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Alpe Giumello and Monte Croce di Muggio

Short and easy excursion to a panoramic peak overlooking Lake Como
1.30 h


The Monte Croce di Muggio (or Monte Muggio) is a true natural pyramid: bordered by Valvarrone (N), Valle di Casargo (E), Valsassina (S), and Lake Como (O), it stands panoramic over the surrounding peaks.

The asphalt road, albeit a bit narrow and winding, leading to Alpe Giumello allows us to save several hundred meters of elevation gain. After parking the car in the spacious parking lot (1538m), we head west, passing the pink building of Capanna Vittoria and the quaint cottages of Alpe Giumello, then through a dense forest of fir trees, beyond which the first wide panorama of Lake Como opens up.

Leaving the dirt road, we ascend along the edge of the forest until we intersect a wider and more comfortable trail. With some switchbacks, we climb through the meadows, then with a long traverse to the northwest, we reach a saddle overlooking Valvarrone: to the left, we ascend a small hill, the sub-peak of Croce di Muggio, while to the right, on a grassy ridge, we reach the broad summit shoulder of Monte Croce di Muggio (1800m, 40 minutes). The views open up widely over Valsassina, with Grigna and Resegone, Pian delle Betulle, Legnone, and Pizzo Alto, the Chiavenna peaks, Berlinghera, and Sasso Canale.

From the summit, we descend along the eastern grassy ridge towards Piano di Giumello. From there, in less than ten minutes, we return to Alpe Giumello (1538m, 30 minutes).






The mountains are a dangerous environment: make sure you always have the right equipment — hiking or trail shoes, warm clothes and waterproofs in case of unexpected changes in weather conditions, a small emergency kit.


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  • Breathable t-shirt ( example )

  • Sweatshirt, fleece, or light jacket

  • Waterproof windbreaker (for example: men / women )

  • Gloves and hat (you never know)

  • Backpack with rain cover

  • Trekking poles (not essential, but they help to unload the weight of the backpack and ease the impact on the joints)

  • Trekking or trail running shoes (in great vogue lately because they are lightweight. These Salomon ones - for men and women - are an excellent entry-level, preferably Gore-Tex)

  • For via ferratas: complete via ferrata kit (I have this one , very light and compact, with this harness and helmet — or you can buy complete kits ). Buy in store to receive ad hoc support

  • To sleep a night in a refuge: sheet or light sleeping bag

  • Water bottle or thermos

  • Light crampons if you think you will find ice or snow on the route

  • Power bank or cell phone charger

  • Camera

  • Drone, for those who love to "fly" (used in moderation and at a distance from other people. I have had the DJI Mini 2 for over 2 years and have found myself very happy with it. The DJI Mini 3 also allows you to take vertical photographs)

  • Small emergency kit ( example )

  • Sun cream (essential)

  • Sunglasses


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