How to get there
To get to Bodone by car from Alto Lario: take the SS340 Regina state road to Gravedona ed Uniti, turn right on the SP4 Provincial road in the direction of Peglio, Livo and Dosso del Liro (if coming from Dongo, turn left). Continue for 2.5 kms until you arrive at the crossroads, turn right following the signs for Peglio. Pass through Peglio and at the end of the town turn left immediately after the Oratory of the Madonna di Gorghiglio, following a small paved road in the direction of the Agriturismo Zertin. Continue until you reach the huts of Bodone (1113 m) where you will find a parking area. Please note: to get to Bodone by car you will need a daily access ticket (€ 2.00), which can be purchased at an automatic ticket machine in Peglio. Make sure to clearly display the ticket on the dashboard of your car. The road has many sharp bends, but it is paved.
Situated at the centre of the Alto Lario area, Monte Duria (2,264 m a.s.l.) is an extraordinary balcony with a 360° panoramic view of Lake Como, its peaks and wild valleys, Valtellina, the Alps and the Orobie mountain chain.
At the entrance of the car park, take the marked path on the left that goes up the steep slope to Alpe Motta (1406 m), and then follow the wide grassy ridge that leads to the foresummit and then to the summit of Monte la Motta (1515 m), where there is a wooden cross and a stone altar. Go down on the opposite side until you arrive at the Sella di Paregna (1468 m). The Sella di Paregna can also be reached via another route: before arriving at the parking area of Bodone, take the road on the left, continue until you reach the no-access barrier and walk along the track leading to the Sella.
From Sella di Paregna, climb left along the steep grassy crest and walk across a long and tough series of bumps until you reach a trough full of boulders. Walk around the sides of this trough under the rampart of the mountain.
When you reach a boulder with the inscription “Duria”, turn left and go up a steep rocky channel. Below the summit, leave the channel and turn left onto a slightly exposed but marked ledge that continues below the ridge. After the last stretch, across some unstable rocky outcrops, you will encounter two landmarks at the summit of Monte Duria. From here, you can admire an enchanting view of the Lario and the numerous surrounding mountains.
Go back the way you came up.
There are no refreshment points or refuges along the path leading to the summit. There is a restaurant and accommodation before Bodone:
- Agriturismo Zertin – Via ai Monti, Peglio - +39 331 6505822/+39 338 1759775 - www.agriturismozertin.com – Open from March to end-October
The hike to Monte Duria is classified “EE” i.e. for expert hikers, and consists of a steep climb and some rocky passages (be careful in the presence of snow, use crampons and picks). The final stretch is easy and consists of a short Level I climb.
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|Starting point||Bodone - PEGLIO|
|Arrival point||Monte Duria|
|Maximum altitude||2264 m|
|Height difference||1150 m|
|Duration||3h for the ascent|
|Type of terrain||Marked and rocky trail|
|Recommended period||May - October|