Three walks, of increasing level, in the spectacular Dolomite valley of Trentino
From pedaling to walking in the mountains, passing through water sports to be practiced in the lakes of Levico and Caldonazzo, the Valsugana, in the southeastern area of Trentino, is a valley in which to reconcile one active vacation and with a strong eco-sustainable spirit. Many routes for long walks. The Lagorai and Cima d’Asta group, for example, is the largest in Trentino, with a landscape that changes very frequently, passing from larch woods to areas without vegetation typical of the high mountains. We have therefore selected three trekking routes in Valsugana: the first, the simplest and shortest, really suitable for everyone and especially for families; the second, a little longer, designed for those who want to immerse themselves more deeply in the Dolomite atmosphere of the valley; the third, difficult and to cover in three days, which also includes the passage between the walkways of the First World War.
From the Carlettini refuge to the Caldenave
The starting point of the walk of about 6 km with 450 meters of altitude difference (to be covered in about 2.5 hours) is the car park of the Carlettini refuge at 1,368 meters above sea level. You walk backwards on the asphalted road downhill to the nearby Rio Caserine bridge. Here you take the small road on the left that climbs and follow the signs for trail sign 332 towards the Caldenave refuge. Once in Tedon, the road becomes a mule track that climbs along the Rio Caserine. Always follow the signs for trail sign 332 and continue through the locality Ponte Campivelo and Ponte Caldenave at an altitude of 1,750 meters. Here the vegetation thins out and allows you to walk the last few meters of ascent in a panoramic and suggestive environment, until you reach, at an altitude of 1,792 meters, the Caldenave Claudio e Renzo refuge for a break, before following the same path in the opposite direction to return to the starting point.
The views from Forte del Pizzo di Levico
Pizzo di Levico, just under 2 thousand meters, is an easy to reach mountain that offers a beautiful panoramic view of the Alta Valsugana. From the Vezzena plateau you can reach the Pizzo di Levico Fort, used during the Great War as a post for bombing and controlling military traffic on the Valsugana, where the Hapsburg Military Genius created one of the most extraordinary works of war engineering. : the top of this mountain, in fact, was excavated to create a practically impregnable fortress. The route is 11.3 km long with 472 meters in altitude to be covered in about 4 hours. You start from the Vezzena hotel (in Passo Vezzena, in Levico Terme) and take the road that climbs towards the Busa Verle fort. Reached the fort, proceed on an asphalted road up to the edge of the wood from where an asphalted road first rises and then only the mule track remains and continues at high altitude, where you can enjoy a breathtaking view over the whole Valsugana. For the return you can choose to go down on the same side or towards the Marcai di Sopra hut, and then rejoin the road that leads to Forte Verle and then to the starting point.
The Great War at the Lagorai
The effort of three days of walking will be rewarded by the unique and wild environment, between the paths of war and transhumance, along the Austro-Hungarian defense line and the Italian counterpart in the years of the First World War: walkways and fortifications, pastures and huts still active, the beautiful Val Campelle and the ascent of the wild Val Orsera, alpine lakes and a complete panorama of the Lagorai chain and Cima d’Asta, the summit of the group, reachable by a variant of the trekking. With the possibility of spending one night at the Caldenave refuge and another at the Conseria hut (both preferably to be booked in advance to avoid not finding a place). The route is a ring of about 41.2 km with a vertical drop of 2,230 meters, to be covered in about 18 hours. Once you have reached the Manghen pass, along the asphalted road that climbs up from Borgo Valsugana, you can park near the restaurant. After leaving the car, take the Sat path 322 on foot to the Forcella Pala del Bécco, where you proceed on the 322B, to be followed until the intersection with the Sat 362 which you follow up to the Montalon mountain hut. From there you descend into Val Campelle until you cross the road that climbs it and continue on the paved road for about 300 meters, until you find the signs for the Caldenave refuge. From here, take the Sat path. 332 and you reach the Caldenave plain, where you can spend the night. The next morning we continue briefly for Sat. 332 up to the deviation for the wild Val Orsera (path 373 A), up to the saddle of the same name. Here you cross the Sat 373 path which descends from Forc. Segura and continue north to Forc. of the Buse Todesche. Take this direction, but just before arriving in the saddle, continue on the Sat 373 which in about two hours leads to the Magna fork. From there you go on along the Sat 326 path which follows a pleasant ups and downs and you reach the Cinque Croci pass and then the Malga Conseria Refuge, where you can spend the second night at the end of the less demanding stage of the three. In the morning, go up to Passo Cinque Croci and continue to Malga Val Cion (path Sat 318). From here, take path 318 to Forcella Valsorda passing through Passo Val Cion and follow Sat 322 along a panoramic ups and downs that leads to Passo Manghen, the starting point of the itinerary.
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