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Eritrichium nanum - picture by Ferranti

Eritrichium nanum - picture by Ferranti

Willow ptarmigan - picture by Scieghi

Willow ptarmigan - picture by Scieghi

Goats - picture by Martegani

Goats - picture by Martegani

Lizard - picture by Scieghi

Lizard - picture by Scieghi

Fox - picture by Bettini

Fox - picture by Bettini

Arnica montana - picture by Ferranti

Arnica montana - picture by Ferranti

Black grouse - picture by Bettini

Black grouse - picture by Bettini

Black woodpecker - picture by Scieghi

Black woodpecker - picture by Scieghi

Anemone narcissifolia - picture by Ferranti

Anemone narcissifolia - picture by Ferranti

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
Take trail 118 from the Pescegallo parking lot. The trail will take you on a rather steep ascent to the GVO. From there walk to the Pescegallo lake (1865 m).
Cut across the mountain flank, amid 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 narrow gorge of the Forcellino (2050 m), where you come in full view of the placid Valle di Bomino. Walk down along the opposite narrow canyon until you can cut across the mountain mid section to your right, through the scree, to the Verrobbio pond. Walk up to the Verdobbio Pass (2026 m). Then follow a slightly more tortuous, albeit relatively comfortable, 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). Two huts are located there, a few hundred metres apart.

Note: You can use the cable car from the Pescegallo parking lot (1454 m) to elevation 1830 m.

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 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.


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

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Places along the route: Pescegallo - Lago di Pescegallo - Il Forcellino - Verrobie - Piano dell Acqua nera - C.ri dei Cul - Passo San Marco. Please follow officially marked trails.


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Tour history (B01367)

First published: Montag, 17. März 2008

Last updated: Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014

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

Tour characteristics

Distance: 6.2 km | Time requirement: 3½ h
Ascent: 596 m | Descent: 343 m
Highest point: 2050 m.a.s.l.

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