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Rhaetian Alps Hiking Tours

The high altitude region of Stelvio, Adamello and Ortler is home to Italy's largest national park, a vast oasis of wildlife in the middle of Europe. Its mountain ranges preserve spacious glaciers. Rapid mountain streams and waterfalls disturb the silence of its lower slopes where numerous lakes reflect the skyline dominated with white peaks.
Hiking in Ortler Hut to Hut
Our Ortler trip lets you experience the snowy environment of the highest mountains in the Eastern Alps in combination abundant wildlife of isolated alpine valleys. You will hike through the Ortler group starting from the meadows of Ultental, pass on vast moraines and traverse some of the group’s highest passes.

Style

Difficulty

Tour Duration

Activity

Hut to Hut Hiking

Level 3

6 - 10 days / 5 - 9 nights

4 - 8 hiking days

Self Guided
€ 560 — € 890
Private Guided
€ 1040 — € 1860
Hiking Stelvio National Park
This is the classic high-altitude hiking itinerary in the Ortler-Cevedale group. It takes you through a land of lakes and glaciers which is home to Italy’s largest national park and is one of the wildest areas in the Alps. You will walk off the crowded trails, reach hidden waterfalls, traverse glaciers and cross some of the group's highest ranges.

Style

Difficulty

Tour Duration

Activity

Hut to Hut Hiking

Level 3

8 days / 7 nights

6 hiking days

Private Guided
€ 1410
Hiking in Stelvio
Enjoy the wilderness of the Stelvio National Park, step on a 100-meter-long suspension bridge over the Ragaiolo gorge, see the impressive Saent waterfalls and watch the original cheesemaking process at traditional alpine farms. This trip features solitary trails, a rich variety of landscapes and overnight stops at recently reconstructed farms equipped with the hotel-like facilities as well as at huts. And it is suitable for families with kids!

Style

Difficulty

Tour Duration

Activity

Hut to Hut Hiking

Level 2

6 - 7 days / 5 - 6 nights

4 - 5 hiking days

Self Guided
€ 590 — € 680
Private Guided
€ 1060 — € 1240
Stelvio to Lake Garda Traverse
There is no other trip with such diversity of paths and sceneries than on our scenic highline trail. This trip starts on the glaciers of the Stelvio National Park and leads us to the Brenta Dolomites where we walk through the scenic central area and move towards Lake Garda to enjoy beautiful views over the lake from its steep ranges.

Style

Difficulty

Tour Duration

Activity

Hut to Hut Hiking

Level 3

8 days / 7 nights

6 hiking days

Lakes of Cevedale - Day Hike
This hike offers a great diversity of landscapes ranging from green alpine meadows to silent rocky highlands and from inaccessible glaciers to beautiful lakes in the natural kettles.

Style

Difficulty

Tour Duration

Start / Finish

Day hike

Level 2

5 hours

Val di Pejo, Val di Sole

Private Guided
€ 380
Corvo Lakes - Day Hike
The cascade of Corvo lakes is among the most beautiful lake areas in Stelvio. Hiking to Corvo lakes is a pleasant day trek accessible by most hikers, altough with a significant elevation gain. We reach the lakes from the upper Rabbi valley in 3 hours, can have lunch in the nearby alpine hut and explore the lakes without a hurry.

Style

Difficulty

Tour Duration

Start / Finish

Day hike

Level 3

7 hours

Val di Sole

Private Guided
€ 380
Saent Waterfalls and Stelvio Highland - Day Hike
This hike takes you to the Stelvio highland. It is home to snowy 4000-meter peaks, glaciers, lakes and streams. On this hike, you will see one of the major attractions in Stelvio - the cascade of Saent waterfalls, reach the highland just below the eastern range of Cevedale and stop for rest and lunch in Dorigoni mountain inn.

Style

Difficulty

Tour Duration

Start / Finish

Day hike

Level 3

8 hours

Val di Sole

Private Guided
€ 380

Hiking in the Italian Alps is an emotional and fabulous experience regardless of which region you choose and despite they differ in many aspects. Beyond the well-known Dolomites, there are other mountain groups with sublime landscapes and uncontaminated nature, where the solitude is the only master, and meeting other hikers is rare. The Rhaetian Alps are one of these regions. It remains largely undiscovered even today. In fact, even in Europe very few know the Rhaetian Alps what makes these mountains a true paradise for seasoned hikers seeking wilderness.

At MONT Trekking, we organize hiking tours in the five major mountain groups of the Rhaetian Alps. Our itineraries cover the Ortler-Cevedale group with its Stelvio National Park, Bernina, Texel, Adamello and Brenta Dolomites. The Brenta is also part of our Dolomites hiking collection. The Rhaetian Alps are the highest region of the Eastern Alps and home to one four-thousander - the peak of Bernina. The massif of Bernina is shared by Italy and Switzerland and is one of relatively better known mountains in the Rhaetian Alps. It hosts the Bernina Express train line on its Swiss side - a high-altitude railroad and UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2008.

The massif of Bernina culminates with the 4050 meter-high Pizzo Bernina standing in front of numerous snow-capped summits of the Ortler-Cevedale group. In Italy, Ortler-Cevedale is known as a land of lakes and glaciers. It accommodates the Italy’s largest oasis of wilderness - the Stelvio National Park. It is a vast natural reserve with a great diversity of landscapes and unique heterogeneity of flora and fauna. Stelvio features all types of alpine terrain including coniferous forests, alpine pastures, lakes, rocky ridges and perennial glaciers. Quiet and peaceful, the park is surrounded and protected by the high peaks of Ortler-Cevedale, the best known mountain range in South Tyrol besides the Dolomites.

In the south, Stelvio and Ortler-Cevedale leave space to another large natural reserve - the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park. It covers two mountain groups, Adamello and Brenta Dolomites. Adamello accommodates the largest glaciers preserved in the Southern Alps and is a destination for experienced hikers. The Brenta Dolomites group is one of the Dolomites’ off-the-beaten-track hiking destinations.

Most of our hiking tours in the Rhaetian Alps start from small villages and distant alpine valleys. Such locations are not a destination for mass tourism. This reality helps them preserve their traditions and culture. Each valley in the Rhaetian Alps is unique.

Val di Sole, the base camp location for the Huts and Farms of Stelvio Hiking Tour, is primarily agricultural. Cows and sheeps graze freely on the meadows of Val di Sole. During the summer, the local farmers produce traditional dairy products in the mountain cottages at higher altitude. Hikers can taste them while on their hiking tour. The mountains surrounding Val di Sole are rich with mineral water springs. These waters feature an elevated concentration of carbon dioxide. They are ferruginous and are known for their therapeutic properties.

The Valtellina valley is particularly renowned for food and wine. Bresaola and Pizzoccheri originate from Valtellina. It is the base camp location for our Bernina Hiking Tour. Valtellina and its mountains offer a very broad range of choices for hiking in terms of difficulty. There are hundreds of kilometers of hiking trails of all levels of difficulty and good via-ferrata paths.

The famous alpine town of Merano is the base camp of our High Ortler Traverse. Merano is well known among connoisseurs of wine. It hosts the annual Merano Wine Festival, one of the best known cultural events of South Tyrol not limited to wine.

We organize several hiking tours in the Rhaetian Alps and are constantly working to design new itineraries. Rhaetian Alps hiking tours let you explore the uncontaminated environment of the Eastern Alps on solitary trails running through distant mountains where wildlife triumphs over human beings. In the most remote areas, it is not unusual to spot some of the most beautiful alpine animals and birds including the alpine ibex, chamois and lammergeier. Away from the crowds, hikers in the Rhaetian Alps are immersed in nature and can enjoy the solitude.

Rhaetian Alps are good for both guided and self-guided hiking. Despite their trails are never crowded, they are marked and maintained perfectly. Hut-to-hut hiking tours in the Rhaetian Alps are rather demanding. Good mountain experience is therefore required. There are not many huts in the Rhaetian Alps, and most of them are at high altitude - above 2500 meters. Most huts are property of the local sections of the Italian Alpine Club, which appoints hut managers. The huts in the Rhaetian Alps provide all services typical of an alpine hut, including accommodation and meals. Accommodation options are often limited to dormitories shared by 6-10 guests. On the other hand, the most remote huts are rarely occupied at 100%. The smallest private rooms are often for 4 guests. Whenever possible, we reserve them for private use. The huts in the Rhaetian Alps are known for their hospitality - the feedback we receive from most of our guests.

Hikers appreciating wilderness and solitude will like hiking in the Rhaetian Alps. We designed our hiking tours so that they let you enjoy the uncontaminated nature and sublime landscapes, and to get in contact with local culture and traditions.