Pizzo di Gino is one of the most important mountain in the Prealpi Luganesi e Comasche
, and the highest of the whole Prealpi Ticinesi-Comasche (Insubria)
, . It's located at the head of Cavargna valley starting from the principal valley of Menaggio ( South side )and at the end of Albano's valley starting directly from Dongo on the Como lake ( North side ).
Pizzo di Gino is usually considered as a breach point of the Alps and Pre-alps . This mountain can be considered a virtual point where the prealps , with their tipical forms rounded off and usually not higher than 2000 m. slm , leaves the place tho the alps , more rocky , higher than 2000 m. slm and with harder forms .
Panorama from his top is great :from West Alps to Berner Oberland till Bernina group . You have also fantastic views down to the lake's area : from lago Maggiore to lago di Lugano , lago di Como and Valtellina .
Usually the best season to reach the top and to enjoy the panorama is during fall or just after a summer-thunderstorm ( enough frequent in the warm season ) because of the clear and transparent air .
You also can enjoy great mountaineering ski-tour
in winter or early spring depending from snow condition .
From Italy : Como - SS 340 Regina to Menaggio - dir. Lugano up to Carlazzo - dir. Cavargna up to Cavargna 1080m. slm .
From Swiss : Lugano - Gandria - Porlezza - Carlazzo - Cavargna
timetable North Trail Milano-Como
timetable Bus Como-Menaggio-Porlezza-Cavargna
timetable Boat Line - Como Lake
Neither permiss nor fee is necessary to climb it
Camping and accomodation
Camping is permitted almost everywhere.
equipped camping in Porlezza
equipped camping in Carlazzo
Good and cheap accomodation at val Cavargna's B&B
link to val Cavargna
link to Como and Lugano lakes
link to sistema lago di como
At San Lucio's oratory on the way to Garzirola
's summit in fall 2002 ; Pizzo di Gino emerges behind the oratory
- CNS fg. 1334 (Porlezza)1:25.000
Kompass - Carta turistica sentieri e rifugi 1:50.000
fg. n° 91- Lago di Como-Lago di Lugano