Self-Guided Hiking Tours

Italy | Dolomiti di Brenta

Hike the rugged side of the Dolomites.

Italy
  • Dolomiti di Brenta
  • Dolomiti di Brenta
  • "We are back from our adventure in the Brenta Dolomites and wanted to let you know that we had a wonderful time - it was a classy and adventurous trip. The trip turned out to be everything I had hoped it would be, and the whole family agrees with that assessment. My children and their spouses are very athletic and this trip challenged all of them. We spent our evenings and mornings together and then my husband and I left for the hike a few hours before the kids. They would eventually catch up with us and pass us. We had lots of time together, but also plenty of time apart. It was the perfect combination."- Alice Samuelson

Trip Highlights:

  • Hike along the Brenta Trek Expert, a famous long distance, trans-Brenta footpath.
  • Rub elbows with local alpinists at the Rifugio Pedrotti, an Italian mountaineers hut.
  • Sip cappupuccino along the shores of Lago di Molveno, one of Italy's best-kept-secret lakes.

Unlock the mysteries of the Brenta Dolomites, Italy’s westernmost extremity of rugged limestone peaks. Bordered by the Swiss Alps to the west and the Austrian Alps to the north, the Brenta mountains tower above celebrity-studded Lake Garda and its lesser known, but equally spectacular, Lago di Molveno. Similar to the rest of the Dolomites range that stretches across northeastern Italy, the Brenta mountains are renowned for the spectacular colors they reflect during sunsrise and sunset. Unlike the bulk of the Dolomites, however, where Austro-Hungarian history mixes with Ladin as well as Italian, the Dolomiti di Brenta enjoy a purely Italian culture. If you’d rather say “Grazie” than “Danke” during your Dolomites hiking tour, then this is the trip for you.

Beginning in the “discrete and elegant” village of Madonna di Campiglio, you’ll follow the Brenta Trek Expert, a famous long distance trans-brenta foot path. Spend six full days (8 day trip total) hiking around the largest mountains of the Brenta range. Mountains with names like Campanile Alto “Upper Bell Tower” and Cima Tosa, the largest mountain in the range at 10,410 feet, stand proudly as you hike past sparkling lakes, sip cappuccino at historic mountain huts, and stroll through wildflower-covered meadows en route to your comfortable four and five star hotels. You’ll spend four nights in a luxury five star hotel, two nights in a three star hotel and one night above treeline at the Rifugio Pedrotti, a true alpinist’s hut. The hut’s owner, Franco, is a certified high mountain guide and will regale us with tales from the mountains.

One of the highlights of this tour is a visit to the village of Molveno. Bordered by the Pizzo Gallino (10,043 feet) to the north and the Cima Brenta (10,335 feet) and Cima Chez to the west, Molveno is one of the more atmospheric small mountain towns in Europe. Add the pristine and crystal clear Lago di Molveno, on whose shores the village rests, and you’ll have a magnificent place to stay for the night.

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Trip Rating

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COMFORT

TERRAIN

Trip Profile

Duration

7 nights/8 days
Hiking Up to 9 miles
Ascents up to 4700 ft.*

Availability

Late June, July, Sept.

Tour Costs

$2,340 per person double
Single (+$735)

Tour Package Includes

Custom route descriptions
Four-color topo maps
Travel instructions
Luggage transfer (except at rifugio)
Cultural information and more

Accommodations

6 nights first class hotels and charming country inns
1 night comfortable rifugio

Breakfast + Dinner

Daily

Luggage Transfer

Daily except for mountain hut

Transportation

All lifts + transfers incidental to itinerary beginning in Madonna di Campiglio

Please inquire about custom transportation before and following your tour

Gateways

Verona, Italy
Venice, Italy
Milan, Italy

*The self-guided Brenta Dolomites itinerary can have an extra day hike added to the beginning or end out of Madonna di Campiglio. Please call for more details.

Dolomiti di Brenta | Italy

Trip Itinerary

Travel independently by rail to Trento, and then via bus to Madonna di Campiglio, which is about a two hour ride. Tonight you will overnight in a lovely five-star hotel.

Today you’ll enjoy a moderate trip high above Madonna di Campiglio. The picturesque landscape will enchant you, including five gorgeous alpine lakes and the Adamello Group, a lovely collection of limestone needles. You’ll will take in the final views of the Brenta Massif before returning to your hotel in Madonna.

Today’s trek starts with a transfer via bus to the trailhead. This trail takes you deeper into the heart of the Brenta Group and offers spectacular and stark views of the Brenta as you meander through the idyllic and enchanting landscape. Nosh along the way at quaint and delightful mountain huts. Ramble on through the beauty of this high alpine region as you make your way to the authentic, family run Rifugio Tosa Pedrotti Hut, which offers some of the most spectacular views of the Dolomiti.

You begin today with a walk out to an impressive viewpoint where you will be able to revel in all the splendor that surrounds you. Spot the fantastic systems of via ferrets as you wander towards Rifugio Croz dell’ Altissimo. This is the perfect spot to enjoy a tea or a cappuccino.

Descending towards Molveno you will traverse to the Rifugio Croz dell’ Altissimo and then onto Rifugio Pradel which is a midstation where there is a choice to either ride the lift to town or continue walking another hour to your wonderful four star hotel located in the heart of Molveno.

Today’s hike offers beautiful views of the Trento/Alto Adige valley on one side and then amazing views of the Brenta and northern Lago di Garda area on the other side. Lunch will be at a delicious restaurant with magnificent views of the Brenta range. Walk back along a lakefront trail back to your hotel in Molveno.

Today you will follow a classic trail as you route from the lake shores of Molveno through Andalo and back to Madonna di Campiglio. Today will include a bit up uphill from Andalo to Malgo Spora. After lunch, you will enjoy a final push over the Passo Groste and then head back to the familiar setting of your Madonna hotel.

Today’s hike is a fitting way to end your journey through the Brenta Dolomiti. Wildflowers, waterfalls and an amazing lunch spot await you at the Rifugio Cascata di Mezzo on this tour from Monte Spinale into the Vallesinella and back up to Madonna di Campiglio.

After breakfast, depart Madonna for your gateway city.

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