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Tour of the Brenta Dolomites refuges

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  • Brentei refuge, Brenta Dolomites
    / Brentei refuge, Brenta Dolomites
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  • / Castelletto and Tuckett refuge
    Photo: Foto VisitTretino, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Route towards Brentei refuge
    Photo: Lucaz, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
  • / Vallesinella refuge
    Photo: fototeca ApT Madonna di Campiglio Pinzolo Val Rendena, APT Madonna di Campiglio, Pinzolo, Val Rendena
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Ring path at the feet of the Dolomites, to discover the Brenta Dolomites refuges: Casinei, Tuckett e Brentei.

Distance 15.5 km
6:00 h
1,166 m
1,166 m

Author’s recommendation

Classical long route of intermediate difficulty, with an amazing view on the Dolomites and the Adamello-Presanella mountains. Not to be missed for the people loving the Dolomites and the life in the mountains.
People are required to bring their own drinks. Considering the lenght of the route, we suggest you to leave early in the morning.
The exposed stretches of the path are well protected by safety cords (the ferrata equipment is not required), and the canal, often covered with snow, close to the Brentei refuge, is usually maintenanced by experts.

Highest point
2,239 m
Lowest point
1,522 m
Best time of year
Exposition / cardinal direction

Safety information

Brentei Refuge - summer 2020: closed.

Trail sign: 382, 317b, 317, 328, 318.
For those suffering from vertigo: along the itinerary there are exposed stretches near the Brentei refuge.

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Tips and hints



From Madonna di Campiglio (Palù area) reach the Vallesinella refuge (1,522 m)
46.206489, 10.851762
46°12'23.4"N 10°51'06.3"E
32T 642850 5118656


Vallesinella refuge

Turn-by-turn directions

From the parking of the “Vallesinella” refuge, go up keeping the left northbound for a hundred of metres, till the telpher starting. Leave the dirt street, take the path n° 382 on the left, go up till to “Malga Vallesinella di Sopra” pasture.
Go through the pasture till a crossing and leave the path n° 382. Then take the path n° 317b, go beyond the Malga (alpine summer pasture house), go up in the wood till “Casinei” refuge.
On the left take the path n° 317; after a first almost flat track go up steeply till to “Tuckett” refuge. (In alternative, you can reach the “Tuckett” refuge from Grostè pass by cableway, from which you walk following n° 316 path with a wonderful view on the Adamello and Presanella mountain range).
From “Tuckett” refuge come back to the valley for some hundred metres, go eastbound along n° 328 path, pass beyond a track with stones and reach “Sella del Fredolin”, the meadow between “Vallesinella” and “Val Brenta”.
Go down among dwarf mountain pines and reach the path that rises directly from Vallesinella. Turn left along n° 318 path called “Arnaldo Bogani”. Passing some exposed tracks protected by a steel rope, a tunnel in the rocks and a track often covered with snow, you reach the “Brentei” refuge (summer 2020: closed).

Go back along the last track of the described itinerary till the crossing with n° 328 path, go straight and down along n° 318 path till reaching “Casinei” refuge. From here, go down to “Vallesinella” refuge following n° 317 path.


all notes on protected areas

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). Check online the summer transport timetables and rates or take the brochure in the tourist office in Pradalago street, 4.

Getting there

Arrived in Madonna di Campiglio, follow for southern Campiglio: Spinale cablecar (possibility of parking and connection with the shuttle bus towards Vallesinella) or Palù area, where going on towards Vallesinella refuge.


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).
If you want to departure from Grostè: there is a big pay and display parking at the departure of the Grostè cableway.


46.206489, 10.851762
46°12'23.4"N 10°51'06.3"E
32T 642850 5118656
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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Kaj Kusterer
February 28, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 18, 2019
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15.5 km
6:00 h
1,166 m
1,166 m
Loop Scenic Refreshment stops available


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