malga cloz alm
malga cloz alm

Alpine pasture walk around Proves

For centuries the area south-westerly of the Passo Castrin is used as Alpine meadows from the German and Italian rural communities.

At the end of June the hillsides are covered with a large amount of different flowers fully in bloom: We start our tour at the parking space between the tunnels on the road of the Passo Castrin (Hofmahdjoch). Here is the watershed between the Rio Valsura in the Val d'Ultimo and the Rio Pescara which joins the Santa Giustina Reservoir in the Val di Non valley. The marker no. 8 "Malga Castrin / Hofmahd" (1,814 m a.s.l.) leads us uphill in north direction. After a few minutes through the forest we arrive at the Malga Castrin mountain pasture (Hofmahd Alm) in an ocean of orchids and Alpine flowers. Here the path no. 133 turns left, we walk uphill until the forest.

Soon the meadows of the Malghetto di Cloz (Obere Alm) follow. We stay on the path no. 133 which leads us now through the larch and pine forest to the Kessel Mountain Hut (Kesselalm, 1,920 m a.s.l.). This pasture is located in a cirque which is formed by Mt. Cima Belmonte, Mt. Vedetta Alta and Mt. Ometto. At this point the paths to Proves and to the Val d'Ultimo valley cross. We walk the forest road downhill until to the Lower Kessel Mountain Hut (Untere Kesselalm) which operates.

From here we follow our round walk to the Malga Revò and the Malga Cloz mountain huts which are part of the Italian communities in the Val di Non valley and differ totally from the pastures of the German-speaking communities, also in architectural style (stonewalls vs. timber construction). A gentle wide path now leads us back to the parking space. This walking tour is a pleasant hike along a language and culture border and impresses also with a variety of landscapes and flora.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: parking space at the Passo Castrin (immediately after the tunnel, also reachable by bus Ultimo-Proves-Lauregno)
Signposts: no. 8, 133, 7, 11, 6, 8
Trail length: approx. 7.5 km
Walking time: about 2 - 3 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 450 m
Altitude level: between 1,680 und 1,932 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: June 2013

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