Hiking in the Orobic Alps; from Lake Como into the mountains and back to the lake again. 8 days / 7 nights or tailor made
The Orobic Alps, a high mountain range in Northern Italy stretching from Lake Como to Lago d’Iseo is a region of extremely varied countryside, with rugged rocky peaks, high valleys and alpine meadows, crystal clear springs and majestic forests.
This walk, starting and ending on the shores of the delightful Lake Como, leads through the craggy summits of the high mountains and an ever-changing landscape. With a new panorama at every stage of the way, you will find yourself traveling through entirely different environments within the space of a few hours.
The hike begins in the town of Lecco, a small town that is easy to reach both by public transport and by car. Departing from Lecco, you will proceed on up into the mountains leaving the lake behind – and under – you.
Most of the walk is through high mountains and accordingly, there are some tough climbs involved, making it ideal for well-trained walkers. However, cable cars are often available, so you can tackle the largest differences in heights without much effort. Thanks to these cable cars, transfers offered by the accommodations and alternative routes you can choose every day between walks that vary from 3 to 7 hours of walking time.
Although the paths usually are not hard going, some of them are along sheer drops and experience with mountain walking is preferable.
Please be very careful if the ground is wet or if there are strong winds. If the weather is extremely inclement, or visibility is poor, it might be advisable to take an alternative route; these are also described in the itinerary.
It is possible extending the tour by booking extra nights in the city or in the countryside.
Shortening the tour is also possible. See here what the options are.
Accommodations and meals
The accommodation on this walk varies greatly: in Lecco, you will stay at a three-star hotel situated on the lake side and looking over the town on the other side. Dinner is not included here.
By contrast, the next two nights will be spent in a tiny agriturismo in the mountains where the proprietor grows fruits, keeps ducks and donkeys and has an organic vegetable garden.
Once you are higher up in the mountains, you will spend two nights in a 'rifugio' (simple mountain hotel) where your luggage will be brought up
by a 4 wheel drive.” All these nights in the mountains dinner is included.
Finally, back in the civilized world, the last two nights will be spent in cosy B&Bs.
The penultimate in a house where the history of the family during the last centuries is kept alive through objects and stories and the ultimate that feels like an antiquary bookshop.
The latter has a panoramic view of the lake and on the terrace you can reflect proudly on your achievements!
Dinner is not included in the B&Bs.
In all the lodgings services are ensuite.
On walking days you will be provided with a packed lunch.
Period and price
The walk can be undertaken from early June to early September.
start: every day of the week, except in June and the beginning of September, when the tour can be started only on Thursdays.
Accomodation based bed & breakfast (7x), luggage transport, packed lunches on walking days (6x), dinner on day 2, 3, 4 and 5 (4x),
description of the routes (in English or Dutch), maps,background information, the parking of your car in Lecco during the week you are hiking.
City taxes, getting there, dinner on the day of arrival and day 6 and 7, tickets for the cable cars.