Some of the most stunning hiking routes in South Tyrol
Hiking tips from the Sporthotel Vetzan
The hiking routes in South Tyrol are as numerous as the mountains in these parts. That’s why we at the Sporthotel Vetzan have summarised some for you that are particularly beautiful with precious scenery. The panorama that lies at your feet here in the Val Venosta/Vinschgau mountains once you have reached a certain altitude is simply breathtaking.
One of the most stunning hiking routes in South Tyrol is the Waldbergbauer route situated in the Passo dello Stelvio/Stilfserjoch National Park in Val Martello/Martelltal, beneath the Orgelspitze (3,304 m). By car drive into Val Martello/Martelltal up to the Niederhof mountain farm at 1,650 m and follow this circular route which leads past various mountain farms and is roughly 7 km long. The approx. 400 metres difference in altitude that you have to overcome are easy to cope with; the hike takes approx. 3 hours.
This archaic route leads through the Passo dello Stelvio/Stilfserjoch National Park and is one of the most popular hiking routes in South Tyrol. From Agumes/Agums near Prato allo Stelvio/Prad am Stilfserjoch we follow the marked trail no. 11 up to the hamlet of Gargitz, hike past the Mitterhof and on to Patzleidhof. From here we follow the forest trail as far as Gaschlin then continue hiking along the Archaikweg trail as far as the little mountain village of Stelvio/Stilfs, from where the majestic Ortles/Ortler appears close enough to touch. The way back leads steeply downhill to the Agumes/Agums mountain irrigation channel and to the barbecue sites where we take a stop for lunch. Via the Frauwaal irrigation channel we finally climb back down to the starting point after approx. a 4-hour hike and 650 metres difference in altitude and return contented to the Sporthotel Vetzan again.
Tour of the peaks in Val Senales/Schnalstal
One of the somewhat more challenging hiking routes in South Tyrol leads you into Val Senales/Schnalstal together with Andreas Walder. You meet him at the sports ground in Coldrano/Goldrain and travel together to the end of the Val Senales/Schnalstal valley using the hiking shuttle (EUR 8.00 per person). You get to the untouched Val di Lagaun/Lagauntal with its unique flora through a dense forest. Continuing up the mountain you hike to the summit cross on the Giogo Tasca/Tascheljöchl at 2,770 m and take a rest in front of the breathtaking mountain scenery of the Val Senales/Schnalstal high mountain range. You then descend to a farmed mountain pasture to top up your energy levels and return to the starting point. After a 5-hour hike, covering 12 km and 850 metres difference in altitude you return happy to the Sporthotel Vetzan.
Tour of the peaks up to Punta di Lasa/Laaser Spitze
This hiking route in South Tyrol is ideal for ambitious mountaineers. A 6.5-hour tour of the peaks awaits you covering 1,350 metres difference in altitude with Andreas Walder, which requires a high level of fitness. The meeting place is the sports ground in Coldrano/Goldrain. From there you take the hiking shuttle (EUR 14.00 for a return ticket) to Val Martello/Martelltal up to a mountain restaurant at 1,900 m.
Hike through the forest first, then above the treetops, uphill partly over steep slopes to 3,000 m altitude from where you can see the peaks of Punta di Lasa/Laaser Spitze for the first time. You then climb the Punta di Lasa/Laaser Spitze (3,305 m) half climbing and half hiking over ledges and enjoy the rest at the top in front of this unparalleled mountain scenery. Afterwards, you climb down to the parallel valley, reach the Martello/Martell high altitude trail and finally the mountain restaurant. We stop for a snack here so that you can top up your energy levels.
If you want to take part in a guided hike on one of these hiking routes in South Tyrol then please register with reception by 8.00 p.m. the day beforehand. The minimum number of participants is 4 people.