FATMAP by Strava

Alta Via Dei Monti Liguri: Vara to Creto

Stage 5 of the magnificent high alpine trail through Liguria.

Hiking Difficult

52 km
2.2 km
2.7 km
1 day +
Low Point
466 m
High Point
1.1 km
Alta Via Dei Monti Liguri: Vara to Creto Map

Along this stretch of the hike, you will be confronted with the stark contrast between the beauty of nature and the uglier side of humankind. You pass many memorials and gravestones for the battles and massacres that took place in these enchanting mountain landscapes. Walk in the footsteps of Alpini soldiers along old military roads, and pass many relics from both WWI and WW2, including the Martyrs of the Turchino Memorial which commemorates the political prisoners massacred in 1944. A lot of the area is barren of vegetation, creating eerie lunar landscapes. You will then pass the popular mountaineering town Punta Martin and then continue on to the glistening Gorzente Lakes and Bocchetta Pass. From Bocchetta Pass, if you look in the direction of the ocean, you will see the bright lights of Genova in the distance. Finish this stage in the small town of Creto. Sources




Hiking trails where obstacles such as rocks or roots are prevalent. Some obstacles can require care to step over or around. At times, the trail can be worn and eroded. The grade of the trail is generally quite steep, and can often lead to strenuous hiking.

High Exposure

3 out of 4

Some trail sections have exposed ledges or steep ascents/descents where falling could cause serious injury.


2 out of 4

Away from help but easily accessed.

Best time to visit

between April and October


  • Alpine
  • Wildlife
  • Historical
  • Picturesque
  • Wild flowers

Guidebooks in this area