Walking in the woods to discover the wild fauna and flora, trekking admiring turquoise alpine lakes and high-altitude excursions to reach peaks and enjoy spectacular views.
Val di Sole is a true paradise for trekking lovers and offers hundreds of paths that wind through the mountains, between high peaks and green pastures, in the protected areas of Stelvio National Park and Adamello Brenta Park.
The territory lends itself to any type of excursion, from the easier ones on dirt roads, to those of medium difficulty on mountain paths up to mountaineering routes at high altitudes and via ferratas. Anyone can walk in the mountains depending on their level, experience and interest.
You can experience the mountain as a true sportsman, grinding altitude difference and km to reach the most daring and extreme goals or in a slow, calm way for your psychophysical well-being.
Walking in nature helps, it is a real medicine for body and mind. Anything goes, the important thing is to find your balance, free your mind and move around in total safety.
On the mountain paths you can walk with a map and compass in hand on an adventure or be accompanied by a mountain professional: alpine guides and mid-mountain guides. Again, everything is allowed, even if we advise you to rely on a professional if you want to discover new places or want to try your hand at more difficult and technical treks.
Itineraries for families
If you are looking instead for easier itineraries, on undemanding paths and ideal for families with children, here are some useful ideas for your excursions.
One of the most famous destinations in Val di Sole is the Tibetan bridge over the Rio Ragaiolo waterfall. You will be able to cross the suspension bridge at 60 meters above sea level and, in the meantime, admire and listen to the roar of the waterfalls: an ideal outing for the family. You can also decide to stop for lunch or a snack at Malga Fratte Bassa.
Another destination to put on your agenda is Pejo 3000. You can reach an altitude of 3000 meters by cable car and then descend on foot passing by a splendid alpine lake: Lake Covel.
Definitely worth a visit are the spectacular Saent waterfalls which can be covered with a circular tour, then stopping for lunch or a snack at Malga Stablasolo.
Finally, we recommend the Caprioli lake in Pellizzano, which will win you over thanks to its stillness, its blue waters and the spectacular view of the surrounding mountains.
The magnificent Valpiana extends right in the valley next to the Caprioli lake, which you enter from above the village of Ossana. An ideal place for walks in total relaxation, where you can switch off and immerse yourself in nature.
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.
The Great War
The spectacular views of the Val di Sole at the beginning of the 20th century were the scene of the war and tragic events of the First World War.
The “White War” between the Austro-Hungarian and Italian army troops who fought between the peaks and the glaciers, using the steep alpine paths between trenches and fortifications. The harsh living conditions have remained indelible in the memory of the population of the valley, traces that have also changed the characteristics of the landscape.
In order not to forget these heroic deeds, museum complexes and itineraries have been set up that retrace the high-altitude roads faced at the time by tired, cold, frightened and hungry soldiers. In addition to the White War museums of Vermiglio and Pejo, numerous fortifications continue to overlook the villages of Val di Sole, in the areas of Vermiglio, Pejo and Tonale.
At an altitude of 3,632 metres, on the peaks overlooking Pejo, there is a Punta Linke museum, opened in 2014 near the Alpine peak of the same name, in one of the most strategic control points on the western front. The high altitude and the rigidity of the climate have helped to preserve an extraordinary quantity of war relics over the decades, which still today narrate the harshness of the Alpine conflict.