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Circular hike Malga Planol

Circular hike from Planol to the Malga Planol mountain hut and via the valley path back to the village: We discover the diverse natural landscape of one of the westernmost high valleys of the Ötztal Alps.

The car park at the mountain village of Planol (Planeil) in the municipality of Malles is the starting point of our circular hike to the Malga Planol mountain inn and through the lower Planol Valley. In the centre of the village we follow the marker no. 10, which immediately leads uphill through a steep valley towards north. The forest path, which leads through a larch forest, is later replaced by a path which we follow towards the Malga Planol. Finally we reach the extensive alpine meadows, the path becomes flatter and ends in a driveway that leads to the mountain inn.

It took us about 2 hours to get here. The mountain inn offers traditional Tyrolean delicacies and therefore a good opportunity for an extended break. Impressive is the view with the Valvel peaks towards the inner valley - in western direction we can see up to the mountains in the Swiss Val Müstair. For the descent we choose the alpine path, which leads downhill a little deeper into the valley to the Petasettes biotope and from there on the valley floor down to Planol. Now, at the beginning of summer we find meadows with a rich flora, which is already seldom in this abundance.

Although the descent is almost twice as long as the ascent, it takes us only about 90 minutes, as there is a wide alpine road without any difficulties.

Author: AT

If you want to do this circular hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: car park/bus stop Planol
Route: Planol - Malga Planol - Petasettes - Planol
Signposts: no. 10, Planeiler Almweg, no. 6 (Planol)
Trail Length: 9.6 km (entire circular walk)
Walking time: about 3.5 hours (entire circular walk)
Altitude difference: approx. 615 m
Altitude level: between 1,585 and 2,200 m a.s.l.
Suitable for prams? no; if you use the valley path (Almstraße) also for the ascent: yes.
Hiking with dog: suitable
Experienced in: beginning of June 2020

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