Bormio 360
Bormio
Stage 7

The Trail of Rhododendrons

Fontanaccia - Malga dell'Alpe

KM
12,7 Km
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  • parconazionaledellostelvioStelvio National Park

This stage is characterized by the presence of rhododendron, an alpine plant typical up to 2,400 meters of altitude, which blooms at the end of June, and has pink-fuchsia to ruby ​​red shades of flowers.


In particular, in the plain of San Bernardo, where the suggestive church stands, the flowering of the rhododendron offers travelers a spectacular view.

The flowers are particularly sought after by bees, and their honey has been produced and appreciated since ancient times. On the other hand, the leaves are used for infusions, decoctions, and compresses.

Details


A medium difficulty trail, 12.6km in length, starting from the Fontanaccia car park at the mouth of Val di Rezzalo above the village of Frontale just outside Sondalo. The trail heads uphill through the forest until it reaches the charming Baite de La Pontela and then follows an unpaved road through beautiful Val di Rezzalo to San Bernardo. Just beyond the church of the same name you can stop off at the La Baita refuge or one of the two picnic areas along the route. Continue on until you reach the panoramic terrace at Clevio which overlooks the Val di Rezzalo. From here take the old military track that leads to Passo dell’Alpe at 2462 m, the highest point on the itinerary, and begin the descent down to the Malga dell’Alpe which offers food and lodging.

Technical info

Bussola
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 12,74 Km
  • Hiking time: 4:25 h
  • Max. altitude: 2462 m
  • Min. altitude: 1500 m
  • Elevation gain: 983 m
  • Elevation drop: 189 m
  • Max. grad. ascent: 19%
  • Max. grad. descent: 14%
  • When to go: May - October

Details


An uphill trail through the beautiful Val di Rezzalo, surrounded by woodland, pastures and rhododendrons until you reach Passo dell’Alpe and begin the descent down to the Gavia valley. The stage begins at the Fontanaccia car park above the village of Frontale near Sondalo. The first section takes you through the forest until you reach the charming Baite de La Pontela, and then continues along an unpaved road until Piana di San Gaetano in San Bernardo where you can find the church of the same name. The route continues along a winding military road until it comes to a difficult section on gravelly terrain. Once you reach Passo dell’Alpe at 2462 m above sea level, the highest point on the itinerary, the route heads downhill towards the Malga dell’Alpe which offers food and lodging.

Charging station: Rifugio la Baita, Malga dell’Alpe.

Technical info

Bussola
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Distance: 12,74 Km
  • Max. altitude: 2462 m
  • Min. altitude: 1500 m
  • Elevation gain: 983 m
  • Elevation drop: 189 m
  • Max. grad. ascent: 19%
  • Max. grad. descent: 14%
  • When to go: May - October
  • Battery consumption: High

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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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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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