Unforgettable mountain views, the fresh smell of the forest, colourful trees and nature, and the Italian ‘dolce vita’ – autumn in the perfect time to go hiking in northern Italy. There are fantastic routes here for every type of hiker: panoramic mountain trails, breathtaking fixed rope routes, idyllic forest paths, and gentle strolls along lakeshores. In the Dolomiti Paganella, you will find the right hike for you.
In this Collection, we’ve put together the 11 most beautiful walks in the Dolomiti Paganella region. On spectacular summit ascents and fixed rope routes you get very close to the rugged rocks and steep peaks of the Brenta Dolomites and the Paganella massif. Enchanting forest paths lead you into tranquil nature whilst pleasant lakeside paths showcase the glistening waters of Lake Molveno. The hikes are crowned by the two Brenta crossings which are guaranteed to make your heart race. With long hours of sunshine, moderate temperatures, empty hiking trails, and spectacular colours, autumn is the perfect season for hiking.
On the way, you can stop off at Italian mountain huts and cosy alpine pastures and enjoy classic cuisine from Trentino. You can try tasty polenta with chanterelles, grilled cheese, juicy game meat or an Alpine char from Lake Molveno. The two towns of Molveno and Andalo, which can be easily reached from Trento, are ideal starting points for walks. Grab your rucksack and your hiking boots and discover the Brenta Dolomites and the Paganella!
The eagle via ferrata, Ferrata delle Aquile, is a spectacular via ferrata on the almost vertical rock faces at the summit of Paganella. The climb is extremely exciting, leads through steep rock faces, along narrow ledges and over breathtaking rope bridges - not for the faint of heart. As an experienced via ferrata climber you can 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 also guide you safely on the exciting passages.You take the cable car from Andalo to the Cima de Paganella and from there it goes over the signposted Adlerweg to the entrance to the via ferrata. The rope bridges, climbs and narrow paths require absolute surefootedness. At the end of your tour, you can stop at the rustic Rifugio La Roda and try local delicacies such as mountain cheese and wine.
If the challenging Adler via ferrata is too much for you, you don't have to do without the fantastic panorama from the Paganella. On the brand new Adlerweg you hike over the wide Paganella summit, enjoy the magnificent views and discover the unique alpine flora.The Eagle Walk begins at the chairlift station on the Cima de Paganella. From there you follow the signposted path to the vertical rock walls on the eastern slope of the Paganella. Incredibly steep, the walls drop below you to the Adige Valley and the hiking trail leads directly along the edge. At the steepest places you can hold on to a wire rope.The Eagle Walk leads you through a large, natural grotto and past a rock gate. The entire Adige Valley is at your feet. Return to the cable car via the Botanical Path, where you can admire the mountain flowers of the Dolomites. Finally, you can enjoy the sun and alpine delicacies on the terrace of the Rifugio La Roda.
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The village of Fai della Paganella is located on a small plateau at the foot of the Cima Fausior. A beautiful and promising mountain tour leads you up to the Croce di Fai summit cross, where you can let your gaze wander over Fai della Paganella and the Adige Valley.Your tour starts at the hiking car park at Pass Santèl. There you take the signposted hiking trail 603, which leads you over shady forest paths towards the summit. The comfortable hiking trail meanders slowly up the wooded slope. In autumn the leaves shine in the most beautiful colors, from yellow to orange to red.Once at the top, the east face of the Cima Fausior drops steeply below you and the entire Adige Valley seems to be at your feet. Satisfied, you eat your provisions up here and then start your way back. On the same route you descend to the starting point of the tour. There you can stop in one of the bars.
The Cima Canfedin is an upstream secondary peak of the Paganella massif. A 360-degree panorama of the whole of Trentino awaits you on this beautiful circular hike.To start, take the cable car from Andalo to the Doss Pelà middle station and from there take the chairlift to the summit of Paganella. Here you start your hike and march over the wide plateau over the pass S. Antonio to Cima Canfedin. Your gaze wanders over the mountains of the Trentino to Lake Garda.After a break at the summit, it goes over the plateau to the S. Giacomo pass, where a great panoramic view of the peaks of the Brenta Dolomites awaits you. From this point the path leads you steadily downwards. At the Paganella 2 alpine hut it is worth taking a leisurely stop before you continue the last stretch to the Doss Pelà cable car station.
This fantastic tour, which you can also split up into two days, takes you straight up to the real heart of the Brenta Dolomites. The mountain hike takes you from the Pradel plateau over natural mule tracks up to the Pedrotti hut at the foot of the Cima di Brenta.You can take the gondola lift from Molveno to the Pradel plateau. Your hike begins here and you follow hiking trail no.340 towards Rifugio Croz dell'Altissimo. Already on the ascent you have wonderful views. After you have passed the rifugio, the path becomes steeper.Past the Rifugio Selvata, you climb the hiking trail up to the Rifugio Pedrotti. Here you will be pampered with a breathtaking high mountain world. If you are still fit, you can make a short detour to Bocca di Brenta and enjoy the view to the west. Either you spend the night in the hut or you hike back to Rifugio Selvata after a well-deserved break. From there you follow a forest path down to Molveno.If you are planning a multi-day hut tour through the Brenta Group, this hike is the perfect introduction. Just spend the night at the Pedrotti hut and continue your tour the next day.
Fancy a little break between the summit tours? Lake Molveno is picturesquely situated between the steep mountain ranges of the Brenta Group and the Paganella and can be completely circled on this wonderful hike.The leisurely family hike with a few meters of altitude starts on the edge of Molveno and always leads you along the shore around the lake. You always have a clear view of the surrounding mountains and on warm days, the glittering water lures you to jump into the cool water. Over an old Roman bridge it goes south and soon the rustic Baita ai fortini di Napoleone invites you to take a break.With a view of the lake you hike on shady paths. You pass the Grand Hotel Molveno and come back to the north bank. There you can lie in the sun on the pebble beaches of the lake - so don't forget your swimwear.
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 partly exposed mountain hiking trails from the Rifugio Vallesinella on the western slope over the dramatic Bocca di Brenta up to the Pedrotti hut. From there the long but promising descent down to Molveno takes place.Either you stay overnight directly at the Rifugio Vallesinella or you travel in the morning by public transport from the valley. From there you hike steadily uphill and follow the hiking trail through a beautiful mountain forest. Cozy huts offer you enough places to stop for a break. The surrounding landscape changes with every step and soon you cross the tree line and then the vegetation line. At the top you are only surrounded by the gray rock walls and the view down into the valley is breathtaking.You pass the Casinei and Alberto e Maria dei Brentei mountain huts. Between the rock peaks you cross the Bocca di Brenta and stand in front of the impressive Pedrotti Hut. Here you really deserve a long break before you start the descent. Or you split this tour into two days and stay in the rifugio overnight. When you are rested again, you descend through the Valle dei Massodi to the Selvata hut and from there follow the forest path to Molveno.
The Palmieri-Basso hiking trail leads from the picturesque Val Ambiez through the heart of the Brenta Dolomites down to the glistening Molveno Lake. Of all the Brenta crossings, this day tour is the rarest and so you can expect a lonely high mountain world and dreamlike silence.The tour starts at the Rifugio Cacciatore. Either you climb up to the hut the evening before or you book a place in an off-road vehicle that will drive you up to the hut. Along an uncultivated alpine hut, you climb slowly over an open mountain meadow. The path slowly becomes steeper and leads through the rocky slope up to the Forcolotta di Noghera pass. Here you already have a wonderful view of the main Brenta peaks.Then you follow the narrow mountain hiking 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 break. The leisurely break is followed by the long but leisurely descent into the valley. Or you spend one night in the Rifugio Pedrotti and only get off the next day. Otherwise you hike down to the Selvata hut with wonderful views and enter a dense mountain forest there. On shady - and in autumn colorful - forest paths you go to the glittering Molveno Lake, on the banks of which you can end the tour.
The panoramic hiking trail starts in Fai della Paganella. From here you hike on Via Pradonec, which leads you out of the village and past green meadows down to the forest. You run a beautiful loop through the wild and romantic forest with its colorful canopy of leaves. You will pass a stream that forms small waterfalls in some places. Then it goes up to Dos Castel, an archaeological excavation site. Next to the remains of the settlement you can look down into the Adige Valley.On the way back through beautiful beech forests, you will also pass wonderful viewpoints from which you can look out over the wonderful mountains of Trentino. After you have left the forest behind you, it goes through a residential area back to the starting point in Fai della Paganella. There you can end the day in one of the bars.
The via ferrata "Felice Spellini" is a wonderful via ferrata in the Brenta Dolomites. It is classified as level of difficulty C and is aimed primarily at experienced and persevering via ferrata climbers. From the Molveno side, the path leads you to the Bocchette Centrali and Bocchette Alte and connects path number 303 (Sega Alta) with the Bocca degli Armi.At the Pedrotti hut it starts with spectacular views. From here you descend briefly to the Tosa hut, which is only a few meters below. At the hut, keep left and continue downhill through a valley to the feet of the Brenta Alta. After a short distance you will reach the Busa degli Sfulmini, framed by the most beautiful peaks of the Brenta Dolomites.After a demanding cross passage and ladders, you reach Bocca degli Armi at an altitude of 2,749 meters, where the via ferrata ends. Now it goes slightly downhill again and if you keep to the right, after a short time you will reach the Alimonta hut, where you can spend the night.
The multi-faceted and impressive hike into the heart of the Brenta Dolomites runs on a medium-difficult route with some rocky passages along the cave path.It starts on the Alpe Pradel, which you can easily reach with the gondola from Molveno. At the mountain station, keep to the right and walk towards Malga Tovre, where you can watch the fresh cheese being made. Shortly afterwards you will reach the Rifugio La Montanara at 1,520 meters above sea level. Here you can enjoy an unforgettable view of the Brenta Dolomites from the terrace. The lower mountain slopes are particularly colorful in autumn, when the leaves change color.Via the rocky grotto path with its bizarre rock formations you reach the Val delle Seghe and finally the Rifugio Croz dell’Altissimo at 1,430 meters above sea level, where you can take a well-deserved break. Then you hike back through the valley on the same path. Then keep to the right and return to the starting point of Pradel on a forest path. After Molveno you either get off or take the gondola one more time.