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Alta Via di Merano Rifugio Petrarca - Plan

The 9th and last stage of the Alta Via di Merano leads us from the high mountains down to the Valle di Plan.

From the Rifugio Petrarca all’Altissima, we hike downwards through a rocky, partly snow-covered landscape. After a steep zigzag descent we cross another rocky landscape, formed by retreating glaciers. Since we are getting closer to an altitude of 2,000 m asl, the meadows turn greener and greener. Another zigzag trail leads us down to the Lazins alpine pasture.

From here, an easier forest road leads us to the hamlets of Lazins and Zeppichl until we finally reach the small village of Plan in Val Passiria. Having passed the mountain station of the Grünboden cable car, we follow the small brook towards east. Several waterfalls are running down on the northern side of the valley, transporting snowmelt into the valley brook. Part of this section of the Alta Via di Merano leads along the natural winter toboggan run. Arrived at the valley bottom, the trail leads quite gently along the main road from Moso to Plan.

At the Ausserhütt farm the Alta Via di Merano branches off into the forest, leading towards Ulvas. However, our adventurous hiking tour on the Alta Via di Merano ends here in Capanne di Fuori (Ausserhütt), the starting point of our first stage!

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: if you want to do this stage of the Alta Via di Merano, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Rifugio Petrarca all’Altissima (2,875 m a.s.l.)
Route: Rifugio Petrarca all’Altissima - Lazins - Plan - Capanne di Fuori
Signpost: no. 24 (Alta Via di Merano)
Distance: 15 km
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Altitude difference: 50 m (ascent), 1,475 m (descent)
Experienced in: September 2010
Further information: tourist board Val Passiria, phone +39 0473 656188

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