Lake Como – hiking itinerary in Valle Albano Park: Giovo Pass – San Jorio Pass Track

Lake Como – hiking itinerary in Valle Albano Park: Giovo Pass – San Jorio Pass Track


Overall distance: 2.3km (outward journey) Walking time: 1.00 (outward journey)
Altitude at starting point: 1706m Maximum altitude: 2012m
Altitude difference (ascent): 306m
Difficulty level: low – easy route on a dirt road
Lake Como - Italy hiking itinerary - panoramic view path through S.Jorio passage

Lake Como – Italy – panoramic view from the path per S.Jorio passage by Carlo Morelli

Longer Description

The itinerary departs from the Passo del Giovo pass (1706m), where there is a water fountain.

The route goes along the dirt carriage road, which is closed to road traffic and climbs up the western side of the Valle del Liro valley until it reaches the San Jorio shelter.

The ascent is quite easy and you can reach the shelter within around 50 minutes. Along the route you can see the signposts signalling the border of the Valle Albano park, put in place as part of the “Confini didattici” [Educational Borders] project. The signs also provide information about the park and some naturalistic facts about the protected area.

Once you have reached the San Jorio shelter (1980m – operated during the summer – water available) you must take the path that runs next to the shelter with a short, yet rather steep, uphill stretch, which will lead you to the Passo San Jorio pass (2012m) in just a few minutes.

The view from the Passo San Jorio pass is particularly impressive on clear days, enabling you to admire the Bellinzona plain and Lake Maggiore on the Swiss side, as well as the Valle del Liro valley and the peaks of the Valtellina region on the Italian side. From the pass you can easily reach the small church of San Jorio, which is located just a few metres above the pass itself.

To make the return journey simply take the route you just followed, which takes around 35 minutes.

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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