The best emotions of Val di Sole can be experienced at high altitudes: thanks to a system of cable cars, gondola lifts and chair lifts, you can reach high altitudes in just a few minutes while admiring a scenic journey. But the real Val di Sole, you have to experience it on foot, walking on its innumerable paths. The itineraries recommended below have refuges within walking distance as their final destination. You will be able to enjoy a pleasant excursion, more or less demanding depending on the destination you choose, and you can then stay overnight or simply have lunch with traditional Trentino cuisine.
The Cevedale Guido Larcher refuge is the privileged starting point if you aspire to climb Cevedale. The refuge is located in Val Venezia, in the heart of the Stelvio National Park, in front of the Vedretta de la Mare, the Cime del Cevedale, Zufall, Palon de la Mare and Viòz. Near the refuge there is a small church which was built on the initiative of Cristoforo Caserotti, in honor of the Madonna delle Grazie. The Refuge can be reached from the Malga Mare power plant (10 km from the town of Cogolo) along path 102 which passes next to Malga Mare. The road remains open throughout the year. The path from the Malga Mare car park to the refuge can be covered in 1.45 hours.
At the foot of Mount Vioz, at more than 3,500 meters above sea level, there is the Vioz “Mantova” refuge, the highest in Trentino and in all the Eastern Alps. The first Vioz hut was built between 1909 and 1911 by the Alpine club section of Halle a.d. Salle. The most important renovation dates back to 1992 where after four years of work. Today the refuge is very comfortable and attentive to solutions to reduce the environmental impact. In addition to a climb with a spectacular view, which ranges up to the Lombard and South Tyrolean Alps, near the refuge, about half an hour on foot, you can visit the Punta Linke museum, the highest in Europe.
Another refuge not to be missed is the Stavel “Francesco Denza”. The refuge is located at an altitude of 2298, at the foot of the moraine of the Presanella glacier (Alpi Rhaetian). Above the terrace on which the refuge stands, there is a typical alpine lake that is very suggestive when the clear sky allows its waters to reflect the Presanella in all its beauty. It is located in the center between the imposing mountain ranges of the Adamello Presanella, and the Ortles-Cevedale and the Brenta Dolomites.
Overlooking the Rabbi valley is the Dorigoni refuge, located in the heart of the Stelvio National Park, in a natural basin where marmots and chamois live in total freedom. A few steps away, a series of small lakes of glacial origin dot the wide depressions created by the mountain slopes. The Saent waterfalls, the nature trail of the Sternai lakes, the Sentiero dei Monumentali larches and the world of high altitudes with the Careser glacier, the Cima Rossa and the Cima Sternai, are just some of the exclusive features that you can admire in Val di Rabbi .
Finally, we recommend a trek to the Stella Alpina refuge at Lake Corvo. Still remaining between Val di Rabbi and Val d’Ultimo, the Stella Alpina refuge, built in 1952, is located in a high-altitude reserve near Lake Corvo, a small basin where the arctic chars live. From the Lago Corvo refuge, with the SAT 145 path, you can go up between basins and scree until you touch the top of Monte Collecchio (2,954 m), where you can observe the wide expanse of the upper Val Saent.