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The path across the cols: The smugglers’ path

Val Casies Valley - Monguelfo - Tesido
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Category
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
4:30
in hours
Distance
9.6
in km
Suggested period
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The history: The mountains of Defreggen Tal Valley form a big border between Val Casies Valley (I) and Villgratental Valley (A). It has always been crossed by the residents of the two valleys to trade. During the years from 1810–1814 and after the 2nd world war different goods have been smuggled across the border. Because of this the three “The path across the cols” developed. Some informative signs were arranged along the paths to tell about the history and life in earlier times.

Route data
Intermediate
Distance
9,6 km
Duration
4 h 30 min
Ascent
870 m
Decent
620 m
Technical skills
Physical condition
Scenary
Highest point
2.349 m
Lowest point
1.461 m
Directions

The smugglers’ path: An insight into smuggling activities between Villgraten Tal Valley and Val Casies Valley and focuses on smugglers and customs officials.
Description: From the head of the valley in the Val Casies Valley/S. Maddalena (1465m) hike along trail no. 48 to reach the Tscharnietalm (1976m) and further to “Kalksteinjöchl” (2349m). Descent on the smuggler’s path (13a) through the Valley Rosstal past the huts Oberlipper and Unterlipper Alm to Kalkstein (1630m) in the Villgratental Valley (A). It is also possible to walk it the opposite way!
Duration: 4-5 hours
Difficulty: medium

Info: Once a week there is a hiking bus that takes hikers from Villgratental (A) back to the Val Casies Valley. Return trips from Villgratental (Kalkstein and Unterstalleralm) every Wednesday in July and August. Registration the day before is required, T. +39 0474 978436.

How to get there
Coming from Innsbruck/Brennero (A): Drive on the Highway of Brennero (A22) until the exit Bressanone/Val Pusteria, then go on along the SS49-E66 for about 58kms until you arrive in Monguelfo. To get to Tesido and the Val Casies Valley, we recommend to take the exit West in Monguelfo. Coming from Lienz (A): You can reach us also padding by Lienz in Westtyrol (A). You have to cross the Austrian-Italian border between Ahrnbach and Winnebach (B100-E66) and drive on the SS46-E66 until Monguelfo. To get to Tesido and the Val Casies, we recommend to take the exit West in Monguelfo.
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