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Macaion Climax: The pinnacle for a mountain bike rider – Tour 1411

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There are no better views: The views from the Gantkofel over the Etschtal, the South Tyrolean wine route, and the Dolomites are spectacular. And so are the single tracks leading to the ridge.
28.9 km
4:00 h
980 m
980 m
This tour to the north-east of the Val di Non requires high levels of fitness and riding skills, but the views from the Gantkofel will reward you for every bead of sweat. Even more energy, stamina, and resistance are required for the almost 13-km-long climb from Fondo, so get ready to take on the challenge of the Mendelkamm single tracks. The level of difficulty of these tracks is generally S2 and requires certain skills, but in parts it goes up to S3.

Author’s recommendation

The first opportunity to stop over for refreshments is at the Regole di Malosco, therefore you should make sure you take a snack and a drink with you. An even nicer place for a break is at the Bergner Kreuz. User
APT Val di Non
Updated: October 24, 2018

S2 moderate
Highest point
Gipfel des Gantokels, 1862 m
Lowest point
Fondo, 977 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Proceed with great care on the narrow paths along the Mendelkamm. This side of the mountain is very steep in parts. Do not leave the track, do not put yourself or others in danger and always give priority to hikers.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.


Fondo (984 m)
46.439883, 11.136009
32T 664078 5145140


Macaion Summit

Turn-by-turn directions

From the centre of the village of Fondo (by the town hall), an initially steep ascent takes you along the via San Martino, right by the church with the same name, out of town up to the Gampen Pass. After crossing the mountain pass and a short descent you will reach the crystal clear waters of Lake Smeraldo. Following a moderately steep road up the valley and past the ice rink, after 2.5 km, you will get to a major crossroads. Take a left here in the direction of the Malga di Fondo. From now on the path gets steeper and steeper and turns into a dirt track.

At km 7.5, you will reach another crossroads where you could turn left towards the Malga di Fondo. However, we shall continue straight on towards the Gantkofel. Slowly but steadily you will wind up the steep trail and, after 12 km, you will reach a major crossroads in the proximity of Muri, situated at 1,780 m. Here you will take a left, heading north-east and, after a short ascent, you will get to the summit of the Gantkofel (km 12.9). Here you can enjoy a well-deserved break to take in the glorious views.

The next part of the journey now takes us south and, after the first 700 metres, bears left getting steeper and steeper along an overgrown path (km 13.7) with a fork. Here you’ll need to push your bike briefly (km 13.8) until you get to the track 500. Continue for 500 m through the “Groa Scharte” hollow and then up again to the top of a green hill (km 14.3). Leave the road behind and head east towards the ridge. Here you should take great care.

The track continues across the Bergner Kreuz (km 15.4) and the Kematscharte (km 15.6) southbound towards the ridge. It is important to mention that in this section you never join the official signposted track 500. The tracks from this tour are often not indicated on maps. At km 17.6 we ride past the Prince's Hut turning left towards South Tyrol's steep „Neuen Weg“, but do not take this turn. Steadily zigzag along the track until you reach the picturesque “Alpele” shelter and rejoin, at km 18.9, on the track 500, the marked Furglauer Scharte (La Forcolana). Here the track continues south towards Mount Penegal, ascending steeply. Head west into the forest until you reach the meadows of the Regole di Malosco (km 22.9). After leaving the Rifugio Regole behind and riding along the paved road for about 1 km, you will come across the Capitello di Sant’Antonio shrine on the left-hand side(km 23.9). Just a few steps down there's a nicer single track on the steep mountainside leading to Malosco (track 508, Sentiero Italia). Turn right by the first houses (km 25.4) to reach the Casa Alpina Stimmatini. Go round the building and turn left to find the back of a single track, which runs across a flat wooded area. Turn left where the track reaches a road through the forest (km 25.8). When you come out of the wood (km 26.1) turn right until you get to a large area of green meadows and agricultural land at the edge of the forest (km 26.5) where the Spitzkehren trail, Val del Lisso, takes you down to Lake Smeraldo (km 27.0). Follow the lake shores along a narrow trail on the south side (beware of walkers!); avoid the main road, turn left just past the guest house (km 27.4) onto a steep downhill track which takes you to the Rio Sass Gorge. Here you will enter a surreal, dream world and ride along the stream, past a historic water mill which is well worth a visit, before you return to the first houses of the village of Fondo, as if you had suddenly been thrown out of this “Lord of the Rings” underworld. Riding a little further uphill will take you back to the starting point of the tour.


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Getting there

From the Brenner A22 motorway take the exit to Trento Nord and then follow the SS43 towards the Non Valley. In Dermulo follow the signpost to Fondo / Mendelpass / Bozen, taking the SS43 towards Fondo village centre.


Free parking is available by the crossroads where you turn off for Lake Smeraldo.
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

4Land Val di Non Topographische Karte, Nr. 155


To enjoy the single tracks to the full, we recommend a full-suspension MTB of the trail/all-mountain category, and protectors against any accidents.

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July 25, 2018 · Community
Mega tolle Tour. Vielen Dank für die ausführliche Beschreibung. Der Aufstieg ist zwar lang, erfordert aber keine technisches Geschick. Die Trails sind meiner Meinung nach höchstens S2. Ein paar Steine und Wurzeln, schmale Trails, aber keine großen Absätze oder Trial Stellen zu bewältigen. Die Spitzkehren am Schluss sind eng aber noch fahrbar. Hinterrad versetzen sieht aber sicher schicker aus. Die Aussicht von den beiden Gipfelkreuzen ist der Wahnsinn. Ich rate zur Nutzung eines GPS da die Wege zum Teil recht verborgen sind und man sonst nur am suchen oder nachlesen ist.
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S2 moderate
28.9 km
980 m
980 m
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