Trek to Rifugio XII Apostoli
Hiking trail • Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo and Val Rendena
The XII Apostoli basin is situated at the foot of two small glaciers (Pratofiorito and Agola) in a spot of outstanding natural beauty. Rifugio XII Apostoli is located on a panoramic dolomitic outcrop at the western end of that basin. The view from there is extraordinary: it extends from the Dolomites peaks of Cima XII Apostoli, Pratofiorito and Agola to those of the Presanella massif to the west.
The XII Apostoli basin is the western access to the heart of the Dolomiti di Brenta and is characterized by tranquillity and an absence of crowds. The scenery is magnificent and harmonious, but the access route is rather strenuous, and that’s what keeps the crowds away. The tranquillity one enjoys on the various paths that start from the refuge makes this place even more fascinating.
The hut is the starting point of a labyrinth of paths, all of them extremely interesting: trail 307 for Val Nardis; trail 341 for Val di Sacco; ‘Sentiero Attrezzato dell’Ideale Bocca’ (a fixed-rope trail marked 304); ‘Bocca dei Camosci e d’Ambiez’; ‘Via delle Bocchette’; Ferrata ‘Ettore Castiglioni’ (another fixed-rope trail marked 321) ‘Bocca dei Due Denti’.
Although the fixed-rope section known as ‘Scala Santa’ is not especially difficult, caution is required when ascending as well as when descending it. We advise you to wait until other hikers have completed their ascent/descent before starting your own in order to avoid meeting them in exposed places where giving way might prove awkward and/or dangerous.
EquipmentHiking boots (essential), a change of clothes
Getting thereAccess to Rifugio XII Apostoli is from the west. There are four possible starting places, the first two being the most logical ones:
- Doss del Sabbion from the ski lifts ‘Pinzolo – Val Rendena’, from there along trail 357 up to Passo Bregn da L’Ors (1845 m) where you take trail 307. This is the easiest access route. It also takes you to the highest starting place.
- Malga Movlina (1786 m) from the Giudicarie via the Val d’Algone; leave your vehicle at the car park just before the malga; follow trail 354 till it joins trail 307 near Passo Bregn de L’Ors (1845 m).
- Malga Bandalors (1626 m) from Val Rendena. Follow trail 307 from start to finish.
- Val Agola from Sant’Antonio di Mavignola – Val Rendena. Follow trail 324 up to Lago Asciutto (1915 m); from there, proceed on trail 307.
For changing the range of view, push the arrows together.