Hardly any other mountain range in the Alps is as famous as the Dolomites. But while more and more mountain hikers are drawn to the Sesto Dolomites or the Rosengarten, west of the Adige Valley lies another real mountain paradise: The Brenta Dolomites and the Paganella. The steep and rugged peaks of the range are in no way inferior to their famous namesakes in the east, while fantastic mountain hiking trails and via ferratas lead directly through the dramatic rock walls. The Italian mountain huts and Alpine pastures have their own charm and spoil the hungry hikers with classic Trentino cuisine.
We have selected twelve first-class hikes in the Brenta Dolomites and on the Paganella Massif. These include Alpine Tours, summit climbs and via ferratas. But the two different Brenta crossings are a dream for every passionate mountain hiker. Away from the cable cars, the narrow mule tracks take you through the rugged high mountain world. Thanks to the numerous mountain huts, the hikes can easily be extended to a hut tour lasting several days.
The two central towns of Molveno and Andalo are easily accessible from Trento and are a perfect starting point for your explorations of the surrounding mountains. So grab your backpack and your mountain boots and discover the Dolomiti Paganella.
The Eagle-Climbing Trail, Ferrata delle Aquile, is a new via ferrata on the almost vertical cliffs at the top of Paganella. The climb is very exciting, leads through steep rock faces, along narrow ledges and over breathtaking rope bridges - not for the faint of heart. As an experienced climber, you will enjoy the unique view of the Adige Valley and the mountains of Trentino. As a beginner, it is best to go with an experienced mountain guide who will guide you safely through the exciting passages.Take the cable car from Andalo to the Cima de Paganella and from there take the signposted Eagle Walk to get on the via ferrata.
If the challenging eagle climbing route is too much for you, you do not have to miss the fantastic panorama of the Paganella. On the brand-new Adlerweg you hike across the wide Paganellagipfel, enjoy the magnificent views and discover the unique alpine flora.The Adlerweg starts at the chairlift station on the Cima de Paganella. From there you follow the signposted path to the vertical cliffs on the eastern slope of Paganella. Incredibly steep fall the walls below you from the Adige Valley and the trail leads directly along the edge. At the steepest points, you can hold on to a wire rope. The Adlerweg leads you through a large, natural grotto and soon after you reach the eagle's throne. At this vantage point, the entire Adige Valley lies at your feet. Back to the cable car it goes over the botanical path, where you can admire the mountain flowers of the Dolomites.
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If you want to get to know the Brenta Dolomites from their most exciting side, this top via ferrata is just what you are looking for. From the Pedrotti hut, high up between the peaks of the Brenta group, the tour takes you along the steep cliffs, through Schuttkare and finally across picturesque mountain meadows to the Pradel plateau. The via ferrata is rated A / B and is therefore suitable for beginners who are accompanied by experienced via ferrata walkers.After an overnight stay at the Pedrotti Hut, start your tour in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. From the hut, you first follow the path 319 and turn off after the small Rifugio Tosa on the way from 303. From there you can enjoy a fantastic panorama through the cliffs and the summit world of the Brenta group. The most famous peaks tower around you: Brenta Alta, Campanil Bas, Sfulmini, Torre di Brenta, Cima degli Armi. The path eventually leads you down to the mountain lodge Croz dell'Altissimo and now more comfortable paths to reach your destination, the cable car station on the Pradel plateau.
This fantastic day tour takes you right up to the real heart of the Brenta Dolomites. The hike will take you from the Pradel plateau over natural mule tracks up to the Pedrotti hut at the foot of the Cima di Brenta. From there it goes down a long descent to Molveno.Take the gondola lift from Molveno to the Pradel plateau. Here begins your hike and you follow the trail no. 340 in the direction of Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo. Already at the ascent you have wonderful views. After you have passed the Rifugio the way becomes steeper. Past the Rifugio Selvata, you climb up the path to the Rifugio Pedrotti. Here you will be spoiled with a breathtaking high mountain world. If you are still fit, you can take a short detour to Bocca di Brenta and enjoy the view to the west. After a well-deserved break, you first hike back to the Rifugio Selvata. From there you follow a forest path down to Molveno.If you are planning a hut tour through the Brenta Group, this tour is a perfect introduction. Just stay at the Pedrotti Hut and continue your tour the next day.
Above Molveno rises the striking peak of the Croz dell'Altissimo. For a summit of the Brenta Dolomites, the mighty mountain can be climbed relatively easily, as good hiking trails lead almost to the summit. Only on the last piece is vertigo and surefootedness required.Take the cable car from Molveno to the mountain hotel La Montanera and start your hike there. Through the larch forest, it goes briskly uphill and the climb you have always beautiful views of Lake Molveno. Soon the vegetation becomes barren and the surrounding area rockier. At the crossroads at Passo de Lasteri, follow the signposted path to Croz dell'Altissimo. On the rocky ground you have to pay attention to the markings, because the way is sometimes difficult to see. After this last section, you are standing proud and happy on the summit. From there, after a break on the same way back to the starting point of the tour.
Piz Galin is the local mountain of Andalo and on a demanding day trip you can hike up to the magnificent view.Your hike starts at the Valbiole car park. You follow the road and shortly thereafter you turn onto a forest road. Through the forest you walk steadily upwards. The trees are clearing and finally give way to an open mountain meadow. Above you can already see your destination, the summit of Piz Galin. From the small saddle between Piz Galin and the secondary summit Daniola you follow the path to the summit, which meanders up the rocky slope. At the top you have a fantastic view of Andalo, the Paganella massif and Lake Molveno. After a rest you follow the ascent route back to the starting point.
The Cima Canfedin is an offshore side summit of the Paganella massif and on this beautiful circular walk you can enjoy a 360 degree panorama of the entire Trentino.You take the gondola from Andalo to the middle station Doss Pelà and from there take the chairlift to the summit of Paganella. Here you start your hike and wander across the wide plateau over the pass S. Antonio to Cima Canfedin. Here, the view sweeps over the mountains of Trentino to Lake Garda. After a break at the summit, we will cross the plateau to the Passo S. Giacomo, where you will have a splendid panoramic view of the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites. From this point the path leads you steadily downhill. At the alpine hut Paganella 2, it's worth taking a rest before continuing the last part to the cable car station Doss Pelà.
The village of Fai della Paganella is located on a small plateau at the foot of Cima Fausior. A beautiful and challenging mountain tour takes you up to the summit cross, where you can let your gaze wander over Fai de Paganella and the Adige Valley.Your tour starts at the trail parking lot at Pass Santel. There you take the signposted hiking trail 603, which leads you over forest roads in the direction of the summit. The easy trail winds slowly up the wooded slope. Once at the top, the eastern wall of the Cima Fausior falls steeply below you and the entire Adige Valley seems to lie at your feet. Satisfied, you eat your food up here and then make your way back. On the same route you descend again to the starting point of the tour.
The Alm Malga Spora is secluded and lonely in a high valley in the middle of the Brenta Group. To this day, no track leads up to the pasture and, accordingly, it is a popular destination for experienced hikers. In the summer, a small herd of cattle is used for alpine farming and on the alpine pasture you can directly enjoy the homemade products.Your hike to the alp starts in Andalo. You leave the village and follow the signposted hiking trail 301 towards Malga Spora. The trail becomes a picturesque, narrow mule track and runs through extensive larch and corniferous forests. Below the partly overhanging rock faces of the Daniola summit, the path is secured with wire ropes and shortly thereafter you reach a well. Here is the last ascent to the high valley. There the lush mountain pastures spread out under the steep peaks of the Brenta Dolomites, and in the middle of the green meadows stands the Malga Spora. After enjoying the home-cooked food, hike back to Andalo on the ascent route.
Small break between the summit tours complacent? The Lake Molveno is picturesquely situated between the steep mountain ranges of the Brenta group and the Paganella and can be completely surrounded on this wonderful hike.The cozy family hike starts on the outskirts of Molveno and always leads you along the shore around the lake. You always have a clear view of the surrounding mountains and in summer the glittering water lures you to jump into the cool water. It is especially beautiful on the pebble beaches on the north shore of the lake. So do not forget your swimwear and enjoy your day off between the mountain tours.
If you want to get to know the Brenta Dolomites in all their beauty, you should definitely plan a crossing. This day tour takes you on good mountain trails from Rifugio Vallensinella on the western slope over the dramatic Bocca di Brenta up to the Predotti hut. From there, the long, but promising descent down to Molveno.Either you spend the night directly at Rifugio Vallensinella or travel by public transport from the valley in the morning. From there you hike steadily uphill and follow the trail through a beautiful mountain forest. With each step, the surrounding landscape changes and soon you cross the tree and then the vegetation border. At the top you are surrounded only by the red-gray rock walls and the view down into the valley is breathtaking. You pass the mountain huts Casinei and Alberto e Maria dei Brentei. Between the rocky peaks you cross the Bocca di Brenta and stand in front of the Pedrotti hut. Here you have earned a long break before you begin the descent. When you are well rested, you will descend through the Valle dei Massodi to the Selvata hut and from there follow the forest path to Molveno.
From the picturesque Val Ambiez, the Palmieri Basso hiking trail leads through the heart of the Brenta Dolomites down to the sparkling Lake Molveno. Of all Brenta Crossings, this day tour is the least frequented and so a lonely high mountain world and dreamlike silence awaits you.The tour starts at Rifugio Cacciatore. Either you climb up to the cabin the night before, or book a seat in a SUV that drives up to the cabin. Along an uncultivated alpine hut you ascend leisurely over an open mountain meadow. The trail slowly becomes steeper and leads up the rocky slope to the pass Forcolotta di Noghera. Here you already have a magnificent view of the main Brenta peaks. You follow the narrow mountain trail below the steep slopes and enjoy the untouched mountains. After about three hours you will reach the Pedrotti hut, which is perfect for a rest. The cozy break is followed by the long but leisurely descent to the valley. You walk down to the Selvata hut and enter a dense mountain forest. From there you follow the forest trails down to Lake Molveno.