LAKE COMO – FROM THE ALPS TO THE “GARDEN OF EUROPE”

This excursion is really a little journey, starting from the high mountains of Valtellina and going south to a “mediterranean” environment, with palm trees, beautiful gardens and colorful villas. Camping throughout the journey makes the experience even more intense!

People who like to live adventure travels very close to the nature and in a free way of moving can’t miss this journey! From the kayaks we’ll have also wonderful sights of medieval burgs and “hidden treasures” difficult to see from earth.

 

DURATION  : three days / two days starting directly from Piona (see description of days two and three)

PRICE :  3 DAYS OPTION  175€ / person  for  6 people group  (230€ / person  starting  from  3  people)

                   2 DAYS OPTION  110€ / person  for  6 people group  (145 / person  starting  from  3  people)

INCLUDED IN PRICE:  Organization, professional guiding, use of kayaks and all provided gear, basic kayak tecnique teaching, overnight, dinners and breakfasts in camping

NOT INCLUDED:  Pic-nics, food and drinks bought during the stops, transfers by car or train

GROUP from 3 to 6 people

 GUIDE  : kayak instructor, geologist, italian but also English, Spanish and French speaking

 

ITINERARY DESCRIPTION

DAY ONE – from the lake of Novate Mezzola to the Lake Como

After the transfer from the meeting point to Novate Mezzola, the adventure begins! The lake of Novate Mezzola, where we’ll start paddling, is small and surrounded by high and rocky mountains. to reach the lake Como from there, we’ll paddle along the last tract of the river Mera, calm and characterised by a high variety of birds living in the cane fields along the banks. Once reached the wide lake Como at its northern tip, we’ll pass by the town of Colico and follow to the entrance of the bay of Piona, where we’ll camp the first night.  (DISTANCE:  About 16 km paddling ) 

DAY TWO – The northern Como Lake from Piona to Dervio

We’ll start from the bay of Piona and follow way south along the rocky coast till the beautiful medieval burg of Corenno, where we’ll stop for lunch and a short visit. In the afternoon we’ll follow till Dervio, where we’ll stop for camping. In the evening is also good to have a walk around the village.   (DISTANCE:  About 12 km paddling)

DAY THREE – Going south, from the white cliffs of Varenna to the white beach of Lierna

From Dervio we’ll start again way south,  passing by cliffs and villas almost leaning on the lake. The landscape changes as we reach the wonderful village of Varenna, where we’ll stop for lunch and a short visit (depending on the time). In the afternoon we’ll paddle near the villas and gardens of Varenna and follow way south reaching the village of Fiumelatte and then the “Riva Bianca” of Lierna, where the journey ends.  (DISTANCE: About 18 km paddling)

 

MEETING POINT:   Via Ronco, Lierna (LC)  

(time to be decided)

 

 GEAR TO BRING:

  1. Swimming shorts

  2. sandals (“crocs” type) or sneakers

  3. Two thermal shirts / micropile, one T-shirt and one with long sleeves

  4. Cap (baseball cap, fisher cap) better if waterproof

  5. Sunglasses and sun cream

  6. Dry spare clothes (to be left in the car)

  7. Outdoor clothes for camping 

  8. Outdoor shoes for camping, better if not too big (they will fit better in the kayak)

  9. Headlamp

  10. Personal camping dishes (dish, cup, fork, spoon, knife)

  11. Sleeping bag in synthetic material (down is very good, but very bad if it gets wet)

  12. Sleeping mat

  13. Pic – nics

 

PROVIDED GEAR

  1. Kayak, paddle, cockpit cover, Life jacket

  2. waterproof jacket

  3. Dry bags

  4. dinners and breakfasts

  5. Tents and outdoor kitchen gear