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Alpi Orobie

 
Alpi Orobie

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.15700°N / 9.75311°E

Object Title: Alpi Orobie

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

 

Page By: andrea.it

Created/Edited: Feb 25, 2006 / Dec 15, 2011

Object ID: 176180

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Overview

 
Pano taken from Monte Legnone.
Pano from Monte legnone











With the name of Alpi Orobie (or Orobiche), is known the big ridge placed on the northest section of prealpi Bergamasche.
The name Orobie probably comes after Galli Orobii, the original people that founded the ancient village of Bergamo (Berg Heim) long time ago.
The Orobian area is placed parallely to Valtellina valley,and runs from Monte Legnone (west) to Passo del Vivione (east).
Overviewing the area, the mountain chain looks like a three teeths comb to south,hosting the two mains valleys: Val Brembana and Val Seriana.
This kind of comb is full of more or less high summits very well known by locals but not by foreigners.
This part of the Alps as the rest of the Prealpi aren’t well known and turistly atractive, clearly cause nearless to the fantastic neighbours Adamello-Presanella group and the huge Bernina group.
Its south part is a nice green environment full of well marked paths,huts and bivouacs;on the contrary, the northern one (that I like better)is very wild,uncomfortable and not so easy yo reach,(especially behind the Diavolo di Tenda and Diavolo della Malgina),somewhere dangerous for the bad quality of rocks.
Some small glaciers still stay alive despite the global warming.

Subgroups

As previous explained, Alpi Orobie is a chain of summits without interruption; but we can share out it
in seven major groups:
they are, starting from west:

MONTE LEGNONE group
Huge mountain growing direclty from the lake of Como with a difference in
elevation of 2400 meters.
Natural corner and edge among the lake, Valsassina and Valtellina.
Monte Legnone and Mezzola s...
Monte Legnone and lake of Como seen from Val Chiavenna


Main summits:
  • MONTE LEGNONCINO 1714m
  • MONTE LEGNONE 2609m
  • MONTE COLOMBANO 2095m
  • CIMA DI MONCALE 2306m
  • PIZZO ALTO 2512m
  • MONTE ROTONDO 2496M

    Main valleys:
    VALSASSINA
    VAL VARRONE
    VALTELLINA
    VALLE LESINA


    Pizzo dei TRE SIGNORI group
    Group placed between the provinces of Sondrio (north) Lecco (southwest)
    and Bergamo(southeast).
    Pizzo tre Signori means "peak of three lords".
    Pizzo dei 3 Signori
    Pizzo dei Tre Signori from Biandino basin

    Main summits:
  • PIZZO VARRONE 2325m
  • PIZZO DEI TRE SIGNORI 2554m
  • TORRIONE DI TRONELLA 2311m
  • MONTE PONTERANICA 2378m

    Main valleys:
    VALGEROLA
    VALBIANDINO
    VAL D'INFERNO


    CORNO STELLA groups
    Atractive area hosting the ski resort villages of Foppolo, Carona and
    San Simone.

    Main summits:
  • CIMA CADELLE 2484m
  • MONTE TORO 2524m
  • CORNO STELLA 2621m
  • MONTE MASONI 2663m
  • CIME DELLO SCOLTADOR 2562m

    Main valleys:
    VALLE BREMBANA
    VAL CERVIA
    VAL DEL LIVRIO


    MONTE PRADELLA group
    Also famous for the moltitude of natural and artificial lakes : the most
    famous are the Laghi Gemelli.

    Monte Pradella.
    Monte Pradella seen from Pizzo di Farno.



    Main summits:
  • PIZZO DI FARNO 2506m
  • PIZZO DEL BECCO 2502m
  • MONTE PRADELLA 2626m
  • MONTE CABIANCA 2601m
  • MONTE MADONNINO 2502m

    Main valleys:
    VAL SANGUIGNO
    VAL BREMBANA
    VAL SERIANA


    PIZZO DEL DIAVOLO DI TENDA group
    Beautiful pyramid, lonely in the area, standing out among the other summits.

    Diavolo di Tenda seen from...
    Pizzo del Diavolo di Tenda seen from Val dell'Aser.


    Main summits:
  • PIZZO DEL DIAVOLO di TENDA 2916m
  • PIZZO DELL'OMO 2773m
  • PIZZO PORIS 2712m

    Main valleys:
    VALLE VENINA
    VALLE DI CARONNO
    VALLE DELL'ASER


    PIZZO DI COCA group
    The biggest part of the area with impressive rocky spurs on the north.

    Pizzo di Scais, Cime di Caronno e Rodes
    The north side of Scaiss-Redorta group.




    Main summits:
  • PIZZO REDORTA 3038m
  • PUNTA SCAIS 3038m
  • PIZZO DI COCA 3054m
  • PIZZO DEL DIAVOLO DI MALGINA 2926m

    Main valleys:
    VAL CARONELLA
    VALLE D'ARIGNA
    VALLE MALGINA


    The eastern part of Orobie hasn't a major mountain for a classification.
    The most famous, for its fantastic ski-mountaneering route, is the GLENO
    Anyway the higher summits are:


    The lake of Barbellino.
    The artificial lake of barbelino and the impressive Pizzo Recastello,seen from Pizzo di Coca.


  • MONTE TORENA 2911m
  • PIZZO RECASTELLO 2886m
  • MONTE GLENO 2882m
  • PIZZO STRINATO 2836m
  • MONTE DEMIGNONE 2587m
  • MONTE TRE CONFINI 2590m
  • MONTE SELLERO 2774m
  • MONTE TORSOLETO 2708m

    ALTA VIA DELLE OROBIE

    Alta via delle Orobie is the haute route that allows to discover and
    explore this specific area af the alps.
    It's a hiking trip of 6-7 days and it is mostly developed at about 2000
    meters passing through lots of passes.
    I suggest to run it counter clockwise, to keep the sunshine in the back
    and go along the stronger stages in the first days.
    Easy route, doesn't require specific skill, the only difficult passage is
    between ref. Curo' to ref. Baroni where some ropes and chains help to go
    through.Different "secondary" paths are available based on the singular
    person training level. You can join the path from lots of different
    routes developing from the valley. Every stop place has its alpine refuge
    (mostly official "CAI" Italian refuges) managed between the period of
    May-October.
    This is basicly the route:

    1st day
    Passo della Presolana(1287m) - path n°401 - ref. Albani (3-5 hours)

    2nd day
    ref. Albani - path n°401 - ref. Curo' (5-7 hours)

    3rd day
    ref. Curo' - path n°302 - ref. Coca (2-4 hours)

    4th day
    ref. Coca - path n°302 - ref. Baroni/Brunone (3-5 hours)

    5th day
    ref. Baroni/Brunone - path n°225 - ref. Calvi (3-5 hours)

    6th day
    ref. Calvi - path n°213 - ref. Laghi Gemelli (3-4 hours)

    7th day
    ref. Laghi Gemelli - path n°220 - Valcanale(987m) (2-3-Hours)

    Refuges and Huts

     
    Refuge Laghi Gemelli
    The ref. Laghi Gemelli
     
    Refuge of Coca.
    The ref. Coca
    [img:74893:alignleft:small:The ref. Coca]
    Ref. Benigni
    2222m - 50 places - 3h from Ornica/2h from Cusio
    Ref. Fratelli Longo
    2026m - 40 places - 3h from Carona
    Ref. Calvi
    2015m - 85 places - 3h from Carona/4h from Gromo
    Ref. Laghi Gemelli
    1961m - 70 places - 3h from Carona/3h from Roncobello
    Ref. Baroni Brunone
    2295m - 80 places - 4h from Fiumenero
    Ref. Coca
    1892m - 60 places - 3h from Valbondione
    ref. Curo'
    1895m - 100 places - 3h from Valbondione
    Ref. Albani
    1939m - 60 places - 3h from Colere/15 min by cablecar
    Ref. Tagliaferri
    2328m - 20 places - 3.45h from Schilpario

    Biv. Citta' di Clusone
    2065m - 9 places - 1.30h from Passo della Presolana
    Biv. Frattini
    2125m - 9 places - 4h from Fiumenero/2h from ref.Calvi
    Biv. Corti
    2509 - 12 places - 5h from Arigna
    Biv. Resnati
    1926 - 6 places - 3h from Arigna
    Biv. Salvadori
    2578m - 9 places - 3h from Loveno

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