The Orobic Alps
The Alps in the province of Bergamo, in Italian “Alpi Orobie”, belong to the southern Alps and extend for about 80 kilometers between Lake Como in the west and Lake Iseo in the east. They are known for their great biodiversity of flora and fauna and their richness of water, whose erosive power has also given rise to the valleys elongated in the “V profile”.
The Orobie Alps extend fan-shaped north of the provincial capital Bergamo and owes a dense network of mountain shelters and alpine trails to the Bergamo section of the Italian Alpine Club CAI. The paths and climbs are often steep and exposed, partly as a support for rope insurance. Good conditions, absolute safety, freedom from vertigo and climbing ability on easy rocky terrain are the requirements that visitors should possess.
This also applies to the two-part long-distance path “Sentiero delle Orobie” or “Anello delle Orobie” (Orobie Ring) which was established in the 1950s and 1970s. Its most familiar, central-eastern variant winds through the most important valleys and mountains of the Bergamo Alps in eight stages: from Ardesio in the middle Val Serale (Valcanale), through the upper Brembana, the upper Val Seriana and the Valle di Scalve and above the Dolomites the Presolana returns to the starting point.
The Orobie ring – round trip in eight stages
- Ardesio (550 m, Val Seriana) – Valcanale – Alpe Corte shelter (1415 m), 850 Hm up, 85 Hm downhill, about 4 hours
- Alpe Corte shelter (1415 m) – Passo i Laghi Gemelli (2139 m) – Laghi Gemelli shelter (1968 m), 730 Hm uphill, 170 Hm downhill, about 3 hours
- Laghi Gemelli shelter (1968 m) – Fratelli Calvi shelter (2015 m), 395 Hm uphill, 280 Hm downhill, about 4 hours
- Fratelli Calvi shelter (2015 m) – Valsecca Pass (2494 m) – Baroni al Brunone shelter (2297 m), 900 m ascent, 450 m descent, about 5 hours.
- Baroni al Brunone shelter (2297 m) – Ol Simal (2714 m) – Merelli al Coca shelter (1892 m), 500 Hm uphill, 825 Hm downhill, about 5 and a half hours
- Merelli al Coca shelter (1892 m) – Passo del Corno (2220 m) – Inferiore del Barbellino lake (1798 m) – Antonio Curò shelter (1895 m), 465 Hm uphill, 495 Hm downhill, about 3 and a half hours
- Antonio Curò shelter (1895 m) – Passo della Miniera (1952 m) – Passo della Manina (1799 m) – Passo Fontanamora (2208 m) – Passo Scagnello (2076 m) – Rifugio Luigi Albani (1939 m), 1040 m above sea level of the sea, Descent 590 Hm, about 7 hours
- Luigi Albani shelter (1939m) – Passo Scagnello (2076m) – Colle Palazzo – Ardesio (550m), 350m uphill, 1450m downhill, about 5h30. During the regular stage 8 north of the Presolana massif, the west leads a variant in the limestone cliffs of Presolana which resemble the Dolomites (2521 m), through the via ferrata “Passo della Porta” to Monte Visolo (2369 m) and the Passo di Pozzera (2126 m) to the Rifugio Olmo (1819 m), then to return to the normal stadium; However, the climbing experience and the corresponding equipment (via ferrata set, helmet) are necessary for this variant.
Accommodation (all CAI Bergamo cottages)
- Alpe Corte shelter (1415 m), tel. 0039/0346/350 90, 0039/331/308 62 00, email@example.com
- Gemelli Lakes shelter (1968 m), sheltersolaghigemelli.com (in German)
- Fratelli Calvi shelter (2015 m) Tel.: 0039/0345/770 47, 0039/349/680 48 93 (guardian Claudio Bagini)
- Baroni al Brunone shelter (2297 m), www.rifugio-brunone.appspot.com
- Ref. Mario Merelli al Coca (1891 m), refugiococa.com (also in English)
- Antonio Curò Ref. (1915 m), antoniocuro.it (also in English)
- Luigi Albani shelter (1939 m), Tel.: 0039/0346/511 05
- Rino Olmo shelter (1819 m), shelteriorinoolmo.wixsite.com/rifugioolmo
Under geoportale.caibergamo.it and rifugi.lombardia.it for further information.
Maps, literature, information
Compasses Maps 104 Alpi Orobie, Bergamasche, 105 Lecco Valle Brembana, 1: 50.000; 13 sheets of Ingenia Cartoguide cover the mountainous region of the province of Bergamo on a scale of 1: 25,000.
Lucio Benedetti / Chiara Carissoni: The Orobie ring – The new central-eastern path / New ring trail in the Bergamo Alps, Lyasis Edizioni, Bergamo 2015 (Italian/English)
Much useful information is available on caibergamo.it; the portal of the Bergamo CAI geoportale.caibergamo.it registers the paths and the cabins and is suitable for the tour (also in English).
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Technical route details
Place of departure and arrival: Valcanale (Ardesio, BG)
Support points shelters: Alpe Corte, Twin Lakes, Calvi, Brunone, Merelli Coca, Curò, Albani
Typical trail, n °, trail sign: 220 – 311
Difficulty: EEA [difficulty scale]
Main exposure: All
Starting altitude (m): 550
Summit altitude / maximum altitude (m): 2295
Total climb height difference (m): 9000
Mobile network coverage 3: 0% coverage
Also called the Ring of the Orobie, this enchanting path crosses the province of Bergamo from one end to the other and connects all the CAI shelters of the southern slope of the Orobie, and sees the town of Ardesio as the starting and arrival point of the entire route .
Every summer hundreds and hundreds of climbers, hikers and tourists walk the “Orobie Ring” among the strong manifestations of nature that meet along a mountain path of over 80 kilometers.
The “Path” is a fascinating route with stages at an altitude of 2,100-2,200 meters, with peaks up to 2,700 meters, which crosses various and suggestive landscapes from all points of view, embellished with mountains of rare grandeur.
The western stretch starts from the Stabina valley while the Central-Eastern sector starts from the calcareous environment of the Valcanale, to join in the area of the upper Brembana valley, go along the high mountain one of the Seriana valley (the circus of the giants of the Orobie between Pizzo Redorta and Pizzo Coca), cross the Scalve valley to end in the spectacular Dolomite environment of the Presolana basin, a place favored by the movement of climbers, not only from Bergamo.
For further information (Italian)
– Percorsi Montani da Ardesio e Valcanale
– Visita il sito ufficiale dell’ Anello delle Orobie
– Per una guida interattiva del Sentiero delle Orobie visita il sito www.valseriana.eu
– Per la mappa dettagliata visita il Geoportale del CAI di Bergamo.
– Iniziativa di Investimenti Orobie Ring