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Ponte di Legno
THURSDAY Molto nuvoloso o coperto
Temp 3.8°
Umidity 96 %
FRIDAY Coperto con debole pioggia mista a neve
Temp 2.9°
Umidity 94 %
SATURDAY Molto nuvoloso o coperto
Temp 4.2°
Umidity 96 %
SUNDAY Nubi sparse e schiarite
Temp 10.5°
Umidity 57 %
MONDAY Nubi sparse e schiarite
Temp 7.9°
Umidity 94 %
TUESDAY Sereno con innocue velature
Temp 6.9°
Umidity 63 %
WEDNESDAY Nuvoloso con locali aperture
Temp 5.8°
Umidity 98 %
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P8 Mortirolo - Val Varadega

The Val Varadega valley, wild and barren, lies between the peaks of Grom and Monte Resverde in a secluded corner of North Mortirolo.

The natural environment here could seem harsh, but is brightened up by flowers and whistling marmots. The peaks crowning this valley are mainly easily reached and offer panoramic views of the mountains of both Valley Camonica and Valtellina. It is worth noting also the World War 1 fortifications and well preserved military trail we will be using on this walk. The valley also has a river and tiny hidden lake, Lake Grom at the north-western foothills of the peak.

Signposting:
red and white signs, no. 73
Difficult:
Easy
Difference:
310m
Duration:
1.15 – 1.30 hours
Recommended period:
June - October
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Just before the Mortirolo Pass (from Monno) once you have passed the last hotel, take a right turn onto a narrow asphalted road to Pianaccio.

Once you get to the Val Varadega river, park alongside the road just past the start of  path no.73 (at 1950m). Take this trail uphill. It is a route created by soldiers in the first world war. The track comes out into the valley, and after around 45 minutes the no.73 trail goes off uphill to the right – ignore this and continue on the smaller path which takes you to the Varadega Pass (2260m-1.15-1.30 hours) Moving a little to the left, on the edge of lichen covered scree, you will find a beautiful panoramic spot overlooking the Valtellina valley. If you want to continue to the peak, the walk becomes gradually more difficult, a mountain hike. The military route gets narrower and leads to the Valtinese side. Continuing north, it goes high above the Bivacco Croce Dell’Alpe refuge 2210m (there is a path down to the left leading to it). At last, after a few exposed parts, you reach the spectacularly panoramic peak of Cima Varadega, perforated with military tunnels and caves (2634m-2.15/2.30 hours).