Brenta Dolomites Trek Expert

A breathtaking experience for those who love mountains, vertical rock, boundless prairies and mysterious woods.
An emblematic itinerary of several days circumnavigating the entire group of the Brenta Dolomites90 km of trails through dizzying climbingalpine grazing and savage pasturesmountain refuges at high altitude and the unmistakable rock of the Dolomites at sunset.

Technical description:
It is a 90 kilometers long walking tour (plus variants) divided into 11 stages, which circumnavigates at high altitude (1400-2800 mt. above sea level), the whole group of the Brenta Dolomites.
The route is combinable, depending on time availability, in various combinations of stages, taking advantage of the variants. Some stages are short and they can be done in the same day.
The tour was created in 2009 by the Adamello Brenta Natural Park and the APT of the Brenta area have joined the project . It goes through very different environments, from the pastures of the northern subgroup to the rocky amphitheatres that overlook  the Dolomites.
The signage is serious and organic and it mostly uses the classic SAT signage. The traditional signs (a red and white wooden sign) indicate the Brenta Dolomites Trek Expert route, with a special green round logo (see the websitewww.dolomitibrentatrek.it).
NOTE: In the event that a person or a group of people want to do the Brenta Dolomites Trek Expert, but they don’t feel sufficiently prepared to do it independently, we recommend to contact the Alpine guides in the area (tutors).

Tech Tips:
The trek is aimed at an experienced hiker, accustomed to more days hiking, who is familiar with the high mountains environment. If you realize the tour without recurring to variants, you must have a sufficient security on iron steps and exposed paths.

Materials needed:
• Mountain boots and classical mountain material for a several days trekking.
• Technical clothing changes.
• Windproof jacket or waterproof suit.
• Climbers.
• Ice-Axe (if done at the beginning or end of the season).
• Sticks.
• Ferrata kit mandatory (helmet, climbing harness and an iron step set plus slings)
• Front panel
• Sheet (sleeping bag is not necessary): each mountain refuge has blankets (ask the manager).
• A capacious Water bottle.
• Packed Food for overnight stays in camp (also available at the mountain refuges or at the alpine grazing that produce cheese).
• You DO NOT need a camp stove.

Legs

Peller mountain refuge - Costanzi Bivouac
Peller mountain refuge - Costanzi Bivouac

The path goes along the wide expanses of Pian della Nana, in Trentino, a great karstic plateaus of an extraordinary beauty and geological interest. Herds of cows, horses, donkeys, sheeps and goats graze these pastures in the wild state. The walk...

Costanzi Bivouac - Graffer mountain refuge
Costanzi Bivouac - Graffer mountain refuge

The stage goes down to lower elevations and it passes through pine forests and ruins of abandoned alpine grazing, it goes along the colossal walls of the Centonia and then in a softer road through the pasture of Malga Mondifrà in Campo...

Graffer mountain refuge - Tuckett mountain refuge
Graffer mountain refuge - Tuckett mountain refuge

With this stage we enter in the most "Dolomite" part of the tour, first passing by the Grostè and then along the rocky walls of the Torrione of Vallesinella and Castelletto Inferiore, up to the Tuckett Refuge. Technical description: From the...

Tuckett mountain refuge - Brentei mountain refuge
Tuckett mountain refuge - Brentei mountain refuge

At first the path descends between pines and flowers of all kinds up to the pass of Fridolin. From here you enter into the most emblematic valley of the Group, the Val Brenta. After passing through a narrow rock tunnel you can enjoy the view of...

Brentei mountain refuge - XII Apostoli mountain refuge
Brentei mountain refuge - XII Apostoli mountain refuge

The going gets tough. You have to exceed the saddle of Chamois, after climbing the gully of the same name. The environment is characterized by the lack of vegetation, this is the rock and ice kingdom. The crampons will be useful to overcome the...

XII Apostoli moutain refuge - Agostini mountain refuge
XII Apostoli moutain refuge - Agostini mountain refuge

This stage offers memorable views on the Tosa peak - the highest of the Group (3.173 meters) - from the sheer cliffs that you descend along the steps during the via ferrata Castiglioni. Breathtaking passages and suspended walkways are elements...

Agostini mountain refuge - Pedrotti mountain refuge
Agostini mountain refuge - Pedrotti mountain refuge

This stage goes through particular charming and appealing scenarios, passing along the slopes of the Val d'Ambiez first and then coming close to the Pozza Tramontana, a 200 meters deep karstic gorge, more than one kilometer long. To reach the...

Pedrotti Mountain Refuge - Malga Spora
Pedrotti Mountain Refuge - Malga Spora

One of the toughest and more spectacular stage of the tour. At first you enter in the rocky amphitheater of Busa Sfulmini, where you can admire the most famous and daring peaks of the Brenta, as the Campanil Basso. Then through a long and scenic...

Malga Spora - Malga Flavona
Malga Spora - Malga Flavona

One of the most enchanting stage thanks to the natural landscape. You won’t meet many hikers, but shepherds, animals and fossils. This stage is rich in alpine grazing that seem to come from an old-time tale. After Malga Termoncello looking down...

Malga Flavona - Malga Tuena
Malga Flavona - Malga Tuena

From Malga Flavona you descend into a dense wood, dense and mysterious. But soon the path climbs up towards high-altitude fields, fresh air and the walls of Livezza up overhead. The path softly descent arriving in the grazing  of Malga...

Malga Tuena - Peller Mountain Refuge
Malga Tuena - Peller Mountain Refuge

From Malga Flavona you descend into a dense wood, dense and mysterious. But soon the path climbs up towards high-altitude fields, fresh air and the walls of Livezza up overhead. The path softly descent arriving in the grazing  of Malga...

Points of interest

IL SASSO ROSSO
IL SASSO ROSSO

Sasso Rosso is a mountain in the Brenta Dolomites, in the southern Retiche Alps, which rises up to 2,645 meters of altitude. It is a natural border to the Val Piana or Piana della Nana and takes its name from the characteristic color that differentiates it from other mountains.

BIVACCO COSTANZI
BIVACCO COSTANZI

The bivouac is located at 2,365 meters on Pra Castron, a natural terrace between the ‘Dos degli Strinzi’ (or Tower of Stairs) and Sasso Rosso, west of the ‘Passo di Pra Castron’. The bivouac, a wood prefabricated, was built in 1985 by the SAT section of Dimaro and is dedicated to the young climber Claudio Costanzi Albasini, precipitated by the western wall of the Cima Nana. It can accommodate up to 10 people. The water source is located at a few minutes' walk, in a valley below the ridge of Cima Nana (reachable with flat trail).

GHIACCIAIO SOPRA IL TUCKETT
GHIACCIAIO SOPRA IL TUCKETT

The “Vedretta di Brenta Inferiore” - also known as the Glacier of Tuckett - is a glacier that closes the valley behind the Tuckett refuge, in the Upper Vallesinella. The glacier is encased in the narrow valley that culminates in the ‘Bocca di Tuckett’ and has recently undergone significant morphological transformations, splitting it into several parts and losing whole chunks. Until the end of the ‘800, it was one of the biggest glaciers of the Brenta Dolomites Group and had an area of about 66 hectares, which felt after about 50 to 15 hectares today. It is fed mainly by avalanches that are deeply coming from the cliffs surrounding it, but, given the relatively low altitude where it is located, in recent years the residual snow has melted completely, depriving him of power.

BRENTA VALLEY'S AMPHITHEATER
BRENTA VALLEY'S AMPHITHEATER

One of the most beautiful alpine scenery that can be admired during the path is the great amphitheater of the Dolomites that surrounds the Brenta Valley: the Brenta Francigli del Crozzòn peaks, Tosa and Cima Margherita peaks, Low Brenta Peak, the carving of Bocca Brenta, High Brenta Peak, the Low Campanil and the High Campanil, the Sfulminis, Armi Peak, Brenta’s Tower, Molveno Peak and Mandron Peak rise above the scree, the cliffs and the dense forest that covers the bottom and middle parts of the valley.

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Technical data

City of departure: Cles

Departure: Cles

City of arrival: Cles

Arrival: Cles

Length (Km): 97

Discipline: Trekking

Type of Itinerary: great routes

Recommended Period:

Motivation: Nature