Long and demanding stage, with significant positive difference in height and a very long cross path.
At times spectacular, the path is sealed by the summit of Monte Pin (2,420 m), from which we admire the wide and very green Val di Non and see the peaks of the Adamello-Presanella group.
The stage is a variation of the Sentiero Italia (which remains low and runs along the bottom of the Val Bresimo valley). It was preferred for the exceptional panoramic view of Monte Pin.
For its length, the stretch is to be taken on in its entirety if you have trained legs and lungs. Otherwise, it is possible to break it at Malga Binasia di Sopra.
The final stretch for Monte Pin, sometimes a little exposed, requires experience: a firm step and absence of vertigo.
The signs, in the cross path after Monte Pin, are not always very clear and the path is sometimes swallowed up by vegetation, although the direction remains very intuitive.
The only water points available are at Malga Stablei and Malga Binasia di Sopra.
We leave the inhabited area, cross the Lavazzè stream, and attack the long climb (approximately 1,300 m height difference). After a steep section in the woods, the path enters a carriage road and we arrive at Malga Stablei, where we find a fountain (from there, those who are tired can take the path downhill, arriving in Bresimo, on the valley floor).
The climb continues on the scenic path Allievi Bonacossa: the small lakes Grumi let us catch our breath and after a last steep and sometimes a bit exposed stretch, we are rewarded by the summit of Monte Pin (2,420 m). The view is remarkable: groups of Brenta, Adamello-Presanella, Stelvio, the whole Val di Non ...
From the top we travel on a very long cross path (always aerial: easy, if not for some parts covered with mountain pines). We pass by Malga Binasia di Sopra (equipped with a comfortable bivouac), and from there we always continue sideways. Shortly thereafter, a small lake is perfect to refresh the tired feet. Finally, we take the path on the left side, which descends firmly to Malga Bordolona di Sotto (approximately 400 m drop).
The name Bordolona derives from the dialect word bordo, which means "fog", very common in these areas.
At the entrance to Val Bresimo we find the Altaguardia Castle, located at 1,280 m, making it the highest castle in Trentino and one of the highest in Europe: it is extremely panoramic.
For a long time, it belonged to the Thun, a Tyrolean noble family. It was destroyed by a fire in 1639 and in the early 20th century it was turned into a farmstead.
The Spätzle are small dumplings made of flour, water, and eggs (and spinach, in an excellent variant): the simple and quick preparation has made them extremely popular in Germany, Austria, and in Tyrol. They have a characteristic drop shape, obtained thanks to the use of the spätzlehobel, a sort of grater that is used to create the dumplings and drop them directly into boiling water.
Once boiled, they are typically seasoned with butter and chives (and, if you wish, champignon mushrooms, leeks, cream, speck): minimum effort, maximum result!
In addition to the exquisite dishes, at Malga Bordolona di Sotto you can taste excellent cheeses, yogurt, and the classic yellow butter, a product renowned throughout the area.
Bivacco Binasia, near the homonymous hut (along the cross path from Monte Pin); very comfortable, 8 beds, water, stove. Always Open
Malga Bordolona di Sotto, at the bottom of Val Bresimo. Tel. +39 348 369 5792
The shelter at Malga Bordolona di Sopra, inside the stable (about 30 minutes from Malga Bordolona di Sotto, along the route of the next stage); very basic, with only 6 beds. Always Open
Starting point reachable by car.
Starting point reachable by bus from the city of Trento, with a change in Cles.
Here the LINK to check the timetables.
Departure point NOT reachable by train.
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