+ 2ND PART OF THE E5 FROM MERANO TO LAKE GARDA
+ PERFECTLY ORGANIZED WITH PROFESSIONAL GUIDE
+ SMALL GROUPS WITH 5 TO 8 PARTICIPANTS
The second part of the Alpine crossing from Merano to Lake Garda is more than an extension of the classic and popular E5. The landscape seems more southern, the mountains are partly lovely, partly rugged. Already the first stage takes the hiker into the dream landscape of the Vintschgau. Before the highest peak of the Tyrol, the 3905m high Ortler, the route leads into the Martell and Ulten valleys and, after crossing the language and national border, on into the Val di Sole. The name says it all and the view to the south to Brenta and Adamello is spectacular. The peaks of the Brenta Dolomites form a rugged contrast to the glaciated Adamello, from the famous Grafferhütte we have the best view and, almost superfluous to mention, another hospitable top base on our route. At Lake Garda we have actually reached the southern edge of the Alps and can (assuming a walk of the E5 from Oberstdorf to Merano) report a complete crossing of the Alps.
Program and process
Meeting point is at 10 am at the Texelbergbahn valley station. From there the Texelbahn cable car takes us up to the Giggelberg (1565m). Here starts one of the most beautiful sections of the Merano High Altitude Trail through the wild landscape of the Texel Group. Numerous vantage points offer us magnificent views of the Vinschgau Valley deep below and across to the glaciers of the Ortler region. A highlight is the suspension bridge over the 1000-step gorge before the cable car takes us from Unterstell back down into the valley to Naturno. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Ascent 450hm / descent 700hm, time 3h
In the morning we take public transport from Naturns to Latsch. From there we comfortably reach the Tarscher Alm (1940m) with a small chair lift. There we start our ascent up to the Tarscher Pass (2530m). We continue to enjoy the view of the Ortler group and can already see the steep rocky peaks of the Dolomites in the distance. We hike down to the Kuppelwieser Alm, where we can enjoy an excellent apple or poppy seed strudel! After a short hike, a minibus picks us up in the Ulten Valley and takes us via St. Nikolaus to St. Gertraud. Overnight stay in St. Gertraud.
Ascent 600hm / descent 600hm, time 5h
After breakfast we start our hike to the Rabbi Joch at 2449m and via the Haselgruber hut and the Haselgrubersee. During a break we enjoy the great view. Afterwards we descend in the direction of Rabbi. From there a cab takes us further into Val di Sole until we reach the rustic Albergo Lago Rosso (1178m). The rustic inn is located in the middle of the Adamello Brenta National Park on the unique Lake Tovel. Overnight stay at the Albergo Lago Rosso.
Ascent 1000hm / Descent 1100hm, Time 6h
Our Brenta crossing starts with the ascent through the Val di San Maria della Flavone to the Groste Pass (2442 m). First we take a shady path through the woods. Later we reach an alpine pasture where our path now leads narrow and steeply uphill. A lonely and green high valley rewards us for our efforts. Above the tree line a steep mountain path leads to the pass. Only a few minutes of descent separate us from the Rifugio Graffer (2261m) in the middle of the ski area "Madonna di Campiglio". Grandiose views to the Latemar, Mendelkamm and the Sarntal Alps delight us the whole day.
Ascent 1265hm / descent 2500hm, time 6h
Dream hiking day: Past wild rock towers, the rock needle "Crozzon di Brenta" and the "Cima Brenta" we hike through the heart of the Brenta Dolomites. After a short rest at the Tuckett hut we start on a spectacular path to the "Bocca di Brenta". At the end of a huge rocky basin we climb over short passages secured by steel ropes to the top of the "Bocca di Brenta" pass at 2552m. Our destination for the day, the Rifugio Pedrotti is situated in the middle of the impressive rock scenery of Cima Brenta Bassa 2812m, Cima Brenta Alta and the Croz del Rifuguo 2568m. A breathtaking view!
Ascent 850hm / descent 650hm, time 6h
Early the next morning we hike past the south-facing rock faces of the Brenta. On the opposite slope we see the Pedrotti hut only as a small dot between the enormous Brenta rocks. Slightly ascending we reach the Forcolotta di Noghera (2423m), where we may observe a herd of climbing chamois. First steeply down, then across we continue from there to the Agostini hut, where we strengthen ourselves for the descent to the Cacciatore hut. Overnight stay at the Cacciatore hut.
Ascent 840hm / descent 190hm, time 5h
We drive to the beautiful Tenno Lake. The last and very varied stage leads us up to the San Pietro hut (963 m). From here we have a breathtaking view of the destination of our great mountain hiking week: Lake Garda. We take a short rest at the hut and enjoy the view of our destination. We slowly descend to the waterfalls of Varone. Through olive groves we hike the last kilometers to the shore of Lake Garda at Riva del Garda. A great long distance hike comes to an end!
Overnight stay in a hotel on Lake Garda.
Ascent 410hm / descent 830hm, time 5h
Common return journey to the Texelbergbahn
Change of program
All courses and guided tours are conscientiously organized and carried out according to the safety standards of the VIVALPIN Mountain and Ski School with qualified mountain guides. An adjustment of the approved tour program is possible for safety-related reasons such as bad weather, dangerous conditions or insufficient prerequisites of the participants. The decision for the final program is made by the mountain guide on site.
On the last day around noon
Min. 5 participants (if less than 5 people, surcharge by arrangement)
On the 1st day at 10.00 a.m. at the valley station of the Texelberg cable car
Navi address: Texelbahn - Zielstraße 11 - 39020 Partschins - Italy (free parking on site)
Getting there by public transport
Bus connection to "Funivia Texel"
Hotels, huts and inns
Good physical condition, sure-footedness, no fear of heights and endurance for daily stages with approx. 8 kg of luggage of approx. 7 hours walking time, ascents up to 1300 Hm and 5 hours in the ascent, descents up to 1250 Hm.
5x overnight stays in huts
2x overnight stays in hotels
7x half board
Transfer back to Meran
Cable cars as offered in the program
Snacks & Drinks
Travel cancellation insurance if required