|uphill height difference||450 meters|
|downhill height difference||1360 meters|
|time needed||5-6 hours|
|difficulty||moderately challenging, Some short stretch is equipped, but not very exposed. Length approx. 12 Km.|
|notes||Departure from the mountain station of the cable car of Grostè|
The western part of the Brenta Group offers numerous hiking opportunities of varying difficulties. One of the simplest and at the same time spectacular hikes is the crossing from the Valley Vallesinella to the Brenta Valley, passing through the Tuckett, Brentei and Casinei refuges. Arrival at the Grostè Pass by cable car. ( c.11 euros one way). A convenient shuttle service links the Vallesinella refuge to Madonna di Campiglio and to the Campo Carlo Magno Pass (see timetable).
The excursion starts from the hotel by car to the Campo Carlo Magno Pass,( 75 mins.c.) where you can park next to the cable car departure. Off the cable car and onto an easy panoramic trail ( all ups and downs) that runs between large boulders, skirting the west of the Vallesinella gendarme and the lower Castelletto to the charming Tuckett refuge, m.2272, built on a rock in front of the Massari Peak, at the foot of the Tuckett glacier.
From here downhill for 200 mts. and westward along trail 328, passing through the Sella del Fridolin or Casinei Pass, m.2143, to a crossroad between trails 328 and 318. Here, it's possible and highly recommended , to detour left, to the Brentei refuge, m.2182 ( 45 minutes ) for a well-deserved break and a visit to the picturesque church with breathtakingly beautiful views of the Bocca di Brenta, For the return hike follow the same trail 318 back, the first part near the Galleria Bogani is equipped ( easy).
An hour 's walk leads to the tranquil and scenic Casinei refuge, m.1850. From here the shortest way to reach the Vallesinella refuge and the shuttle service to the Campo Carlo Magno Pass, is trail 317: steep but quite easy. An interesting alternative to reach the Vallesinella refuge is to take trail 317b to the waterfalls near Malga Vallesinella di Sopra and from here along the sentiero delle cascate ( waterfall trail).
Pictures of the crossing from the Val Brenta Vallesinella