Lake Como -hiking in Valle Albano Park: Quang Sanctuary – Brenzeglio – Giovo Pass
Total length: 7.9 km (one way only )
Hiking time: 2.45 (one way)
Starting altitude: 835 m
Arrival altitude: 1706 m
Elevation gain: 887 m
Descent: 18 m
Difficulty: medium – easy path and in good condition, but rather long and challenging vertical drop
How to reach the starting point
The starting point of the itinerary is the Quang Sanctuary (which is easily accessible by car from Garzeno), where there is enough parking space for numerous cars (recommended choice). Alternatively, you can continue driving for around 1400m until you reach the end of the asphalt road and then leave the car near a clearing at the edge of the road (there is only enough space available for a couple of cars and it is not an official parking spot). The dirt carriage road continues for around 1 kilometre up to just before the village of Brenzeglio, where closed access prevents unauthorised people from driving any further. Here, another clearing provides enough parking space for around 3-4 cars (as before, this area is not an official parking spot).
The first stretch of the route, from the Quang Sanctuary up to the end of the carriage road, just before you reach Brenzeglio, runs mainly through a wooded area that is distinguished by some impressive examples of chestnut trees, which are testament to the area’s ancient chestnut woods. The route is mainly flat or gently uphill and, at certain points, offers impressive panoramic views over the south-eastern part of the Valle Albano valley.
Around 2500m after the starting point you will reach the residential area of Brenzeglio (970m), where there is a water source, and the path starts its ascent towards Giovo. Just before you leave the small village you can see, just down from the path, a series of Masun, a typical local building, distinguishable by the thatched roof.
The path continues on a gentle ascent between meadow areas and woodlands for around 700m and then, once you have crossed a waterway, becomes steeper with a long series of bends that continue for around another 2500m, until you arrive at the Alpe di Brent alpine meadow, where a source of drinking water is available. The stretch runs through open surroundings, passing through areas covered in bracken, and offers several panoramic viewpoints over the whole Valle Albano valley.
Once you have passed the Alpe di Brent meadow (1460m) you can start to see the whole head of the Valle Albano valley. The path becomes wider and gradually continues to climb until you reach the Il Giovo shelter after around 2 kilometres (where a source of drinking water is available) and the pass with the same name (1706m). Along the route there are some commemorative plaques dedicated to financiers and supporters.
The return journey, back along the same route as the outward one, takes around 2 hours.
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.