Indulge in the pleasure of a multi-day tour around the Tessa Group, on on of the most beautiful hiking paths of the Alps.
This 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 (Meraner Höhenweg, in German). 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 Gelato (Eisjöchl, 2,895 m a.s.l.). 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.
The Rifugio Petrarca was partly destroyed by an avalanche in 2014. It offers again overnight accommodation: in a multi-bed room in the temporary building and in six wooden huts which accommodate up to 40 people. The building of the new hut with 84 sleeping places has begun in summer 2020 and should be finished in 2-3 years. (updated: January 2021)
If you want to do this hike, please take information about the weather and the current conditions of the trail on site!
Recommended period: from the end of June to October (according to snowfalls)
Signpost: no. 24
Walking time: 5 - 7 days (in total), about 2,5 - 8,5 hours daily (single stages)
Altitude difference: 5,056 m (ascent), 5,056 m (descent)
Altitude level: between 1,466 and 2,879 m a.s.l.
Rest points: 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.
Description of the single stage: Merano High Route