Giovo Pass – Cadorna Line barricades – Ardalla Itinerary

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Distance: 2,0 km Duration: 50 mins
Altitude of departure: 1706 mts Altitude of arrival:1658 mts
Max altitude: 1809 mts
Ascent: 123 mts Descent: 169 m
Difficulty: high – short path, initial stretch with difficult passages and exposed sections; suitable for expert hikers or with the support of a guide.


Cadorna Line barricades - Lake Como Hiking itinerary The itinerary starts from Giovo Pass (1706 mts). Keeping the Giovo Refuge behind towards the right along the grassy track which goes to the ridge bringing to Motto of Paraone and Cortafon Mount.

The first part is flat, but shortly after the path reaches a small rocky ridge so it is necessary to climb for a few metres, to continue then on a narrow exposed track which overlooks the rocky faces. The passage is not particularly difficult, but it demands a little more attention and it is not adapt for those who suffer from vertigo.

Passed the most difficult path, we find a first element of the fortresses of Cadorna Line: a short cave, dug in the rock and currently used as a refuge from grazing animals.

From here, the path goes on along the ridge with no or few difficulties and after about 300 mts you reach the first barricades, going on their edges for a nice stretch.

The itinerary is pleasant since it offers panoramic glimpses on Albano Valley, Liro Valley and the surrounding peaks and it winds through grasslands and mountain shrub areas with green alder, rhododendron and blueberry.

Hiking over this ridge you reach the Motto of Paraone peak (1809 mts), excellent panoramic point. The trail then continues along a track that re-crosses the area of the barricades, to then descend gradually toward the dirt road that leads to Giovo Pass (approximately 350 mts), crossing it near Ardalla. The entire route, about 2000 mts, takes about 50 minutes walk.

Once reached the dirt road you can walk back up the Giovo (1500 mts – 20 mins more or less) or going down toward Mottafoiada and Brunedo Alp (4900 mts – 60-70 mins more or less).

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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