Meraner Hoehenweg nord etappe
Meraner Hoehenweg nord etappe

Alta Via di Merano Casera di Fuori - Passo Gelato

This impressive 8th stage of the northern Alta Via di Merano leads across the 2,879 m high Passo Gelato.

We start our tour at Casera di Fuori, an idyllic alpine pasture at 1,700 m a.s.l., and follow trail n° 24 (and A8) towards the upper Val di Fosse. Having passed the Rableid alpine pasture (2,004 m a.s.l.) we follow a broad hiking trail to the Eishof farm (Maso Gelato, 2,081 m a.s.l.), which lies about 2 km away. On our left we enjoy the beautiful panorama of the mountains of the Val Senales, whereas on our right there are the high peaks of the Tessa mountain group and behind us the famous Similaun Glacier (3,599 m a.s.l.).

Having passed the Eishof farm we continue our tour towards the upper Val di Fosse and enjoy the impressive view on the Altissima (3,482 m a.s.l.) at the end of it. The broad hiking path leads us through a small larch forest before it transforms itself into a narrower and steeper trail. We cross the small Val di Fosse stream several times and pass some small waterfalls, enjoying the warming sun and the silent and idyllic nature around us. Soon we reach a signpost, which leads us up on a stony trail to Passo Gelato (Eisjöchl) at 2,879 m a.s.l., while we enjoy the view of the mountains Cima Bianca Grande and Cima Bianca Piccola on our right.

The last section is rather steep and difficult. However, arrived at the highest point, we enjoy a beautiful view towards north-east. Right in front of us we see Rifugio Petrarca all’Altissima and its beautiful emerald green mountain lake, on our left the Altissima (3,481 m a.s.l.) and behind us the beautiful Val di Fosse. We walk down to the mountain hut at 2,875 m a.s.l., where we enjoy a tasty lunch.

Please note: the asphalted road leads until Casera di Fuori (parking space subject to a charge). Recommended season is from early summer until autumn (when the golden larch forests and snow-capped peaks of the surrounding mountains make this tour particularly fascinating, provided that the trails are empty of snow).

Please note: the Rifugio Petrarca was partly destroyed by an avalanche in February 2014. In July 2014 the mountain hut has reopened again for daily visitors, since summer 2017 it offers again overnight accommodation!

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

Starting point: Casera di Fuori
Route: Casera di Fuori - Casera di Mezzo - Rableid alpine pasture - Eishof farm/Maso Gelato - Passo Gelato - Rifugio Petrarca all’Altissima
Signpost: n° 24 (Alta Via di Merano)
Distance: 12 km
Walking time: approx. 5 hours
Altitude difference: 1,220 m (ascent)
Experienced in: September 2010
Further information: tourist board Val Passiria, phone +39 0473 656188

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