Sentiero Roma

 

Sentiero Roma is maybe the most iconic high mountain trail of the centre of the Alps, between Valtellina and Valchiavenna.  It starts into a broad-leaf woods, continues through coniferous forest and alpine meadows to proceed further up to alpine tundra. Here, among sheering granite walls, huge boulders and characteristic snowfields lies the core of the trail.

Long and technically demanding, Sentiero Roma starts from Novate Mezzola in Valchiavenna at 300 meters, crosses Val Masino in its whole width and finishes in Valmalenco after reaching the maximum altitude of 2.954 m and crossing 8 passes above 2.000 meters for a total length of about 75 kilometres and an overall vertical drop close to 5.000 metres.

If Sentiero Roma is in good conditions, no particular requirement or mountaineering skill in necessary to complete it safely. That said, only the experienced hikers should undertake this path on their own.

Stretches of the trail are steep and exposed to potential deadly falls and only some of them are equipped with fixed chains, similar to a via ferrata. Early in the season, parts of the trail, especially those shaded by the highest walls or those along the deposit zone of the avalanches, are covered with snow. After particularly good winters, the snow may cover the chains and hide some red-white-red signposts, this could happen in July too. With these conditions crampons and axe and, in some cases a rope, could be necessary.

These factors, as well as unstable stones, bad weather, thunderstorms and fog are the main dangers that a responsible hiker should consider, assess and mitigate before and during the trail.

The favourable period generally is from July to September. Thanks to our guides you’ll enjoy this unique experience without stress or fear.

July to September

A normal overall training for multiple-day hikes

Harness, Via Ferrata Kit and Helmet:                 €40,00 p/p
Crampons and Axe (when needed):                 € 40,00 p/p

INTEGRALE, 5 days: starting from € 450,00 for 3 persons

BAGNI DI MASINO-PREDAROSSA, 4 days: starting from € 360,00 for 3 persons

See description day by day.

Sentiero Roma integrale

DAY 1

From Novate Mezzola to Rifugio Brasca

A warm up day, long, sometimes hot, but never too steep, takes you from the Lake of Novate Mezzola up to Rifugio Brasca along Val Codera, a wonderful and quiet alpine valley that still remains accessible only by foot.

Novate Mezzola 315 m

Rifugio Brasca 1.305 m

+1000 m

6/7 hours

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DAY 2

From Rifugio Brasca to Rifugio Gianetti

The trail becomes wilder, a bit more technical, and takes you into the alpine terrain among granite peaks, scree and magnificent landscapes. That’s the first contact with this savage nature and i promise you that you won’t forget it! A steep path takes to Passo Barbacan North and allows to cross the ridge and enter in Valmasino. At this point Rifugio Gianetti isn’t that far!

Rifugio Brasca 1.305 m

Rifugio Giannetti 2.534 m

+1300 m

6/7 hours

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DAY 3

From Rifugio Gianetti to Rifugio Allievi

Higher up above the hut, Piz Badile and Cengalo bless our journey through Val Masino’s heart. Even though the vertical drop is moderate, the technical and dizzy ascent and descent of Passo Camerozzo, together with the never-ending traverse across meadows, granite slabs and huge boulders make this day memorable!

Rifugio Giannetti 2.534 m

Rifugio Allievi 2.385 m

+ 600 m

5/7 hours

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DAY 4

From Rifugio Allievi to Rifugio Ponti

Probably the longest day. From the hut, we head east on slight slopes to Passo Torrone where a steep equipped couloir demands concentration. A long ascent to Passo Cameraccio finishes with a bit of snow, some fixed chains on exposed ledges and a well deserved relief. The view is great and the destination still far away: the scree of the remotest valley of Masino leads to Bocchetta Roma, where further fixed chains help to finish the ascent and make room for the final descent to Rifugio Ponti.

Rifugio Allievi 2.385 m

Rifugio Ponti 2.559 m

+ 1.100 m

6/7 hours

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DAY 5

From Rifugio Ponti to Chiesa Valmalenco

A sudden change of coulors and rocks, and a few more chains lead to Passo di Corna Rossa, a crumbling abandoned hut, and to the final deserved descent. A break at Rifugio Bosio helps to continue our walk along the lush Valle Airale towards Chiesa Valmalenco or Primolo.

Rifugio Ponti 2.559 m

Torre Santa Maria, Valmalenco 950 m

+ 400 m

5/6 hours

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SENTIERO ROMA

From Bagni di Masino to Predarossa

It’s the most common way to do Sentiero Roma, especially for those that are spending their holidays in Valmasino. One day shorter than the “integrale”, it doesn’t need any bus/train transfer and, above all, maintains all the special features that make Sentiero Roma an amazing experience.

DAY 1

From Bagni di Masino to Rifugio Gianetti

The shorter version of the Sentiero Roma begins among beech and firs trees at the fascinating ancient thermal building of Bagni di Masino, built in 1832. From there, direction west, the ascent begins through a steep forest that soon leaves room to alpine meadows. The ancient dry-wall lodge, or the ruins of farmer’s shelters below gigantic boulders, are the signs of the agriculture of the past, as well as the proof of the harsh conditions of the everyday life in Valmasino, during the 19th and 20th century. The hut is still a bit far away, but once reached, Rifugio Omio gives you the opportunity of a comfortable and tasty break before tackling Passo del Barbacane, a technical and equipped section that brings to Val Porcellizzo ad eventually to Rifugio Gianetti.

Bagni di Masino 1.170 m

Rifugio Giannetti 2.534 m

+ 1.450 m

4/5 hours

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DAY 2

From Rifugio Gianetti to Rifugio Allievi

Higher up above the hut, Piz Badile and Cengalo bless our journey through Val Masino’s heart. Even though the vertical drop is moderate, the technical and dizzy ascent and descent of Passo Camerozzo, together with the never-ending traverse across meadows, granite slabs and huge boulders make this day memorable!

Rifugio Giannetti 2.534 m

Rifugio Allievi 2.385 m

+ 600 m

5/7 hours

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DAY 3

From Rifugio Allievi to Rifugio Ponti

Probably the longest day. From the hut, we head east on slight slopes to Passo Torrone where a steep equipped couloir demands concentration. A long ascent to Passo Cameraccio finishes with a bit of snow, some fixed chains on exposed ledges and a well deserved relief. The view is great and the destination still far away: the scree of the remotest valley of Masino leads to Bocchetta Roma, where further fixed chains help to finish the ascent and make room for the final descent to Rifugio Ponti.

Rifugio Allievi 2.385 m

Rifugio Ponti 2.559 m

+ 1.100 m

6/7 hours

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DAY 4

From Rifugio Ponti to Filorera

The last day of this incredible crossing is generally short and cheerful. If the option of a transfer from Piana di Predarossa seems too resizing, it’s possible to avoid the tedious never-ending switch between paved road and steep path that brings to Filorera and turn to the lush rounded hill of Monte Scermendone. This beautiful terrace above Bassa Valtellina offers an amazing view over the Alpi Orobie and leads to Rifugio Granda, where a refreshing pause allows you to mitigate the warm temperatures of the valley and pleasantly reach Filorera.

Rifugio Ponti 2.559 m

Predarossa 1.955 m or Filorera 840 m

– 600 m, or – 1.100 m

1 hour to Predarossa, 2,5 hours to Filorera

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