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Guidebook to the Stelvio National Park in the Italian Rhaetian Alps. The 38 day walks and hikes described offer a wide variety of routes on well-maintained and signposted paths, linking a network of picturesque villages and hospitable mountain refuges. The Stelvio National Park borders the Dolomites to the east and Switzerland to the west.
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The wide range of 38 summer day walks in this guide explore the renowned Stelvio National Park in the Italian Rhaetian Alps. Bordering the Dolomites to the east, and Switzerland to the west, the Stelvio is one of the largest protected areas in all of the Alps. Its unspoilt landscape ranges from valley farmland to forested hillsides and alpine meadows, and up to a wilderness of rugged glaciated summits and ridges, the highest of which is Ortler, at 3905m.
The walks, a selection of routes from each of the Stelvio's valleys, are graded for difficulty and each is designed to fit into a single day, be it a couple of hours or a full day out. There is something here for many active holidaymakers, from easy strolls to strenuous climbs to panoramic peaks for experienced walkers. Also included are spectacular non-glacier summits that are accessible to walkers who want to go that bit further. A handful of walks do include brief stretches across rock faces aided by anchored cable. While they are not strictly climbing routes requiring specialist equipment, it is essential to keep away from them in bad weather.
The guidebook also includes plenty of background information on local wildlife and cuisine, as well as planning details such as what to take and dos and don'ts. An extensive appendix also contains accommodation suggestions, including campsites, B&Bs, hotels and mountain huts – known locally as ‘rifugios’.
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|Plants and flowers|
|Valleys and bases|
|When to go|
|Food and drink|
|What to take|
|Dos and don’ts|
|Using this guide|
|Walk 1 St Gertraud Alm Route|
|Walk 2 Höchsterhütte Circuit|
|Walk 3 Fischersee Walk|
|Walk 4 Rifugio Lago Corvo|
|Walk 5 Rifugio Dorigoni Tour|
|Walk 6 Baito Campisolo Route|
|Walk 7 Cascate di Saent|
|Walk 8 Ragaiolo Falls and the Venetian Sawmill|
|Walk 9 Val Cercen|
|Walk 10 Rifugio Larcher Tour|
|Walk 11 Monte Vioz|
|Walk 12 Sentiero dei Tedeschi|
|Walk 13 Malga Covel and Waterfalls|
|Walk 14 Forte Barba di Fior Loop|
|Walk 15 Lago di Pian Palù Circuit|
|Walk 16 Dosso Tresero|
|Walk 17 The Forni Sentiero Glaciologico Alto|
|Walk 18 Valle di Cedèc|
|Walk 19 Rifugio Casati|
|Walk 20 Val Zebrù and Rifugio V° Alpini|
|Walk 21 Lago della Manzina|
|Walk 22 Santa Caterina to Sant’Antonio|
|Walk 23 Monte delle Scale|
|Walk 24 Valle Forcola Traverse|
|Walk 25 Monte Scorluzzo and Filone dei Möt|
|Walk 26 Goldseeweg|
|Walk 27 Berglhütte|
|Walk 28 Trafoi Waterfalls|
|Walk 29 Tabarettahütte|
|Walk 30 Hintergrathütte Tour|
|Walk 31 Düsseldorferhütte and Kanzel Circuit|
|Walk 32 Madritschjoch and Hintere Schöntaufspitze|
|Walk 33 The Martelltal Glacier Trail|
|Walk 34 Zufritt See and Larchboden Loop|
|Walk 35 Stallwieshof Traverse|
|Walk 36 Pedertal|
|Walk 37 Orgelspitze|
|Walk 38 Soyalm|
|Appendix A Route summary table|
|Appendix B Glossary|
|Appendix C Accommodation|
|Appendix D Useful contacts|