Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 45.79817°N / 9.60205°E
Activities Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering, Sport Climbing, Via Ferrata, Skiing
Seasons Season: Spring, Summer, Winter
Additional Information Elevation: 8270 ft / 2521 m
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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


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

  • 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

    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 CampelliZuccone di Campelli from East ridge of Grignetta (W)
      Monte SodaduraMonte 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 from Valmadrera (West)
      Monte Due Mani
      Monte Due Mani from Monte Barro

      main valleys - clockwise from S
      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 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


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