Page Type Page Type: Mountain/Rock
Location Lat/Lon: 45.72490°N / 11.13260°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Scrambling, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 7411 ft / 2259 m
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  • Cima Carega from the SE, from...
    Cima Carega from the SE, from  before Bocchetta dei Fondi
    January 9th, 2019: Design corrections, OpenTopo map added.
  • February 23rd, 2013: SP V3 design updated, a winter picture added.
  • February 20th, 2011: Pictures embedded.
  • June 12th, 2005: Added info by Claude Mauguier: Ethymology, culture and literature, WWI relics. Link to the neighbouring Monte Pasubio inserted.
  • June 3rd, 2005 - Initial setup of the page.


Cima Carega is the highest mountain in Monte Lessini, a beautiful group above the famous Italian towns Verona and Vicenza.


The Broader Area

Cima Carega chain from the...Cima Carega chain from the NE, from below Passo Campogrosso
Cima CaregaTiziana - The summit
Carega groupTiziana - Carega group from near Anghebeni in Vallarsa valley

Monte Lessini belong to Prealpi Venete, the German classification refers these mountains also as the Vicenza Alps. Other neighbouring groups are:

- Monte Pasubio (the massif north of the Passo Pian delle Fugazze),

- Sette Comuni (mountains above the Asiago Plateau - between the Astico and Brenta valley),

- Monte Grappa (the massif east of Brenta river),

- Lagorai Chain and Cima d'Asta Massif

Claude Mauguier: Literature & civilization: This typical "borders" area hosts of not only strange and misknown mountains, but also an original cultural context. The former border between the old Germanic-Roman Empire, of which the former Prince-Archbishop of Trento was Elector, used to cross the territory, from the time of Karolus Magnus, until 1918. On both sides, various dialects were coexisting, sometimes a mixture of celtic with old-saxon and latin. As an illustration, the work of father Pietro Mercante : "Getze un sai taucias gareida = Giazza ed il suo dialetto" (Arnaldo Forni ed. 1978). On the Trento Province territory, the Val dei Mocheni is another good example of this. The most famous contemporary writer born within these mountains (Asiago) is Mario Rigoni-Stern, whose sensibility with nature, history and mankind gave us such works as : - Storia di Tönle, - L'anno della vittoria, - Sentieri sotto la neve,...and many others ! (English or German translations should be available).

Monti Lessini

Monte Lessini - Ponte di VejaLessinia - Ponte di Veja
Monti LessiniTiziana - Monti Lessini

The group of Monti Lessini rises north of Verona and the river Po plane like a giant shell. From the altitude of around 2000 meters many valleys and ridges are descending down towards the plane. This world is covered with woods, vineyards and orchards, there are many nice creeks with old mills, waterfalls, and on higher regions also some stone formations can be found. In Valpolicella, for example, a huge stone bridge is a wide known landmark of Lessinia. Higher regions are bare, grassy, forming many broad plateaus and shoulders, up to some summits of these soft hills mountain roads are ascending. This is a great area for mountain biking and in winter for cross country skiing! The northern part of Monte Lessini is the highest one, there are some beautiful 'real' mountains, among them Cima Carega, the most valuable mountaineering goal in the group. It is worth to mention that also Cima Carega is not a single mountain, but a broad massif. Especially from the north one can beautifully see the wide rock faces of this chain, and also towards the south, towards the hilly lower part of Lessinia, some mountain crests go.

Cima Carega

Cima Carega from above...
Cima Carega from above Vallarsa

The summit cone of Cima Carega is put atop the wild crest of limestone walls, falling steeply towards the NE and N, on the place, where also the main side ridge deters towards the south. So, the most beautiful side of the Carega massif is the NE and N side, rising above Passo Campogrosso, 1456 m and the valley of river Leno. Limestone towers, walls, steep ravines, filled till mid summer with snow, all this rising above beautiful, green alpine meadows. That's why these and some neighbouring mountains are called also Piccole Dolomiti (The Small Dolomites).  

Carega group from the south Carega group from the S

From the summit of Cima Carega a strong crest goes towards the SE. Some peaks in this crest are: Cima Mosca, 2141 m, Monte Obante, 2020 m and the wild group of Guglie dei Fumante with Cima Lovaraste, 1942 m. On Monte Obante the ridge turns towards the south. From the highest point towards the NW the second strong branch stretches. Two peaks in this crest are: Cima del Calieron, 2210 m and Cima Levante, 2020 m. On the W side the massif of Cima Carega is falling down into the deep valley of the Ala creek. From the highest point towards the south a ridge with many summits over 2000 m goes, connecting Cima Carega with the rest of Monti Lessini. The valley of Rivolto (Progno d'Illast creek) continues through Lessinia down to the Po river plane.

Carega group from the west Carega from the west

Claude Mauguier: A litthe ethymology: "Carega", means "chair" in many local dialects (Trento side), but might be a wrong transcription of an older "kar-eg", which structure shows a typical and well spread mixup of terms in Europe, associating "kar" (probably pre-celtic, with the meaning of "high point", "summit") and the celtic suffix "-eg" (written elsewhere "ac", then latinized into "-acus"), which means "...the place where is...."

Cima Carega is very popular for mountaineering. Because of so many approaches from the south, people are coming from different destinations. Also big cities of Verona, Vicenza and others guarantee that on nice days the slopes of Cima Carega are full of hikers - they are approaching it from the S. Also from the E and N some not so hard passages go over crests. From there the summit can be reached in some 3 hours. From the W, the road finishes in Ronchi, 687 m, so the ascent is considerably longer (more than 5 h). In good conditions (we were there end of May) the steep northern ravines and couloirs are a very nice goal for experienced mountaineers. From Passo Campogrosso over Cima Carega also the European long-distance hiking route (E5) goes. I have no information about hard climbing routes on Cima Carega (members, please add info!). Cima Carega also looks great for tour skiing: The easiest tour goes from Rif. Boschetto over the southern slopes. In good conditions also the northern ravines and couloirs should offer great ski tours of all difficulties. Southern approach by old military roads till Rif. Scalorbi, 1767 m is also a great biking tour.

Summit Panorama

Towards the north the view from Carega Summit flies to Monte Pasubio, summits above the Asiago plateau, and Cima d'Asta and Lagorai group. On the west the rest of Monte Lessini can be seen and beyond the Adige valley Monte Baldo. On the south Monte Lessini are lowering to the Po river plane. On the East one can see the forehills of Monte Lessini, the plane of Po and Prealpi Venete.

Cima Carega summit view. We...
From the summit of Cima...
Cima Carega NW view. May...

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World War I on Carega

Claude Mauguier: This territory was close to the WW1 battlefieds. A lot of war remainings are found here and there (forts, trenches, barbed wires, etc...). A special path was labelled and settled a few years ago, with various highlight points. Just one title (there are many): Claudio Fabbro : "Sentiero della Pace", Euroedit.1997. This work shows a bibliography, but one may find a lot of written material about this period and these places in every serious bookshop.

Getting There

San Colombano, the famous... San Colombano, the famous hermitage along the road Roveretto - Passo Pian delle Fugazze
Monte Lessini.

From the north, from Central Europe the valley of Adige valley can be reached by the Brenner motorway.

South of Monti Lessini the highway Venezia-Milano runs past Verona. From this highway, you can deter and drive north by the highway till Schio/Thiene, where you turn westwards towards Passo Pian delle Fugazze. Cima Carega can be reached from all sides.

From the south you can drive from Verona and its neighbourhood towards the north to Bosco, just past Giazza, 773 m.

From the east approaches go from Recoaro Terme. From this town you can drive up either towards W to Rif. C. Battisti, 1265 m, or by a good road towards the NW to Passo Campogrosso, 1456 m, where the NE approaches start.

From the N you must first reach Passo Pian delle Fugazze (between the towns of Schio and Roveretto in Adige valley). From there you drive 6 km towards the S on Passo Campogrosso.

From the west you start in Ala, Adige valley and drive towards the SE till Ronchi, 687 m, where the trailhead starts.

From the Adige valley you can reach Passo Pian delle Fugazze from Roveretto. Map.: Tabacco 1:25000 - Gruppo Pasubio-Carega.

Routes Overview

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Southern approaches on Cima... SE approach
The south crest of Cima... S ridge
  • Southern approaches: Marked paths go from all huts on the southern side. Over the southwest ridge (Rif. Pertica - Rif. Fraccaroli) a ferrata goes.
  • Southeastern approach: From Rif. C. Battisti you ascend first to Rif. Scalorbi and then by broad marked paths further to the summit. 3 h.
  • Eastern approaches: From Rif. Campogrosso, you ascend first the main ridge on Bocchetta dei Fondi, from where you continue by easy paths to the summit. 3 h. A harder option is Vaio dei Colori Route - a steep couloir, which is long in summer filled with snow. 3 h. Other steep ravines and couloirs from the N and NE side also allow approaches on the main ridge, but they are more demanding (requiring easy climbing).
  • Northern approach: From Camposilvano in the valley of Leno river also an approach goes, using a broad valley, finishing on the plateau just NW of the main summit. 4-5 h.
  • Western approach: From Ronchi, 687 m, to the summit goes a route over Cresta Perobia, 1325 m, Pala di Cherle, 1980 m and Bivouac SAT Ala, 1990 m. 5 h.

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No limitations.

When To Climb

Cima Carega can be climbed any time of the year. Of course different routes have different best seasons.

Mountain Huts

Passo Campogrosso Rif. Giuriolo on Campogrosso

Southern approaches:

(1) Rif. Boschetto, 1151 m. (2) Rif. Alpino Rivolto, 1336 m. (3) Rif. Pertica, 1522 m, opened Jul.-Sep., otherwise on weekends, 30 beds. Tel.: 045-7847011. (4) Rif. Scalorbi, 1767 m, opened: Jul. 20th-Sep. 20th, 25 beds. Tel.: 045-7847029. (5) Rif. Fraccaroli, 2238 m, opened Jul. 15th-Sep. 15th, 50 beds. Tel.: 045-7050033.

Eastern approach:

(6) Rif. C. Battisti, 1265 m, opened July-September, 50 beds, reachable by car. Tel.: 0445-75235.

Northern approach:

(7) Rif. Campogrosso (Rif. Giuriolo), 1443 m, opened July-September, 68 beds, reachable by car. Tel.: 0445-75030.

Western approach: Bivouac SAT Ala, 1990 m.

External Links

A very nice page in Italian language:

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Gabriele Roth

Gabriele Roth - Oct 22, 2005 4:44 pm - Voted 10/10

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the road from Pian delle Fugazze to Campogrosso is open only between 5 and 8 in the morning ...
so the best way to get there is starting from Vicenza (or, better, from Montecchio exit of motorway ) follow to Valdagno, Recoaro and on till the pass.

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