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4) FIAVÉ/CORNELLE – COGORNA ALPINE FARMSTEAD

Cornelle
m. 700
Cogorna Farmstead m. 1615
Time req’d for ascent 3 hours
Time req’d for return 2 hours

The walk up to this pretty log farmstead and the pass which dominates it affords panoramas of all the outer Giudicarie valleys and of the lakes of Tenno and Garda. It is a little strenuous due to the difference in elevation and requires care and attention once the pass is reached due to the considerable steepness of the meadows facing the Ballino pass. However, if you stop at the farmhouse there are no particular dangers. You can drive to the hamlet of Cornelle (700 m) coming either from Fiavé or Bleggio.
From there take the track towards Maso Clena until you find the signs for Malga Cogorna. The pathway leads through woods and then climbs steeply up the slopes of Monte Cogorna. Along this part of the route there are superb views of Bleggio to the left and Lomaso to the right, with the Banale plateau behind dominated by southern offshoots of the Brenta Group, while directly below, to the right of Cornelle there is an excellent view of the Fiavé peat bog, site of an ancient lake dwelling.
At this point, in certain places care is required to cross the rugged, rough and steep slopes, though the way is well marked and safe. The path then leads through beech woods which gradually become interspersed with fir trees, and having passed through a small hollow, a final climb takes you up to the Alpine farmstead’s pastures, close to a wooden crucifix. Continue along the pathway to the farmhouse (1615 m) which has a public room open all year round, as well as ten or so beds (information supplied by the Alpine Association, Fiavé). Staying overnight here is an excellent way to experience unspoilt surroundings and take in superb panoramas.
If you still have enough energy to walk even further you can continue along the marked footpath and, having climbed beyond the last fir trees, you arrive at a saddle (1900 m) from where there is a fine view of Lake Garda.
From there the pathway becomes rather strenuous and more of a mountaineering route than a mountain hike, for which reason, once you have reached this point we recommend you to retrace your steps back down to the valley.
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