Mount Berlinghera Lake Como
  • Starting location: Location of San Bartolomeo, above Gera Lario
  • Length: about 8 kilometers (round trip)
  • Elevation gain: about 730m, constant height difference
  • Duration: about 4h (round trip)
  • Maximum altitude: 1930 meters

Monte Berlinghera: trekking and panoramic swing

One among most beautiful panoramic balconies in the region, The Mount Berlinghera in the upper Lario it stands out with its 1930 m asl on the western coast of Lake Como and the Mezzola lake.

On the border between the Province of Sondrio and that of Como, is part of the Lepontine Alps and offers a breathtaking view of the two lakes and the entire crown of surrounding Alps.

A varied route, full of interesting views and a little surprise just before the summit.

Picture of Michela, Veronica And Eviya – Larius Way Creators

Monte Berlinghera excursion: the departure

Before leaving for the Mount Berlinghera you have to remember to bring water and packed lunch because along the way there are no refreshment points or refuges, but as scary as the walk may be, the summit and the route will fully repay the effort.

The ascent to Mount Berlinghera it's a'medium difficulty excursion composed of a variable path between a mule track and a path that passes through woods and more open areas offering incredible views of the lake and the surrounding landscape.

There are also other itineraries to reach the top, but this one is the most scenic and suitable for families and non-experienced hikers.

The departure of the route is from Church of San Bartolomeo at an altitude of 1203 m asl which is located above Gera Lario and can be reached by car thanks to a typical mountain road.

The path starts from the opposite side of the church giving the directions to reach Alpe di Mezzo, one of the stages before the summit.

Initially you enter a spectacular wood of oak, fir and beech, from which you exit near Alpe di Mezzo at an altitude of 1540 m.

A great spot to catch a breather and rest on the lawn.

Monte Berlinghera swing

Picture of Valeria – Larius Way Creator

Monte Berlinghera swing: Bocchetta di Chiaro

Continuing straight, you leave the mule track and in about twenty minutes you reach the Chiaro nozzle at an altitude of 1666 m asl

From this point the panorama is simply incredible.

An added value is given by thegiant wooden swing where you can swing in total peace looking at the lake from a privileged point. The water stands out under the swing and swinging on it gives a unique feeling of freedom.

Here a photograph is the ritual, it is one of the most scenic and memorable points of the upper Lario.

At this altitude you can relax and enjoy the day, those who have undertaken the walk with children will be able to let them play quietly in the meadows and observe the panorama in total tranquillity.

While, with one last effort, you can reach the top of the Mount Berlinghera.

The climb to the top

To reach the top of the mountain from Chiaro nozzle take the path on the right which has a steeper slope and enters the larch and fir wood.

This last stretch will last about 10 minutes and reaches the summit directly at an altitude of 1930m.

At the top of Monte Berlinghera you can see the remains of a chapel dedicated to the Alpine troops, but the breathtaking element is undoubtedly the view of the surrounding area. To the north dominates the Valchiavenna and the Pian di Spagna bathed by Lake Mezzola.

On the left, the majestic slopes of Monte Legnone stand out, while the undisputed protagonist of the southern scenario is Lake Como framed by the Lombard Alps.

Picture of Michela, Veronica And Eviya – Larius Way Creators


L'excursion to Monte Berlinghera it lasts about 2h and 30 minutes and offers unexpected and unique views through the observation of the lake, the mountains and the most uncontaminated nature.

Another magnificent day dedicated to exploring the splendid Lake Como area and its surprises.

We thank the author of the article Elena Taliano.