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The path across the cols: The traditions and customs path

Val Casies Valley - Monguelfo - Tesido
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Category
Difficulty
Difficult
Duration
6:00
in hours
Distance
12.3
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
Difficult
Distance
12,3 km
Duration
6 h 00 min
Ascent
1.200 m
Decent
800 m
Technical skills
Physical condition
Scenary
Highest point
2.502 m
Lowest point
1.276 m
Directions

The traditions and customs path: Here it's all about the Val Casies wood turners, medicinal herbs, bad weather, festivity, butter and cheese making.

Description: Starting point in Val Casies Valley/S. Martino (1276m), follow a wide, fairly steep forest path (marking no. 44) eastwards through the Verselltal valley via the Randlhütte-Hinterschuher Alm (1862m) and the Tolder Hütte (1942m) to the Gruber Lenke (2487m), also known as the Schmalzbulle. From there, continue briefly along the Bonner Höhenweg to below the Pfanntörl. The descent is via trail no. 8, past the Ruschler Alm and via the Alfenalm to Kalkstein (1640m) in the Villgratental Valley (A). It is also possible to walk it the opposite way!
Walking time: 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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