Hike on Corna dei Trentapassi from Zone

Corna dei Trentapassi is the most famous and symbolic of the mountains that surround Lake Iseo.

Despite the modest altitude – (1248 metres) –  the mountain peak is considered an excellent panoramic point. Positioned like a balcony on the lake, Corna dei Trentapassi offers incredible views of Lake Iseo, Montisola, the Adamello Mountains and even the Pianura Padana.

Easiest way to reach the top:

  • Starting Point: Zone (BS)
  • Time: 1.5 hours to reach the top (1 hour for the way back)
  • Difficulty: easy but pretty steep
  • Best time: all year around – in winter be sure there is no snow or ice, and in summer avoid it when the day is particularly hot

The easiest path starts from the village of Zone and lasts around 1 and a half hour. Zone is a mountain village located between Pisogne and Marone that can be easily reached by car following the signs on the SP 510.

Once in Zone, follow the sign for the hamlet of Cusato where, at the end of the road you will find a little car park (in Via Aldo Moro). From here, take via Marcolano and keep walking up hill. After 5 minutes you will find a sign to “Corna dei Trentapassi” that indicates to your left.

Continue on this road until you find a cobblestone path called “Sentiero 229” and keep following the signs.

The path is well marked, either with signs to “Corna dei Trentapassi” or with white and red painted markings on the rocks, where the path enters in to the wood and becomes steeper.

At some point, you leave the woods and the path becomes more exposed. You will start to see the lake on your left, and a cross above your head. Keep walking. The climb requires a bit of energy, but you will be rewarded by an incredible view.

A more challenging way

Corna dei Trentapassi is reachable from the bottom of the mountain with a longer and more difficult walk. The path has some rocky and exposed segments.

  • Starting Point: Vello (BS)
  • Time: 5 hours round-trip
  • Difficulty: medium
  • Altitude difference: 1068 m

From Vello you can take the path 263 and reach the top in 2.5 hours. It is not advisable to return back along the same path due to the exposed sections and the steepness. Instead, take path 265, which will lead you to the starting point in around 2.5 hours.

If you would like to take the longer walk, we strongly advise you to contact the local tourist office to get a map and a detailed explanation of the route. You can also write to the Club Alpino Italiano (segreteria@caibrescia.it) to get information, or if you would like to organised a guided trip.


About the author

Daniela grew up in Lovere, Lake Iseo, but she has been calling London home since 2012. Oscar is her dog and best friend. They love hiking and wandering around the woods of Lake Iseo. Oscar also likes to feature in the photos that Daniela takes during their walks.

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