Hike to the Rifugio Stella Alpina hut at the Passo di Rabbi

Since ancient times, an old path leads through the Valle di Montechiesa, a side valley of the Val d’Ultimo, to the Val di Rabbi in the Trentino. This extensive but rather easy mountain tour proceeds via the Malghe di Montechiesa to the Rifugio Stella Alpina al Lago Corvo, just beneath the 2,460 m high Passo di Rabbi.

Our hike starts at the church of Santa Geltrude in the Val d’Ultimo valley. The trail enters the Valle di Montechiesa valley straight away and follows the path no. 106 at the slope to the edge of the forest. A bridge leads us to the eastern side of the valley and to the path no. 108. It proceeds slightly uphill towards the timber line, passing several mountain huts such as the Malga di Montechiesa hut, a well-known rest point. Following the course of the Rio di Montechiesa brook we reach the upper meadows and the Malga Bärhapp mountain hut, where the wide path ends. A narrow trail snakes its way up to the 2,460 m high Passo di Rabbi.

After a short descent we continue our hike high above the Val di Rabbi valley to the Rifugio Stella Alpina al Lago Corvo mountain hut (Edelweisshütte at Lake Corvo), our final destination. The hut invites to rest and refuel with new energy. Before we turn back to the valley we make a sidetrip to one of the highlights of this tour, situated only some minutes away from the mountain hut. The Lago Corvo lake (Haselgruber See, in German) is the biggest of the Corvo Lakes, a high alpine lake district and natural treasure of the Stelvio National Park.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Santa Geltrude in the Val d’Ultimo valley (village centre)
Destination: Passo di Rabbi, Laghi Corvo lakes, Rifugio Stella Alpina mountain hut
Signposts: no. 106, 108
Distance: approx. 9 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours (ascent), 2.5 hours (descent)
Altitude difference: approx. 1,070 m
Altitude level: between 1,500 and 2,540 m asl (upper lake)
Experienced in: September 2016

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