The 2,434 m high Monte Luco (Laugen in German) is located on the southern side of the Val d’Ultimo.
The Monte Luco rises at the entrance of the Val d’Ultimo and has got two mountain summits: the Monte Luco (2,434 m) and the Piccolo Luco (2,297 m). Between these summits, there is a circular lake, named after the mountain peaks. Slightly below, at about 1,853 m asl, there is the Malga di Monte Luco, ideal for a break. By the way, butter and cheese are produced at this alpine pasture.
The Monte Luco can be reached via several paths, starting from Passo Palade, Alta Val di Non, Senale or San Pancrazio. If you are not satisfied with a normal hiking tour, you can tackle the Aldo Bonacossa trail of 50 km, a tour of more days starting at Passo Palade and ending in Rabbi, Trentino. The first stage of the n° 133 trail takes you past the lake at the foot of the Monte Luco.
The panoramic view from Monte Luco is particularly impressive and makes you admire the Oetztal Alps, the city of Merano, the Gruppo di Tessa, the Val Passiria and the terrace of Avelengo in the north, the Sarentino Alps, the Zillertal Alps and the Dolomite peaks in the east, the Brenta Dolomites and Presenella in the south and the mountains of the Ortles mountain range and Val d’Ultimo in the west.