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On the Alta Via dell'Adamello

Long distance hiking trail · Adamello-Presanella Alps
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  • Rifugio Garibaldi
    / Rifugio Garibaldi
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  • / Rifugio Franco Tonolini
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  • / Rifugio Gnutti
    Photo: Wolfram Stein
  • / Rifugio Paolo Prudenzini
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  • / Rifugio Citta di Lissone
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  • / Rifugio Citta di Lissone
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  • / Der Stausee und das Rifugio Citta di Lissone
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  • / Die Terrasse des Rifugio Citta di Lissone
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m 3000 2500 2000 1500 50 40 30 20 10 km Rifugio Tonolini Malga Caldea Rifugio Citta di Lissone Rifugio Garibaldi Rifugio Gnutti Rifugio T. Secchi
Eight-day hike on the Adamello-Alta Via through the mountain group of the same name
56.4 km
25:00 h
4,630 m
4,705 m
The Adamello high path leads through the border area between Lombardy and Trentino. The rough, high alpine landscape is traversed on a total of eight daily stages. The path is well signposted, but should not be underestimated due to the predominantly rocky and blocky terrain. Occasionally exposed passages have to be overcome with and without safety. Surefootedness and a head for heights have top priority.

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Updated: October 29, 2020
Highest point
Passo del Miller, 2,811 m
Lowest point
Malga Gàver, 1,482 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Rifugio Citta di Lissone
Rifugio Garibaldi
Rifugio Gnutti
Rifugio Maria e Franco (Rif. Brescia)
Malga Caldea
Rifugio Tonolini
Rifugio Prudenzini
Rifugio T. Secchi
Rifugio Nikolajewka al Gàver


Malga Caldea (1,571 m)
46.207784, 10.478862
46°12'28.0"N 10°28'43.9"E
32T 614081 5118197


Rifugio Nikolajewka al Gàver

Turn-by-turn directions

1st stage: The first stage is the feeder from the Malda Caldea to the actual Adamello high path. We hike on the asphalt road the first meters in serpentines uphill to the first reservoirs: Lago d'Avio and Lago Benedetto. We pass the lakes and then keep left into the Valle di Veneròcolo and the Rifugio Garibaldi.


2nd stage: Over the dam at the Lago di Veneròcolo it goes a bit over the glacier foreland, then up to the Bocchetta del Pantano. Then we walk downhill to the dam on Lago Pantano dell'Avio. The next section takes us uphill to the Passo di Premassone, which is quite difficult. Now down to Lago Premassone and the Rifugio Tonolini.


3rd stage: Due to the short distance, this stage can be combined with the next. If you want to treat yourself to a little more time, warn us today past Lago Baitone, then on the left into a sloping flank and to Passo del Gatto and Rifugio Gnutti.


4th stage: Behind the lake, the route continues through blocky terrain and, depending on the season, also firn. Then it goes up to the highest point of the tour - the Passo Miller at 2818 m. Behind the pass, we immediately go downhill and left until we reach the Valle Salarno and the Rifugio Prudenzini.


5th stage: A very demanding climb leads up to the Passo di Poia, then down into the Valle di Adamè. Passing the hut of the same name, we finally reach the Rifugio Lissone under the Corno di Grevo.


6th stage: Today it goes partly with rope insurance to below Monte Ignaga, then right onto the main ridge and to the pass of the same name. We cross over to Passo d'Avolo, then we go down to the lake of the same name and a short ascent to the Passo di Campo. The path diagonally to the right leads us into a basin below Monte Re di Castello and to the Rifugio Maria e Franco.


7th stage: We hike over the Passo di Brescia to Monte Rossola and on to the ridge of Monte Listino. A military route leads us in serpentines to the Rifugio Tita Secci on Lago della Vacca.


8th stage: The last stage is on. On the Sentiero Antoniolo we hike into the Laionekessel and to the Malga Laione. Wide paths then lead into the Gàver high valley and to our tour destination, the Rifugio Gàver.


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Getting there

On the SS42 to Temù, access to Malga Caldea by bus


Parking in Temù


46.207784, 10.478862
46°12'28.0"N 10°28'43.9"E
32T 614081 5118197
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Trekking backpack (approx. 50 liters) with rain cover, sturdy and comfortable footwear, if necessary a change of shoes / sandals, weather-appropriate and hard-wearing clothing based on a multi-layer principle, a change of clothing and outdoor detergent, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, first aid kit , Pocket knife, toiletry bag, mobile phone, headlamp, maps, travel documents, possibly telescopic sticks, possibly hut equipment (sleeping bag, shoes, ear plugs)

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56.4 km
4,630 m
4,705 m
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