Italy’s fabulous and famous Brenta Mountains is our hiking choice for 2018. It has something for everyone. Renowned for its demanding via ferrata high trails, the Brentas abound in more modest treks amid a fantastic mountain landscape. As usual, you can choose between high demanding trails or paths for those who just want to enjoy the scenery. You choose.
Joe Carper (left, forefront) has led hikers for 30 years on treks through US National Parks, along the Milford Track in New Zealand and on numerous hikes throughout Europe and the Alps. Joe has enjoyed some of the classic Alpine adventures, including the Tour of Mont Blanc, the Monte Rosa circuit, the Haute Route from Chamonix to Zermatt, much of the GR5 in France, treks through the Dolomites and the Bernese Oberland, and the Coast to Coast trail across England. This past season, he explored some of the trails connecting the “white villages” of the Moors in southern Andalusia, Spain. For 15 years Joe oversaw membership programming and later retail and business operations for the Smithsonian. More recently, he served as Director of Operations for the Appalachian Mountain Club in Boston where he managed educational programming and the Club’s extensive lodge and mountain hut operations in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. He and his wife reside in Newburyport, MA.
Caroline Ogden (above, center) finds herself at home hiking throughout the Alps as well as in her own red-rock backyard – the Rocky Mountains and Colorado. She is a longtime member of the Academic Travel Abroad family, where she has coordinated and designed cultural travel programs worldwide. When not at home, hiking, cycling, or yoga-ing, Caroline is leading tours on Switzerland’s Glacier Express into Italy, or navigating groups through Cuba, Yellowstone and Northern Ireland.
Dave Parry, (above, right) has hiked somewhere in the long Alpine chain with a group of dedicated hikers for more than 35 years. Memorable hikes include those from Chamonix to Zermatt; Italy’s Dolomites; the Iceman’s grave at the top of the Alps, as well as his first trek from Lenk to Locarno. The former President of Academic Travel Abroad, Dave now serves ATA as Chairman and consultant. Before that, he was a college professor, university administrator, and congressional staff member. Besides travel, his other passions include reading history, Willa Cather’s novels, riding trains, spending time with his granddaughter and grandson, and of course, travel.
June 30, 2018
Individuals depart from the United States.
July 1, 2018
Arrive at the Venice airport and transfer by private bus to the Hotel Spinale, our home for the next five nights. Our hotel is located in Madonna di Campiglio in the heart of the Brenta and Adamello Nature Parks. (Dinner)
One of Italy’s top alpine resorts, Madonna di Campiglio is a hiker’s paradise with trails that begin in town and lifts that ascend to the higher trails. Our hotel overlooks a park in the center of town whose main street offers many restaurants and shops, including an excellent sports store. A tunnel diverts traffic around the town, making Campiglio a delight to explore on foot.
July 2 – 5, 2018 | Hikes in the Brenta and Adamello Mountains
Hikes over the next four days will begin from Madonna di Campiglio. Our warm-up hike will take us along the valley to the Lower Vallesinella waterfalls before climbing to Rifugio Casinei. You can enjoy your trail lunch or order mountain fare at the hut. The Red Group will return via the Sentiero Orsi to Campiglio while the Green Group will descend to the Rifugio Vallesinella bus stop and ride back to the hotel.
Our second hike will be a definite change of pace. We will hike up from town to Lago Maighette in the Adamello Range where, unlike the imposing exposed Brenta range, you will encounter lakes, open meadows, and evergreen trees. After a pause by Lago Maighette, we will walk along the mountainside to the Viviani Hut where lunch will be available. The Green Group will descend by the Pradalago cable car to Campiglio, while the Red Group will trek to Lago Scuro before hiking
down to the valley below. (Breakfast, Dinner)
The long Grosté Lift soars almost to the very top of the Brentas where, after a brief pause, the Red Group will begin the third hike and traverse beneath the peaks to Rifiguio Tuckett, named after an early English climber. While there is little elevation change, the uneven rocky trail, with its many ups and downs, demands one’s attention. After sampling the hut’s food, there will be a long 800-meter descent, and a pause at the familiar Casinei Hut before reaching the awaiting bus at Rifugio Vallesinella. Our Green Group will explore the Passo dei Grosté before hiking down to the mid-station at Graffer Hut and taking the lift down to Campiglio. (Breakfast, Dinner)
On the last day in this region, the intrepid Red Group will take the familiar Grosté lift to the top to begin the long descent into the Santa Maria Flavona Valley and Lago di Tovel, which lies on the east side of the Brenta peaks. Meanwhile, the Green Group will travel by bus to circumnavigate the lake and meet the Red Group for the return transfer to the hotel. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
July 6, 2018 | Across the Brenta to Molveno
Today we will leave Campiglio for Lago Molveno. Set by a lovely lake, Molveno, a compact town of hotels and restaurants situated above the lake and beneath the Brenta Range, couldn’t be more different than Campiglio. Across the lake is yet another imposing mountain – La Paganella.
Prior to leaving, we will stop for a short hike to the medieval San Romedio Shrine, a popularly venerated Tyrolian saint built high on a limestone rock. We will walk until we meet our coach, which will take us onward to Lago Coredo and the village of Tres to sample the Melchiori family’s apple snacks. Our last stop will be at the remarkable Castei Thun, the centuries-old home of the noble Hapsburg Thun family. Upon arrival into Molveno, we will check in to the Alphotel Venezia. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
July 7 – 10, 2018
For our first hike, we will begin the day by hiking around the lake, and stopping for barbecue along
the way. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
For our next hike, both the Red and Green groups will take the lift from Molveno up to Rifugio Pradel. Both groups will hike into the Brenta range past Refugio Montanara to Rifugio Cruz where we can stop for lunch. While the Green Group returns to the lift and Molveno, the Red Group will continue on to the Selvata Hut and then down to Lago Molveno. (Breakfast, Dinner)
On our third day in the area, we will enjoy the amazing views from La Paganella as a local bus takes us a short distance to the Andalo cable car. From here, we will hike along the open mountain top. The views are spectacular—to the west, the Brenta Range stands before us; to the east is the deep Adige River valley and the historic city of Trento; the tip of Lago di Guarda shows to the south; and finally, to the north, where if we have a fine day, one can see the high chain of the Alps including the Northern Dolomites. We will make our way down to the Bait del Germano Hut for lunch. Return to the lift’s mid-station by either walking or taking the hut’s mini-van. Return to Molveno by public bus. (Breakfast, Dinner)
Our last day in the Brentas will take us into the remote Val d’Ambiez, which is nestled under one of the great peaks of the Brenta Range, Cima Tosa. A van will take us to Rifiugo Cacciatori where the Red Group will hike up to Refiugo Agostini and return by a different route. Meanwhile, the Green Group will hike down to Malga di Ben, the cable car to Rifugio Cacciatori. The trusty van will then take us back to Molveno for a festive dinner at the Alphotel Venezia later that evening. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
July 11, 2018
Leave the mountains and travel by private bus to Venice for a water taxi to the Hotel Bonvecchiati.
The rest of the afternoon is at leisure before we gather for our farewell dinner at a nearby trattoria. (Breakfast, Dinner)
July 12, 2018
Return to the United States on your individual departure, or extend your stay at the Hotel Bonvecchiati.
|Brenta & Adamello Hike Pricing|
|Double Room (per person)||$5,595|
|Venice Extra Nights|