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Arnica montana - picture by Ferranti

Arnica montana - picture by Ferranti

Chamois - picture by Scieghi

Chamois - picture by Scieghi

Moss campion - picture by Ferranti

Moss campion - picture by Ferranti

Black woodpecker - picture by Scieghi

Black woodpecker - picture by Scieghi

Daphne mezereum - picture by Ferranti

Daphne mezereum - picture by Ferranti

Crocus albiflorus - picture by Ferranti

Crocus albiflorus - picture by Ferranti

Wood - picture by Scieghi

Wood - picture by Scieghi

High pasture - picture by Tognolini

High pasture - picture by Tognolini

Ermine - picture by Scieghi

Ermine - picture by Scieghi

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.

Trail description
From the Mount Legnone hut (1690 m amsl) ignore the path leading up to the Legnone gap and take instead the mule track to the north-eastern amphitheatre of Mount Legnone. Leave the craggy cliff behind and descend the narrow hairpin bends to the Cappello pasture (1521m amsl), keeping well above the pasture huts and in full view of the Baitone (“the Big Hut”) (1640 m amsl), protected by a large avalanche fence.
A second climb will take you up and across the Pizzo Val Torta incline (1898 m amsl) only to descend again to the Casera Luserna cheese farm (1522 m amsl), in the middle of the glacial amphitheatre at the feet of the Pizzo Alto peak (2512 m amsl). Walk along the mid-altitude trail for a relatively long time until you get to the Casera del Dosso, another cheese farm, at 1513 amsl, where you can find facilities for spending the night.

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. (parcorobievalt.com)

I the park’s territory you will also walk across the Val Lesina 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

Further information:
Natura 2000 species in Sondrio province: details and biology

Wildlife watching: Ungulates and golden eagle

Protected areas, proposed Emerald sites, Natura 2000 sites

- Orobie Valtellinesi Regional Park
- Val Lesina Natura 200 site (SIC IT204026)

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 visit

History and ethnography

• Military road

Further stages

Next stage: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 12
Stage before: Emerald Trail Grisons-Lombardy: Stage 10

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Places along the route: Monte Legnone - M. Colombano - Cra di Luserna - Casera Dosso. Please follow officially marked trails.


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Tour history (B01363)

First published: Freitag, 21. März 2008

Last updated: Dienstag, 11. Februar 2014

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

Tour characteristics

Distance: 6.8 km | Time requirement: 3 h
Ascent: 388 m | Descent: 560 m
Highest point: 1863 m.a.s.l.

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