11V Pian delle Betulle-Rifugio Ombrega
Intermediate 11V Pian delle Betulle-Rifugio Ombrega
From: Pian della betulle
To: Rifugio Ombrega
Mountain Bike / E-mtb
Autumn / Spring / Summer
2 hours
7.30 km
Uphill: 280 m

Route in the prealpine environment between Costa di Biandino and Cimone di Margno. The route starts from Piani delle Betulle. This mountain resort in Alta Valsassina, in the municipality of Margno at 1501 m asl is surrounded by the mountains of Lake Como, is still inhabited year-round by a small group of residents. The Pian delle Betulle can be reached in 5 minutes by cable car from Margno (info times and costs at www.pianidibobbio.com), or on foot in 15 minutes from Alpe di Paglio where there is a parking lot. Start by biking along some challenging climbs on the agrosilvopastoral road, but the natural beauty of the surroundings amply repays the effort. The ride continues up the hillside to Alpe Ortighera and Burnt Larch. This stretch of road offers spectacular views of the Valsassina and the mountains of the Grigne Group. From Bocchetta di Olino a short downhill section leads to Alpe Ombrega where the refuge of the same name stands. The descent to Alpe Ombrega is on a dirt road. Outside the Refuge there is a charging station for e-bikes, several tables where you can stop and a fountain where you can refill with water.

Cities crossed by the itinerary


Rifugio Ombrega
Piani delle Betulle
Larice bruciato

Point of Interest

Itinerary Data


A new cycle network has been created in the Upper Lake Como area. There are 23 routes in two large areas along the lake's shores, for a total of 380 kilometers. Two routes are for beginners, 10 for intermediates, 8 for advanced cyclists, and 3 for experts. The difficulty scale and route tracking were verified by CAI experts, and an international evaluation standard was adopted in agreement with the Lombardy Region.

Along the routes, there are many panoramic points where you can admire the stunning beauty of Lake Como. The app provides all the information you need to safely navigate the routes, including directions to equipped areas, places of art and culture to visit, and events scheduled in the towns along the chosen route. You can also watch videos of the best panoramic views.

THE CYCLE ROUTES OF THE WESTERN NORTH LAKE COMO - There are 8 new routes at mid-mountain and high altitude, for a total length of 134 kilometers. The routes connect to existing connections between mountain towns and lakeside towns, where there is already a cycle path. The routes start in Sorico and pass through Montemezzo, Vercana, Trezzone, Livo, Peglio, Dosso del Liro, Gravedona ed Uniti, Stazzona, Dongo, Garzeno, Pianello del Lario, Musso, and end in Cremia.

THE CYCLE ROUTES IN THE VALSASSINA - There are 15 routes that allow you to climb from the lake to the Valsassina and Valvarrone, taking advantage of the trails on Mount Legnoncino; the loop circuits in the North Valsassina; the connections with the Valsassina cycle path; and the routes of the Val d'Esino.

WHAT ARE INTERNAL AREAS AND THE "UPPER LAKE COMO AND VALLI DEL LARIO" STRATEGY? - The "North Lake Como and Valli del Lario" Area Strategy was launched in 2018 as part of the National Strategy for Internal Areas 2014/2020. It involved 31 municipalities in the Valsassina, Valvarrone, Val d'Esino, and Riviera (Lecco) communities and the Valli del Lario and Ceresio communities (Como). The National Strategy for Internal Areas (SNAI) is a strategic plan designed to enhance and develop internal areas, which are often characterized by challenges such as depopulation, lack of services, and fewer economic opportunities. The goal is to promote the sustainable development of these areas by investing in infrastructure, services, the local economy, and the preservation of cultural and natural resources. The "Upper Lake Como and Valli del Lario" Area Strategy, implemented in the period 2018/2023, has made it possible to implement 31 projects for a total of 20 million euros, of which 5,285,000 euros were used to promote interventions to recover and enhance the heritage and to strengthen the cycle and hiking routes between the lake and the valleys.

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