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Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail – Stage 1: from the Bletterbach to the Lavazèjoch pass- From land to sea

Long distance hiking trail · Bolzano and environs
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Aldein Radein
  • GEOPARC Bletterbach
    / GEOPARC Bletterbach
    Photo: GEOPRAC Bletterbach, Aldein Radein
  • Weisshorn
    / Weisshorn
    Photo: GEOPARC Bletterbach, Aldein Radein
  • from the Bletterbach to the Lavazèjoch pass
    / from the Bletterbach to the Lavazèjoch pass
    Photo: Christjan Ladurner, Aldein Radein
Map / Dolomites UNESCO Geotrail – Stage 1: from the Bletterbach to the Lavazèjoch pass- From land to sea
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moderate
13 km
4:37 h
1101 m
813 m

The first stage of the Geotrail climbs up from the Bletterbach gorge to the summit of the Weisshorn. We pass through stunning scenery that reveals various layers of rock with the oldest at the bottom, the most recent at the very top. Like a book, these layers tell a story – a story that has lasted 40 million years, with the transformation of the Dolomites of the time from a landmass into a sea.

Difficulty
moderate
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Altitude
2313 m
1413 m
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Turn-by-turn directions

From the GEOPARC Bletterbach visitor centre take Path no. 3 (signed) down towards the Butterloch in the Bletterbach gorge (charge payable, helmet must be worn). From there you follow the path, constantly changing through erosion, through the gorge to the Butterloch (GEOSTOP A). Proceed a little further through the canyon until you reach the Gorzsteig path, upon which you ascend to the right and out of the Bletterbach gorge. When the Gorzsteig joins the Zirmersteig path (marked no. 12), turn left and climb until the route branches off to the right. Here you will find GEOSTOP B. Carry on straight ahead in the direction of the Weisshorn (marked no. 12) and, at the next junction, continue straight ahead until you reach the summit of the Weisshorn via numerous zigzags. From the highest point descend southwards to the Jochgrimm pass. Follow the road for a short distance, past the large car park, then immediately take a left onto Path no. 2 (Auer Leger). At the Auerleger Hut go straight ahead onto the Perlenweg (marked no. 2). Continue largely through forest until you reach the destination for the day, the Lavazèjoch pass.

Getting there

Getting to the GEOPARC Bletterbach is possible by public bus line or by car.

Public bus line: Timetable 142: Neumarkt/Egna-Weißenstein/Pietralba
Timetable 146: Aldein/Aldino-GEOPARC Bletterbach
You can find the timetable on the homepage of South Tyrol´s transport association.

By car:
Getting to the GEOPARC Bletterbach from Ora-Auer or Egna-Neumarkt passing Montagna-Montan and arriving at Aldino-Aldein. From there turn right after about 1 km (0.6 miles) after the village centre into the district Lerch in direction of Bletterbach, and proceed until the parking of the Visitor Centre.

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
13 km
Duration
4:37 h
Ascent
1101 m
Descent
813 m

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