TRENTINO, THE MOUNTAINS FOR EVERYONE
From trekking to via ferratas to mountain bike trails, take in the spectacular Dolomite peaks and picture-perfect sunrises and sunsets by foot or on two wheels with these high-altitude adventures
The mountains of Trentino offer many opportunities for outdoor adventures thanks to a network of over 5,800km of trails where visitors can experience spectacular sunrises and fiery sunsets combined with breath-taking panoramas. With over 140 refuges to rest one’s head after a day exploring the mountain scenery.
FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE FIRST MOUNTAINEERS 150 YEARS ON: EXPLORE CIMON DELLA PALA, THE "MATTERHORN OF THE DOLOMITES"
In 2020 the most iconic peaks of the Pale di San Martino Group: Cimòn della Pala, the "Matterhorn of the Dolomites" celebrate two important anniversaries: 150 years since the first ascent to the summit in 1870 by British mountaineer Edward Robson Whitwell, with alpine guide Santo Siorpaes from Ampezzo and Swiss guide Christian Lauener, and the 50th anniversary of the Ferrata Bolver - Lugli, which climbs the western wall of the forepart of Cimòn, one of the most spectacular and exposed via ferratas of the Dolomites, (a route for experts due to its length).
VIA FERRATAS NOT TO BE MISSED
For families and beginners:
The most open stretch offers one of the most beautiful views of Lake Garda. This panoramic itinerary, Ferrata Fausto Susatti to Cima Capi, is a must-do for its setting and is suitable for beginners and families.
The Ferrata dei Laghi - Cermiskyline in Val di Fiemme is ideal for those starting out to becoming familiar with climbing. It starts from the Bombasel lakes on Alpe Cermis and reaches the summit of the Castello di Bombasèl in the Lagorai Group, an exceptional panoramic point on the peaks of Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa. The route unwinds among the folds of the mountain, climbing up étriers and ladders along a canyon of incredible beauty, between rock ledges and waterfalls up to 100m high. This fascinating route follows the Via Ferrata Burrone Giovanelli which climbs up to Monte di Mezzocorona, above Piana Rotaliana and is suitable for families and beginners.
For spectacular views:
One experience not to be missed is the most famous high-altitude route in the Dolomites, the historic Via delle Bocchette. Travelling along the narrow and aerial ledges of the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites, it can be travelled over several days thanks to the refuges of Tuckett, Brentei, Alimonta, Pedrotti-Tosa and Agostini-Val d'Ambièz along the route. The most spectacular stretch is between the Alimonta and Pedrotti-Tosa refuges called Bocchette Centrali.
Further options available at: www.visittrentino.info/it/guida/sport-estate/ferrate
TREKKING FOR ALL
The Garda Trek is a circuit consisting of three circular itineraries to be covered in stages along the slopes and ridges of the northern part of the largest lake in Italy (with glimpses of lakes Ledro and Tenno as well). The three loops share stunning panoramas and natural beauty with refuge accommodation available en-route. (www.gardatrentino.it/it/gardatrek-garda-trentino/).
Alta Via del Granito - Lagorai Group - Cima d'Asta: (Level: Medium)
Alta Via del Granito is a three-day circular crossing on the singular granite island of the Cima d'Asta - Cime di Rava group in the southern Lagorai mountain range, one of the least populated mountain areas in the Alps. Walk among beautiful natural landscapes along a network of ancient paths and former First World War military roads, staying overnight in two group refuges: Cima d'Asta "Ottone Brentari" and Caldenave. The trek begins and ends in Val Malene – on Altopiano del Tesino – in Malga Sorgazza, which can be reached from Pieve Tesino. www.altaviadelgranito.com
Further options available at: www.visittrentino.info/it/esperienze/trekking-ed-escursioni
‘LET'S DOLOMITES’ ALPINE GUIDES PROJECT
‘Let's Dolomites’ is a project conceived by the Alpine Guides of Trentino offering group trekking tours with the experts where visitors can learn about the history of these mountains, together with botanical and geological facts. You can choose between 6/7-day or 3-day programmes with overnight stays in traditional refuges and mountain huts. Itineraries include:
Six days on the Fassa Dolomites (Level: Easy). A trek between Marmolada and the Sella and Sassolungo groups, discovering the most beautiful panoramas of the Fassa Dolomites.
On the Via Ferratas of the Brenta Dolomites (Level: Medium) Three days crossing from Passo Grostè to the Brentei Refuge following some of the most beautiful via ferratas.
On the trail of the 'Guerra Bianca' [1915-18 WWI Alpine War] (Level: Difficult) Three days at high altitude in the Adamello Group exploring the trail of the First World War soldiers from Sentiero dei Fiori to Cannone di Cresta Croce and Galleria del Corno di Cavento.
Trentino for CYCLING ENTHUSIASTS
Trentino is delighted to welcome the brand new DoGa Alpine Cycling Route is a new bike circuit touring Madonna and Lake Garda. The circuit was developed in partnership with the Tourist Office of Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena, the Terme di Comano Dolomiti di Brenta and Garda Trentino, in collaboration with specialist agency, Helios. This new multi-altitude bike itinerary starts from Malé in Val di Sole (reachable via the Trento-Malé-Mezzana railway connection) and, after 110km of beautiful forest roads through four alpine valleys, reaches Lake Garda. Recommended bikes for this route are Gravel or Trekking. www.doga-cycling.it/it/
Additional bike experiences to consider include:
At between 800 and 1900m in altitude, through lush pastures, fir forests, sweeping valleys and panoramic viewpoints there are a range of itineraries suitable for all types of cycling including mountain, cross country and endure. Alpe Cimbra Bike also offers specialist services such as 26 bike hotels and residences, 11 bike chalets, mountain bike instructors to hire and rentals and while Lavarone Lake, and several facilities in the area remain open throughout summer. One of the largest pump tracks in Italy is being built in Lavarone and will be completed for summer 2020 where three new tracks will add an additional 80km to the network of Alpe Cimbra routes. One of the new routes offers a beautiful connection along the Rio Cavallo river area, between Alpe Cimbra and the bike path of Valle dell'Adige and Lake Garda while the longest route is 40km and passes the towns of Folgaria and Lavarone. www.alpecimbrabike.it
ValdiSoleBikeLand offers an extensive, certified network of routes complete with quality facilities and 20 itineraries of varying difficulty over 400km of track including 10 striking single tracks, as well as two bike parks to get the adrenaline pumping, the Bike Park Ponte of Legno-Tonale, the first Family Bike Park of Trentino, and the Bike Park of Commezzadura. There is no shortage of Bike Parks for kids (in Pellizzano and Folgarida) where they can practice their skills at Skill Parks and on Pump Tracks. Bikers will find all the necessary services such as secure bike storage, workshops, a bike wash, laundry and catering at the new Bike Hotels and Chalets classified into three different categories based on the number and quality of services offered: Gold, Silver, Bronze. For a complete list of facilities: www.valdisole.net/IT/BikeHotel-Chalet/
Dolomiti Paganella Bike Area
Considered by bikers one of the best destinations in Italy and Europe, the Dolomiti Paganella Bike Area (Andalo, Fai and Molveno) offers 80km of trails (served by eight lifts). In 2019 the Zanna Bianca flow trail was added which can be reached via the Laghet-Prati di Gaggia cableway and is ideal for bikers who love to scale banks and do leaps, as well as the new Andalo Trail Center at the heart of the area's bike activities. www.dolomitipaganellabike.com
Further options available at https://www.visittrentino.info/en/experience/mountain-biking-and-cycling
Hikers and mountain bikers are advised to pay particular attention when choosing and planning mountain itineraries. Restorations began in 2019 on numerous damaged paths together with thousands of hectares of forest that were affected by the exceptional wave of bad weather in October 2018. However, several paths are still unusable. In the areas affected, there are signs to indicate the paths that are not in use. Real-time updates can be found on the website: www.visittrentino.info/mca or at local tourism offices.
TRENTINO GUEST CARD
The Trentino Guest Card is issued by all accommodation facilities in the region at no additional cost. It allows free access, or considerable discounts, to more than 100 sites across Trentino including museums, castles, nature parks, thermal baths, Acroparks, wineries and much more. It also allows free travel on public transport within the provincial territory. The card can also be downloaded via the Guest Card App created for Android and iOS. And thanks to the app, it is now even easier and more convenient to use public transport by downloading a digital ticket directly to your device which simply needs to be validated once on board or at the station. An upgraded guest card is also available to visitors to add additional services for a specific territory such as ski lift access in the summer, weekly entertainment and guided excursions in the parks.
Further info hiking and trekking: https://www.visittrentino.info/en/experience/hiking-and-trekking
Mountain biking and cycling: https://www.visittrentino.info/en/experience/mountain-biking-and-cycling