Val Daone is the name of a wide valley stretching southward from the Adamello massif and its still majestic glaciers. The river Chiese has its spring at the top of the valley and runs through another valley of the same name, Valle del Chiese, where its otherwise flowing course is disrupted by two large artificial basins. Local bikers may know this area thanks to the famous cycle path named Heckmair Route, which starts at Passo di Campo and, after an arduous plod and up to four hours pushing your bike, leads into Val Daone.
Update: November 10, 2021
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Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
Tips and hints
Bersone (640 m)
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The Val Daone Tour may share the passage through this particular valley with the Heckmair Route, but not its advanced level of difficulty: the trail here follows a gentle track route through the woods flowing down smoothly to the final slope. The trailhead is located in the town of Bersone, where a narrow paved road climbs uphill to the main urban centre of the valley, the town of Daone. Continuing on paved surfaces, the bike track leads gently upwards, surrounded by a breath-taking landscape. After crossing Ponte (bridge) Manonchin, a fork in the road gives access to a long gravel track climbing all the way to Malga Lavanech. The track so far is smooth and easy, but if you are riding an eMTB make sure that you bring along a spare battery to cover safely this 1,500-metre ascent.
From Malga Lavanech the itinerary follows a smooth track leading into the wood and onto regular terrain with just a few bumpy stretches. Average biking skills are sufficient to ride through this path without dismounting. It is only after a brief slope descending into a lateral valley that the track starts climbing quite steeply, thus requiring greater effort. A three-kilometre uphill ride will take you to Malga Cleaba, where the track connects to the gravel road to Malga Clef, which connects you to the itineraries of the Giro dell’Orizzonte.
Following the gravel road to Malga Table you will reach the paved road leading to Boniprati (Good Meadows) plateau and its two mountain huts, or rifugi: rifugio "Boniprati” and rifugio “Lupi di Toscana”. Here you can catch your breath and recover your strength before shooting down the narrow, little-travelled paved road leading to the trailhead in Bersone.