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Mt. Gavia

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  • Panoramic view from the Gavia trail
    / Panoramic view from the Gavia trail
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  • / Panoramic view of Corno dei Tre Signori, Valle delle Messi, Lago Bianco (left) and Lago Nero (right)
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  • / Trail up to the Gavia summit
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  • / View from Gavia war path
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  • / Gavia war Path
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  • / Walking on Gavia trail
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  • / White lake view (Lago Bianco)
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  • / View of Rifugio Bonetta from the trail
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  • / War path
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  • / View Black Lake (Lago Nero) from the trail
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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.
difficult
Distance 6.8 km
4:50 h
600 m
522 m
3,147 m
2,624 m
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.

Author’s recommendation

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.
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Simone Vaccari 
Update: October 15, 2020
Difficulty
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Highest point
Mt. Gavia, 3,147 m
Lowest point
2,624 m
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Rest Stop

Rifugio Bonetta

Safety information

The weather can change very quickly so be prepared. The road can be steep with unstable rocks (especially in the last part).

Start

Rifugio Bonetta, Gavia Pass (2,624 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.343732, 10.487228
DMS
46°20'37.4"N 10°29'14.0"E
UTM
32T 614443 5133314
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Destination

Rifugio Bonetta, Gavia Pass

Turn-by-turn directions

The start is right behind Rifugio Bonetta and take the visible military trail that leads first north (with many turns up and then with a long curve toward south west. Then the trail will offer great views of Valle delle Messi and afterwards the Black Lake (Lago Nero). Keep on following the well built track, noticing the constraction skills on such an inaccessible land. The continues until its end, and from this point it will change completely becoming more difficult. Continue going up always following red dots (not so visible so pay attention), and reach the first of the two peaks before the actual summit. Continue always in the proximity of the crest until also the second peak is reached. Now it is only left the final part that goes until the Cross on Mt. Gavia. This is the steepest part, so climbing skills may be required. On the way down, due to the unstable and steep soil, be very carefull. Procede back to the starting point. Now it is possible to enjoy some rewarding food/drink in the hut.

Note


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Getting there

Follow the SP 29 to Passo Gavia

Parking

Parking spots at Rifugio Bonetta on Gavia Pass

Coordinates

DD
46.343732, 10.487228
DMS
46°20'37.4"N 10°29'14.0"E
UTM
32T 614443 5133314
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Equipment

Good 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)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

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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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
6.8 km
Duration
4:50 h
Ascent
600 m
Descent
522 m
Highest point
3,147 m
Lowest point
2,624 m
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