Lake Como – hiking itinerary in Valle Albano Park: Giovo Pass – Sommafiume Shelter

Lake Como – hiking itinerary in Valle Albano Park: Giovo Pass – Sommafiume Shelter


  • Total length: 5.1 km (one way only )
  • Hiking time: 1.15 (one way)
  • Starting altitude: 1706 m
  • Arrival altitude: 1798 m
  • Elevation gain: 168 m
  • Descent: 103 m
  • Difficulty: low – easy path and undemanding , along a mostly flat route.

Lake Como - Italy - Valle Albano park - Itinerary Giovo passage – Sommafiume Refuge Panoramic view from Sommafiume

Valle Albano park – Itinerary Giovo passage – Sommafiume Shelter – Panoramic view from Sommafiume

Longer description

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 valley, crossing the meadows and shrub lands that characterise it.

Around 15 minutes after setting out from the starting point (1100m from the Passo del 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 left you will arrive at the Sommafiume shelter within around 10 minutes (1798m – unmanaged). From here you can admire the whole Valle Albano valley and the peaks that characterise the north-western slope (Cima Verta, Cima Pomodoro and Monte Albano mountain). At the shelter there is a drinking trough with water.

The return journey takes the same amount of time as the outward one.

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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