Lake Como – hiking itinerary in Valle Albano Park: Giovo Pass – Bocchetta di Sommafiume – Sommafiume Lakes
|Overall distance: 6.0km (outward journey)||Walking time: 1.50 (outward journey)|
|Altitude at starting point: 1706m||Altitude at end point: 1928m|
|Altitude difference (ascent): 329m||Altitude difference (descent): 114m|
|Difficulty level: medium – easy path that is unchallenging during the initial stretch, with a more challenging ascent during the final stretch (approximately 160-metre altitude difference over around 1 kilometre)|
Small Sommafiume Lakes
The itinerary departs from the Giovo pass (1706m), where there is a water fountain.
The route is quite easy and sets out on a path that is easy to follow. It enables you to go right to the head of the Valle Albano, crossing the meadows and shrub lands that characterise it.
Around 15 minutes after setting out from the starting point (1100m from the Giovo pass) you will reach a spring known as the “Fonte del cavallante” [Horse-keeper’s spring], which is marked by a metal sign.
The path has slight ups and downs and crosses several streams, which are collected in small valleys and cut across the southern slopes of the valley. If you continue for another 20 minutes (2200m from the Passo del Giovo pass) the path intersects the detour to the mountain pasture of Nembruno Superiore.
After about another 25 minutes it crosses another mountain pasture where there is a drinking trough. The trail then continues gently downhill until it reaches the course of the Albano river, close to which the track forks and leads, on the right, to the Bocchetta di Sommafiume mountain pass and, on the left, to the Sommafiume shelter.
Turning right, the trail continues uphill and, after about 15 minutes (500 metres from the fork) arrives at a valley in which you can see some small pools, which are important breeding areas for amphibians. Continuing on the hike, after around 20 minutes you will reach the fork for the Cima Verta mountain. From here, the path to the right will take you to the Bocchetta di Sommafiume pass (1925m) within a few minutes.
From the Bocchetta di Sommafiume pass you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view, which overlooks the whole Albano valley on one side and the Morobbia valley, in Swiss territory, on the other side. As you continue up for around 100 metres along the ridge towards the Cima Pomodoro mountain peak you can catch a glimpse of the small Sommafiume lakes, accessible via a thin track that crosses the high meadow areas, around 10 minutes from the pass.
The return journey takes around 1 hour and 30 minutes.
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.