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PIZZO DI GINO San Nazzaro Val Cavargna

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With an elevation of 2245 m. Pizzo di Gino is the highest peak of the Lugano Prealps, and Val Cavargna. The easiest route for the summit starts from San Nazzaro Val Cavargna (1000 m.) and passes by a mountain hut called Rifugio Croce di Campo (1739  m). It’s possible to reach Pizzo di Gino also from Giovio Refuge passing from Sommafiume Refuge, above the town of Garzeno, 20 minutes by car from Dongo.

Pizzo di Gino: How to Get There from San Nazzaro Val Cavargna

Once in San Nazzaro it is possible by the car to take a secondary road to the right at number 691 and follow the signs for the Croce di Campo Refuge, cross the wood to reach Tecchio (1300 m) where you can see 5 particular bungalows, here you can park the car and continue on foot. Just before the Croce di Campo refuge, which can be seen and reached in five minutes, you have two choices:
either you take the road on the left that passes next to a stable and a large house and after a few curves you leave the easy path and go up the steep meadow to the last stretch of rock that leads to the summit.
Otherwise you can reach the refuge and then climb up to Cima Pianchette (2158 m), here you can enjoy a beautiful view, take a break and then follow the mountain coast to the left towards Pizzo di Gino which you can always see, but be careful, at a at some point it is a bit dangerous and you have to help yourself with your hands to climb the grass or rock. From Pizzo di Gino it is possible to admire a beautiful panorama of Lake Como, the Apennine chain and the chain of the Alps (Monte Rosa and Monte Cervino). From Pizzo di Gino you can return to the refuge for another easier path (the first choice).

Hiking Information

Start From:San Nazzaro Val Cavargna
Start Elevation:1000m.
End Elevation:2245 m.
Elevation Gain:1245m.
Rest Stop:Rifugio Croce di Campo (I) 1740 m.
Ascent Time:3 hrs.
Total Time:5.30 hrs.
Difficulty:EE - F
Trail Signs:no