The impressive glaciers of the Vallelunga valley in the Val Venosta can be experienced along the Glacier Education Path.
In the Vallelunga (Langtauferer Tal), a side valley of the Val Venosta valley in the west of South Tyrol, glaciers seem to be within reach. The gorgeous alpine world includes important gigantic glaciers like Mt. Vedretta di Vallelunga. Located on the north side of Mt. Palla Bianca (3,738 m a.s.l.), the glacier is the highest one of the Ötztal Alps on South Tyrolean territory.
Unfortunately also this glacier already has forfeited a big part of its surface. In 1997 still 4.24 sq km were measured, almost 10 years later the glacier had a surface of only 3.93 sq km. Until into the 2st century, ice from the neighbouring Austrian Gepatschferner glacier flowed to Mt. Vedretta di Vallelunga, but nowadays this connection does not exist anymore.
On the way from the Malga di Melago alpine pasture to the Rif. Pio XI mountain hut (2,544 m a.s.l.), an interesting theme path was arranged some years ago: the Vallelunga Glacier Education Path tells about the development of landforms by glaciers and meltwater. Also the decrease of the glaciers of course is topic. Information boards show the differences of the size of the glacier. Really impressing! The entire circular path is 12 km long and takes about 4.5 hours.