Brenta Mountain Group
The Dolomites of the Rhaetian Alps
The Brenta Mountain Group is of great naturalistic importance, also due to the fact that it is far from residential areas and main roads. It is part of the Rhaetian Alps and is the only UNESCO Dolomite site that lies entirely in Trentino as it is located to the west of the Adige Valley, therefore outside of the traditional Dolomite region.
This impressive chain lies in the western area of Trentino, comprising the Valli Giudicarie, Val Rendena. Val di Sole and Val di Non.
For those who love the mountains and the activities they offer, the Brenta Dolomites are a real paradise: eight peaks are above 3.000 metres and most of them are higher than 2.500 metres.
These mountains are also of primary importance for mountaineering history, thanks to some peaks that have become famous throughout the world, such as Campanil Basso, Crozzon di Brenta, Cima Tosa and Cima Brenta.
How to reach the Brenta Dolomites
There are four main access points to the Brenta Dolomites. From Val Rendena the Brenta Dolomites can be reached easily by mountain lifts to Grostè or on foot from Vallesinella, place that is quite close to the centre of Madonna di Campiglio. In the Valli Giudicarie, the recommended access points are from Val d’Ambiez, above San Lorenzo in Banale, up to Rifugio Agostini, and from Val d'Algone you reach Rifugio Dodici Apostoli, one of the remotest, most panoramic places of the Brenta Mountain Group, boasting a spectacular view of the Adamello and Presanella mountain groups. From Val di Non, we recommend you reach the Brenta Mountain Group from Rifugio Peller, above Cles, or by entering Val di Tovel. More experienced hikers can approach the mountains on foot, but also with ski lifts, from the Pradel plateau, just above Molveno in Paganella, up to Rifugio Tommaso Pedrotti. This is a strategic point for accessing the main trails of the Brenta Mountain Group, but also a historical site where in fact, in 1864, the first exploration of the Dolomites began, with the first crossing of the Bocca di Brenta.
Parco naturale Adamello Brenta (Adamello Brenta Nature Park)
The Brenta Mountain Group is part of the Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta (nature park), which accounts for a tenth of Trentino’s surface area and is home to a Geopark, based in Carisolo. Moreover, the southern part of the Brenta Mountain Group is also part of the Riserva della Biosfera Alpi Ledrensi e Judicaria (biosphere reserve).