Hiking by Como lake in Italy. From Lecco to Monte Resegone.

 I remember the hike to Monte Resegone with mixed feelings. On one hand – amazement. Breathtaking nature, dramatic views, mysterious clouds, one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. On the other hand – anxiety. Lack of trail marks, no information on how far it is to the top. Steep trails. Uncertainty if we can make it.

One thing for sure. It’s not possible to be bored in Italy.

It is very easy to get to Bergamasque Alps. Bergamo airport (BGY) is a very popular destination of many budget airlines. Once in Bergamo, you just need to hop on a train to get to Lecco by Como lake. If you want to visit Bergamo itself, check my other post – weekend in Bergamo. It is lovely, however I do recommend you to spend some time in the nature and go hiking 🙂

During our first stay in the area we hiked Monte Resegone, a mountain 1875 meters (6152 feet) high. It is a long and demanding trail, a whole-day trip. If you’re looking for something shorter and easier, take a look at Monte Barro, 922 meters  (3025 feet)high. It is less demanding but also picturesque hike. 🙂

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone


Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone
 
The trail begins from the bottom station of Piani d’Erna cable car. To reach it from Lecco centre, take a bus number 5 from via Montello bus stop (close to train station). It will first take you around Lecco and then with a narrow street it will take you up to the cable car. I’m still surprised how bus drivers are doing it, it seemed to me I wouldn’t fit there with a small car…
Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

According to the maps, to avoid via ferratas – trails which can’t be accessed without a lanyard, climbing harness and helmet, we have to stick to the trail number one.

Easier said than done – the Italians are not good at marking their trails… We got lost quickly and found ourselves close to a rock wall with some climbers on it. A beginning of via ferrata.

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone
 

The climbers showed us the way back to the trail number 1. Further on when the way was dividing without any signs we were taking one way first, looking for signs and if there was none, we were getting back to the other one. It worked 🙂

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

The trail was steep but not very difficult. We made a short stop in Rigugio Stoppani mountain hut. The further from the hut the steeper the trail… After some time we got to a trail crossing. One way led to the top station of Piani d’Erna cable car, the other one to Monte Resegone. We didn’t hesitate long. We took the trail to Monte Resegone.

And then it got hardcore 🙂

If you don’t have good shoes, a lot of stubbornness or you are afraid of  very narrow trails which are so steep you need to use your hands – don’t take the trail 1.  Turn to Piani d’Erna.

I mean it, from there on there are parts where it’s not funny at all, a very demanding ascend for hikers-amateurs (including me). But if you are ready for this big effort – I assure you it’s worth it because the views are sooo rewarding. Amazing 🙂

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone

 

Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone
Trail from Lecco to Monte Resegone: Almost there!
Monte Resegone summit!!

We reached the summit after almost 4 hours of hiking. Ufff, it wasn’t easy. But  it was worth it 🙂

We didn’t stay up there long. It was getting late if we wanted to get down before dark. We entered Luigi Azzoni mountain hut to make sure we will get to the top station of Piani d’Erna taking the trail going down to the other side of the mountain.

The owner confirmed and we were delighted we don’t have to take the same steep trail down. The sign confirmed we should stick to trail number 17 to get to the cable car.

And the views to the other side were much less foggy:

Trail from Monte Resegone to Piani d’Erna

 

Trail from Monte Resegone to Piani d’Erna

Again, the trails were not marked well… We got stressed already if we are going to reach our destination or we’ll have to spend the night in a small village on the other side of the mountain.

We were  trying not to lose the trail number 17, which also wasn’t easy. Only after around an hour there was another sign showing the way to Piani d’Erna. Uffff 🙂 The views were – of course, breathtaking:

Trail from Monte Resegone to Piani d’Erna

 

Trail from Monte Resegone to Piani d’Erna

 

Trail from Monte Resegone to Piani d’Erna

Reaching the top station of the cable car took us around two hours. It was late already, we were tired. That’s why we decided to take the cable car down to Lecco. It cost 6 euro per person, but we knew it will get dark soon. We didn’t want to walk down at night.

We came back to Lecco by bus. At first I thought we will do a quick sightseeing in the town. Eventually we focused on looking for a restaurant where we can eat well and relax with a glass of beer… 🙂

Hike from Lecco to Monte Resegone – distance and time

My Endomondo says this was a 14 km hike with over 1900 meters of elevation gain. Endomondo isn’t the most trustworthy and 1900 m seems a lot but I was so tired after the hike that I believe it totally. It took us six hours. If we decided to go down on foot instead of taking the cable car, it would add around 4 kilometers to the hike.

If this scared you, let me remind you there is an equally pisturesque but way shorter and easier hike from Lecco to Monte Barro.

We came back to Bergamo late in the evening. It’s been a while since I’ve fallen asleep so deeply  and so fast. I think it’s because of all the emotions. On one hand – anxiety. Lack of trail marks, no information on how far is it to the top. Steep trails. Uncertainty if we can make it. On the other hand – amazement. Breathtaking nature, dramatic views, mysterious clouds. One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Let me invite you again to Bergamo and if you prefer big cities, check how I spent a few hours in Milan! 🙂

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