over the world.

Some environmental rules
Rivers, particularly canyons and gorges, are an extremely fragile and vulnerable ecosystem. Given that they are one of the last almost-inaccessible environments on the earth’s surface, they have natural characteristics that must be preserved and protected.
Maintaining a good state of gorge ecosystem health is always more important than using canyons as a tourist attraction or sporting venue. Good behaviour, essential to correctly enjoy the ecosystem and protect its environmental value, is therefore a must.
Due respect should also be given to private property and equipment made available to the public.

How to practice canyoning
Italian Canyoning Association
As well as offering information on canyoning and on the gorges in which it can be practised, the Italian Canyoning Association (AIC) organises specific courses to learn to descend streams and rivers alone and safely, as well as national and international gatherings for all canyoners.
Alpine guides
Alpine guides offer completely safe guided canyon descents, as well as providing all the necessary equipment.

General safety rules
Check that you have the necessary equipment, particularly a wet or dry suit, gear for manoeuvring on ropes and emergency equipment. Make sure that you have the correct length of ropes. Do not attempt to descend in bad weather conditions or if the forecast is doubtful. Avoid entering the water late in the day or as the weather is worsening.
Find out in advance about the condition of the route and water flow, especially after periods of heavy rainfall. Before entering the gorge, tell somebody where you are going and what time you plan to finish. Remember to tell them when you finish.
As you progress along the canyon, manage your energy and do not underestimate the risk associated with dehydration and low water temperature.

In the event of an accident
Remove the victim from potential environmental risks and move them to a safe place.
Gather all the information possible and call 118, specifying that it is a canyoning accident.
If there is no signal, at least two people must go and alert the emergency services together.
Beware: never leave the injured person alone. If you cannot call or get out of the gorge and if you have told someone where you are, the emergency services will still get to you.

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