To walk around Mount Cerano

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If you like the lake then you should consider visiting the best lake in northern Italy: Lake Orta. Do you know why many exclude it from the list? because compared to large lakes it has a reason of its own, an intimacy that few people grasp, but which deserves the epithet of the best lake. There are many things you can do here, but the uphill walk you can take to Monte Cerano certainly stands out from the crowd. For lovers of trekking and hiking, this experience is a must. And here’s how.

The circular excursion to Mount Cerano (1700 mt.) from Arzo extends over a difference in height of 1400 meters. and requires a minimum of training to be tackled, the path is well marked and even on the ridge you proceed without problems following the cairns and the paint signs. The privileged position offers a spectacular view of Lake Orta and Lake Maggiore!

Once you reach the hamlet of Arzo in the municipality of Casale Corte Cerro you have to go beyond the inhabited area until you find on the right the signs for the path to follow (T6). The first destination is Alpe Cech at an altitude of 860 meters. to then reach Alpe Dino at an altitude of 900 meters, from here the path becomes steeper and quickly climbs up to Alpe Colla at an altitude of 1290 meters. After passing the ruins of the pasture, you arrive at the chapel of the Minarola at an altitude of 1407 meters. and following the ridge of the mountain on grassy slopes you reach the top of Mount Cerano at an altitude of 1702 meters. From the summit, follow the direction for Alpe Pianello (path T8) and along the edge of the ridge after an up and down stretch you quickly descend to a crossroads marked with a pole, then turn left and follow the paint and le poline you arrive at Alpe Casere Vecchie at 1175 meters above sea level. Continue in the direction of Alpe Pianello and then in order you pass: Alpe Motte, Alpe Pra della Volta and Alpe Urcia from which you reach the asphalted road in the locality of Cafferonio. From the hamlet of Cafferonio, follow the road to the hamlet of Arzo where we left the car.

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