Ski mountaineering and snowshoeing – Pizzo Formico

Gandino | Alta Valseriana | Winter

1636 meters for admire an exceptional panorama, from west to east, to the Alpine range.

Pizzo Formico rises to dominance of the Farno basin above Gandino from the south side and on the plateau of Clusone from the north side. Very popular in the winter by cross-country skiers offers, from its modest 1636 meters above sea level, an exceptional panorama, from west to east, to the Alpine range. From the state of Valseriana take the Gandino Valley up to the City of Gandino, proceed about Barzizza and, through the center of the village, follow the signs for Monte Farno. At the end of the road you can leave your car in designated parking areas (near a former mountain holiday camp). From here there is a paved road (trail CAI 542), winding between some holiday homes, it leads to Rifugio Monte Farno (1248 m.s, l.m.). Continue along the cart track, that with some hairpin turns allows you to gain height and take on the scenic plateau of the lawn. Take then, leaving the cart track, the easy path going up on the left door with an easy climb and quickly to the summit of Pizzo Formico (1636 m.s.l.m.). Here a great cross indicates the top. There is lowered then the Forcella Larga (1470 m.s.l.m.) with the remains of Ilaria Hut: from here you can see in the distance the Refuge Parafulmen (1536 m.s.l.m.) which is easily reached by climbing along the edges of the cross-country skiing. The refuge is also open in winter on weekends. The descent is to be performed along the ascent route.

Vertical drop: 650 m
Travel time: 2h 30 ‘
Suggested period: January to March
Difficulty: Medium-Easy

 

 

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