Self-guided trek among mountain dairies and huts in Stelvio National Park

  • Discover the alpine traditions related to the world of alpine pasture: the care of the territory, cows' milking and milk processing, life in close contact with animals and the genuineness of products at km0
  • Immerse yourself in the nature of Stelvio National Park, one of the largest protected areas in Europe
  • Enjoy the experience of sleeping a night in the mountain hut to live the most intimate mountain atmosphere
  • Choose a comfortable hiking tour with overnight stay in private room 3 nights out of 4

Duration 6 days

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Self-guided hiking tours in the Alps: among mountain dairies in Stelvio National Park

This is a beautiful hiking tour that combines the custom of the peasant world, the traditional hospitality of Trentino, a good alpine cuisine with its flavors and the sound of nature in the largest protected area of the Alps.

This is the ideal self-guided tour in the Alps to discover the harmonious fusion of nature and alpine traditions in the heart of Stelvio National Park.

We are in Val di Rabbi, small alpine valley crowned by the peaks of Ortler Cevedale, where still persists the custom of alpine pastures. This old tradition consists in the transhumance of cattle, which in summer moves from the valley to the grazing up in the mountains with the purpose of making the most out of the mountain’s forage resources.

Among suspended bridges and sparkling waterfalls, this itinerary leads across some typical wooden and stone constructions, the so-called ‘Malga’ (mountain dairy). There are different types of them: from those dedicated exclusively to animal shelter and to the production of delicious cheeses to those which offer the possibility to enjoy a good Trentino dish. And again from the disused mountain dairies to the recently renovated ones with cozy private rooms that will offer you the experience of spending some really special nights under starry skies.

Once immersed in the apine atmosphere, you can not miss the experience of sleeping in a real mountain hut, where you can share with fellow hikers and mountaineers the pure essence of the Alps!

Program details:

  • Day 1
    Arrival in Val di Sole and check-in in 3* hotel. 
     
  • Day 2 - MONTE SOLE
    Ascent: +800m. Descent: -0m. Distance: 6km. Hiking time: 4h
    Once reached Val di Rabbi, the itinerary begins on a forest road which soon leads to the Tibetan bridge: an amusing 100-meter passage suspended above the waterfalls of Rio Ragaiolo. Arrived on the opposite side, the trail continues surrounded by forest until the first mountain dairy, ideal spot for a refreshing break cheered by the sound of cowbells grazing in the pasture – and if you have managed to wake up early you could still be in time for the milk processing! After a good recharge the ascent begins along the meadows at the foot of Monte Sole until it reaches its southern slopes. Dinner and overnight stay in mountain dairy (2.048 m) …for those who wish a healthy sauna is available outdoor!
     
  • DAY 3 - VAL MALEDA
    Ascent: +330m. Descent: -360m. Distance: 6km. Hiking time: 4h
    A trail at high altitude leads across pleasant larches and passing through unexpected waterfalls descents into a wilder valley. To welcome you along the way there will be cows, sheep and horses that will keep you company during the last stretch of light ascent. Once arrived at the mountain dairy you will feel immediately welcomed by a genuine family hospitality and, before a good dinner, you can assist at the traditional cows’ milking. Dinner and overnight stay in mountain dairy (2.060 m).
     
  • Day 4 - VAL SAENT
    Ascent: +400m. Descent: -30m. Distance: 8km. Hiking time: 4h
    Today waking up at first lights is a must! After an energic breakfast with products at km 0, everyone must be ready to watch the milk processing before heading to the next alpine hut. With a gradual ascent the trail skirts the coast of the mountain overlooking Val Saent and passing through vast grassy slopes and clear waterways it reaches a wide hollow at the foot of Ortler Cevedale. Dinner and overnight stay in hut (2.437m).
     
  • Day 5 - SAENT WATERFALLS
    Ascent: +0m. Descent: -920m. Distance: 6km. Hiking time: 3h30
    A pleasant and panoramic descent surrounded by agile marmots and rhododendron flowers. After the wide expanse of the Pra di Saent the path leads between bridges and water games of the Saent Waterfalls, the most majestic of the Val di Sole. The hut, which is located at the end of the hike, will be an excellent and tasty conclusion to this first part of the hike, before going back to the hotel. 
     
  • Day 6
    Departure.

Additional clarifications

The program could be changed at discretion of the Campo Base Team / Mountain Guide - UIAGM based on weather conditions and forecasts, mantaining however inalterate the basic structure and the aims of the proposal.

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DATES & PRICES

INDIVIDUAL PRICE

INDIVIDUAL PRICE AVAILABILITY

18.06.2022 - 18.09.2022
€ 475,00 Book now

Included services

  • 2 nights in hotel 3* - double/twin room (reduction 3°/4° bed - EUR 20)
  • 2 nights in mountain dairy - private room with private bathroom
  • 1 night in mountain hut - dormitory with shared bathroom
  • Half board basis
  • Information file and hiking map
  • 24-hour support

Excluded services

  • City tax at the hotel
  • Beverages and extra
  • Single room supplement in hotel EUR 30
  • Transfer by public bus (day 2 and day 5) - about EUR 10 per person
  • Sleeping bag liner - on request EUR 15
  • Traveler and cancellation's insurance
  • Everything not mentioned

Booking conditions

The reservation request is considered a binding agreement. Availability of all services will be checked by our staff, who will provide confirmation by email within 48 working hours. 
If  there is no availability on the selected dates, the option will be as follows:

  • To use the deposit to book another trip
  • To choose alternative dates
  • To cancel the trip with full refund of the deposit

Payment conditions

All services will be confirmed only after having received a 30% deposit (or the full cost in case of “last minute” bookings) of the vacation.
Balance payment is due 21 days before the trip.
We accept the following payment methods: Bank transfer or credit card (Mastercard/ Visa).

Cancellation policy

In case of cancellation the following terms & conditions will be applied:

  • 30% of the total price of the trip for cancellations communicated up to 45 days prior to the trip start date
  • 70% of the total price of the trip for cancellations communicated from 44 to 30 days prior to the trip start date
  • No refund beyond these terms

USEFUL INFO

EQUIPMENT REQUIRED

Technical gear

  • Trekking poles
  • Backpack
  • Bottles for water

Technical clothes

  • Light cap or bandana
  • Shirts or T-shirts
  • Fleece jacket
  • Waterproof and windproof jacket
  • Rainwear: waterproof jacket + pants or a cloak or a poncho
  • Hiking trousers
  • Hiking boots (suggested hiking boots in Gore-Tex)

Personal hygiene items

  • Face mask
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Towel
  • Sleeping bag liner + blanket or summer sleeping bag
  • Shower gel/soap, shampoo etc.

Accessories

  • Slippers
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen with appropriate UV protection level
  • Lip balm with UV protection
  • First aid kit (important: adhesive bandage)
  • Mobile phone and a charger
  • Torch headband 
  • Euros in cash  – credit cards are not accepted in mountain huts
  • Whistle for emergency 
  • Knife

…FURTHER RECCOMMENDED EQUIPMENT 

  • Thermal underwear (in cold periods, and based on personal preferences)
  • Light gloves (in cold periods, and based on personal preferences)
  • Light snack
  • Power bank for your mobile phone

REQUIRED TRAVELLING DOCUMENTS

  • Identification document/ Passport
  • Campo Base Voucher

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