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Alta Via di Merano Moncucco - Unterstell

The trail of the 5th stage leads from Moncucco to Unterstell above the village of Naturno, crossing the “Valley of Thousand Steps”.

From Rablà we take the Texel funicular to Moncucco, the starting point of this stage of the Alta Via di Merano. Hiking westwards through the valley of the Schindelbach stream we reach the beautiful old Hochforch farm (mountain tavern) under the Orenknott mountain and the Orenalm alpine pasture.

From here, we head towards the Brunnen valley and the Lahnbach valley, to the so-called "Valley of Thousand Steps" (even though they are "only" 987). The trail leads us down the ravine and up to the other side of the valley. With its beautiful waterfalls this section is particularly adventurous.

After quite an exhausting ascent from the ravine, we finally reach the meadows and farms on the beautiful Monte Sole. Some of the farms offer cold and warm dishes. Having passed the farms Grubhof, Galmein and Innerforch, we follow trail no. 24B to the mountain station of the Unterstell cable car, which takes us down to the village of Naturno. On this 5th stage of the Alta Via di Merano we got to know the wild nature of the Tessa mountain group.

difficulty: moderate multiday route stage
  • Starting point:
    Moncucco (reachable by the Texel cable car from Rablà)
  • Time required:
    03:00 h
  • Track length:
    8,6 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.283 m to 1.586 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +449 m | -701 m
  • Route:
    Moncucco - valley of the Schindelbach stream - "Valley of Thousand Steps" - Unterstell
  • Signposts:
    no. 24 (Alta Via di Merano)
  • Destination:
    Unterstell (cable car)
  • Resting points:
    Pirchhof, Galmein, Unterstellhof
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    Alta Via di Merano Moncucco - Unterstell

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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