Valparola Alm (Munt de Valparola)

Relax in the woods with sightings of marmots

Gray day in San Cassiano. So today, Giorgia and I opt for an excursion starting right in front of our Hotel Gran Paradiso ****.
Target the Malga Valparola which is indicated at 1 hour from our hotel. Given the conditions of bad weather, we take the CAI 18A path starting right on the roadside. Go down a couple of meters and go along the Ru de San Cascian stream and an estate where you can see numerous horses right on the edge of the path. Continue straight on the dirt road without any elevation gain until you reach the Gran Ancei hotel. Here the track changes and becomes with signpost number 18. Continue through the marvelous meadows, called Pra de Costa, with the magnificent view of the Piz de Lavarela and the Piz dles Conturines.
At the end of the meadows we go into the woods, where a small climb awaits us that takes us into the silence of nature. In just under 1 hour you can see the outline of the hut among the branches. Unfortunately today we found it closed so we can't do reviews on the magnificent products that they will surely produce. From here it is possible to continue to reach the Valparola Pass.




7.36 KM

Hike type



209 mt

  • Mountain


  • Address

    San Cassiano, Trentino Alto Adige, Italy

  • Altitude

    1808.00 m

  • Refuges

    Malga Valparola

  • Information

    Malga Valparola

Continuing along the path you have to open a wooden gate with a curious sign: "Please respect the marmots (one bites!)" We rest for a while in the meadows and suddenly we hear the typical whistle of the marmot. It is right there a few steps from us, the lookout marmot who noticed two dogs coming down the road that leads to Valparola. She is beautiful, standing at attention, standing with her paws at chest height! She keeps an eye on the dogs and then lies quietly again with her nose sticking out of the den. We stand in admiration for almost an hour to take the best photo and we meet a nice Milanese couple.
Delighted with this pleasant view, we retrace our steps for fear of catching rain and resume the same track as the first leg. A pleasant trickle accompanies us from halfway to the return to the hotel.
A nice excursion, very short, but which allows you to take a "walk" in a gloomy day like this. The small difference in height and the well-trodden dirt road facilitate young and old in a nice relaxing walk… in search of marmots!

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Tourist - Itinerary on narrow streets, mule tracks or wide paths. The routes are generally not long, do not present any orientation problems and do not require specific training if not the typical one of the walk.