Rifugio Madonna delle Nevi
Rifugio Madonna delle Nevi – Mezzoldo, Bergamo
Discover the many
secrets of Nature
Walks and hikes
A landscape of exceptional beauty
The hut is surrounded by a landscape of exceptional beauty, crossed by paths within the reach of everyone. Along the way, it is not unusual to see specimens of flora and fauna, particularly marmots, chamois, roe deer ... Learn to know them and to respect them. In collaboration with the shelter you can arrange guided tours.
The Casere Path
Difficulty: easy / Duration: 4h.
This path is easy and suitable for families and children. It goes all the way around the dell in which the Rifugio lies. Along the path it is possible to visit the casere (old mountain huts where milk is made into cheese by herdsmen, following centuries-old proceedings).
The Terzera Valley Path
Difficulty: easy / Duration: 2h
This path is very easy and suitable for families and children. It reaches the first casera of the Casere path and allows to go back to the Rifugio. Along the path it is possible to visit the casera Terzera, a mountain hut where milk is made into cheese by herdsmen, following centuries-old proceedings). Following track n. 115, it is possible to go up to the San Simone Pass (2000 m), through which a different ramification of the Brembana Valley can be reached; or, else, it is possible to climb up to Mount Cavallo (2323 m). Following track n. 134, it is possible to reach the village of Piazzatorre.
The Wood Path
Difficulty: very easy / 2h (time includes going and coming back).
This path is very easy and suitable for families and children. It goes all the way down to the dam, which lies at the beginning of the dell, where the Rifugio lies. The dam is still operated to produce energy and can be visited: ask the Rifugio’s staff for further information.
The San Marco Pass and the Via Priula Path
Difficulty: easy / Duration: 2h
The ‘Via Priula’ was an ancient route, built by the Venetians (who ruled Bergamo during the XVI century) to connect Bergamo itself with Coira, in Switzerland. A part of it still exists, and it goes from the Village of Mezzoldo to the San Marco Pass (1992 m), connecting the Brembana Valley with Valtellina. It is now a beautiful path, easy and suitable for everyone.
The Verrobbio Pass and the Cadorna Trenches Path
Difficulty: medium / Duration: 2h from the San Marco Pass
During World War I, the Italian General Cadorna built a new line of trenches, expecting to be attacked by enemy forces. This never happened, and the trenches lie over there still nowadays and can be visited. A part of them crosses the Verrobbio Pass (2026 m). From this Pass it is possible to reach Pescegallo Lake (1862 m) or the beautiful Ponteranica Lakes (2105 m).
The Western Orobie (101) Path
Difficulty: hard / Duration: depending on the section you want to go
it goes from the Rifugio Benigni (2222 m) to the Rifugio Calvi (2025 m). This famous path passes high above (2028 m) the Rifugio Madonna delle Nevi and can be reached in 2h time. The Path passes close to the Zamboni Hut (see above). Once there, you can follow it westbound, to the Rifugio Benigni, or eastbound, to the Rifugio Calvi.
Refuge Balicco
Difficulty: medium / Duration: 2h
From the Rifugio it goes up the valley of the river Brembo along the left bank side to a height of approximately 1430 m: from here you turn left and begin to climb in the woods. With winding path you arrive at the Casu hut (1624 m) and continue the ascent up to emerge out dall'abetaia a height of about 1800m. To the right you go up a grassy ridge and then finds the intersection with trail 124A. Below, through the pastures, we switch from dairy Azzaredo (1795m), touch each other huts and you will reach the refuge (2 h).
The Mount Gambetta Path
Difficulty: medium / Duration: 4h
Right in front of the Rifugio stands Mount Gambetta, with its smooth and flat top. It can be reached by a steep track (n. 135), which requires some skills. Otherwise it is possible to follow the easiest track n. 113 which starts from the Rifugio San Marco 2000 and follows the very top of Mount Gambetta to the vast meadows at its very end.