A challenging climb through the heart of the Dolomites and past some of Brenta’s most famous alpine shelters: Rifugio Casinei, Rifugio Maria e Alberto ai Brentei, and Rifugio Alimonta.
Distance 15.2 km
The most challenging variant of the traditional route of alpine shelters all the way to Rifugio Alimonta and Conca degli Sfulmini, one of the Brenta Dolomites’ most stunning amphitheaters of rock. Situated atop a rocky, lunar plateau, the shelter, the highest of all the Brenta Dolomites’ shelters, is the central point of the Via delle Bocchette beneath Vedretta degli Sfulmini and about 40 minutes from Bocca d’Armi. This constant, challenging climb offers an amazing view of the Adamello-Presanella group that makes all the effort well worth it.
You can also access Via delle Bocchette from Rifugio Alimonta (via ferrata gear required).
From the Vallesinella parking area, take trail SAT 317 to Rifugio Casinei. From the lodge, continue on to Rifugio Maria e Alberto Ai Brentei along trail SAT 318. From here, follow trail SAT 323 to Rifugio Alimonta. As you gain altitude, the landscape around you will gradually change from dense forest to low shrubs and then to bare rock.
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In summer, shuttle bus from the center of Madonna di Campiglio down to Campiglio south and Vallesinella (from June to September).
Check the summer transport timetables and rates online or get a brochure in the tourist office in Via Pradalago, 4.
From Madonna di Campiglio, follow the signs for Campiglio south. From here, you can take the Spinale gondola lift (parking available and connection with the shuttle bus to Vallesinella) or, from Palù, continue by car in the direction of Rifugio Vallesinella, taking care to observe the timetables and rules of summer transportation.
Paid parking at the departure of the Spinale gondola lift (connection with the shuttle bus to Vallesinella). If you want to start from Rifugio Vallesinella, there is ample paid parking (availability until full and limited park transportation). If you want to leave from Grostè, there is ample paid parking at the departure of the Grostè gondola lift.