The Passo del Tonale was the scene of one of humanity’s greatest tragedies: the First World War, also known as the “White War”
On one side there were the troops of the Austro-Hungarian Empire (Trentino was part of it until 1918) and on the other the troops of the Kingdom of Italy. These two sides competed for peaks and glaciers at high altitudes, between the snows of the Adamello and Ortles Cevedale Groups.
The battles carried out in Val di Sole were particularly bloody and were characterized above all by the extreme conditions in which they were fought, with efforts by both sides that could be defined as inhumane.
The conflict has left indelible traces, from trenches and fortifications that have forever changed the landscape.
The trekking experience that we offer you is to relive the Great War over 100 years later, retracing the military routes and observing what is left in the Val di Sole area.
In fact, here you can still see many forts, second-line barracks, trenches, holes in the ground made by mortars.
In a one-day trek we will start from Passo del Tonale and then reach Mount Tonale Orientale. From here we will descend to the “Città Morta” where we will still be able to see the Austrian fortifications which in a tragic December of 1916 were swept away by a huge avalanche causing dozens of deaths among the Austro-Hungarians. From here we will descend into Val di Strino and then go up to the Zaccarana fort, an imposing and dominant fortification. From here we will descend again to Fort Mero, see the military airport and return to Passo del Tonale.
A particular day of historical trekking: the whole experience will be carried out by a guide who is commander of the Alpini.
Through the eyes of a military we will thus be able to discover the strategies of both sides and better understand the why of things. Even if the reason for war never exists!
A historic trek ideal for schools, groups or even families who want culture as well as sport.
A day where we will leave early, eat out and enjoy the beauties of Tonale.
adults and families with children > 10 years
Period of the year
from May to October
topographic maps, compass
Equipment to bring
mountain boots, rucksack, water bottle, hat, thermal and rainproof layer