ulten pankraz st helena winter
ulten pankraz st helena winter

Winter hike to Sant’Elena in Val d’Ultimo

Pleasant winter walk to the famous little church above San Pancrazio in the Val d’Ultimo valley.

The little St. Helena Church is located on the sunny side of the valley. A good opportunity to catch the few sun-rays of this day. From Santa Valburga (St. Walburg) we drive up the road to the Mariol hill, up to the Bergfried farm, at the junction with the road to Innerdurach.

We walk along the little asphalted road, past the beautiful farmsteads of this area, all preserved in their origins. From the road we are able to enjoy the great view on the mountains of the valley, including the Mt. Luco. We follow the indication no. 5 (St. Helena) that leads us along the road for a while and into the forest further on. On a snow-covered path we retrace deer, European hares and other small animals. After a 90-minutes' walk we reach Sant'Elena and its church at 1,550 m a.s.l., representing the centre of a romantic ensemble of buildings.

After a visit to the church, we stop at the nearby Helenerpichl tavern for a drink, before we walk back on the same route.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Santa Valburga, junction Mariol/Innerdurach (Bergfried farm)
Signposts: "St. Helena", no. 5
Distance: 5 km (each way)
Walking time: about 1.5 hours (each way)
Altitude difference: 290 m
Altitude level: between 1,340 and 1,550 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: February 2012

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