One of the most impressive panoramic hikes all over South Tyrol is the high path snaking across Val Passiria.
Image gallery: Hiking along the Val Passiria hiking trail
The Jaufenkamm ridge is one of the most striking elements catching your eyes when you are driving into Val Passiria, coming from Merano. And this is exactly where the “Alta Via della Val Passiria” snakes its way across the valley, from Passo Giovo to the Hochalm alpine pasture. By the way, the Giovo mountain ridge is the most southern mountain range belonging to the Stubai Alps. Starting point for our hike is the so called “Römerkehre”, which is the highest turn of the road to Passo Giovo on the side of Val Passiria (1,950 m a.s.l.).
We recommend you to park your car in S. Leonardo and to take the bus heading for the starting point. This is where we take the path no. 12A towards west to the Flecknerhütte refuge (2,100 m a.s.l.). The path proceeds to Monte Fumaiolo (2,390 m a.s.l.), where you can admire the surrounding mountain peaks of the Oetztal, Stubai, Zillertal and Val Sarentino Alps. And this is also the highest path of our hike. We proceed via “Schlattacher Joch” ridge (2,264 m a.s.l.) to the legendary Lago di Malo (2,313 m a.s.l.).
From this lake we proceed towards west on path bno. 15, leading us to the Hochalm alpine pasture (2,174 m). After a stop at the alpine pasture, we proceed towards Eggergrubalm (1,929 m). The end of our hike is the locality of Stulles in Alta Val Passiria, where we can also take the bus back to S. Leonardo.
Please note: Hikers need to be sure-footed; take sun protection and rain jacket with you, due to the length of the trail we only recommend it to experienced hikers.
If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!
Starting point: “Römerkehre” turn along the Passo Giovo pass road, Val Passiria valley
Signposts: 12A, 12, 15B, 15, 26, 14
Walking time: 4.5 to 5 hours
Altitude difference: 638 m (ascent), 1,290 m (descent)
Altitude level: between 1,968 and 2,390 m a.s.l.