From Innsbruck to Brixen and through the Dolomites to San Martino di Castrozza

We had talked about crossing the alps on foot for a number of years. The decision whether to go east to west or north to south was finally made with the toss of a coin. North to south it will be!
Now for a route...should we select the 'dreampath' from Munich to Venice? Or the just as well known trail from Oberstdorf to Meran? Neither option fit in our time table, the first route requiring about 30 days, the second around 10. So we poured over maps and internet sites, looking for an in-between option. Innsbruck toward Feltre seemed doable. Well, as one can see from the map, we didn't get all the way to Feltre. Flexibility is a must when hiking in the higher regions of the alps as the weather can be unpredictable, huts are closed for renovation or lack of guardian, and a lunch stop can turn into an unintended 3 hour nap!

We walked about 230 km, ascended around 13,000 m, climbed five peaks, multiple ridges, and crossed several mountain passes. This has been the most challenging and exciting adventure we have undertaken.

The region is remarkable for it's flora, fauna, and geology. Running your mouse over the map will show some examples of the different rock types we encountered along the way, as well as give more information about each leg. Hiking times do not include lunchstops, distances and elevations are best estimates. We are leisure walkers, so a moderately fit and determined hiker can cover the same distance in less time.
The map above provides an overview while the map below shows more detail and is clickable and will take you to pages with pictures and descriptions of each stage. Or click the route names to the left of the map.
Click here if you are looking for more information about planning a trip.



Innsbruck to Meissnerhaus

Meissnerhaus to Liesenhof

Liesenhof to Gries am Brenner

Gries am Brenner to Enzianhütte

Enzianhütte to Sterzingerhütte

Sterzingerhütte to Brixnerhütte

Brixnerhütte to Mühlbach

Mühlbach to St. Andrä

St. Andrä to Plosehütte

Plosehütte to Schlüterhütte

Schlüterhütte to Puezhütte

Puezhütte to Pisciaduhütte

Pisciaduhütte to Passo Pordoi

Passo Pordoi to Malga Ciapela

Malga Ciapela to Rifugio Miralago

Rifugio Miralago to Rifugio G. Volpi al Mulaz

Rifugio G. Volpi al Mulaz to Rifugio Rosetta

map is NOT to scale

We created this website for anyone contemplating a trek across the alps as well as for armchair travellers who would just like to look at the awesome pictures. The scenery was breathtaking, as were some of the ascents! Would you like more information, contact us.

While we have made every effort to provide accurate data, we accept no responsibility for any loss, injury, or inconvenience sustained by anyone using this information. The details provided should be regarded as pointers and in no way are a substitute for your own careful, up-to-date research and maps.

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