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Prealpi Lombarde

 
Prealpi Lombarde

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Varese-Como-Lecco-Bergamo-Brescia, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 45.79817°N / 9.60205°E

Object Title: Prealpi Lombarde

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Sport Climbing, Via Ferrata, Skiing

Season: Spring, Summer, Winter

Elevation: 8270 ft / 2521 m

 

Page By: gabriele

Created/Edited: Feb 11, 2006 / Mar 7, 2011

Object ID: 155403

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a small preliminary remark ...

 
Grigne group
a late fall view ...


the goal of this page is to introduce some starting knowledge of this wide area, sometimes underrated and often stridden by big quantities of tourists along some popular routes.

Out of those ones this area hosts and offers some very fine environments where nature looks uncontaminated and wild ... despite their nearness to a densely populated country.

Here you will find only the main geographic and logistic info: the complete description of the main summits should belong only to summit pages

Overview

With the name of Prealpi Lombarde is normally intended the big area between the Lago Maggiore (Verbano lake) and the Lago di Garda (Benaco lake).
All these mountains, subgroups, groups are quite near to some important towns of Northern Italy, so someone can think of them as tame mountains : nothing wronger than it !
There are a lot of villages, joined by good and bad roads, and a lot of paths, easy and well marked, but, out of them you can often find absolute wilderness and some real danger, first of all the risk to loose bearings and to find yourself in strange situations : the most frequent is the track ending over a big rocky wall.
Differences in elevation are often not small, 1000-1500 m are normal here ...
So, the best way to amuse these environments is well studying maps and tracks before starting or, better, go there with someone who well knows the area.


Geographic Overview

As previously said with the name of Prealpi Lombarde is normally intended the big limestone area between the Lago Maggiore (Verbano lake) on the west side and the Lago di Garda (Benaco lake) on the east side.
The norther borders are much more difficult to find : geologically it should be the Dinaridi limit (the border of the ancient Tethys sea)



google map

so we can define 3 different sections :



Western Lombardic Prealps
starting from Bellinzona the border arrives, along the Passo di San Iorio to Gravedona, on the western bank of Lario lake (Lago di Como)
north of this border the Lepontine Alps
  • Prealpi Varesine
  • Prealpi Luganesi-Comasche


    Central Lombardic Prealps
    on the eastern bank of Lario lake (Lago di Como), the border starts from Bellano, goes along the Valsassina, the Piani di Bobbio and gets down to Piazza Brembana, goes on to the Passo della Marogella to come down to Val Canale, on the bottom of Val Seriana, then after Valbondione and Passo della Manina, the Val di Scalve and the Passo del Vivione goes down to the Valcamonica
    north of this border the Alpi Orobie range
  • Prealpi Lecchesi
  • Prealpi Bergamasche


    Eastern Lombardic Prealps
    here the geological borders are not so easy to find, but geographically we can easy find the northern border : the valley leading to the Passo di Croce Domini
    north of this border the Adamello group
    then the sourh border of Giudicarie till the Benaco lake (Lago di Garda)
    north of this border the Brenta group
  • Prealpi Bresciane


    Getting There

    I can't hope (believe) that someone can cross the ocean to come here to hike and/or climb :)
    So this page can be used by those ones that live or work
  • in Milan (or neighbouring towns : Varese, Como, Lecco, Sondrio, Bergamo, Lecco, Brescia) and in the whole range north of Po river)
  • in Lugano, Bellinzona (or even beyond the Gotthard tunnel)
    starting from these towns the approach to the main valleys leading to the various subgroups is easy and (often) fast along the motorways or SS leading to the closer places wherefrom start the roads entering in the groups along the below quoted valleys.
    Just to make an example, I live few km N of Milan and used to start from home on saturday at 2PM to climb the Cassin Route to the Medale (400m of pure rock - D) or at 10AM to climb the other routes on the same wall :))

    So, starting from Padana plan these are the main starting points :
  • for Prealpi Varesine : Varese - Lugano
  • for Prealpi Luganesi-Comasche : Lugano - Como
  • for Prealpi Lecchesi : Como - Lecco - Bergamo
  • for Prealpi Bergamasche : Lecco - Bergamo
  • for Prealpi Bresciane : Brescia


    Prealpi Varesine

    with the only exception of Campo dei Fiori, on whose N side there's a wide rocky wall hosting many short (2-3 pitches) routes of traditional and sport climbing, the whole area looks made for fine sweet hiking and, in winter, after the first snowfalls, a good training ground for ski-mountaneering


    a 6504 x 651 pixels pano of the Alps from a minor summit in Varese Prealps

    main summits

    Monte Nudo (1235m)
    Campo dei Fiori (1226m)
    Monte Lema (1621m)
    Monte Gradiccioli (1935m)
    Monte Tamaro (1961m)
    Monte Paglione (1594m)

    main valleys - clockwise from S
    Val Travaglio
    Val Tresa
    Val Veddasca
    Magadino Plan
    Val d'Agno

    meteo - google map


    Prealpi Luganesi-Comasche

    easy hiking range for family trips in spring, avoid summer ... too hot

    main subgroups and summits



  • Gino group :
    sweet mountains in summer, very good and somehow engaging ski-mountaneering, especially on the summits starting from Pizzo di Gino toward East

    Monte Bar (1916m)
    Monte Garzirola (2116m)
    Monte Grande (2136m)
    Cima Verta (2094m)
    Monte Albano (2027m)
    Pizzo di Gino (2245m)
    Cima Pianchette (2156m)
    Monte Tabor (2079m)
    Monte Bregagno (2107m)
    the S border of this group is the Monte Grona (1736m), a rocky structure with an interesting ferrata



  • Camoghè group
    sweet mountains, fine for spring easy hiking

    Cima di Medeglia (1260m)
    Pizzo di Corgella (1703m)
    Pizzo Camoghè (2226m)

  • Fiorina group
    Denti della Vecchia is a locally well known rock climbing training ground, with all kind of difficulties on short (2-4 pitches) routes

    Denti della Vecchia (1500m)
    Cima di Fiorina (aka Foiorina) (1810m)
    Monte Prade (1607m)
    Monte Bronzone (1434m)
    Pizzoni (1303m)

  • Generoso group
    very fine sweet easy hiking here in all seasons

    Monte Generoso (1701m)
    Monte Crocione (1491m)
    Sasso Gordona (1418m)
    Monte San Bernardo (1348m)
    Colmegnone (1383m)
    Monte Bisbino (1325m)
    North of the Generoso, on the N side of the Val d'Intelvi, a small group, made of sweet mountains (with very steep slopes on their flanks) :
    Monte Galbiga (1698m)
    Monte Tremezzo (1700m)
    Monte Crocione (1641m)
    and some minor ones

    a 7000 x 650 pixels pano of the Alps from Sasso Gordona

    main valleys - clockwise from S
    Val Solda
    Val Colla
    Val Morobbia
    Val Albano
    Val d'Intelvi


    Triangolo lariano

    The Triangolo lariano is the range between the 2 branches of Como lake


    It is divided in two very different parts by the valley of the Lambro River (Valassina)

  • San Primo group
    here the main summit of the area, this is the most frequented, in all seasons, by tourists and hikers and is divided from the Lecco Prealps by the Valassina



    Monte San Primo (1686m)
    Monte Palanzone (1438m)
    Monte Bolettone (1317m)
    Monte Boletto (1236m)

    this chain can be a good site for a hike, following the main ridge along good and sweet paths, starting from Como (funicular to Brunate then on foot) and arriving to Bellagio - it normally takes 2 days (many resorts along the trail)

    monte Boletto
    monte Boletto
    monte Bolettone
    monte Bolettone
    monte Palanzolo
    monte Palanzone

    Monte San Primo
    Monte San Primo from SW
    Monte San Primo
    Monte San Primo from NE
    fall colours in the  triangolo lariano
    Monte San Primo from its E ridge

    main valleys - clockwise from S
    Val di Gaggio
    Val Giurada
    Valassina


  • corni di Canzo group
    this subgroup has a minor extension but is quite different from the previous one, rocky structures come out of the meadows and woods, southern and eastern borders are steep and hiking is limited to few paths. Many hunters paths somewhere dangerous ... careful
    Its south border is a wonderful place for paragliding
    Corni di Canzo (1373m)
    Moregallo (1276m)
    Corno Rai (1261m)
    Cornizzolo (1211m)


    main valley
    Valassina

    Meteo - google map


    Prealpi Lecchesi

    This range has all a hiker and/or a climber can ask to the mountain :
    fine hike, fine rock climbing, extreme and long rock routes, from this range came out some famous climbers : two above all Cassin and Bonatti

    main subgroups and summits


  • Campelli group
    Zuccone di Campelli (2161m)
    Corna Grande (2089m)
    Cima di Piazzo (2057m)
    Monte Sodadura (2010m)
    Monte Araralta (2009m)
    Zuccone di Campelli
    Zuccone di Campelli from East ridge of Grignetta (W)
    Monte Sodadura
    Monte Sodadura
     
    Monte Sodadura
    :Monte Sodadura in winter


  • Grigne group
    Pizzo della Pieve (2257m)
    Grigna Settentrionale (2410m)
    Grigna Meridionale (2184m)
    Monte Coltignone (1479m)




  • Resegone group
    Monte Due Mani (1666m)
    Resegone (1875m)
    Corna Camozzera (1452m)
    Lo Spedone (1104m)
    Monte Tesoro (1432m)
    Monte Albenza (1392m)
    Resegone
    Resegone from Valmadrera (West)
     
    Monte Due Mani
    Monte Due Mani from Monte Barro


    main valleys - clockwise from S
    Valsassina
    Val Torta
    Val Taleggio
    Val Brembilla
    Valle Imagna

    Meteo - google map


    Prealpi Bergamasche

    The same as for the previous section, but even a little wilder, mountains are well detached from each other and in their small surrounding valleys we can think to live in another world


  • Arera group
    Pizzo Arera (2512m)
    Cima di Menno (2300m)
    Corna Piana (2302m)
    Cima di Fop (2322m)
    Cima di Grem (2049m)
    Cima Foppazzi (2097m)
    Cima di Valmora (2198)
    Monte Secco (2267) from Val Canale it rises for over 1000m with a huge rock wall

     
    Pizzo Arera
    Pizzo Arera NE side
     
    Pizzo Arera
    Pizzo Arera N face
     
    Arera & Corna Piana
    Arera and Corna Piana

     
    Cima del Fop
    Cima del Fop



  • Alben group
    Monte Alben (2019m)
    Cima della Croce (1978m)
    Cima di Spada (1952m)
    Monte Suchello (1542m)
    Cima di Claviera (1320m)
    Monte Alben
    Monte Alben from its North ridge


  • Presolana group
    Monte Vigna Soliva (2356m)
    Monte Vigna Vaga (2333m)
    Monte Ferrante (2426m)
    Pizzo della Presolana (2463-2521-2447m)
    Monte Visolo (2369m)
    Cima di Timogno (2173m)
    Presolana
    Presolana North side while ascending to Rifugio Albani
     
    Western Presolana N wall
     


  • Formico group
    Pizzo Formico (1637m)
    Monte Grione (1380m)
    Monte Torrezzo (1376m)
    Monte Bronzone (1334m)

  • Camino group
    Cima di San Fermo (2356m)
    Pizzo Camino (2492m)
    Monte Sossino (2396m)
    Cima d'Ezendola (2174m)
    Monte Sossino
     
     
    Pizzo Camino
     


  • Concarena group
    Cimon della Bagozza (2409m)
    Monte Campione (2174m)
    Cima della Bacchetta (2460m)
    Cimone della Bagozza from...
    Cimon della Bagozza
    Concarena Group
     
     
    Val di Scalve
     
     
    the Concarena group
     


    main valleys - clockwise from S
    Val Brembana
    Val Secca
    Val Seriana
    Val di Scalve
    Val Camonica

    Meteo - google map


    Prealpi Bresciane

    wild, wild environment ... to be discovered and better known

  • Western chain
    Punta dei Setteventi (2250m)
    Monte Guglielmo (1949m)
    Monte Muffetto (2060m)
    Dosso Alto (2065m)

  • Central chain
    Dosso Alto (2006m)
    Corna Blacca (2096m)

  • Eastern chain
    Monte Tremalzo (1975m)
    Monte Cablone (1977m)
    Cima Tombea (1947m)

    main valleys - clockwise from S
    Val Camonica
    Val Caffaro
    Val Trompia

    Meteo - google map


    When To Climb

    all year long



    Red Tape

    no fees no permits required



    Camping

    almost all the trips can be done in one day starting from the neighbouring towns



    Images