The hike up to the Bivacco Bottani (Bottani-Cornaggia) is one of the most beautiful and classic trail you can find on the Costiera dei Cech.
- Elevation gain: 1200 m.
- Hiking time: 2,30 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Elevation: 2327 m.
- Trail: n° 23
- Note: If you do decide to spend the night in the bivouac you’ll need to ask the key at GAM (Gruppo Aquile Morbegno), Strada Forestale, Morbegno – phone number +39 0342611022. Otherwise you can take the key at the Pizzeria Riestorante da Cris in Poira (phone number +39 0342650111 – mobile +39.3339868546)
Trekking is an inherently dangerous activity. The hike here described can be a dangerous activity if faced without the right preparation. Mountain conditions can be very dramatically from one season to the next. Always seek local advice on current conditions, check the weather and don’t take anything for granted.
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Poira di Civo. At the end of the road there is a big parking area. The trailhead lies few meters before the football field.
The trail starts between isolated houses, then climbs through pine forest.
The first part of the trail is hard and steep but allows you to quickly gain elevation.
The trail cross a dirt road (firebreak) and climbs through a steep forest leading to big and sunny meadows of Pre Soccio (1653 m.). This is a fantastic spot to make a stop, to admire the landscape and to wander between the old stone lodges.
The trail continues climbing and losing among the grass. I suggest pointing up to where the meadows finishes and you find the trail again. The trail reaches the Alpe Visogno (2000 m.), normaly before you get there you can hear the bells of the animals (donkeys, cows, horses).
From here you can see, in northbound, a red point among rocks and high grass: the Bivacco Bottani .
The trail climbs to the last steep section (300 m.), harmonized by the whistles of the marmots and the bells of the sheeps, reaching the red build of Bivacco Bottani-Cornaggia.
To return to the trailhead retrace your steps.