Malga Gönner and the Earth Pillars of Plata

During this comfortable hiking tour in the Val Pusteria valley, we discover two highlights: the Malga Gönner, one of the most popular mountain huts of South Tyrol and the earth pillars of Plata.

The mountain hamlet of Plata is located at the sunny side of the Vedrette di Ries mountain group above Perca. By car or bus we reach Plata resp. the car park P3 shortly before the village via a mountain road. From the parking space we follow the signpost “Erdpyramiden”, which leads us past the Schönblick tavern to Plata and then along a meadow path up towards the earth pillars. Since the light conditions in the valley of the earth pillars are not so good in the morning, we decide to hike first to the Malga Gönner mountain hut and visit the natural monument on our way back.

To reach the Malga Gönner hut we follow from here the markers 16A and later 6. The more leisurely variant, on the other hand, follows the forest road, which is no longer asphalted from the upper farms of Plata but leads as a good gravel path up to the alpine hut. Arrived at the mountain hut, we can not only enjoy an outstanding view from the Dolomites to the Ortles Group and the main Alpine ridge. The Malga Gönner is also a tip for friends of delicious local cuisine and was nominated the most popular alpine hut in South Tyrol in 2017. It is open from May to October.

On our way back we finally can admire the earth pillars of Plata. A few hundred metres long path leads from the curve of the forest road at the upper farms of Plata directly to the impressive witnesses of erosion. Probably they are the most magnificent earth pillars of South Tyrol that can be seen from several viewpoints along the Pyramidenweg path.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hiking tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: parking space P3 in Plata above Perca
Route: Plata – Malga Gönner mountain hut – earth pillars – Plata
Markers: Malga Gönner (Gönneralm), Pyramidenweg
Distance: 5 km (each direction)
Walking time: about 1.5 - 2 hours ascent, 1.5 hours descent
Altitude difference: approx. 580 m
Altitude level: between 1,405 and 1,975 m a.s.l.
Suitable for prams? yes (forest road)
Hiking with dogs: suited
Experienced in: October 2018

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