A rather long stage; best suited for those well trained. The trail traverses the Conte forest, from which it takes its name, and is located in Valdidentro opposite the village of San Carlo.
In the past, this forest, owned by the noble Alberti family, supplied wood for construction and fuel, as well as peat and coal. This stage crosses two characteristic valleys within Valdidentro, Val Cardonè and Val Lia, and then traverses Dosso Le Pone to join the ski slopes of Cima Piazzi-San Colombano, before finishing at the Malga San Colombano.
A rewarding medium-length trail with a varied landscape and plenty of panoramic views. Start along a flat path, then head down along the road that leads to Val Verva and uphill to the Verva Bassa pasture. From here the trail splits off from the road and crosses the Rio Verva stream along path N289 through the Del Conte forest. Once you reach Val Cardonè, continue along the road to Alpe Boron, where you can stop for a bite to eat and even stop for the night. The trail continues along the road to Alpe Prei, then skirts around Dosso Le Pone to reach Alpe Le Pone, with beautiful views over Valdidentro. One final effort takes you along the N209 path to the highest point of the Valdidentro ski area, from where you follow the trail to the Malga San Colombano where the stage ends.
From the Malga to Forte di Oga (where you can leave your car or take public transport) takes around 1 hour 20 minutes on foot.
Medium length stage through meadows and woodland with uphill and downhill sections as well as unpaved single tracks. The stage begins along a flat single track, then heads uphill along an unpaved road that leads to Verva Bassa. From here turn left on a single track through the beautiful Del Conte forest. Once you arrive in Val Cardonè proceed along the road that leads to Alpe Boron where you can grab something to eat and drink, charge your e-bike and even stop for the night. The views of Cima Piazzi from here are nothing short of spectacular. From here turn right along a steep uphill stretch (a particularly challenging section of the trail) that leads to Alpe Prei, then take the single track that skirts Dosso Le Pone to reach Alpe Le Pone, with panoramic views over Valdidentro. From there follow the trail to the Malga San Colombano, where the stage ends. Here you can try some traditional local dishes.
Charging points: Alpe Boron, Malga San Colombano.