Monte Bregagno: Lake Como excursion
  • Starting location: locality Monti di Breglia
  • Length: about 10.5 kilometers
  • Elevation gain: about 1000 m
  • Duration: 3-4 hours for the ascent
  • Refreshment points: Refuge Menaggio

Monte Bregagno: excursion on Lake Como

The excursion to Mount Bregagno is one of the most evocative routes you can take on the peaks of Lake Como.

The path to get to the top of the Mount Bregagno it is of medium difficulty, especially recommended for experienced and well-trained hikers, but also for those who want to try and put themselves to the test with a demanding walk which, however, rest assured, will repay you for all the effort made with magnificent views and landscapes on our lake and the mountains that surround it!

To get to the starting point, you will have to reach the location Breglia mountains, follow the Off to the Breglia mountains and you will arrive in a car park where you can pay a day ticket to leave your cars (the cost is €3).

In the event that you do not find parking, pay the ticket anyway and proceed by car along the first stretch of path, where you can leave your car at the roadside.

Picture of Sara Marinoni – Larius Way

A pleasant stop at the Menaggio refuge on the way up to Monte Bregagno

The first part of the path is immersed in a birch forest, alternating asphalted sections with other dirt roads and is quite steep.

Once the direction has been takenRefuge Menaggio”, after about an hour's climb, you will reach the Menaggio refuge, which enjoys a breathtaking view of both Lake Como and the Mount Grona and its via ferrata. When you arrive at the refuge, remember to fill up with water!

You will not meet other shelters or fountains on the remaining part of the path.

From the Menaggio refuge, a nice climb awaits you on a steep and moderately grassy path (be careful!), you almost reach 1650 m before reaching the flat Sella di Sant'Amate, recognizable by its characteristic little church, excellent point to rest a bit in the shade after the climb!

Picture of Sara Marinoni – Larius Way

Vetta Monte Bregagno, a wide panorama of Lake Como, the peaks of Lecco and Lake Lugano

Continuing along the path, climbing a little more, you arrive at 1900 m at the small peak of Bregagnino; alternating up and down stretches with flat ones, you arrive at the last part of the route: the ascent to the top of Monte Bregagno.

Once you reach the top (characterized by a large cross) the panorama you can enjoy is truly spectacular: to the east you can see all theupper Lario, with the final part of the Lake Como and some of the most famous peaks of Lecco (the Grigne, the Legnone, and the Pizzo dei 3 Signori), while to the west you can see the lake of Lugano surrounded by the Swiss peaks.

Some advice:

  • Should you undertake this excursion in winter, boots, snowshoes and crampons are a must. Be very careful on the steep sections because they tend to freeze.
  • If, on the other hand, you want to try this walk in warmer periods and you are a group of friends, the advice is to stop for a night at Refuge Menaggio! Excellent food ranging from pizzoccheri to polenta, you can book a bed with them, or ask for permission to camp in the flat grassy area outside the refuge. It will be an unforgettable experience!

We thank the author of the article Sara Marinoni, here is his Instagram profile.