"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 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.
Travel independently by rail to Trento, and then via bus to Madonna di Campiglio, which is about a two hour ride. Tonight we will overnight in a lovely five-star hotel. Meet your guide and group for a brief orientation and dinner.
Today we’ll enjoy a a moderate trip high above Madonna di Campiglio where we will view the picturesque landscape, including five gorgeous alpine lakes and the Adamello Group, a lovely collection of limestone needles. We will take in the final views of the Brenta Massif before returning back to our hotel in Madonna.
Today’s hike will begin by transfering to the trailhead. We will ascend the Val di Brenti over a pass to the Pedrotti hut. This challanging day is extremely rewarding by bringing us to the foot of the biggest walls of the Brenta Dolomite Group. The views from the pass will leave you in awe and asking for more as we overnight at a perfect vantage point, the Pedrotti Hut.
We begin today with a walk out to an impressive viewpoint where we will be able to revel in all the splendor that surrounds us. We will spot the fantastic system of via ferrata as we wander towards Rifugio Croz dell Altissimo. This is the perfect stop to enjoy a tea or a capuccino. Descending towards Molveno, we will traverse by Rifugio Pradel, which is a mid-station where there is a choice to either ride the lift to town or continue walking another hour to our welcoming three 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 our hotel in Molveno.
Today we will follow trail 301 as we route from the lake shores of Molveno through Andolo and back towards Madonna di Campiglio. We will hike through the most remote part of the massif, ascending to the top of the Passo Groste. This extremely beautiful hike is slightly challenging as we walk along the rocky, but a well built, trail above treeline to the Passo Groste. Once we reach the Passo Groste lift, we will return and overnight again in our five-star hotel in Madonna di Campiglio.
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.
Awake to a delicious Italian breakfast then depart.