Alta Via del Granito - Medium
Bookatrekking.com Trips - 4 days
Regular days with
- 0 - 10 km per day
- 250 - 500m ascent per day
- T2 Trails / no difficulty markings
> Hike a 4-day version of the Alta Via del Granito trek in the Italian Dolomites
> Don't worry about arranging the accommodation, we got that covered!
The Alta Via del Granito, just not any Alta Via. It's the Italian name for High Trail and in Northern Italy and the Dolomites you can find a lot of them. You may have heard or you even may have hiked Bookatrekking.com bestsellers Alta Via 1 and Alta Via 2. You can't get more Dolomites than on those two phenomenal treks. Although geographically part of the Dolomites, the Alta Via del Granito isn't entirely dolomite. Yep, it's a bit more special than that. Why? Lace up your hiking boots, read our blog post, the tips from Ilse, and go discover the granite trails of the Lagorai!
Etappe 1: Malga Sorgazza - Rifugio Caldenave
Distance: 11.7 kilometres
From Rifugio Caldenave, descend to the plateau, cross the stream and take path 360, which, passing by the picturesque lakes of Val dell'Inferno, climbs to Forcella delle Buse Todesche. From here, with a pleasant high-altitude walk, continue northwards along path 373, skirting the eastern flank of Cengello and Cima Lasteati.
Etappe 3: Rifugio Consèria - Rifugio Cima d'Asta
Today leads to Forcella Magna, an important pass connecting Val Sorgazza with Alta Val Cia. During the First World War, this pass was served by a carriage road (see the ruins) that allowed the Italians to set up large artillery pieces there. From the pass, descend along path no. 380 until you reach the fork on the right for the Socede Pass at an altitude of 2516 m, marked by some trench remains. From here in 15 minutes, traversing over granite bumps, you arrive at the Refugio Cima d'Asta, also known as Ottone Brentari.
√ Booking the huts
We will take care of arranging accommodation for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.
We will arrange your accommodation on the Alta Via del Granito in mountain huts. There are several options to choose from along the trail. We have selected the mountain huts on our trek based on the length of each stage.
Based on availability in the huts, accommodations can be booked in reverse order. The route will then be hiked in the opposite direction. You will receive detailed information about the route in your hiking guide.
Accommodation at the huts includes dinner and breakfast. We will arrange this for you as well. This allows you to travel lighter and have one less thing to worry about. Bear in mind that lunch is not included, but it can be purchased at the huts.
× Airfare and Visa
You have to make your way to Malga Sorgazza. The total amount does not include flights to Italy.
Once in Italy, you will have to make your way to the trailhead in Malga Sorgazza. We will provide the instructions and assist you with how to get there.
× Accommodation before and after the trek
Before and after the trek you have to take care of your own accommodation.
× Travel Insurance
Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.
Half-board is included in the price of this trek. Lunch, however, is not. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way.
× Personal expenses
Personal expenses such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.
Rifugio Caldenave is located in a happy and pleasant position on a hillock overlooking the two plains where domestic and wild animals live in harmony. The building was converted from an old, well-restored malga. It has 22 beds in five rooms with communal facilities. The restaurant offers simple, traditional dishes prepared with genuine, locally sourced ingredients. Guido, the manager, will introduce you to the many secrets of the place.
When you arrive at the Rifugio Malga Consèria with its wild landscape and horse stables, you'd be forgiven for thinking you're in the wild west. The hut - owned by the Scurelle town council - has recently been completely renovated and is a nice addition to if you want to hike the Alta Via del Granito a little slower.
Rifugio Cima d'Asta - O. Brentari
Rifugio Brentari is a comfortable presence just a few minutes from the south wall studded with towers, favourably exposed to the sun. On the south bastion of Cima d'Asta there are some thirty routes that have been opened since 1952. In recent years, the love and passion of the local mountain guides and the mountain hut managers who have taken turns running the hut have increased and revived mountaineering and sporting interest in this area.
- Walking boots (worn in)
- Walking socks
- Base layer tops – ideally thermal
- Mid-layer tops (eg. fleece)
- Trekking Trousers
- Hat for warmth or shade
- Waterproof jacket
- Waterproof trousers
- Warm layer.
- Casual clothes & footwear for evenings.
- Nightwear and underwear
- Water bottle
- Sunglasses & sun cream
- Small first aid kit
- Blister Plasters
- Insect repellent
- Electrical socket adapter
- Camera and charger
- Map and compass
- Book to read
- Energy snacks
- Walking poles
What and Where Is The Alta Via del Granito?
The trek starts and ends at Malga Sorgazza, locally a well-known restaurant at a dead-end road about an hour's drive from the town of Trento. Trento lies in between Bolzano, known for the Alta Via 2 and access point to the peaks of that side of the Dolomites, and Verona, close to Lago di Garda. Malga Sargazzo is also only a 2 hours drive from Venice, which is much shorter than some hikes in the northern Dolomites. This allows you to combine the mountains with the sea and hiking with sightseeing. Surf and turf the Italian Way!
The Corona pandemic has had its grip on us, and mountain huts in the Alpine region have had to take several preventive measures over the past two years. In the meantime, the first relaxations in the Alps are noticeable, yet it is definitely still a factor to take into account. Some Covid restrictions that are worth mentioning:
- Don't go to the huts if you have symptoms!
- Not all mountain huts are allowed to operate at full capacity yet, so make sure you book your stay in advance.
- To be on the safe side, always take a mouth mask with you.
- In some mountain huts it is still compulsory to bring your own sleeping bag, in others a sheet bag and pillowcase are sufficient. Your personal travel guide will tell you which rules apply to your route.
- Bring your own towel
How to Book
How to Book?
On Bookatrekking.com you can find and compare the adventures of your dreams. Is this trekking your match? In that case, you can proceed with your booking. At Bookatrekking.com you make a deposit of 30% of the total amount. In the case of this trek, we will check the availability at the respective accommodations for you. There are two possible outcomes:
√ There is availability
We go ahead and make all necessary arrangements for your trip. Once confirmed, we will send you a confirmation and your personal hiking guide. The remaining 70% must be paid at least two (2) weeks before the start of the trekking.
X There is no availability
If there is no availability, we will look for other starting dates or another trekking in agreement with you. Are there no other options for you? Then your deposit of 30% will be refunded.
If all the accommodations of this trekking are booked and confirmed, you will lose your deposit of 30% at all times. If you cancel within 14 days of your start date, you will lose your full booking amount.
Is it not quite clear yet or do you have questions? Please contact us via firstname.lastname@example.org. We are happy to help you.
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