Magnificent mountain hike that starts from the Gavia pass and goes up to the homonymous mountain's peak. The hike is divided in two parts: the first easy and relaxed, and a second much more technic and difficult. It is possible to just enjoy the first part without missing breathtaking views.
Distance 6.8 km
Starting right behind Rifugio Bonetta, located next to Lago Bianco (White Lake) on Gavia pass, the military trail goes up Mt. Gavia offering breathtaking views of at 360°. Great glimpses of Lago Nero (Black Lake), Valle delle Messi, Corno Tre Signori (with the Ortles group) and also the Adamello group on the horizon if it is a clear sunny day.
After reaching the furthest point of the war path (point B), a small track continues uphill changing completely its appearance (more difficult) so for those who would like to have a more easy and relaxed hike (with beautiful scenery anyway) can decide to turn back to the starting point from here. If continuing the trail it is on crest and exposed, so very unstable. The direction is indicated by red points (not so visible/regular) and in the very last part (reaching the top) is very steep and rocky, so pay even further attention. Small climbing parts may be required at the end. More skills are required to climb down.
Update: October 15, 2020
Rest StopRifugio Bonetta
Safety informationThe weather can change very quickly so be prepared. The road can be steep with unstable rocks (especially in the last part).
Getting thereFollow the SP 29 to Passo Gavia
ParkingParking spots at Rifugio Bonetta on Gavia Pass
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EquipmentGood mountain hiking shoes (adapt for rock), rain jacket, t-shirt change (or technical shirt), water/food, and backpack. It is recommended to dress up in layers (depending on the weather) and bring sun's cream especially for July and August.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Climbing helmet as required
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.
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