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klausen villanderer alm gasser huette

MTB tour to the Alpe di Villandro

This MTB tour leads us from Chiusa via San Maurizio and Villandro to the Alpe di Villandro: For this trip good fitness is a must.

Our starting point is the train station of Chiusa (523 m a.s.l.). We cycle through the village centre and turn off left, onto the bike way towards Ponte Gardena which we follow for about 4 km towards south. At the level of the business park "Kalter Keller" we cross the state road, from here we have to cycle constantly uphill. We follow the marker "San Maurizio" (780 m a.s.l., distance 2.5 km) and leave the basin of the Valle Isarco below us.

Only few cars drive this road, we can enjoy the view. Soon we reach Villandro, here we follow the marker "Alpe di Villandro" (Villanderer Alm) and "Gravetsch". We always proceed on the asphalt road and enjoy a fantastic view on the Sassolungo, Sasso Piatto and Sciliar. We arrive at the Samberger Farm at 1,530 m a.s.l. where plenty of hiking paths to the Alpe di Villandro start. A short steep section follows, then the path becomes flatter again. Approx. 200 metres in altitude we have to manage to reach the Gasser Mountain Hut, our goal for today. Past the parking space we finally reach the mountain hut at 1,744 m a.s.l. We have really deserved a rest now!

The Gasser Mountain Hut is starting point for plenty of mountain hikes on the Alpe di Villandro. Moreover the mountain hut offers a fantastic sun terrace with a gorgeous view on the Sella mountain group. There are different possibilities to go back now: the same way we came, or the route via the small St. Anna Church (turn off at the curve to the mine of Fundres and follow the sings through the wood). Via a forest road we finally reach the impressive and narrow Valle Thinne valley which winds until the centre of Chiusa. Highly recommended! This tour is not demanding in technique but requires top fitness. On the Alpe di Villandro there is also the possibility to extend the tour, e.g. to the "Sella dei Sentieri" (Gasteiger Sattel) and descent via Barbiano (Barbian).

Author: BS

If you want to do this mountain bike tour, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!

Starting point: Chiusa (523 m a.s.l.)
Route: Chiusa - San Maurizio - Villandro - Gasser Mountain Hut - St. Anna Church - Valle Thinne valley - Chiusa
Cycling time: 3 hours (from Chiusa to the Gasser Mountain Hut)
Distance: 36 km (16 km ascent, fully asphalted)
Altitude difference: 1,220 m
Level of difficulty: moderate (good physical condition is a must)
Experienced in: June 2010

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