The Passo della Porta Ferrata is a wonderful trip that takes place on the north and east side of the Presolana group until it reaches the summit of Monte Visolo. The technical difficulties are moderate however it is a ferrata old style, alpine enough with high variety of passages in an environment that should not be underestimated (also considered the reputation of Presolana). Landscape is one of the most beautiful trips we can take in the area of the Orobie and absolutely deserves to be traveled.
The starting point of the itinerary is Colere in the province of Bergamo. The village can be reached from Bergamo going up the Seriana Valley or from Brescia arriving at Lake Iseo reaching Darfo and then reaching the village.
The place to park will depend on the approach route:
The approach route will depend on the car parking:
The via ferrata starts by climbing two metal ladders beyond which there is an easy traverse to the left that connects us to a new ladder. At the end of this initial stretch we go up a rocky canal now aided with a chain. Initially we cover the canal on its right side and then we will have to cross it (pay attention to any snow) to reach its left side and climb it for about twenty meters until it reaches the new wire rope.
From the new start of the equipment we continue on an easy diagonal traverse to the left until we meet a new metal ladder. This part initially vertically then becomes more supported to continue on a short earthy ledge. We go up a short rocky slope with two brackets in support and by inclined ramp we reach a new metal ladder. Once up the ladder the wire rope ends for a couple of meters and we attach ourselves to the chain. Now begin a short vertical wall where it is possible to climb (pay attention to the slightly friable rock). We go up an oblique ramp and reach Passo della Porta with a wonderful view of the Valle di Scalve.
Just the time to look at the view and continuing to the right for a short ledge we reach a new, long and exposed stairway. We begin an exposed but well-traversed left-hand side and then begin a stretch of aided path uphill and short rocky jumps with unaided sections. We therefore come to a new ladder that is shorter than the previous one. Finish the ladder and we find ourselves under a series of aided rocky leaps in which to try to proceed climbing following the red signs and the white-red signs. We come to a ledge that to the right goes around a boulder and we continue uphill with easy progression but at times decidedly exposed. We then reach an aided gully which we ascend with chain. We continue on a comfortable ledge that then becomes a comfortable ridge path with some easy rocks.
We now come to a beautiful glacial basin in which we will have to descend using the chain a few meters on smooth rock. Pay attention in this stretch of descent for about 50 meters. We continue downhill for a stretch without ropes until we reach a traverse to the right that goes around a corner before having to cross the basin with generally present snow. The slope is moderate and the risks are low in this section. Obviously in the case of fog it may be more difficult to navigate although you have to cross the basin and climb halfway up the trail towards the end of the basin. We go up and walk around starting an exposed horizontal traverse with good holds. We finish the traverse, we ignore the indication for the way up to the Presolana Orientale, and we begin to go up a fairly vertical wall using the handholds present and where necessary the chain. Having climbed these last few meters we are on the finishing stretch at Monte Visolo (2h 45 'from the start - 4h 45' with CAI 402 or 3h 45 'from the top station of the cable car).
At the top of Monte Visolo, descend towards the Presanella Pass. From the peak the path that goes down to the right in the direction of the City of Clusone Shelter is ignored and we continue southwards on the Path of the Oriental Orobie towards the Rifugio Baita Cassinelli which we reach after a descent among meadows and mountain pines (1h 45 'from the summit - 6h 30' Total). From the hut we descend along the path 315/316 up to a saddle to the right along path 32 which leads us to Passo della Presolana (45 'from the hut - 7h 15' total).
An alternative is before reaching the hut, take trail 33 to the right which leads to the pass, saving a little time but avoiding a break in the hut.
This itinerary is feasible in both directions and is part of the Orobie trail. If covered in the sense described by the report, the climbing climb is followed.
From the Passo della Presolana to return to Colere it is necessary to use public buses that generally run every hour and 30 minutes. For times, you can use the website of transport of Bergamo. Bus tickets (€ 2.65 to 2018) can be purchased at the hotel on the Presolana Pass.
Pay attention to the weather factor on this trip. La Presolana is a mountain famous for sudden changes in weather. The trip is long and there are no escape routes inside the via ferrata, so it should be planned carefully based on the weather. Finally, since some parts of the itinerary are held towards the north, it is not unusual to find snow even at the beginning of the season.
This long hike will hardly leave enough energy and time to do another day trip. However if one decides to extend the time in which it remains in Orobie, the aided itineraries are not lacking. In fact one could evaluate the trip to Strinato lace for the difficult Ferrata Guerino Rossi or the trip to the Pizzo del Becco with the homonymous ferrata. Going on the Brescia side you could go up the valley and go along the Via Ferrata of Pizzo Badile Camuno or the most difficult Ferrata Arosio Corno del Grevo in the Adamello Massif. The alternatives are not lacking.
Approach: 2:00 h
Ferrata: 2:45 h
Itinerary: 6:00 h
Via Ferrata gap: 370 m
Route difference: 430 m
Max altitude: 2369 m
Length: 10.7 Km