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Hike to the Brigata Tridentina mountain hut

From the nature park visitors’ centre in Casere, we walk up to the Brigata Tridentina mountain hut at the head of the Valle Aurina.

Constructed by a landlord of Predoi, the Brigata Tridentina mountain hut (or Rifugio Forcella del Picco) is located at a centuries-old crossing between the Valle Aurina and the Austrian Krimmler Achental valley. The mountain hut (2,411 m asl) was constructed on a panoramic slope and is a popular hiking destination for those who love nature, those who are interested in historical happenings and alpinists who use the mountain hut as base camp for climbing Mt Picco dei Tre Signori (3,499 m asl).

From the parking space, for about 2 km we follow the road to Prastmann and the Holy Spirit Church in Casere, then we proceed along the rushing Aurino river to the Trinksteinalm mountain hut and further on to the Lahner hut, always following the same route. At the Lahner mountain hut, the valley again becomes wide, we traverse the river and keep walking towards the head of the valley. From here you can already see that most of the metres of altitude are overcome towards the end of the tour, and the silhouette of the mountain hut is already perceivable.

By the way: if you do not want to walk to the mountain hut, you can find a series of nice places to stay at the riverside of the Aurino. At the moment a helicopter is delivering supplies to the mountain hut, so there will be enough to eat for us when we reach it. At the end of the flat valley basin, one serpentine after the other is overcome and slowly we get closer to the destination. Stunned by the view out of the valley and the mighty glacier of Mt Picco dei Tre Signori on our right, we make it to reach the mountain hut, where we really deserve a lunch.

Please note: the Brigata Tridentina mountain hut is the base camp for the tour to Mt Picco dei Tre Signori. From this place, however, you can also climb the historic Mt Vetta d’Italia. For the way back you can also take the Vetta d’Italia high path. Be careful, secured passages and ropes!

Author: BS

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

Starting point: parking space of the visitors’ centre of Casere
Route: Casere - Prastmann - Holy Spirit Church - Trinksteinhütte mountain hut - Lahner mountain hut - Brigata Tridentina mountain hut
Signpost: 13
Distance: approx. 15 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 6 hours
Altitude difference: 780 m
Altitude level: between 1,665 and 2,441 m asl
Experienced in: July 2013
Further information: Valle Aurina tourist board, phone: +39 0474 671136

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