- Status Open
- Area Pietrese
Several routes lead to Carmo’s summit: this is the most challenging, but it offers a scenic open panorama and a rich variety of alpine flora hanging from the dolomitic rock.
Behind Pian delle Bosse refuge, the path along the crest is marked by two red squares. It starts off through the woods, but it soon turns into rocky, especially the closer you get to the crest.
The many open spaces (rocky areas, meadows, scree) are generally richer in flora than the thick woods: here we find ourselves on the eastern buttress of Monte Carmo di Loano. It is considered by botanists as the phytogeographic boundary between the Alps and the Apennines, because, from this massif onwards towards west, we can find species characteristic of alpine flora. To name a few: the Ligurian gentian, the dusty primrose, the alpine globularia, the fritillary, the callused saxifrage with its cascading white flowers, the bright yellow Ligurian helianthus that drapes the rocks with its small creeping stems.
During the climb there are some points where you can choose whether to follow the most impervious route right on the crest, or you can turn left; one of these detours takes you to the Amici del Carmo hut (private and unguarded with an open room with tables).
On the other hand, if continue on the crest, you get to the subpeak, reaching an altitude of 1328m. From here you descend to a grassy field just before tackling the last zigzag climb towards the summit at 1389m asl.
Here you will find a large metal cross, a group of beech trees, where you can take a breather in the shade, and a plate with the names and directions of the surrounding mountains. Take it all in while you enjoy the stunning 360° panorama!