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Bivacco overnighters between the Italian herds — bikepacking on Monte Baldo


Bivacco overnighters between the Italian herds — bikepacking on Monte Baldo

Bike Touring Collection by Annalarentis



10:12 h

63.5 mi

11,925 ft

‘Imagine a hidden place. A hidden place very close to one of the most famous lakes in Italy. A place full of green pastures (‘malghe’ in Italian) surrounded by silent mountains. A land where you are no more than a visitor and no one notices you except the grazing herds.’

This two-day route starts in Mori, which lies to the east of Lake Garda at 200 metres (660 ft). From there, it soon follows steep roads through vineyards and small villages to the meadows and forests on Monte Baldo. Via several rock tunnels, you ride to the Malghe and mountain huts at an altitude of 2,030 metres (2,660 ft).

The route alternates between small roads, gravel paths, dirt tracks and single track with some technical sections. Pushing is part of the game, especially if you ride a gravel bike, but all efforts are rewarded with a fabulous night in nature. This beautiful mountain landscape, just a stone's throw from Lake Garda, is an oasis waiting to be discovered by bike.

We were on the road with our modest gravel bikes:
Bike 1 (Anna): aluminium frame, 50/36 crank, 11-34 10-speed cassette, 700C wheels with 40-millimetre tyres.
Bike 2 (Cyril): Aluminium frame, 46/34 crank, 11-34 9-speed cassette, 650B wheels with 50-millimetre tyres.

If you have a mountain bike or a gravel bike with suspension fork, you’ll have more fun downhill. Wider tyres and a chainring at the front in combination with a big cassette at the back are a big help if you’re not used to riding uphill on dirt roads.

Nevertheless, we enjoyed the two days very much, even with our ‘heavy’ equipment.

Bivacco Lavacchio is the perfect place for an overnight stay. You can sleep in the small hut here, or pitch your tent in front of it. Otherwise, you can sleep outside on a wooden table with your sleeping bag. There’s no water in the hut, so take enough with you.

In Trentino, there are public fountains everywhere so two water bottles are more than enough. Three is a good number if you want to make yourself something hot to eat with a camping stove.

Between mid-June and mid-August is the best time, when the cows roam freely all day and night. Summers can be very hot here though. We travelled this route in 35 degree weather, which was a challenge and in July and August, you better take every opportunity to fill your water bottles. If you do the route on a weekend, there are likely to be more walkers on the trails, so take care.

And, of course, leave no trace!

Anna (@AnnaLarentis) & Cyril (@Serialcee)

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Tours & Highlights

  • Stage 1: Mori to Bivouac Lavacchio — Bivacco overnighters between the Italian herds

    32.1 mi
    5.6 mph
    7,650 ft
    3,875 ft

    The day starts with some steep climbs through vineyards and woods, passing few small villages and before being on nice quiet gravel paths heading up to the dramatic views of Corno della Paura. From here a gentle descent down the valley before start climbing again along on the west side of Monte Baldo

    by Annalarentis

  • 04:30
    31.4 mi
    7.0 mph
    4,275 ft
    8,100 ft

    Day 2 starts with a nice off road descent through the woods, before reconnecting with the main road. Few steep km's climbing on tarmac and you will find the perfect breakfast stop at Cafe' Le Cime! Soon you leave the road to ride again on a small hiking path and then a gravel road that will end at Malga

    by Annalarentis

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
  • Distance
    63.5 mi
  • Duration
    10:12 h
  • Elevation
    11,925 ft

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