FATMAP difficulty grade
On this stretch of the route, you climb above the Val Tanaro and Val Pennavaire, following the ridge-line along Mt.
Galero (1704m), the Rocca Barbena (1140m), and Mt.
Carmo di Loano (1389m).
Due to the microclimate of the area, many colourful nordic species thrive, creating vibrant alpine meadows of rhododendron, dwarf juniper, and blueberry. The stretch after Mt.
Carmo takes you through the vast Melogno beech forest before finishing up this stage in the province of Savona, where you can diverge from the main hiking route to break in the small town of Mallare.