Brenta Dolomites – Trentino Dolomites for climbers

Adamello Brenta Nature Park
Brenta Dolomites
Sede del Parco

Brenta Dolomites: The Brenta group lies like a rocky island to the west of the main Dolomite range. Protected by the Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, these sharp, majestic peaks are well known among mountaineers for their sheer cliffs and tricky ascents. They are home to some of the world’s most famous vie ferrate (trails with permanent cables and ladders), including the Via Ferrata delle Bocchette, pioneered by trailblazing British climber Francis Fox Tuckett in the 1860s.

Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo and Val Rendena are surrounded by the Adamello Brenta Nature Park, the widest protected area of Trentino (620,5 km2), which includes two different geological ad geo-morphological landscapes: the Adamello-Presanella mountains westward (with glaciers, rivers, waterfalls, and lakes) and the Brenta Dolomites eastward (with peaks and great rock towers).

Between these two worlds, there are several side valleys – Vallesinella, Val Genova, Val Nambrone are the most famous – each one with its peculiar landscape.

There are numerous species of animals: the brown bear, that was brought back in the protected area thanks to the project Life Ursus, chamois, deers, roe deers, eagles, steinbocks, foxes, badgers, martens, grouses, marmots, white partridge and many other big and small animals.

The flora includes more than 1.200 species, the trees are 25 million and the paths net on foot is more than 700 km.

Brenta Dolomites: Info Point

8.30 am – 12 pm; 2 pm – 6.00; Saturday and Sunday: closed
Ph. +39 0465 806666

S. Antonio di Mavignola (14.06 – 20.09)
9 am – 12 pm; 3 pm – 6.30 pm;
tel. +39 0465 507501

Dimaro (22.06 – 30.06 and 5-6.09)
9.30 am – 12 pm; 2 pm – 6 pm; Monday closed

Brenta Dolomites
Brenta Dolomites
The Brenta Dolomites

They are the only group of the Dolomites westwards Adige river, and they have been the destination of mountaineers and hikers from all over the world from more than one century: they offer an extraordinary variety of climbing and equipped paths, many refuges and bivouac. The group extends for about 40 kilometers from north to south and for about 12 kilometers from east to west. Its natural 4 boundaries are the “Valle di Sole” northwards, the “Valle di Non”, the Molveno lake and the Paganella group eastwards, the “Valli Giudicarie” southwards and the “Val Rendena” westwards. The whole Brenta group is included in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park area.
The Brenta Dolomites have unique rock peaks, that from dawn to dusk paint themselves pink, and majestic natural sceneries: among the most famous tops there are Crozzon di Brenta, Cima Tosa, Cima Brenta, Campanil Basso, and Castelletti di Vallesinella.

Mountain huts in the Brenta Dolomites and Adamello-Presanella group
Brentei Refuge
Brentei Refuge

To make you fully appreciate the mountains and experience the unbeatable view of sunset or dawn among silent peaks, we suggest you sleep at least once in a mountain hut in the Brenta Dolomites and Adamello-Presanella group, near Madonna di Campiglio and Pinzolo Val Rendena.

Friendly and reassuring, the mountain huts welcome walkers and reward their efforts with a comfortable and cozy atmosphere, complete with the staff’s friendly smile so typical of the people who live, enjoy and know mountains like the back of their hand.

Brenta Dolomites Val Brenta
Val Brenta
Val Brenta

It is one of the most suggestive alpine landscape in the Adamello Brenta Nature Park, a big amphitheater of the Dolomites that encloses the Val Brenta, once the main access to the Brenta Dolomites. The landscape of the low and middle valley, even though without the past beautiful beeches than replaced with coniferous woods, has still features of the pastoral life of that time in the Brenta Bassa and Brenta Alta alpine huts, from which the majestic Crozzon di Brenta can be admired.

Brenta Dolomites: Vallesinella waterfalls
Vallesinella waterfalls
Vallesinella waterfalls

The water gushes out from the rocks and breaks in a variety of rivers and waterfalls: they are Vallesinella waterfalls. They are crossed by the Vallesinella river, divided into high and low waterfalls and are about one kilometer long totally.

Discover the diversity of the Brenta Dolomites when hiking through the fresh waterfalls area of Vallesinella up to the classic lifeless Dolomites highland. You will visit 3 historical mountain huts built more than 100 years ago and taste the traditional cuisine of the region.

Dolomiti di Brenta is one of the most astonishing dolomite ranges known for its adventurous via-Ferrata, majestic summits and historical mountain huts called “rifugio”. This panoramic hike will bring you to the heart of the massif: you will see the lifeless dolomite landscapes surrounded by huge rocky towers and we will stop in the most famous mountain huts. The first hut on our way will be Rifugio Vallesinella built in 1933 and hosted Austrian and Italian élite who spent vacations in Madonna di Campiglio. After a swift ascent, we will reach Rifugio Casinei, one of the oldest in Brenta that served as a transit point for alpinists from 1850 and keeps solid alpinist traditions. In the afternoon we will stop for lunch in Rifugio Tuckett situated in the central part of Brenta at the foot of the magnificent peak Castelletto Superiore. The hut was built in 1904 and named after a legendary English alpinist Francis Fox Tuckett. Here we will try unforgettable canederli, goulash with polenta and sauerkraut or a delicious local pasta. Moving forward by the trails on the Cima Mandron slopes, we will reach Rifugio Brentei hidden at the foot of Crozzon di Brenta. This hut has a strategic location for many trekking and via-Ferrata routs in Brenta. This hike is ranged as an intermediate level of difficulty tour. You need to be in good shape to do this hike. If you travel with children, the guide can adapt the itinerary. There is a possibility of a ski lift transition to or from the highland.