Bormio 360
Bormio
Stage 8

The Trail of Ice

Malga dell'Alpe - Forni

KM
13 Km
  • parconazionaledellostelvioStelvio National Park
  • bikerespertoExpert riders only
  • singletrackSingle track

This stage, which overlooks Santa Caterina Valfurva, is particularly interesting from a naturalistic point of view.


From the Valley of Gavia to the Valley of Forni the trail traverses the mountain that is the symbol of Valfurva: the peak Tresero.

In the nineteenth century, the first forms of modern mountaineering were born, where foreigners using local guides, made the first daring ascents of our mountains and glaciers, leading to refuges and bivouacs being built above 3,000 meters, many still in use today.

Details


From the Malga dell’Alpe take the new S519 path that runs above the SS300 road from the Gavia Pass until you reach the unpaved road that takes you across the main road. From here head downhill along a winding path through the forest that leads to the Ponte delle Vacche bridge. From there head up the S561 path towards the disused Alpe Tresero, and continue on to Dosso Tresero where you can stop for a packed lunch and admire the sweeping views over Valfurva. Take the S525 path that leads first to the Alpe Cerena pastures, then on to the Stella Alpina refuge, which offers food and lodging. From here the route continues along a paved road to the Forni refuge.

Technical info

Bussola
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 13,12 Km
  • Hiking time: 4:15 h
  • Max. altitude: 2351 m
  • Min. altitude: 2006 m
  • Elevation gain: 602 m
  • Elevation drop: 753 m
  • Max. grad. ascent: 24%
  • Max. grad. descent: 24%
  • When to go: June - November

Details


This technical stage starts by following the new S519 trail that runs above the SS300 road from the Gavia Pass in the direction of Plaghera. Cross the Ponte delle Vacche bridge and head up to Dosso Tresero where you can stop for a packed lunch and admire sweeping views over Valfurva. A very technical single track leads first to the Alpe Cerena pastures, then on to the Stella Alpina refuge, which offers food and lodging. From here the route continues along a paved road to the Forni refuge.

This is a long stage on high-mountain trails, recommended for expert riders only.

Easy variant: Those who would like to reach the start of stage n. 9 at Forni, avoiding the more technical sections of the route, can take the main road down to the Plaghera pasture, then path S508 down to Santa Caterina along the Sentiero delle Sorgenti (the spring trail) and continue along the paved road until reaching the Forni car park.

Click to see the map of the easy route on ValtellinaOutdoor

Charging stations: Malga dell’Alpe and Stella Alpina refuge.

Technical info

Bussola
  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Distance: 13,12 Km
  • Max. altitude: 2351 m
  • Min. altitude: 2006 m
  • Elevation gain: 602 m
  • Elevation drop: 753 m
  • Max. grad. ascent: 24%
  • Max. grad. descent: 24%
  • When to go: June - November
  • Battery consumption: Medium

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Adventure
for all,
done the
right way.

trekking

At 140 km in length, with an overall height difference of 6,000 m, Bormio 360 is one of the best hiking and mountain biking itineraries in Europe. It requires a good level of fitness, agility and experience. Going with a qualified mountain bike or hiking guide is recommended.

1

Always follow the Bormio 360 marked trails.

Only use authorised routes and respect the rules.

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2

Protect the environment.

Never scare animals, don’t litter and avoid sudden braking (it erodes the soil).

3

Make sure you have suitable clothing and equipment.

Check your equipment and always use a helmet and gloves.

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4

We’re all friends on the mountain.

Always give way to hikers, announce your presence in advance, adjust your speed to the situation and don’t exceed your own limits.

5

Know yourself, respect your limits.

Plan your excursions in advance. It’s always a good idea to go with a qualified guide!

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