Hiking along the Merano high alpine path

Indulge in the pleasure of hiking around Gruppo di Tessa.

This hiking tour is considered to be one of the most amazing tours throughout the alpine area. You will feel like on a unique panorama terrace, when you hike along stretches of the 100 km long path. Enjoy the fabulous view on Merano, the Val Senales, the Val Passirio as well as the Val Sarentino mountains and the Alps of the Stubai and Ötztal, while walking across lush meadows and dense forests. If the weather is good you might even see the Dolomites and the Gruppo di Brenta.

You have got several different possibilities to start and terminate your hike along the “Alta Via di Merano”, as the circular hiking path is called. However, there is a South and North path. The latter starts at Monte San Caterina in Val Senales and terminates at Ulvas, where the Southern hiking trail begins, which takes you to the highest point of the trail, which is the Passo Eisjöchl (2,895 m). Coming from the direction of Ulvas, the difference in altitude is about 1500 m. However, along the Merano high alpine path, there are several possibilities to stop off or stay overnight, as this tour requires several days.

Please note: the Rifugio Petrarca was partly destroyed by an avalanche in February 2014. In July 2014 the mountain hut has reopened again for daily visitors, since summer 2017 it offers again overnight accommodation! (updated: May 2019)

Walking time: about 5-7 days, about 2,5 - 8,5 hours daily
Altitude difference: 5,056 m ascend, 5,056 m descend
Altitude: 1,466 - 2,879 m asl
Recommended period: end of June to October (according to snowfalls)
Possible stops at: Jausenstation Innerunterstell,Gasthaus Vorderkaser & Mitterkaser, Berggasthaus Rableid, Berggasthof Eishof, refuge Stettiner Hütte/Petrarca, Lazinser Alm, Berggasthaus Hochmut, Gasthaus Steinegg, Leitner Alm, Schutzhütte Hochganghaus, Goieneralm, Tablander Alm, Jausenstation Hochforch.
Level of difficulty: easy alpine trail
Path: n°24
Please note: all exposed passages are equipped with railings, stairs, and steel cable
Further information:Meraner Land, tel +39 0473 200443, info@meranerland.com

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