The Ferrata del Monte Ocone is a difficult, vertical, exposed and sometimes athletic via ferrata. The via ferrata allows for many moments of pause as the chaining of 11 towers between them connected by more or less short stretches of path. The ferrata has two variants: the variant of the Monarch at the seventh tower and the extremely difficult variant of the eleventh tower.
The starting point of the itinerary is in the road that connects Costa Valle Imagna to Valsecca in the province of Bergamo on the border with Lecco. Coming from Costa Valle Imagna, continue for just over 3 km and before a hairpin bend on the left you will notice a bulletin board with information on the route. Park the car on a clearing along the road to the right.
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From the car park you reach the bulletin board and follow the steep path that goes up into the woods. Go past a small building and continue along the track to a first aided section ("Rampa Adelaide"). Go up this grassy ramp and continue for a few minutes until you reach a saddle where you will notice the metal equipment of the first of the eleven towers that characterize this ferrata (20' from the parking lot).
The Ferrata al Monte Ocone is spread over 11 towers with different characteristics and levels of difficulty:
Follow the track of the obvious path for a few meters until you reach the summit of Monte Ocone (3h from the start - 3h 20' total).
From the summit of Monte Ocone you can choose 3 options in decreasing order of difficulty:
The destination is the summit of Monte Ocone and climbs parallel to a path that intersects the CAI 571 from the parking lot that runs halfway up below the summit. This path can be considered both an escape route and a steep path back to the seventh tower. In the subsequent towers we will encounter two other escape routes.
A note on the chain with which the via ferrata is aided. This has a rather large diameter and therefore tends in some circumstances to prevent the sliding of the carabiners. Keep this in mind during progression to avoid being in uncomfortable situations.
The last note is on the rock which is in many places compact and solid, yet quite smooth and therefore the brackets present are very useful.
The Ferrata to Monte Ocone is a challenging and long enough via ferrata that requires some physical effort to be completed. If you decide to take another aided route, you could consider the Ferrata of the Madonnina del Coren about 45 minutes by car. If you decide to stay more days in the Orobic Alps you could evaluate the Via Ferrata Maurizio, the Ferrata Pizzo del Becco or the more challenging itinerary of the Via Ferrata Guerino Rossi at Pizzo Strinato. Similar in level to the Ferrata del Monte Ocone, we suggest the Ferrata Gamma 2 at the Resegone, the Ferrata Contessi at Monte Due Mani and on the Como side of Lake la Ferrata del Monte Grona.
Approach: 0:20 h
Itinerary: 4:15 h
Via Ferrata gap: 300 m
Route difference: 500 m
Max altitude: 1355 m
Length: 3.5 Km
Mountain Group: Bergamo Prealps