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Huts and Farms of Stelvio Hiking Tour

Highlights

  • Explore the untouched nature of the Stelvio National Park

  • Visit the impressive Saent Waterfalls

  • Cross the Ragaiolo gorge on a 100-meter-long suspension bridge

  • Walk through pine forests, alpine meadows and high-altitude areas

  • Sleep at renovated alpine farms with hotel-style facilities

  • Watch the original cheesemaking process at traditional alpine farms

  • Introduce your kids to the world of hiking and the mountains

Description

This hiking adventure takes you to beautiful mountains where the centuries-long culture and traditions harmoniously co-exist with the wild nature of the Stelvio National Park. Unlike in most hut-to-hut tours, on this route you will stay overnight at recently reconstructed farms as well as at huts. The farms are equipped with the hotel-like facilities and offer accommodation in private rooms. Overnight stops at farms let you taste fresh natural products such as cheese, yoghurt, butter, jams and home-made bread. Moreover, you will have a possibility to watch the original process of cheesemaking.

The highlights of this hiking tour include a crossing over a gorge on a 100-meter-long suspension bridge Ponte Ragaiolo. You will walk at a height of 60 meters above the bottom of the gorge that gives way to a seething stream with small waterfalls. Larger Saent waterfalls are also on this route, you can visit them on a 6 Day Tour, while the 7 Day Tour itinerary leads you to the Corvo lakes. Both places are among the major attractions of the Stelvio National Park.

This hiking trip follows solitary trails through the wild and serene areas of the Ortler group. Around a half of the time you will be walking in pine forests with another half being divided between the open high-altitude areas and the meadows above the tree belt. You can enjoy almost perfect solitude on most daytime treks of this trip.

This is an easy trekking tour designed for hikers with a just basic level of training and suitable for families with children from 7 years old. Prior mountain hiking experience is not required but you must be comfortable walking 4 - 5 hours a day.

Trip Overview

StyleHut to Hut Hiking

DifficultyLevel 2

Activity4 - 5 hiking days

Tour Duration6 - 7 days / 5 - 6 nights

Start / FinishMalé in Val di Sole

Self Guided Hiking

6 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 590
Jul 03 - Aug 31
7 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 680
Jul 03 - Aug 31

Guided Hiking

6 Day Guided Tour
€ 1060
Jul 03 - Aug 31
7 Day Guided Tour
€ 1240
Jul 03 - Aug 31

Note

This is a private tour on the dates of your choice.

Validity of prices: Summer 2020.

Self-guided tour: supplement € 80 applies to one-person bookings.

Guided tour: minimum 4 participants.

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Primary Itinerary: 7 Day Tour

Day 1: Val di Sole

You arrive in Val di Sole on your own or with a private transfer if you chose to have it arranged by us. After checking in at your basecamp hotel in the town of Malé and you can have rest and enjoy relaxing moments before starting the hike tomorrow. Malé is a pleasant tiny town in the center of the Val di Sole valley that offers its guests a true mountain atmosphere right upon arrival.

Day 2: Ragaiolo Suspension Bridge

Ascent 800 m. Descent 0 m. Distance 6 km. Walking time 4 hours.

In the morning you will reach a locality of Rabbi Fonti either by bus or with a private transfer arranged by us depending on your booking. You will start your walk from Rabbi Fonti and take a trail towards the Ponte Ragaiolo. This suspension bridge is one of the highlights of the area. It is 100 m long and 60 m high with absolutely nothing below it besides the peculiar Ragaiolo waterfalls. Crossing the gorge on a 100 m long suspension bridge is an unforgettable experience. After you crossed the gorge you reenter the woods and continue to gain altitude. In the end, you will reach wide pastures on a sunny slope where the first farm on the route welcomes you for dinner and rest. It is one of the traditional alpine farms, recently reconstructed and equipped with the hotel-level facilities.

Day 3: Traditional Cheese Making

Ascent 330 m. Descent 365 m. Distance 4 km. Walking time 4 hours.

If you wake up early in the morning, you can watch the process of cheesemaking that starts at 7 am in a farm reachable in 30 minutes. You will see how the cheese is made step by step and you can also taste the local cheese matured in high-altitude cellars in a natural mountain environment. After attending the cheese making process, you can go back to the main farm, have breakfast and continue your hike. Today, the trail will snake through the pastures and woods until you reach the next overnight location which is again a traditional alpine farm. You will walk some exposed slopes too offering large-scale vistas with the snow-white peaks of the neighboring mountain groups.

Day 4: Saent Valley

Ascent 510 m. Descent 140 m. Distance 7 km. Walking time 4 hours.

Today, the route takes you to the upper Saent valley and then to a high-altitude area right below the Saent pass. You will walk on a scenic balcony trail that offers an impressive panorama with the mountain peaks above the valley. The trail ascends deeper into the Stelvio National Park, where you will enter an area of green meadows, playful streams and high-altitude lakes. When you reach the hut, you can choose to take rest in the afternoon or to do an additional 2-hour loop hike to the Sternai lakes.

Day 5: Corvo Lakes

Ascent 600 m. Descent 600 m. Distance 8 km. Walking time 5 hours.

You will walk on an open crest of a ridge to reach the Corvo lakes. A small deviation from the main route is possible on the way – you can follow an easy trail to the Collecchio peak, 2957 m. This is the highest point of the itinerary and a panoramic point with a 360-degree view. You will stay overnight at a hut in vicinity of the Corvo lakes. This lets you explore the lakes area that is beautiful. There are around 20 lakes of all shapes and colors. The Corvo lakes are home to a rare fish – alpine char. For photography enthusiasts, a stop at the Corvo lakes is an opportunity to take great pictures with a variety of views.

Day 6: Val di Rabbi

Ascent 150 m. Descent 1260 m. Distance 9 km. Walking time 5 hours.

Today the route goes through the high-altitude meadows, enters the forest belt and ends in the Val di Rabbi valley. It takes you around 5 hours, thus you will be in Val di Rabbi at lunchtime. Before going back to your basecamp hotel, you can stop at an outdoor Kneipp path in a locality of Valorz and relieve the stress off your feet. This Kneipp path makes use of the water from the Rio Valorz stream and build with natural materials including the stones, clay and wood. The clay used for construction of the path features numerous beneficial properties of clay for skin. At the end of the day or earlier, as you wish, you come back to your basecamp hotel.

Day 7: Departure from Val di Sole

The trip is over, it is the day of the departure. If you choose to stay a little more in Val di Sole we suggest visiting the Lago dei Caprioli lake nearby the village of Pellizzano (reachable by car). It is a beautiful alpine lake nestled in the woods with the waters reflecting the surrounding mountain peaks. Another option for today is to stop at a one of the shops with the local specialties where you can buy the cheese of Val di Sole.

6 Day Tour

Shorter route with the Cascate di Saent waterfalls

The 6 Day Tour features a shorter itinerary: there 4 full walking days instead of 5 on the primary route. This itinerary follows the primary route until Day 4. On Day 5 you descend to the Rabbi valley in 3 hours from the hut with an optional pause at the Cascate di Saent waterfalls – a major highlight of the Stelvio National Park. The 6 Day Tour features a difficulty Level 2, same as the primary itinerary.

Dates and Prices 2020

Self Guided

6 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 590
Jul 03 - Aug 31
7 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 680
Jul 03 - Aug 31

Guided

6 Day Guided Tour
€ 1060
Jul 03 - Aug 31
7 Day Guided Tour
€ 1240
Jul 03 - Aug 31

Note

This is a private tour on the dates of your choice.

The prices are per person and include the VAT tax.

Validity of prices: Summer 2020.

The indicated tour duration includes the days of arrival and departure. Accommodation on the day of arrival and night before departure is included in the price.

Self-guided tour: supplement applies to one-person bookings
   6 Day Self Guided Tour   € 80
   7 Day Self Guided Tour   € 80

Single supplement includes single room accommodation in the basecamp hotel on the first and the final nights of the tour.

Guided tour: minimum 4 participants.

What is included

  • Accommodation in mountain huts: 4-5 nights depending on the itinerary, shared room
  • Accommodation in a 3* hotel or B&B in Malé: first and last nights of the trip
  • Breakfast and dinner in the mountain huts
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Instructions and assistance with logistics
  • 24-hour on-call support
  • Itinerary and hiking schedule developed by the MONT Trekking guides (self-guided trip)
  • Specialized hiking map 1:25000: 1 map per booking (self-guided trip)
  • Local English-speaking mountain guide (guided trip)
  • Private transfers: first and last days of the hike (guided trip)
  • Complimentary for the duration of your trip: digital map for your phone with the satellite navigation and safety service (Android or Apple phone required)

What is not included

  • Traveler's insurance
  • Drinks at dinner
  • Lunches
  • Use of hot shower in the mountain huts: 3 - 5 euro
  • Public bus on the first day of the trip: 4 euro (self-guided trip)
  • Public bus on the last day of the trip: 4 euro (self-guided trip)
  • Tourist tax at the lodging establishments where applicable

Optional Extras

  • Private 2, 3 and 4-bedded rooms are available in some mountain huts with a 8 euro supplement per person per night, based on availability
  • Airport transfer is available on request

Travel to and from Stelvio

The closest airport to the Stelvio-Ortler region is Verona. It takes around 4 hours to arrive by train and bus from the Verona airport to the valleys of Stelvio: Val di Sole, Val Venosta and the city of Merano.

Other possible airports are Venice, Bologna, Innsbruck, Munich and Milan.

We can help you plan the logistics and provide you with train and bus schedules: please contact us before you buy the plane tickets.

Clothing and Gear

Proper hiking boots are a must for the mountains. We recommend high boots because they support the ankle better than any low boots and provide better stability on a rocky terrain. Val di Rabbi is a unpredicatbale valley therefore you will need warm clothes during the trip: waterproof and windproof jacket, fleece jacket, long trekking pants and a cap. A raincoat, poncho or other type of rainwear is necessary. Other necessary items are the toiletries, light clean footwear to use in the huts, sunglasses and at least 2 one-liter bottles for water. You'll receive a detailed packing list specifically for your trip at the booking. We ask all the participants to read it carefully and be well prepared for the hiking trip.

For detailed information on the gear and clothing please read Trekking gear.

Accommodation

The first and last nights of your trip are in one of our basecamp hotels. While hiking, you will stay overnight in the mountain huts. You can count on the following services in the mountain huts: a bed in a shared room or in a private room (must be booked in advance), shower with hot water, toilets, meals, and a possibility to buy take away water and snacks such as sandwiches and chocolate. Shared rooms are equipped with bunk beds with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Bed linen is not provided in shared bedrooms: you must have a sleeping bag liner with you. Typically, it is a light cotton bag. Warm sleeping bag is unnecessary, since there are blankets in the bedrooms. In private rooms you are often offered bed linen, thus a sleeping bag liner is not required. If you book private rooms, we inform you on whether you need to bring a sleeping bag liner. Most huts have a heating system, but it is normally not required in the summer months. You will need clean footwear for the huts: light slides are an ideal solution. For detailed information on the huts please read Mountain Huts in the Alps.

Meals

In hut-to-hut hiking tours you are served a breakfast and a dinner in the huts and mountain hotels on the route.

Normally, the breakfast is served from 7am to 9am. It usually includes an unlimited quantity of coffee and tea, bread, butter, jam, honey and chocolate spread. In addition, some huts offer ham, cheese and muesli for breakfast. After breakfast we recommend filling your thermos with hot water or tea: ask the staff, and it will be for free in most huts.

The dinner time in the mountain huts is 7pm or 7:30pm for all guests. A typical dinner in a hut is very rich and includes a starter, the first course (such as pasta, risotto, dumplings), the second course (meat with a side dish) and a dessert. Any drinks at dinner (water, wine, beer, tea, coffee) are not free and should be ordered and paid separately.

Lunch. During most day crossings there will be no huts or farms on the way where you could stop for lunch. We recommend taking a packed lunch from the hut in the morning. A typical packed lunch includes 1 or 2 sandwiches, yoghurt, chocolate bar, water, and it normally costs 7 - 8 euros. Tell the staff in the evening that you would like to take a packed lunch. Alternatively, on some days of the route, you can reach the next mountain hut in 4-5 hours and have lunch there.

Safety Considerations

Our guided hiking tours are led by professional guides, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience and with passion for mountains. They permanently work in the region of the exact hiking tour, have professional licenses, are experts in emergency situations, regularly upgrade their qualifications and work in accordance with national regulations.

For self-guided hiking, it is necessary to be properly dressed, follow the safety rules and make realistic time calculation for day crossings – preferably according to the hiking schedule that we provide. Our self-guided hiking trips are planned so that they do not require specific skills or gear, unless it is clearly specified in the tour description. You can expect well-maintained trails equipped with direction signs. Exposed sections of the trail are secured on the self-guided routes: it makes them safe provided that you follow the basic safety rules for hiking in the mountains.

Mountains are a natural environment with a high level of risk, so we insistently ask all participants to read the safety rules and emergency procedures: Safety Considerations. If you have questions about the safety rules, please contact us +39 0463 63 60 80.

Insurance and Visa

Insurance. It is important to have an appropriate insurance that covers the hiking activity. You don't need to include the climbing activity in your insurance, unless you are planning to climb during the hike.

Visa. We will provide you with a booking confirmation for all days of your trip. If you need the Italian visa, you can enclose this document with your visa application.

Weather in Stelvio

The hiking season in the Rhaetian Alps starts at the end of June and finishes in the middle of September. The best period for hiking is from mid-July till the last week of August when the weather is normally stable. Till the end of June vast snowfields may remain at the altitude above 2200 m (7,220 ft) and block the passes. In September the temperature drops, and snow is not unusual in the Rhaetian Alps and especially in the Ortler and Bernina groups. The September snow melts away quickly after the weather conditions improve, but it causes troubles if you must walk on a snow-covered terrain, because the snow hides the trail.

During the summer months of July and August the Rhaetian Alps are still prone to sudden temperature and weather shifts. It is necessary to be prepared for an unexpected rain or thunderstorm and have appropriate warm clothes and rainwear.

In the exposed areas at a level of 2,400 m (7,870 ft) and above the temperature does not exceed 15° C (59° F) in a warm day. On the passes at 3,000 m (9,840 ft) the maximum temperature can reach 10° C (34° F). It is warmer in those areas that are protected from the wind and on the sunny slopes even at a high altitude. In a very cold day at 2,700 m and above sparse snow can fall even in August, but this is unusual. Nights at the high altitude are always fresh, frosts are possible above 2,900 m (9,510 ft) throughout the entire summer. At the same time, in the nearby valleys at the altitudes of 800 – 1,200 m (2,620 – 3,940 ft) the daytime temperature can reach 27° C (81° F) in a hot day.