"This was our 10th trek with R-W. R-W is like "family." We rarely even consider other companies, although we do read their brochures! I loved the varied terrain of the hikes. The guides were relaxed, competent, flexible and fun to be with in sun, rain, snow and sleet! What a stellar trip!!"- Richard and Sally L.
"The mountains were so amazing - the routes were challenging but fun - and the guides were THE BEST. I've hiked with Dave before and he is simply - for me and my family - the best kind of guide: great company, expert outdoorsman (we always feel safe with Dave!), and low-key. My first full trek with Ken - and he is our new favorite. Ken's knowledge of the flora and fauna is a bonus, and he is so good-natured and unflappable. Actually they're both pretty unflappable. This is a great TEAM.;-)"- Martha Hackett
Hike along the Brenta Trek Expert, a famous long distance, trans-Brenta footpath. Click here for photos from our trip.
Rub elbows with local alpinists at the Rifugio Pedrotti, an Italian mountaineer's 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 sunrise 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, we follow the Brenta Trek Expert, a famous long distance trans-Brenta foot path. Spend six days 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. We spend four nights in a luxury five-star hotel, two nights in a three-star hotel and one night above tree line 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 most atmospheric small mountain towns in Europe. Add the pristine and crystal clear Lago di Molveno, on whose shores the village rests, and we have a magnificent place to stay for the night.
Travel independently by rail to Trento. Ryder-Walker will provide one afternoon shuttle to Madonna di Campiglio, which is about a two-hour ride. Meet your guide(s) and group for cocktails and dinner.
Today we 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. Take in final views of the Brenta Massif before returning back to our hotel in Madonna.
Distance: 6 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2500 ft.
Today’s hike starts with a lift boost to the start of our trail. The trail takes us deeper into the heart of the Brenta Group and offers spectacular and stark views as we 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 we make our way to the authentic, family run Rifugio Tosa Pedrotti Hut, which offers some of the most spectacular views of the Dolomites.
Distance: 7.5 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 2000/1700 ft.
We begin today with a walk out to an impressive viewpoint, where we are able to revel in all the splendor that surrounds you. Spot the fantastic systems of via ferratas as we wander towards Rifugio Croz dell’ Altissimo; the perfect spot to enjoy a tea or cappuccino. Descending towards Molveno we traverse to the Rifugio Pradel, which is a mid-station where there is a choice to either ride a lift to town or continue walking another hour to our wonderful four-star hotel located in the heart of Molveno.
Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: n.a./3000 ft.
Today’s hike offers beautiful views of the Trento/Alto Adige valley on one side and amazing views of the Brenta and northern Lago di Garda area on the other. Lunch will be at a delicious restaurant with magnificent views of the Brenta range. Following lunch we wander back to the gondola mid-station in Andalo and transport by bus back to Molveno.
Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 800/1900 ft.
Today, we follow a classic trail as we route from the lake shores of Molveno through Andalo and back to Madonna di Campiglio. The hike includes a bit up uphill from Andalo to Malgo Spora. After lunch, we enjoy a final push over the Passo Groste, and then head back to the familiar setting of our five-star hotel in Madonna.
Distance: 8 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 4300/600 ft.
Today’s hike is a fitting way to end our journey through the Brenta Dolomiti. Wildflowers, waterfalls, and an amazing lunch spot await us at the Rifugio Cascata di Mezzo. We make our way from Monte Spinale into the Vallesinella and back up to Madonna di Campiglio.
Distance: up to 5 miles. Elevation gain/loss: 500/2960 ft.
Awake to a delicious Italian breakfast, then depart.