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Dolomiti Brenta Trek: a 11-stages loop trail around the Brenta group

Alpine tour · Brenta Group
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The DBT hiking route is a loop route around the Brenta dolomitic group with an average elevation of 2000 meters. The trail covers 96 km of well-marked routes and SAT ferrate.

difficult
Distance 92.2 km
40:00 h
7,381 m
7,386 m

Dolomiti di Brenta Trek is a unique and suggestive trekkinkg-experience in the heart of the Brenta Dolomites UNESCO World Heritage. The route gives the chance to know the most hidden spots of this imposing mountain chain where the contrast between the grey Dolomia rocks and the green habitat of the bear is striking.

The Brenta Dolomites are part of the Adamello Brenta Natural Park and include six famous tourist destinations. Here you can find the whole trail divided in 11 stages and 7 additional variants that allow you to shorten the route or to avoid ferrate or technical trails. The minimum time necessary for covering the whole DBT route is 6 days, but everyone can organize his own route choosing where to start, how many stages to do in a day and if including or not the more technical trails of the route.

Author’s recommendation

The DBT addresses to different targets of walkers: it can be made entirely by the expert and trained walkers or only partially by people who like walking softly.

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,781 m
Lowest point
1,427 m
Best time of year
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Cardinal direction
NESW

Safety information

Organize well the stages as not arrive too late where staying overnight.
The Dolomiti di Brenta Trek is a loop hiking route, so the starting point always corresponds to the arrival point. The trekker can choose his favourite access point among Val di Non, Val di Sole, Val Rendena, Valli Giudicarie, Terme di Comano or Altopiano della Paganella areas.

Tips and hints

Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta: www.pnab.it

ApT Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena: www.campigliodolomiti.it

Consorzio per il turismo Giudicarie Centrali: www.visitgiudicarie.it

ApT Terme di Comano: www.visitacomano.it

ApT Dolomiti Paganella: www.visitdolomitipaganella.it

ApT Val di Non: www.visitvaldinon.it

ApT Val di Sole: www.valdisole.net

ApT Trentino: www.visittrentino.info

Start

The DBT is a loop hiking route, so the starting point always corresponds to the arrival point. (1,978 m)
Coordinates:
DD
DMS
UTM
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Destination

The DBT is a loop hiking route, so the arrival point always corresponds to the starting point.

Turn-by-turn directions

Difficulty: EEA (expert hikers with equipment) 

 

STAGE 1. RIFUGIO PELLER - BIVACCO COSTANZI
Distance: 9,4 km
Ascent: 684 m
Descent: 316 m
Duration: 4:20 hours
Difficulty: E / EE

STAGE 2. BIVACCO COSTANZI - RIFUGIO GRAFFER
Distance: 14,4 km
Ascent: 1057 m
Descent: 1155 m
Duration: 7:15 hours
Difficulty: EE / T

STAGE 3. RIFUGIO GRAFFER - RIFUGIO TUCKETT
Distance: 5 km
Ascent: 252 m
Descent: 267 m
Duration: 2:15 hours
Difficulty: E

Stage 3 variant: Rifugio Graffer - Malga Spora
Distance: 7,4 km
Ascent: 272 m
Descent: 678 m
Duration: 3:15 hours
Difficulty: E

Stage 3 variant: Rifugio Graffer - Malga Flavona
Distance: 8,0 km
Ascent: 224 m
Descent: 623 m
Duration: 3:15 hours
Difficulty: E

Stage 3 variant: Rifugio Graffer - Agritur Malga Tuena
Distance: 10,5 km
Ascent: 557 m
Descent: 1080 m
Duration: 4:40 hours
Difficulty: E / EE - D

STAGE 4. RIFUGIO TUCKETT - RIFUGIO AI BRENTEI
Distance: 4 km
Ascent: 238 m
Descent: 318 m
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: E

STAGE 5: RIFUGIO AI BRENTEI - RIFUGIO XII APOSTOLI
Distance: 5,8 km
Ascent: 925 m
Descent: 611 m
Duration: 3:15 hours
Difficulty: EEA - MD

Stage 5 variant: Rifugio ai Brentei - Rifugio Pedrotti Tosa
Distance: 3,2 km
Ascent: 509
Descent: 223
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: EE

STAGE 6: RIFUGIO XII APOSTOLI - RIFUGIO S. AGOSTINI
Distance: 2,8 km
Ascent: 310 m
Descent: 408 m
Duration: 2:40 hours
Difficulty: EEA - MD

STAGE 7: RIFUGIO S. AGOSTINI - RIFUGIO TOSA PEDROTTI
Distance: 6,2 km
Ascent: 491 m
Descent: 410 m
Duration: 3:10 hours
Difficulty: EE

STAGE 8: RIFUGIO TOSA PEDROTTI - MALGA SPORA
Distance: 11,2 km
Ascent: 1272 m
Descent: 1866 m
Duration: 6:40 hours
Difficulty: E / EEA - D

Stage 8 variant: Rifugio Tosa Pedrotti - Rifugio ai Brentei
Distance: 3,2 km
Ascent: 509 m
Descent: 223 m
Duration: 2 hours
Difficulty: EE

STAGE 9: MALGA SPORA - MALGA FLAVONA
Distance: 15,9 km
Ascent: 830 m
Descent: 812 m
Duration: 6:50 hours
Difficulty: E / EEA

STAGE 10: MALGA FLAVONA - AGRITUR MALGA TUENA
Distance: 8,1 km
Ascent: 548 m
Descent: 683 m
Duration: 3:40 hours
Difficulty: E / EE

Stage 10 variant: Malga Flavona - Rifugio Graffer
Distance: 8,0 km
Ascent: 623 m
Descent: 224 m
Duration: 4 hours
Difficulty: E

STAGE 11: AGRITUR MALGA TUENA - RRIFUGIO PELLER
Distance: 9,2 km
Ascent: 663 m
Descent: 417 m
Duration: 4:10 hours
Difficulty: E / EE

Stage 11 variant: Agritur Malga Tuena - Rifugio Graffer
Distance: 10,5 km
Ascent: 1080 m
Descent: 556 m
Duration: 5:10 hours
Difficulty: E / EE - D

Note


all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
DMS
UTM
w3w 
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Bibliografia: Per i GRANDI SENTIERI DELLE DOLOMITI: il BRENTA di Alessandro Cristofoletti, contributi scientifici a cura di Efrem Ferrari

 

Author’s map recommendations

 

Cartografia: CARTOGRAFIA 4LAND, CS-139, GRUPPO DI BRENTA. Edizioni 4Land, Formato: 100x132 cm, Formato chiuso 11x20 cm

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Equipment

Necessary equipment 

  • technical mountain clothing
  • mountain boots with Vibram sole or similar

 If the route has equipped parts, brings with you:

  • ferrata set
  • harness
  • helmet
  • ferrata gloves
  • a piece of rope (suggested)
  • ice-axe and crampons (where necessary)

Basic Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • 35-45 liter rucksack  (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Hiking poles
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Alpine Routes

  • B2 or B3 mountaineering boots
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Ice axes (basic or technical with hammer and adze as required)
  • C2-C3 crampons with anti-balling plates (as required by route and to match boots)  
  • Single rope
  • Half ropes
  • Twin ropes
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  • Friend/cam offset 0.1-0.2
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  • Friend/cam offset 0.3-0.4
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  • Friend/cam offset 0.4-0.5
  • Friend/cam 0.5
  • Friend/cam offset 0.5-0.75
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  • Friend/cam 6
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  • Set of nuts
  • Double set of nuts
  • Small nuts
  • Medium nuts
  • Large nuts
  • Nut tool
  • Tricam(s)
  • Ball nut(s)
  • (Active) Camming device(s) for wider cracks such as the Gipsy
  • Hexentric(s)
  • Progress capture pulley(s) such as the Petzl Traxion
  • Micro ascender(s) such as the Petzl TiBloc
  • Pitons and hammer
  • Set of ice screws
  • Short ice screws
  • Medium ice screws
  • Long ice screws
  • V-Thread tool
  • 2x Harness tool holder such as the Ice Clipper or Caritool
  • Quickdraws
  • Locking device

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
92.2 km
Duration
40:00 h
Ascent
7,381 m
Descent
7,386 m
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