5-day Glacier & High Mountain Dolomites Trek, from Lake Garda
Duration: Multi day (5 days) Difficulty: Medium
Why we love this tour
Hike high into the sky on this 5-day mountain and glacier trek through the famous Brenta Dolomites full of panoramic views and rich history.
- Enjoy breathtaking landscape
- Hike through the Dolomites
- Explore the Adamello Brenta Nature Park
- Cross over the Mandrone Glacier
- Walk along the Chiese River
- Visit a WWI battle site
The Adamello Brenta Nature Park sits in the Dolomites in Northern Italy. The oldest nature park in Italy, this 620 km2 (240 mi2) expanse houses Italy's largest glaciers, more than eighty lakes, brown bears, and the frontline of WWI battles between the Austrian and Italian forces. A five-day trek through this mountain oasis brings irreplaceable views, notable historical sites and tunnels, and a trek across a glacier. The following is your itinerary:
Day 1: We meet at the mountain guide's office in Arco, a town just north of Lake Garda, and drive to Passo Tonale to take the cable car up to the Passo Paradiso (2,600 m/8530 ft) and Passo Presena (2,980 m/9,780 ft). We visit the Glaciological Center, dedicated to the Austrian officer Julius Payer who first climbed Adamello in 1864, to learn more about the magnificent frozen features. We continue to our accommodation for the night, “Rifugio Mandrone” or Mandrone Lode. Descent: 550 m; Walking time: 2.5 hours
Day 2: We begin the day by hiking past the crystal clear Mandrone Lakes and crossing the Mandrone Glacier, the southernmost glacier in the Brenta Dolomites. Walk across the frozen plain and admire the limestone rocks peeking out around the ice. A steep climb brings us to our next accommodation, Rifugio ai Caduti dell'Adamello. The afternoon climb takes us to the summit Cresta Croce (3,276 m/10,700 ft) to visit a cannon placed here by the Italians during WWI. Take in the history and the panoramic views over the stunning Dolomite peaks. Ascent: 600 m + 300 m to reach the cannon; Walking time: 5h + 1.5 hrs to the cannon
Day 3: Our morning trek brings us past the glacier towards Passo di Cavento (3,198 m/10,490 ft). The Austrian army built tunnels in the mountain during WWI to defend against the "Alpini," Italian mountain forces. Then we continue to the Niscli Pass (2,912 m/9,550 ft) and arrive at the Rifugio Carè Alto (2,580 m/8,460 ft), the location of an Austrian fortress built to house hundreds of soldiers. Ascent: 250 m; Descent: 200 m Walking time: 6 hrs
Day 4: After crossing the Bocca di Conca (2,674 m/8,770 ft), we trek through the Valle di Cavento and over the rocky landscape of the Passo delle Vacche (2,872 m/9,420 ft). The downhill path of Val di Fumo brings us to our last hut, Rifugio Val di Fumo (1,900 m/6,230 ft). The day’s paths wind along the Chiese River, offering sweeping views and gorgeous mountain scenery. Ascent: 300 m; Descent: 1000 m; Walking time: 5.5 hrs
Day 5: The final pass includes crossing the gorgeous Passo Breguzzo (2,765 mt) and the Val de Vescovo for a break at Rifugio Trivena (1633 m). A short walk of 20 minutes brings us to a minibus to take us back to Arco. Ascent: 650 m Descent: 1100 m Walking time: 5.5 hrs
Reach incredible views and travel across a WWI frontline on an Italian exploration. The five days of hiking, glacier crossing, and history makes for a high mountain trip full of adventure.
Need to know before you go
The trip runs with a minimum of 4 people and maximum of 8.
The minimum age is 14 years old.
This trip is for walkers with mountain experience. Participants should be in good physical condition with no fear of heights and endurance for hikes up to 6 hours.
The following clothing is requested for all participants: crampon compatible mountain boots, suitable clothing for high altitude, windproof jacket, gloves. It is advisable to also bring sunglasses and a cap/hat, a change of clothing, thermos, water, and snacks.
We recommend bringing at least 30€ pocket cash a day for expenses. The cable car is around 20€ per ticket.
Your booking will become valid after we receive your payment and send you a confirmation email.
You can cancel up to 72 hours in advance with 100% reimbursement.
There is no reimbursement for later cancellations. In case of cancellation from our side due to bad weather, we will return your payment in full.
MMove - Into Nature Office
Via Legionari Cecoslovacchi, 14 38062 Arco