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.
SubgroupsAs 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.
Pizzo dei TRE SIGNORI group
Group placed between the provinces of Sondrio (north) Lecco (southwest)
Pizzo tre Signori means "peak of three lords".
CORNO STELLA groups
Atractive area hosting the ski resort villages of Foppolo, Carona and
VAL DEL LIVRIO
MONTE PRADELLA group
Also famous for the moltitude of natural and artificial lakes : the most
famous are the Laghi Gemelli.
PIZZO DEL DIAVOLO DI TENDA group
Beautiful pyramid, lonely in the area, standing out among the other summits.
VALLE DI CARONNO
PIZZO DI COCA group
The biggest part of the area with impressive rocky spurs on the north.
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:
ALTA VIA DELLE OROBIEAlta 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
This is basicly the route:
Passo della Presolana(1287m) - path n°401 - ref. Albani (3-5 hours)
ref. Albani - path n°401 - ref. Curo' (5-7 hours)
ref. Curo' - path n°302 - ref. Coca (2-4 hours)
ref. Coca - path n°302 - ref. Baroni/Brunone (3-5 hours)
ref. Baroni/Brunone - path n°225 - ref. Calvi (3-5 hours)
ref. Calvi - path n°213 - ref. Laghi Gemelli (3-4 hours)
ref. Laghi Gemelli - path n°220 - Valcanale(987m) (2-3-Hours)
Refuges and Huts
2222m - 50 places - 3h from Ornica/2h from Cusio
Ref. Fratelli Longo
2026m - 40 places - 3h from Carona
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
1892m - 60 places - 3h from Valbondione
1895m - 100 places - 3h from Valbondione
1939m - 60 places - 3h from Colere/15 min by cablecar
2328m - 20 places - 3.45h from Schilpario
Biv. Citta' di Clusone
2065m - 9 places - 1.30h from Passo della Presolana
2125m - 9 places - 4h from Fiumenero/2h from ref.Calvi
2509 - 12 places - 5h from Arigna
1926 - 6 places - 3h from Arigna
2578m - 9 places - 3h from Loveno