This trail coincides with the Gran Via delle Orobie (GVO), the most important excursion route in the Orobie Valtellinesi Park. It is a 130 km high-altitude trail (1800 m amsl) from Andalo in the Lesina valley, to Aprica.
Follow the marked “W. Corti” birding trail until the Alpe Giuf (or Combanina) pasture (1732 m). Pay attention to the signs and proceed southwards on the flat stretch until you enter a wonderful larch forest. After a while the trail will start to climb for approximately 200 metres. Leave a fork in the road behind, ignoring the left turn, and walk past the val Combana glen to the Combana farmstead (1810 m). Follow the markers to find the trail on the ridge beyond the pasture, where it turns to south-west. Reach the Alpe Stavello pasture (1944 m), where a large farmstead and a cross can be found. More experienced trekkers can walk up to the Stavello gap, at 2201 m amsl, overlooking the high Fraina valley, a side valley of the Varrone valley, the ending point of the Cadorna trail, used during World War I to move artillery pieces to the fortifications still visible in the gap itself.
Take the well-marked path from the farmstead, partially carved in the rock, and head to the left at its lowest point. Follow the steep hairpin bends of the Vai di Pai glen down to the wooden bridge over the stream (1500 m). Do not go down to the bank trail but walk a few metres up to the mule track cutting up and down across the steep forest until you will reach a cart road. Make a left on the cart road from the mule track. You will first hit a downhill and then a flat stretch, past the high pastures of Ravizze. The cart road will cross a larger road. Take it on your right-hand side and walk uphill until you get to the first houses of Laveggiolo (1471 m), a lovely hamlet at the northern entrance of the Vedrano Valley.
Walk on, on the almost level new track heading into the Vedrano Valley. Follow the GVO markers off the track and, past the Vedrano stream, start your walk into the woods. Find the forest track again and walk left to the Furscela pasture glades (1725 m). Now you will leave the Vedrano Valley and head sidelong towards GVO marker 5 into the Valle della Pietra (“Valley of the Stone”), above the timberline, to the Trona Soliva pasture, where the Casera di Trona Soliva Hut is (1907 m).
Trail description: Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park
Environment, NATURA2000, Protected areas
The trail is entirely included in the territory of the Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park. The Orobic Alps are the first mountain range you will meet travelling north from the Po Plain. The Orobic Alps span the Bergamo, Brescia, Lecco, and Sondrio provinces. The southern slope is gentler and the valley morphology is more intricate and diversified. The northern slope, in the Valtellina, drops more steeply down to the Adda river, with deep and roughly parallel glens. The Orobie Valtellinesi Park is situated on the northern side, in the Valtellina. The park’s upper boundary coincides with the border of Sondrio province, on a west to east direction along the Mount Legnone watershed to the Aprica Pass; the lower boundary lies at at an elevation of approximately 1000 m amsl.
In the park’s territory you will also walk across the Valle del Bitto di Gerola Natura 2000 site.
For further information, please contact:
Consorzio Parco delle Orobie Valtellinesi
via Toti 30C, 23100 Sondrio
tel. +39 0342 211236
fax +39 0342 210226
Fauna, Natura2000 species
Birds: Aegolius funereus, Alectoris graeca, Aquila chrysaetos, Bonasa bonasia,
Bubo bubo, Dryocopus martius, Glaucidium passerinum, Lagopus mutus, Lanius collurio, Pernis apivorus, Tetrao tetrix , Tetrao urogallus
Bats: Rhinoluphus ferrumequinum, Myotis blythi, Myotis myotis
Osservazioni: outcrops of verrucano stone, occurrences of Androsacea Vandelli, Androsacea brevis.
Details and biology of Natura 2000 species in the Sondrio Province
Protected areas, proposed Emerald sites, Natura 2000 sites
- Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park
- Valle del Bitto di Gerola Natura 2000 site (SIC IT204027)
WWF’s tips for hikers
Plan each stage carefully, purchase a 1:25000 map, use light but sturdy equipment (hiking boots, rain cape, binoculars…). Be sure to carry a small supply of water and food. We suggest you taste local food (possibly organic) at resting places and restaurants.
Do not litter, do not pick up flowers or rocks and in no way disturb the local fauna. It is unsafe for inexperienced hikers to leave the marked trails and it may cause disturbance to wildlife.
• Rural hamlet of Laveggiolo
• Ruins of the Linea Cadorna trenches
• Roped trail: Sesto senso dell’Homo Salvadego(“The sixth sense of the wild man”)
Next stage: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 14
Stage before: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 12
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Tour history (B01365)
First published: Mittwoch, 19. März 2008
Last updated: Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014
Tour published by: GPS-Tracks.com powered by GEO-Tracks GmbH