Sunsets from the top seat, stargazing from your own observatory and often in complete solitude. An overnight in a bivouac has a lot to offer. In the alpine huts, there is often a lot going on and you search vainly for recreation. Instead of getting a meal served on a hut, in the bivouac you have to cook yourself but that makes the experience even more so wonderful. A gas cooker, a pot, water, noodles, é voila, a five star dinner for hikers. Silence... all you might here is a little creek or a bird in the wind. You will sleep just well after a long hiking day and the next morning will be fresh and beautiful.
Bivouacs are emergency shelters, built to provide safety, when mountaineers are exhausted or surprised by bad weather or simply can't make it back into the valley before the night breaks in. These days bivouacs are often a fixed point of planned tours. No wonder, with all the wild romance you can experience here. These bivouacs under an elevation level of 2.600 meter are just perfect to spend a night away from the known comfort but still have the safety of four walls and a roof.
The bivouac in the Laggintal in the Monte Rosa area is located at 2428 m above sea level. After being destroyed by a dust avalanche in 1981, the bivouac has been rebuilt in a new location and today comprises 10 berths, a wood burning stove and a K-channel emergency radio. The bivouac is often used when walking on the Laggi mountain trail or as a base for climbing one of the region's many three- and four-thousand meter peaks.
We stayed at the Bivacco Musatti, when we were on the Dolomitenhöhenweg No. 5 on the way. Just before we reached the bivouac, we came across a large herd of ibexes and watched them play and graze for a long time. Really nice. The bivouac is a typical 9-man sleeping box nestled above the Val del Boite at 2,111 meters above sea level. There is a spring a few minutes below the bivouac, we were out in July and it was just bubbling. With us there was still snow, but as one knows as an experienced mountaineer who takes to melt and is a bit cumbersome.
The view and the sunset are absolutely breathtaking! I would go there again immediately. Three Italian climbers joined us in the box, which we were able to observe the next morning in the wall on the summit behind the bivouac. The trail no. 5 is very lonely. For days we met hardly any people outside the Refugios. A real pleasure.
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Idyllically situated on a large rock at 2510 m above sea level, this bivouac offers a fantastic view over the Valle del Ferro. It is not far away or lies on the wonderful mountain trail Sentiero Roma and offers protection against bad weather, as well as overnight camp for hikers who are too full of the hut.
The bivouac is named after the two climbers Mario Molteni and Giuseppe Valsecchi, who were surprised by the weather in 1937 after the first ascent of the northeast face of the Pizzo Badile and have not made it back because of exhaustion. Fortunately, this rarely happens today and the small emergency camps on the mountains are often not used as emergency accommodation but rather as an integral part of the tours.
The bivouac Ferrario is located directly on the summit Grignetta / Grigna Meridionale (2184 m). The path to the "lunar capsule", high above Lake Como, leads up the mountain via the so-called "Direttissima" on narrow mountain paths and rope-covered rock bands. The two closest Refugios are the Rif. Rosalba and the Rif. Porta. The sunset, as well as sunrise are at the top but always the most beautiful.
The bivouac is located on the Costanzi path, which leads across the Brenta Dolomites. The wooden house is about 30 minutes. from the dalla Selletta della Nana at 2365 m above sea level embedded in a green meadow below the gray giants. It is also the first support on the Dolomiti di Brenta Trek and therefore always well visited. Incidentally, there is also a spring next to the hut, perfect for replenishing the water supplies and cooking in the evening.
The Suringar bivouac is quite spectacular on a rock band on the Montasch at 2340 meters. The Findenegg trail is challenging and also has some easy climbing points (II). To reach the bivouac, do not follow the path to the direction of the "Werdenegg Gorge", but continue straight for about 150 meters. The location of the red box right above the gorge is dizzying but absolutely perfect for sunrises.
The bivouac Silvestri is located on the western slope of the highest peak of Valsassina, the 2609 meter high Monte Legnone. The cottage is a quaint stone-built masonry, but "only" contains two stone benches and a fireplace. At 2146 m the area and especially the chamois and ibex, which play in the backyard, compensates for the lack of comfort. But as mountaineers, we do not complain about it anyway, but are even looking forward to overnight stays like these. Bergliebe!
Bike Touring Highlight
The tour to the Laliderer Spitz (2588m) is a typical bike & hike tour. You should not shy away from a bit of easy climbing at the end. The Marsmobil-like Karl Schuster bivouac at 2495 m is visually an interesting hideaway. As you can quickly recognize the environment, there is no drinking water up here! And snow melting is only known when there is snow. ;-)
From the bivouac to the summit, there are only about 20 minutes over the Karwendel-typical gravelly, loose ground. At this summit there is no summit cross but an aluminum box. We assumed it was material for mountain rescue or something similar. The view up there is fantastic and especially the sunset and sunrise is an overnight bivouac value.
The shelter is located just 10 meters below the summit of Cima di Bo at 2556 m above sea level. Here are 10-15 people have more space than usual for bivouacs but the hut is not a box but a "bricked" Rifugio. The view is definitely amazing, you could certainly spend a longer break, provided you have enough supplies. ;-)
The Babenstuber hut is located in the middle of the Wilder Kaiser at 2300 meters above sea level, directly below the summit of the Ellmauer Halts. The summit can either be reached via the easy Gamsanger via ferrata, which is also practiced without via ferrata set - although a helmet is ALWAYS recommended, as there is a lot of rockfall. Or out of the Kaisertal valley over the Kaiserschützensteig, the much less busy via ferrata to Ellmauer Halt.
The hut is mostly used by climbers as a base to enter eg early in the routes around the Kopftörlgrat. But even if the weather front suddenly rises, you can retire to the Small Wooden House.