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DBT Stage 2: Bivacco Costanzi - Rifugio Graffer

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  • Bivacco Costanzi e Cima Benon
    / Bivacco Costanzi e Cima Benon
    Photo: D. Pedergnana, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Val del Vento dal bivacco Costanzi
    Photo: D. Pedergnana, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Verso il Rif. Graffer, Cima Grosè
    Photo: D. Pedergnana, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Lago delle Salare
    Photo: Fedrizzi Archivio Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Marmotte
    Photo: Thomas Martini Archivio Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Bivacco Costanzi
    Photo: Thomas Martini Archivio Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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Second stage of the "Dolomiti di Brenta Trek" route, from Bivacco Costanzi to Rifugio Graffer. 
moderate
14.4 km
7:15 h
1,057 m
1,155 m
From the Costanzi Bivouac heading towards the untamed Val del Vento you reach the ruins of Malga Scale. Then, continuing up and down through Val Centonia you get to Malga Mondifrà. From the malga, after leaving the large meadow, you go into the woods and easily ascend the Val Gelada ridge to the left until you first get to Malga Vaglianella, then following the forest path, the Vagliana malga.  Leaving the green of the malgas and meadows behind you, continue along the rather steep path until you reach the Graffer refuge.  From the refuge you can admire the jagged peaks and scree slopes of the Pietra Grande and Grostè Peaks.

Author’s recommendation

For those wanting to start their tour from this point, the most convenient access is from Carciato, Val di Sole. Above the village of Carciato, in the locality of "La Gnocca", you can leave your car and continue on foot following the SAT 329 trail, taking you to the ruins of Malga Scale in 2hrs and 10 minutes. Refilling water along the trail: "Acqua dei Tartari" spring along the descent between Costanzi Bivouac and the ruins of Malga Scale, Malga Mondifrà, Malga Vaglianella, Malga Vagliana, spring below Passo Le Grasse, Rifugio Graffer. Malga Mondifrà has restaurant service and cheese sales but has no sleeping places for the night. Malga Vaglianella has a kitchen and bathroom.
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Updated: August 02, 2020
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,386 m
Lowest point
1,467 m
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Here the updated information about the conditions of the route:

  • alpine guides val di Sole, Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo e val Rendena

Hospitality, refuges and bivouacs:

Start

Bivacco Costanzi (2,351 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.278988, 10.895718
DMS
46°16'44.4"N 10°53'44.6"E
UTM
32T 646049 5126792
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Destination

Rifugio Graffer

Turn-by-turn directions

From the bivouac the DBT Expert  climbs shortly in 15 minutes along the path SAT 365 (EE) to connect to the path SAT 329 (EE) that descends the steep Val del Vento and in 1:45 hours it reaches the remains of ex Malga Scale (1590 m).

You follow now the waymark SAT 335 (T) that in ups and downs crosses Val Centonia and leads to the forestry road that takes you to Malga Mondifrà (1632 m) where you can stop for some great food and homemade cheese. Walking time Malga Scale – Malga Mondifrà: 2:00 hours.

From Malga Mondifrà you follow the DBT Expert signs that in 30 minutes lead you to Malga Vaglianella (1826 m) first and in 30 more minutes to Malga Vagliana (1974 m) then. The route now becomes steeper and climbs up to 2180 m. Here the landscape changes dramatically: the green colour of the pastures lets the typical light grey of the Dolomia rock have its seat. You are now surrounded by the peaks of Pietra Grande and Grostè.  Leaving the green pastures behind you reach now Rifugio Graffer (2261 m) in 1:30 hours. Walking time Malga Mondifrà – Passo del Grostè: 2:30 hours.

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Coordinates

DD
46.278988, 10.895718
DMS
46°16'44.4"N 10°53'44.6"E
UTM
32T 646049 5126792
w3w 
///anteater.gravel.airline
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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)

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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
14.4 km
Duration
7:15h
Ascent
1,057 m
Descent
1,155 m
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