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 und 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 n° 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.

Important: when you plan to do this stage of the Alta Via di Merano, please inform yourselves on the conditions of the trails!

Starting point: Moncucco (reachable by the Texel Funicular from Rablà)
Route: Moncucco - valley of the Schindelbach stream - “Valley of Thousand Steps” - Unterstell
Signpost: n° 24 (Alta Via di Merano)
Distance: 8.7 km
Walking time: approx. 3 hours
Altitude difference: 450 m (ascent), 700 m (descent)
Experienced in: September 2010
Please note: the hike is also suited for dogs. In the gorge there is also a little stream to cool down. Please don’t forget the muzzle and to buy a ticket for the dog, if you use the funicular.
Further information: tourist board Parcines, phone +39 0473 967157

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