Alpine Paths of the Dolomites

Venosta Valley High Mountain Trail

Difficulty:

Degree EE = experienced hikers

Length:

108 km

Hours:

01:00

Min altitude:

614 m

Max altitude:

2218 m

The Venosta Valley High Mountain Trail is a necessity for passionate hikers. The route develops from the source of the Adige river, to the Resia Pass, up to Stava in the lower Val Venosta. It guarantees a magnificent view over the valley and a wonderful view of the Ortler mountains.

The Alta Via has a total length of 108 km and crosses several stages of the Monte Sole hiking path, runs along demanding paths and also along the pleasant paths of the irrigation ditches. The single stages of the Alta Via are suitable for trips of several days but also for day trips. The climbs and descents are well marked and make the Alta Via reachable from the localities in the valley.

The Venosta Valley High Mountain Trail  can be traveled both clockwise and anticlockwise from April to October. Good training, experience and normal mountain clothing are required.

Technical data

Start Location: Stava
End Location: Resia
Crossing time: 5 days
Trail length: about 108 km
Total altitude difference uphill: about 5600 m
Total altitude difference downhill: about 4600 m
Recommended period: from April to the October

Recommended topographic maps

Hiking map Alta Via Venosta Tappeiner 1:50.000

Stages

Stage 1: from Stava to S. Martino al Monte/Laces
Total altitude difference: 1440 m (uphill), 1330 m (downhill)
Lenght of the trail: about 25 km
Hiking time: 8 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no.1-2
Landmark: Stava - Senales path - Platzfair - S. Martino al Monte

Stage 2: from S. Martino al Monte/Laces to Tanas/Lana
Total altitude difference: 1430 m (uphill), 252 m (downhill)
Lenght of the trail: about 12.7 km
Hiking time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no.14
Landmark: S. Martino al Monte - Egg - Talaccio - Paflur

Alternative to the stage 2: from S. Martino to Monte/Laces in Corces/Silandro
Total altitude difference: 193 m (uphill), 1087 m (downhill)
Lenght of the trail: about 12 km
Hiking time: 5 hours
Signs: no.5
Landmark: S. Martino al Monte - Egg - roggia Ilswaal - Corces

Stage 3: from Tanas/Lana to Glieshöfe farms by Mazia/Malles
Total altitude difference: 1080 m (uphill), 800 m (downhill)
Lenght of the trail: about 22 km
Hiking time: 7 hours
Signs: no.21-23
Landmark: Paflur - Glieshöfe farms - roggia Gschneir Waal - Glieshöfe farms

Stage 4: from the Glieshöfe farms by Mazia/Malles to Planol/Malles through the Monteschino village
Total altitude difference: 1100 m (uphill), 1340 m (downhill)
Lenght of the trail: about 21 km
Hiking time: 7 hours
Signs: no.13
Landmark: Glieshöfe farms - Malga di Mazia - Malga Gonda - Monteschino - Malettes - Planol

Alternative to the stage 4: from the Glieshöfe farms by Mazia/Malles to Planol/Malles walking thourgh  Piz Lun
Total altitude difference: 1177 m (uphill), 1417 m (downhill)
Lenght of the trail: about 29.4 km
Hiking time: 8.30/9 hours
Signs: no.21-23
Landmark: Glieshöfe farms - Malga di Mazia - Malga Gonda - Piz Lun - Planol

Stage 5: from Planol/Malles to the Adige source to Resia Pass
Total altitude difference: 1177 m (uphill), 1417 m (downhill)
Lenght of the trail: about 29.4 km
Hiking time: 8.30/9 hours
Signs: no.21-23
Landmark: Glieshöfe farms - Malga di Mazia - Malga Gonda - Monteschino - Malettes - Planol

Alternative to the stage 5: from Planol/Malles to S. Valentino and along the High Route Malga S. Valentino in Belpiano
Total altitude difference: 1450 m (uphill), 890 m (downhill)
Lenght of the trail: about 21.4 km
Hiking time: 7 hours
Landmark: Planol - Ultimo - Alsago - Piavenna - Malga S.Valentino - Belpiano - Adige source

How to get there

- Ciardes: n.3
- Colsano:  n.1b-3
- Laces: S. Martino cableway
- Coldrano: n.5
- Vezzano:  n.16
- Silandro: n.11
- Corzes: n.5
- Alliz: n.19
- Tanas: n.25
- Spondigna: n.22-23a
- Sluderno: n.21
- Tarces: n.18
- Malles: n.12
- Planol, Ultimo, Alsago, Piavenna
- S.Valentino: n.3-6

Where to park

Stava: village center station, free and unguarded
Resia: sports field, free and unguarded

N.B. Before starting the itinerary, it is advisable to check the weather and check in advance the availability of the accommodation facilities along the Venosta Valley High Mountain Trail.