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DBT Stage 5: Rifugio ai Brentei - Rifugio XII Apostoli

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    Photo: Enrico Veronese, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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Fifth stage of the "Dolomiti di Brenta Trek" route, from Rifugio Brentei to Rifugio XII Apostoli

Distance 5.8 km
3:16 h
925 m
611 m
2,760 m
2,070 m

Rifugio XII Apostoli (2489 m) is situated in an extremely favourable position, on a natural balcony of limestone dominating Val di Nardis, in the southern part of the Brenta group. The original cube shaped refuge, built in the years 1907-1908, was later extended and renovated to make it more comfortable.

Below you can see Val Rendena and immediately beyond the snow covered peaks of Carè Alto and Presanella. Embedded in the surrounding peaks are some of the largest hanging glaciers of the Group that take their names from the peaks above them: Ágola, Pratofiorito, Dodici Apostoli.

The little church, not far from the refuge, was hewn from the rock after an accident in 1950, which involved three young hikers on the nearby Vedretta dei Camosci. The church, inaugurated and blessed on 28 September 1952, is dedicated to the Madonna Ausiliatrice. Every year, on the last Sunday of July, hundreds of alpinists and the S.O.S.A.T Choir come here to participate in a Mass in memory of all those who have died in the mountains.

Author’s recommendation

  •  The Martinazzi path can prove technically demanding especially at the beginning of the season when there is still a lot of snow along the path. Shortly before the refuges open on June 20, the managers of the Brentei and XII Apostoli Refuges ensure the safety of this path, beating the track and fixing ropes where necessary to facilitate the passage on the snow still around.
  • Before setting out on this stretch of DBT, check at the refuges for the trail conditions and equipment required. Every year, on the last Sunday of July, in the church at the XII Apostoli Refuge, a Mass dedicated to all the all those who have died on the mountain is celebrated, attended by hundreds of mountaineers and the S.O.S.A.T. Choir.




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Update: August 02, 2020
Highest point
2,760 m
Lowest point
2,070 m
Best time of year

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Safety information

Attention, before starting the trek check the glacier condition with either Rifugio Brentei or Rifugio XII Apostoli who will inform you about the equipment necesary to cross this small glacier!

Tips and hints

Here the updated information about the conditions of the route:

Hospitality, refuges and bivouacs:


Rifugio ai Brentei (2,162 m)
46.175110, 10.876152
46°10'30.4"N 10°52'34.1"E
32T 644814 5115214


Rifugio XII Apostoli

Turn-by-turn directions

From Rifugio Brentei you continue on the Sentiero Alpinistico “Daniele Martinazzi” SAT 327 (EEA – MD) that goes down to traverse the bottom of Val Brenta passing the foot of the frozen wall of Canalone Neri that joins Cima Tosa to Crozzon di Brenta and climbs the opposite side to below the north edge of Crozzon di Brenta. From here you continue round the west wall of Crozzon and on rocks fitted with metal cables and clamps you reach the Bocca dei Camosci (2784 m) by traversing a hanging glacier. Walking time Rifugio Brentei – Bocca dei Camosci 2.40 hours. From the Bocca dei Camosci the Sentiero dell’Ideale SAT 304 (EEA) takes you down to Rifugio XII Apostoli (2487 m) in about 40 minutes.


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Public transport

In summer shuttle bus from the centre of Madonna di Campiglio (Brenta Alta square) down to Campiglio south and Vallesinella (from June to September). 

Getting there

The Brentei Refuge can be reached from Madonna di Campiglio, Val Rendena.  From the town, travel by car to Loc. Vallesinella and then ascend on foot following the SAT 317 trail signs to the refuge, a 2 1/2 hour walk away. In summer a shuttle bus service runs from Madonna di Campiglio to Loc. Vallesinella.


Pay and display parking at the departure of the Spinale cableway (connection with the shuttle bus towards Vallesinella).If you want to departure from Vallesinella refuge: there is a big pay and display parking (availability until full and limited Park transports).


46.175110, 10.876152
46°10'30.4"N 10°52'34.1"E
32T 644814 5115214
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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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5.8 km
3:16 h
925 m
611 m
Highest point
2,760 m
Lowest point
2,070 m
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