Ticino, pristine spring steep creeking in the Swiss Alps


Ticino, the italian speaking canton of Switzerland, where deep granite canyons and smooth bedrock drops create one of the world’s finest destinations for steep creeking.

Gene17kayaking offers great pool drop white water & an unique swiss experience.



The Swiss canton of Ticino is famed for narrow canyons, bedrock rapids, and breathtaking scenery. Undoubtedly one of the most beautiful regions of the alps, Ticino blends swiss and italian culture to create it’s own flavour – a true connoisseur’s alpine paddling experience.

The crowning glory of the Ticino region is the incomparable Verzasca, famed for clear water, Incredible rock formations, and clean pool-drop rapids. beyond the Verzasca we’ll explore a selection of steep and narrow gems dotted along the shores of Lake Maggiore’s beautiful alpine riviera. Whether we visit the Ribo, Rovanna, Cannobino, or San Giovanni, you’ll experience some true alpine classics, with time for the very best coffee, wine and ice cream in between.


Adventure Programme


Overview & Summary
Adventure Photos
Adventure Itinerary
Group Composition
Experience Required
What the Price Does/Does not Include
Deposit Payment
Booking Info

Adventure Itinerary


Day 1 Arrival in Milan Malpensa Airport*, move to Valsesia


Day 2 Warm up of Lower Sesia & Lower Semenza
Day 3 ALL day on the famed Egua


Day 4 Move to Verzasca via the scenic Lago Maggiore, run the Upper Verzasca


Day 5 Run the Middle/Lower Verzasca
Day 6 Another classic run like the Rovana


Day 7 Return to Valsesia for Sorba & Gronda


Day 8 Day of Departure from Milan


Of course, this schedule’s only a guideline: we’ll chop and change depending on how you’re getting on, what the levels are like and what everyone wants to do

Group Composition


The trip will be led by an experienced Gene17kayaking appointed trip leader. In selecting suitable leaders, we not only look to ensure that they have the relevant qualifications but we also ensure that they have an excellent track record of white water paddling from around the world. Whilst qualifications and experience are essential requirements, we also make sure that our leaders have the right temperament to lead a trip group comprised of individuals who have a range of previous experience and expectations. The leader is a vital contributor to the enjoyment and well-being of the trip members and he or she will be there to deal with any unexpected problems. To that end, we aim to provide a leader who will make the trip both successful and enjoyable throughout.

Our leaders hold current wilderness first aid certificates and have experience of dealing with remote river related medical conditions.

We will take a maximum of 6 paddlers on each trip, although the number may well be less than this. With every 3 paddlers we have on the trip, we’ll have a highly experienced Gene17kayaking Teacher/Guide.


Experience Required


Ticino Steep Creeking Adventure takes place on Class IV/IV+ whitewater.
The Ticino Steep Creeking Adventure is suitable for experienced paddlers who are able to paddle for 4 – 6 hours in a day on Class IV Generally the rivers are accessible with near road access, but occasionally there may be some exposed terrain. This trip begins on an easier section of whitewater, but will soon reflect conditions expected at the grade. Participants should therefore expect to be in a river environment during peak runoff for sometimes extended periods of time.

You MUST be able to roll in Class IV white water on demand for most occasions.

You are welcome to Contact Us, if you would like to discuss the trip in more detail.


What the Price Does/Does not Include


TRIP COST: 1300€

What the price does include

  • Guiding and Instruction
  • B&B accommodation
  • Airport* & River shuttles
  • Use of a full spec whitewater kayak** from a locally sourced fleet
  • * Airport Shuttle is to and from Milan Malpensa Airport. All arrivals to any of Milan’s other airports, will need to make their way to Malpensa Airport for pick up prior to 18:00 on the day of arrival
    ** Gene17 has a small yet excellent selection of kayaks for a range of different sized paddlers, & these are available on a first come, first served basis ONLY

    Accommodation & Catering
    You’ll be staying at shared apartments and B&B’s along the way with all bed linen provided. We’ll provide a continental breakfast. We’ll head to great local restaurants, plus provide the cooking equipment if as a group we wish to cook, as we road trip from Piemonte to Ticino.

    The Personal Paddling Equipment you should bring:

  • A good semi-drytop or drytop or drysuit
  • Your paddle
  • Whitewater PFD, spray deck and good helmet
  • Solid footwear for bank support – no sandals
  • Rescue gear, including a throwbag, knife, sling and karabiner
  • What the price does not include

    • Visa fees
    • Flight
    • Bar bills
    • Food or Catering
    • Travel & Boat insurance
    • Dinner on the final night
    • Tips

    Deposit Payment


    Threading the gaps on Verzasca
    Ticino, Switzerland – Steep Creeking 1300€

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