Brunedo Itinerary – Giovo Pass – Hiking Itinerary in Valle Albano park, Lake Como

Would you like to discover all the itineraries of Lake Como area? Today I am happy to present to you an hiking itinerary in the heart of the Valle Albano park leading from Brunedo to Giovo Pass.

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Distance: 4,6 km Duration: 1h45
Altitude of departure: 1320 mts Altitude of arrival: 1706 mts
Ascent: 422 mts Descent: 36 mts
Low difficulty – Easy trial, at first on unpaved road and in the final stretch on a grassy ground track.
panorama-valle-del-liro & giovo pass-non-solo-lago lake como

Panorama on Valle del Liro (parallel to Valle Albano) and Giovo Pass

The itinerary starts from Brunedo Alp (1320 mts), shortly after where the paved road that from Garzeno leads to Giovo Pass becomes unpaved. At the itinerary starting point there is a lay-by on the road side that allows you to park your car.

The itinerary allows to reach Giovo Pass by walking, hiking over an alternative route to the dirt road which is the main access to the Pass. It is recommended especially for those visitors who do not have a off-road vehicle and/or do not have driving experience on dirt roads.
In the first part, the itinerary follows the road open to vehicles to Giovo Pass, crossing a beautiful beech wood. The road is slightly uphill and, passed the crossroads to Brunedo Alp and Mottafoiada Refuge, it reaches, after about 2 km (40 mins.) another fork. Here it is necessary to leave the dirt road direct to the Giovo and take the way on the right which gradually goes down to Liro torrent. The dirt patch, pretty spacious and smooth, crosses the wood of conifers at first, to continue then towards shrub and open areas which offer amazing panoramic views on Liro Valley and Giovo Pass.
After about 1.500 mts (3.600 mts from departure, 70 mins more or less) the road reaches the valley floor. Shortly before the bridge on Liro torrent (which brings to Stazzona Alp) we have to leave the main path and take, on the left, a grassy ground track, parallel to the stream, going up the right orographic side of the valley.
The path, narrow but easy, goes up little by little towards the Giovo in the first part, becoming heavier in the final part and allows, after about 1 km, to reach the Pass ending exactly in front of Giovo Refuge, (1.706 mts, 4,6 km from departure).
The return, following the route taken in the first leg, takes about 80 mins

Safety first!
The suggested itineraries extend through mountainous surroundings, along trails or paths that are normally traversed by hikers. Each itinerary has been classified according to the complexity of the route, the overall gradient difference and its length in three difficulty levels:
Low: Route suitable for any hiker, without any difficult elevations

Medium: due to length and elevation, itinerary is feasible only for hikers who are in good shape and who have a good level of experience

High: due to length and elevation, itinerary is feasible only for hikers who are in good shape and who have a good level of experience.
However, all itineraries, regardless of the level of difficulty, must only be attempted by people who are used to mountain hiking and with appropriate clothing and equipment.

The itinerary duration is provided for indicative purposes only, and are based on the effective walking time, without rests. These durations may vary significantly depending on each individual’s walking speed.

The itineraries indicate where there are shelters and water sources in the Valle Albano area. However, it must be kept in mind that many shelters may only be accessible on reservation, or may only be open during the summer.
Water supply sources (fountains and drinking troughs) do not work all year round and the quality of drinking water cannot be guaranteed. Hikers are advised to set out on hikes with an adequate water supply.
We cannot guarantee the preservation or accessibility of the routes indicated, nor can we guarantee signposting, where it is present, particularly in relation to weather events or weather conditions that may bring about unforeseeable hazardous conditions or safety risks.

Therefore, those who choose to hike do so at their own risk. In this respect, we recommend that you contact local guides for information and to plan guided excursions.


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