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    Adamello Glacier Trip

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    Enter your start date, end date and number of people and we will check availability and prices for you. The recommended duration for this activity is between 1 and 5 days. However, you can book as many days as suits your requirements. If your group size is more than 6 please contact us for a bespoke quote. Special prices for families and children: please contact us.

    Highlights

    Location : Ponte di Legno

    Ratio : 1:5

    Available during : Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

    • Adamello Glacier: the largest in the Italian Alps
    • Excellent huts with great hospitality and Italian food
    • The area is an open air WW1 museum 
    • Fun and friendly approach

     

    Adamello Glacier Trip

    Full Description

    While walking, mountaineering or rock climbing in the Adamello mountain range, ones mind goes back to the historical events that took place in this region: the Neolithic rock engravings, the strategic importance of this frontier land during the First World War, the resistance during the Second Wold War and the more recent pilgrimage of Pope John II to the glacier.

    The journey that we are about to take you on is a magnificent trip to the centre of the Adamello mountain range and the Pian di Neve glacier (the largest in Italy with over 18 square kilometres). Due to global warming and the consequent rising temperatures, the icepack has been shrinking steadily over the last 100 years. The itinerary begins at Passo Tonale, a place that also gave the name to the volcanic rock of these mountains: Tonalite.

    The programme will be custom made according to the participants level, needs and according to the weather conditions. 

    Example Itinerary

    It is for you and your guide to decide the exact makeup of your booking however, these itinerary days shown below are an example of how a booking for this activity could be structured.

    Day 1 - Sentiero dei Fiori

    We take the cable cart from Passo del Tonale to Passo Paradiso (2585 metres). From here we follow the trail on the large boulders of the moraine to Passo Castellaccio (2963 metres). Here the “Sentiero dei Fiori” (trail of the flowers) starts, a Via Ferrata equipped with a wire cable that runs along the First World War front line. From Corno Lagoscuro (3166 metres), where we find a little bivouac, the trail continues down to Passo Lagoscuro and then up to Cima Payer (3056 metres). After a rest and time to admire the views of the Adamello glacier in front of us, we descend to the Rifugio Città di Trento lodge (2449 metres), where one can often spot Ibex and Chamois. Ascent: 700 metres approx. Descent: 800 metres approx. Average walking time: 5 hours Difficulty: EEA

    Day 2 - Cresta Croce

    After breakfast, we head towards the Vedretta del Mandrone, part of the Pian di Neve glacier, the largest in the Italian Alps. The scenery is unique: a desert made of ice, crevasses, icefalls, streams, peaks and ridges surround us for kilometres and kilometres. We continue up hill on the icy terrain towards the Rifugio Caduti all’Adamello lodge (3040 metres) from where one can admire a 360° view of the Adamello mountains. We leave some of our equipment at the lodge for the night, and after a cup of tea and a slice of cake, we head to Cresta Croce (3276 metres) where we can visit the Cannon 149G that was positioned here by the Italians during the First World War. Back to the recently renovated lodge in time to enjoy a beer while watching the sun set over the ice field. Ascent: 900 metres approx. Descent: 350 metres approx. Average walking time: 6 hours Difficulty: F

    Day 3 - Pian di Neve

    On the third day we cross the Pian di Neve (“Snow Plain”) from East to West until Punta Venerocolo (3323 metres). This is the route that the Italian soldiers used to drag the cannon to its current position in one night. From the peak, we descend towards Lake Venerocolo at the foot of the massive Adamello North face. The Rifugio Garibaldi lodge (2550 metres) is located here and during the War was part of an Italian military camp, placed here to defend the routes that crossed the glacier. The small church is all that remains of that period. Ascent: 600 metres approx. Descent: 1100 metres approx. Average walking time: 5 hours Difficulty: F

    Day 4 - Adamello North Face

    The last day takes of right under the Adamello North face across the Passo del Lunedì (2650 metres), along the initial part of the Alta Via dell’Adamello (Adamello haute route), until the Pantano dell’Avio artificial dam, built to generate hydroelectric energy. From here, the trail heads down the Avio Valley towards the village of Temù. Our journey ends here but our eyes and our mind are enriched with historical memories and magnificent views. Ascent: 150 metres approx. Descent: 1100 metres approx. Average walking time: 4 hours Difficulty: EE

    What's Included

    • Services of IFMGA Mountain Guide
    • Liability insurance

     

    What's Not Included

    • All food

    • Travel insurance

     

    Optional Extras

    Prerequisites

    You are a good hiker, with experience on all types of terrain. No mountaineering experience is required but you should not be afraid of heights. You are in good physical shape, able to walk 1000 metres up and down hill at altitude and for 6-8 hours per day. 

    Equipment Required

    • Technical equipment (these items can be rented): harness, via ferrata set, helmet, hiking poles, crampons, mountaineering boots.
    • Personal equipment: 30-40 litre backpack, 1 litre thermos, provisions (energy bars, chocolate, dried fruit, sandwiches), first aid kit, sun glasses (protection factor 3 or 4), goggles, gore-tex jacket and overpants, windstopper vest, gaiters, mountain pants, fleece jacket, breathable base layers, lightweight gloves, thick gloves, warm hat, bandana, sun screen factor 50.
    • For the lodge: sleeping bag liner, change of socks, headtorch and spare batteries, mountaineering club membership, toothbrush & toothpaste, small towel, wipes, i-pod.

     

    Availability & Prices

    This activity is available to be booked for any date/dates within the availablity periods shown below. Because we tailor your booking to suit your exact requirements you can book this activity for as many days as you like. The recommended duration for this activity is between 1 and 5 days. If your group size is more than 6 please contact us for a bespoke quote. Special prices for families and children: please contact us.

    Period Starting Ending
    Availability period from : 15/06/2017 to : 30/09/2017
    Number of people Price (€)
    1 Pax €300.00 per person per day
    2 Pax €175.00 per person per day
    3 Pax €133.33 per person per day
    4 Pax €112.50 per person per day
    5 Pax €100.00 per person per day
    6 Pax 100.00 per person per day

    Adamello Glacier Trip Reviews

    Amazing trip

    "What an amazing trip, it has it all! A breathtaking Via Ferrata, the largest Glacier in the Italian Alps, three comfortable mountain lodges with great food, fantastic views. Thank you for all the information about World War One, the local traditions, culture, geology and of course the technical tips. Would recommend to anyone who is looking for beautiful mountains packed with history and no crowds. "

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