Lake Como, hiking itinerary in Valle Albano Park: Giovo passage – Gino Peak – Giovo passage
Total length : 15.7 km
Hiking time : 3:15(one way) – 2:45 (return)
Starting altitude: 1,706 m
Arrival Altitude: 2,245 m
Elevation gain: 819 m
Descent : 819 m
Difficulty: High – long path with some exposed and challenging sides , especially in the final stretch of the ascent to Pizzo Gino.
The itinerary departs from the Giovo pass (1706m), where there is a fountain with drinking water.
The beginning of the route is quite easy and sets out on a path that is easy to follow. With slight ups and downs, it enables you to go right to the head of the Valle Albano valley, crossing the meadows and shrub lands that characterise it.
After about 1 hour of walking you will reach a ford over the Albano river. Close from here, the path forks and leads, on the right, to the Bocchetta di Sommafiume mountain pass and, on the left, to the Sommafiume Shelter and the Pizzo Gino mountain.
Turning left, after around 10 minutes you will arrive at the Sommafiume Shelter (1798m – unmanaged – there is a water fountain that is the final one along the route). From here, continue uphill on an inconspicuous track, climbing up the western slopes of the Valle Albano valley. The path is narrow and often grassy, and within around 45 minutes will take you to the Bocchetta di Senavecchia pass (1995m).
From this point the route overlooks the Val Cavargna valley and continues on a gentle ascent, passing a fork for the Croce di Campo shelter and crossing stretches of scree until you reach another mountain pass. From this point the path becomes more challenging, with some exposed parts and stretches that require the use of your hands. After around 150m you will reach a fork in the path that gives you two options for the final part of the ascent up to the Pizzo di Gino mountain.
If you take the track to the right (marked by red spots) you will bypass the north-western side of the mountain. Crossing long flat stretches of scree, including some difficult parts, you will reach the pastures that characterise the southern slopes of the mountain. From here, the ascent to the summit, although steep and hard, is gradual and simpler. Alternatively, if you take the path to the left you will find the most direct route to the Pizzo di Gino mountain. This path is shorter but very hard, with some exposed parts and some stretches that require the use of your hands.
Once you have reached the Pizzo di Gino mountain (2245m) you can enjoy a spectacular panoramic view over the Alpine area, Lake Como and the Pre-Alps on Lake Como.
The return journey takes around 2 hours and 45 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.