mountainbike tour pfossental schnee
mountainbike tour pfossental schnee

Val di Fosse

In the heart of the Tessa Group Nature Park is the uninhabited Val di Fosse valley with its Val di Fosse Adventure Trail.

Wild and unique, but much visited in the summer months - this is how the Val di Fosse (Pfossental) presents itself, a side valley in the Val Senales, which is entirely located in the Gruppo di Tessa Nature Park. A small mountain road branches off to the right after Monte Santa Caterina and leads uphill to the first farms. After this, it is only possible to continue on foot or by bike.

The Val di Fosse valley is a popular hiking and mountain biking destination, with Mt. Altissima, 3,480 m high, towering at the head of the valley. The landscape here has been shaped by ice, water and wind for more than thousands of years. The stations on the Almerlebnisweg, the Val di Fosse Adventure trail, vividly tell about the history of the valley and its unique diversity of flora and fauna. It is considered as one of the most beautiful sections of the Merano High Route and offers unique views on the mountain giants of the Tessa Group. There is a good chance that you will see chamois, ibex or golden eagles here. The tour starts at the car park at the Casere di Fuori Farm (Vorderkaser) and leads past the Casera di Mezzo Farm (Mitterkaser) and the Rableid Hut.

The huts are not inhabited any more, but are only managed in summer. From the 13th to the 19th century, one of them, the Gelato Farm or Eishof, was one of the highest permanent settlements in the Alps. From here you can walk via the well-known Petrarca Mountain Hut and the Passo Gelato to the neighbouring Val Passiria. Today, the Maso Gelato (literally: Iced Farm) serves as a base for hikers and mountaineers, as an alpine hut, shelter and snack station from May until autumn.

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