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Cima Brenta tour from Molveno (2 days)

A two-day ring to discover the incredible rocky balcony of the Brenta Dolomites.
2.00 h


Although somewhat apart from the central Dolomites, the Brenta Dolomites already have a distinctly Dolomite feel, with spectacular towers, pinnacles, and rock walls.

This loop encircles the massive Cima Brenta, touching the Rifugi Grosté, Tuckett, Brentei, and Pedrotti. It spans 33km in total, with 20km above 2000 meters. It's along these segments where the most captivating views lie – 20 kilometers of walking at the base of imposing rock walls. Ideal for a 2 or 3-day trek, with overnight stays at one of the 4 refuges.

You can start this loop from either Molveno or Madonna di Campiglio. The advantage of starting from Molveno is that it allows you to fully enjoy the Grouts—Brentei—Pedrotti balcony.

From Molveno (865m), the first destination is the Rifugio Croz dell’Altissimo, in the upper Valle delle Seghe. The name refers to the ancient water sawmills that were once used along the Massò stream (one of these, the Antica Segheria Veneziana "Taialacqua", can be visited along the Massò stream just outside Molveno).

To reach Rifugio Croz, you can take the (rather dull) valley road of Valle delle Seghe, or the higher trail 340 that starts from a hairpin bend above the village. The effort is then rewarded by a beautiful path on a false flat that leads us to Rifugio Croz (1430m, 1.45 hours), amidst galleries, footbridges, and views over the Valle delle Seghe below. For those who prefer, from Molveno, you can take the Molveno—Pradel lift (1367m, €9 one way, open 8-18.45 in July and August, 8.30-17.45 in May, June, and September), which saves about 500 meters and 1.15 hours of ascent.

From Rifugio Croz, we then take the Sentiero delle Valle Perse (n322), and then the n314 among scree towards Bocca della Vallazza (2443m, 2 hours). Then we descend towards the unique Monte Turrion Alto and Monte Turino Basso, volcanic rock pinnacles that stand out over the underlying meadows. From there, we turn left onto trail 301 to ascend to Passo del Grosté (2442m, 1.30 hours) and the nearby Rifugio Stoppani al Grosté.

Here begins the most breathtaking segment of the loop: a long traverse on a false flat at the foot of rock walls, walking among meadows dotted with colossal boulders. This leads us to Rifugio Tuckett (2272m, 1.30 hours), a possible overnight stop.

Continuing from Tuckett, we descend until we intercept the Bogani Trail coming from Vallesinella and Casinei, which accompanies us to Rifugio Maria e Alberto ai Brentei (or Rifugio Brentei, 2182m, 1.30 hours). Here, the scene is dominated by Cima Tosa in front of us. From here, we head straight into the debris-filled valley until Bocca di Brenta (2552m, 1.15 hours). The final part passes through a snowfield with snow lasting until late summer. From the notch of Bocca di Brenta, we reach Rifugio Pedrotti along a ledge (2491m, 10 minutes), one of the most spectacular refuges in the Alps, guarding a pass between Valle delle Seghe and Val di Ceda.

After one or two radlers, a long descent to Molveno awaits us, through Val di Ceda (3.30 hours) or Valle delle Seghe.






The mountains are a dangerous environment: make sure you always have the right equipment — hiking or trail shoes, warm clothes and waterproofs in case of unexpected changes in weather conditions, a small emergency kit.


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  • Breathable t-shirt ( example )

  • Sweatshirt, fleece, or light jacket

  • Waterproof windbreaker (for example: men / women )

  • Gloves and hat (you never know)

  • Backpack with rain cover

  • Trekking poles (not essential, but they help to unload the weight of the backpack and ease the impact on the joints)

  • Trekking or trail running shoes (in great vogue lately because they are lightweight. These Salomon ones - for men and women - are an excellent entry-level, preferably Gore-Tex)

  • For via ferratas: complete via ferrata kit (I have this one , very light and compact, with this harness and helmet — or you can buy complete kits ). Buy in store to receive ad hoc support

  • To sleep a night in a refuge: sheet or light sleeping bag

  • Water bottle or thermos

  • Light crampons if you think you will find ice or snow on the route

  • Power bank or cell phone charger

  • Camera

  • Drone, for those who love to "fly" (used in moderation and at a distance from other people. I have had the DJI Mini 2 for over 2 years and have found myself very happy with it. The DJI Mini 3 also allows you to take vertical photographs)

  • Small emergency kit ( example )

  • Sun cream (essential)

  • Sunglasses


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