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Pescegallo Lake - picture by Paolo Erba

Pescegallo Lake - picture by Paolo Erba

Alpine Lake - picture by Paolo Erba

Alpine Lake - picture by Paolo Erba

Trona Lake - picture by Paolo Erba

Trona Lake - picture by Paolo Erba

Goats - picture by Paolo Erba

Goats - picture by Paolo Erba

Alpine Lake - picture by Paolo Erba

Alpine Lake - picture by Paolo Erba

Peat bog - picture by Paolo Erba

Peat bog - picture by Paolo Erba

View on the Alps - picture by Paolo Erba

View on the Alps - picture by Paolo Erba

Calecc - picture by Martegani

Calecc - picture by Martegani

Val Gerola - picture by Martegani

Val Gerola - picture by Martegani

Tour description

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.


Descrizione del percorso
From the Casera di Trona Soliva Hut (1907 m) the trail goes slightly downwards and then flattens out until the head of the valley, to the dam wall of the Trona lake (1805 m). Walk over to the other side of the valley and take the wide mule track to the left until you come into view of the Val Tronella. Just over the watershed keep to the right up to the stream. There you will leave the track to Pescegallo on your left. Take instead the path on the slope of the Denti della Vecchia, down to the nice Foppe di Pescegallo hollow, where the Salmurano hut is located.

Walk down from the hut, keeping halfway up the slope, through avalanche fences and alder groves till you get to the pastures of the Casera di Pescegallo cheesefarm (1778 m). cross the Lago di Pescegallo dam (1865 m) and coast the eastern shore at first, but then walk up the steep incline leading up to the narrown gorge of the Forcellino (2050 m), where you come in open view of the placid Valle di Bomino. Walk down along the opposite narrow canyon until it is possible to cut across the mountain mid section to your right, through the scree, to the Verrobbio pond. Walk up to the Verdobbo Pass (2026 m). Then follow a slightly more tortuous, albeit relatively comfortable, old military track, descending with many hairpin bends on the Bergamo side to the Acqua Nera pastureland. From there move on to the Passo San Marco hollow (1992 m). On the pass you can still see a pillar with the lion of St. Mark insignia, a symbol of the Republic of Venice and a reminder of its ancient dominion over these valleys.
Along the way you will find the “Calecc” typical structures that are still used to produce the local but very renowned Bitto cheese. The wildlife of the area is very rich.

Note: to cut the stage shorter spend the night at the Salmurano Hut, halfway through the stage.

Source: 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

More information:
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 Albaredo, Natura 2000 site
- Valtorta e Valmoresca Natura 200 site



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.


Note(s)

To see

History, ethnography

• Ruins of the Linea Cadorna trenches
• Calecc (traditional facilities where the typical Bitto cheese is produced)


Further stages

Next stage: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 15
Stage before: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 13


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Places along the route: Alpe Trona Soliva - Tronella - C. di Pescegallo - Foppe di Pescegallo - C.ra Pescegallo Lago - Il Forcellino - Verrobbie - Piano dell Acqua nera - C.ri di Cul - Passo San Marco. Please follow officially marked trails.


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Tour history (B01366)

First published: Dienstag, 18. März 2008

Last updated: Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014

Tour published by: GPS-Tracks.com powered by GEO-Tracks GmbH

Tour characteristics

Distance: 12.9 km | Time requirement: 5 h
Ascent: 865 m | Descent: 917 m
Highest point: 2050 m.a.s.l.

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