Trek to Rifugio Pedrotti

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Trek to Rifugio Pedrotti

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1000 1500 2000 2500 3000 m km 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 Rifugio Pedrotti-Tosa

The route to ‘Rifugio Tommaso Pedrotti - Tosa’ crosses spectacular Dolomites scenery and offers extraordinary views. After climbing the green slopes of Val delle Seghe right up to Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo (1430 m), the hike proceeds to a green basin further uphill which gives its name to Rifugio Selvata (1657 m). There, a long ascent begins: first to Baito Massodi (1985 m), then to the ‘laghetti’ (=lakelets) basin, and finally to Rifugio Tommaso Pedrotti (2491 m), a picturesque hut situated on a dolomitic platform at the foot of two massive and beautiful needles: Cima Brenta Alta and Cima Brenta Bassa. The comfort of the friendly mountain hut is a well-deserved reward for a long and strenuous hike requiring a substantial amount of training.

You have the choice between two starting places: Pradel (1359 m), the easier option, can be reached by ski lift from Molveno; Ciclamino (926 m), in Molveno, is the difficult option: not only does it lengthen the overall walking distance by about 3.5 km, it also adds about 400 m to the difference in altitude that needs to be overcome.  

difficult
20.5 km
8:51 h
1586 m
1580 m

Author’s recommendation

The stretch (trail 340) from Pradel to Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo running along the south-west face of Croz dell’Altissimo is exposed to rockfall: we recommend greatest caution and advise you to wear a protective helmet.

In the first part of the route after the start from Pradel as well as between Rifugio Altissimo and Rifugio Selvata, there are a few footbridges and fixed-rope sections: we therefore recommend greatest caution.

Both routes (the one starting from Ciclamino as well as the one from Pradel) are covered by the GPS network.

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Updated: September 06, 2019

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Highest point
2462 m
Lowest point
940 m
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Rest Stop

Rifugio Pedrotti-Tosa

Safety information

1) Prepare your itinerary

2) Choose a route that is suitable for your skill level

3) Choose suitable equipment and gear

4) Consult the snow/weather bulletins

5) Heading out on your own is more risky

6) Leave information on your itinerary and on the approximate time you expect to return

7) Do not hesitate to seek the support of a professional

8) Pay attention to the information and signs that you find along the trail

9) Do not hesitate to follow your steps backwards

10) In case of an accident, sound the alarm by calling the emergency number 112.

 

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Equipment

Hiking boots (essential), a change of clothes.

Start

Molveno, Ciclamino (926 m) or Andalo, Pradel (1367 m/4,485 ft.) (940 m)
Coordinates:
Geographic
46.149146, 10.949647
UTM
32T 650558 5112466

Destination

Rifugio Pedrotti (2491 m/8,173 ft.)

Turn-by-turn directions

From Pradel (1367 m), bear left on trail 340 which, after a short series of undulations, takes you to Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo (1430 m). During this first stretch, beware of rock fall because the path runs along the foot of the south-west face of Croz dell'Altissimo. Greatest caution is also required during a few brief fixed-rope sections.

From Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo (1430 m), head for Rifugio Selvata (still on trail 340). You begin a traverse below the needles of ‘Castello dei Massodi’ and then enter the lovely greenery of Conca del Selvata where the mountain hut is situated (1657 m). It’s time for a well-deserved rest before the last, strenuous stage of the hike.

Take trail 319 in the direction of Rifugio Pedrotti. It climbs steeply from the basin with a series of hairpin bends which continue above the tree line. After reaching a small platform at Baito Massodi (1985 m), the path rises again rather steeply.

It reaches the basin of the ‘laghetti’ (‘lakelets’, 2169 m) from where the refuges Pedrotti and Tosa are clearly visible high above. Keep following trail 319 as it skirts along the left side of the rocky outcrop where the mountain hut is located and touches the foot of the north face of Croz del Rifugio.

Soon after passing Rifugio Tosa (a ‘subsidiary’ of Rifugio Pedrotti), you reach the final destination: Rifugio Tommaso Pedrotti (2491 m), an extraordinary outlook over the Dolomiti di Brenta.

Return to the starting place by the same route.

Getting there

  • Shorter (recommended) route from Pradel: whether you come from the Giudicarie or the Paganella plateau, take the SS421 to Molveno. Above the village (i.e. after the village if you come from the Giudicarie, before if you come from Andalo), follow the signs for the ski lift ‘Molveno – Pradel’ (open from 8.00 a.m. to 6.45 p.m. in the summer season).
  • Longer route from Ciclamino in Molveno (NB: this route is about 3.5 km longer and adds 400 m to the overall difference in altitude that needs to be overcome): whether you come from the Giudicarie or the Paganella plateau, take the SS421 to Molveno . When you reach the bend in the centre of the village, head west following the signs for ‘Val delle Seghe’, ‘Bar Ciclamino’, ‘Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo’ until you reach the car park some 200 m beyond the last houses of the village (gate).

If you choose the longer route, we advise you to follow trail 319 to Rifugio Selvata (which bypasses Rifugio Altissimo). You will find a crossroads with a branch signposted for Rifugio Selvata (trail 319) about halfway up the forest road to Rifugio Altissimo. From Rifugio Selvata, follow the route described above.

 

Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Similar tours nearby

  • Into the heart of Brenta Dolomites
  • Pradel – Rifugio Montanara
  • Molveno - Ciclamino and S. Antonio
  • Molveno - Pradel
  • Lake Molveno walking tour
  • Andalo - Pradél
  • Andalo - Molveno
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
20.5 km
Duration
8:51 h
Ascent
1586 m
Descent
1580 m
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