resia lake in alta via val venosta
resia lake in alta via val venosta

Alta Via Val Venosta, Resia to Merano

Level
2
Distance
92 km
Duration
8 days | 7 nights
period
May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct
price from
€ 1.155
CO2 footprint
166 Kg/person
  1. Italy
  2.  | 
  3. Self-Guided
  4.  | 
  5. Tourcode ITSW440

The route of the Val Venosta High Mountain Trail extends from the source of the Adige River at Resia Pass in the north, all the way to Stava/Staben in Lower Venosta, ending in the capital city, Merano.

Along the way, you'll bask in the lush vegetation of Monte Sole and savor splendid panoramic vistas of the Ortler Mountain and its glacial beauty. The Val Venosta High Mountain Trail typically offers good weather conditions and a clear view of the glaciers, making it a perfect journey for mountain and nature enthusiasts

Highlights

  • Enjoy a relaxing walk on the shores of Lake Resia before the start of your trip,
  • Marvel at the sight of the "underwater belltower" in Curon,
  • Admire the skyline of the Ortles massif,
  • Taste authentic Valvenosta dishessuch as venison stew, apricot dumplings or Palabiraschmarrn

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive in Resia

Arrive in Resia

Arrive with public transport or private transfer to Resia, check-in at the accommodation and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Dolomites and take a stroll along the lake.

Day 2

From Resia to Planol, 20.5 km

From Resia to Planol, 20.5 km

It's a long but gentle walk through villages, forests and pastures with a stretch along the Resia Lake. You pass next the River Adige spring, that is worth a stop. Along the itinerary you have great views of the surrounding mountain chains and the Lake.

You can shorten the walk (5 km) starting from Curon Venosta.

Distance: 20,5 km

Elevation gain: +778/-697 m

Day 3

From Planol to Sluderno/Malles, 15 km

From Planol to Sluderno/Malles, 15 km

Today walk along the mountainside which dominates the upper Val Venosta. Along the itinerary you can enjoy great views of the Ortles massif and the villages of Glorenza, Burgusio and Malles. The itinerary runs mostly on gravel tracks and footpaths. In Sluderno you can do a short detour to visit the famous Coira Castle.

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +389/-1150 m

Day 4

From Agri Avionshof to Tanas, bus/train to Lasa and Silandro, 15 km

From Agri Avionshof to Tanas, bus/train to Lasa and Silandro, 15 km

This morning you are transferred uphill to the Agriturismo Avionshof, where the walk starts. It's a panoramic hike along the mountainside which dominates the upper Val Venosta. Along the itinerary you can enjoy great views of the Ortles massif and the villages in the valley floor. The itinerary runs mostly on gravel tracks and footpaths.

Distance: 15 km

Elevation gain: +589/-767 m

Day 5

From Tanas to Silandro 19 km

From Tanas to Silandro 19 km

Today a short transfer by car will lead you to the tiny village of Tanas. It's a long but gentle walk along the mountainside with great views over the valley and the mountain chain between the Val Martello and Stelvio Pass. Along the itinerary you can see the Hohe Angelusspitze, the Laaser Spitze and the Tschenglser Hochwand. Along the route it is possible to do a short detour to see a waterfall.

You can shorten the walk by 1.2km.

Distance: 19 km

Elevation gain: +481/-1409 m

Day 6

Val Martello loop walk, 11 km

Val Martello loop walk, 11 km

Take the bus to Val Martello (25min). It's a relatively easy walk which runs through the mountain area where the village of Martello is set. You walk the entire day in one of the most spectacular area of Stelvio National Park. Along the itinerary you can enjoy great views of the lower Val Martello and Ortles massif. Along the route it is possible to do a short detour to a magnificent viewpoint.

You can shorten the route following the signs for Martello Paese. 

Distance: 11 km

Elevation gain: +920/-920 m

Day 7

From S. Martino al Monte to Stava, train to Merano, 12 km

From S. Martino al Monte to Stava, train to Merano, 12 km

Transfer to Laces. Here hop on the cable car to San Martino a Monte, where the walk starts. It's a gentle walk which runs along the mountain slope at the end of Venosta Valley. You can enjoy great views of the lower valley and the mountain chains which delimitate the valley. Along the route it Is possible to do a short detour to Castel Juval. At the end of the walk take the train to Merano.

Distance: 12 km

Elevation gain: +173/-1395 m

Day 8

Bye bye Dolomiti!

Bye bye Dolomiti!

Your arrangement ends here, unless you have booked a transfer or an extra night with us. 

Details

Is this for me?


A perfect route for mountain enthusiasts: good fitness is required for some challenging days, and since the trails are rocky and, in some cases, quite narrow, it is not suitable for those lacking stability or suffering from vertigo. On some days, there is the option to choose between a more difficult and an easier alternative.

Included


What is included

  • 7 nights in double rooms in 3* hotels with breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • 1 packed lunch
  • 1 dinner in Planol
  • People transfer from Malles to Agriturismo Avionshof, from Silandro to Tanas and from Silandro to Laces
  • Telephone support 24 hours
  • Maps and detailed itinerary in digital form, app
  • Medical and luggage travel insurance

What is not included 

  • Transfers to the starting location and from the arriving location of the tour
  • lunches and dinners, if not otherwise stated
  • visits and entrance fees - tips
  • personal expense
  • possible sojourn taxes
  • everything that is not mentioned in the "What is included" section.

Optional Services

These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:

  • Single room supplement
  • cancellation insurance
  • Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.
  • travel documentation in printed form (maps and detailed description of the itinerary), shipped to the first hotel

Accommodation


Hotel Etschquelle - Resia

Hotel Etschquelle is immersed in an atmosphere of well-being in a quiet and sunny location in the heart of the village of Resia. The rooms are very comfortable in traditional style. 

www.hotel-etschquelle.com/en

Gasthof Gemse - Planol

The Gasthof Gemse is located in the mountain village of Planòl. Breakfast and dinner are included and also a packet lunch for the following day.

www.gasthof-gemse.it

Hotel Greif - Malles

Hotel Greif die Malles in Val Venosta is a small family-run hotel dating back to the 15th century. Breakfast is included.

www.hotel-greif.com

 

Hotel Goldene Rose - Silandro

The Gourmet Hotel Goldene Rose in Silandro is one of the most beautiful and traditional hotels in Silandro. Breakfast is included in the price.

www.hotel-goldenerose.it

Flora Hotel & Suites - Merano

The Flora Hotel & Suites - Merano is located in a quiet area, in the heart of Merano. Breakfast is included.

www.hotelsmerano.it/en

When to travel


In Trentino Alto Adige you will experience the typical mountain weather. In June you will still find patches of snow here and there. Like in all mountainous areas, the weather can be unpredictable and can change quickly so always check the weather forecast before setting and always take with you a rain jacket, warm hat and gloves.

What to bring


Clothing and other items
You will need your regular walking/cycling gear, including some sort of reflective garment. For the evenings, smart outdoor style trousers (or shorts) are invaluable, as are quick-dry t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town.

Take as little as possible to avoid potentially lugging a heavy suitcase up three flights of stairs at the end of the day. Please be aware that laundromats (“Laverie”) are not common in rural areas, so plan to do handwashing of small items.

Lightweight walking shoes/ trainers
For wearing around towns & villages. They can also be a back-up pair.

Socks & underwear
Take only good quality socks with quick-dry and insulating qualities. Road test them before you go on the trip. Take a suitable quantity of underwear as washing facilities are limited.

Warm jacket, hat, gloves
Bring a fleece, Polartec or warm layers for the evenings especially in spring or autumn; be sure it is totally suitable for your needs.
A fleece jacket which blocks the wind (Wind-stopper) is the most preferable. In the summer months a lightweight jacket is suitable for evenings.
If you are cycling/walking in mountainous or coastal areas, even in the height of summer, the weather can change very quickly and unexpectedly and you should be prepared for fog, mist, rain, snow or hail at any time. Always take an extra layer with you, as well as a warm hat and gloves.

Waterproof jacket & trousers
If you are caught in heavy rain, with good waterproof clothing you should remain dry. Remember that most garments will lose their properties over time. Few will remain waterproof for more than five years and many deteriorate in three years or less. We recommend a rain jacket with a good hood and collar and waterproof or thermal walking/cycling trousers or tights.

Dress code
In general, you should wear suitable clothing when entering a church (in many places, it is considered unacceptable to go inside wearing shorts or a tank-top). We suggest that women carry a shawl to cover up bear shoulders or low-cut tops. It also comes in handy when your shoulders get sunburned!

It is considered inappropriate for men to go without a shirt / T-shirt (other than at the beach).

Trekking poles (adjustable)
Highly recommended. A pair works best, depending on what you are comfortable with. If you suffer from back or knee pain this should be considered essential. Remember to practise walking with your pole(s) on different types of terrain in the months preceding your trip.

Walking boots
The importance of good footwear cannot be stressed enough. Your boots should be sturdy and of good enough quality to handle all types of terrain. Lightweight boots, (cordura/leather boots) which have Gore-Tex or sympatex water-proofing are most suitable for this trip. They should provide good ankle protection and be well broken in. Waxing leather boots regularly prolongs their life.

Walking tops & trousers
We recommend walking trousers and shorts and quick-dry wicking t-shirts. These can be washed easily and will dry overnight and still look good for sightseeing or having a drink in town. Wicking T-shirts are fast drying, keep moisture away from your skin and are available at outdoor stores. You should also bring one pair of loose-fitting trousers to wear in cities and for evenings out, etc. Shorts or zip-off trousers are useful in warmer weather.

Practical info

How to arrive


Best arrival airports: Innsbruck and Verona.

From and to Innsbruck:
You can take a bus or a train to reach the central train station (for information visit www.innsbruck-airport.com/en/train-bus/) and then get a train to Merano (to check timetables please visit www.trenitalia.it).
Or you could opt for a shuttle from the airport, look on www.innsbruck-airport.com/en/transfer/

From and to Verona airport:
You can take a shuttle that runs every 20 minutes to and from the central train station (www.aeroportoverona.it/en); or you could choose a train.
When you are in Verona Porta Nuova railway station, take a train to Merano (please check on www.trenitalia.it). From Merano a private transfer/train will take you to the Malles, where you can take the bus to Resia.


From Stava, where the last hike ends, you can take the Val Venosta train to Merano.

Best departure station: Merano (please check on www.trenitalia.it)

Mobile App


Use the SloWays APP for iOS and Android smart phones in combination with the written documentation provided.

The App has the detailed tracks and maps that you can use offline and without roaming. Thanks to the phone’s internal GPS, you can check your exact position on the map, so you always know exactly where you are. It also helps you self-navigate you way while travelling. More information on how to use the App inside the roadbook documents.

The navigation features include:

  • Offline navigation. Mobile data not required after initial download
  • Accurate GPS tracks
  • Autorotation of the maps
  • Daily route summary and elevation chart
  • Panorama of the track and at street level
  • Alarm and vibration that alerts you in case you go off track.
  • Emergency SMS button with position coordinates
  • Possibility to record and take georeferenced photos of problems on route alerting fellow travelers
  • Hotel information
  • Points of interest along the way
  • Historical background

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