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Climbing through the Rio Secco Valley

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Informationen zur Tour Climbing through the Rio Secco Valley

Tour Hauptmerkmale

  • Duration
    3:30 h
  • Distance
  • Altitude
    390 m
  • Altitude
    390 m
  • Max. height
    611 m
After lots of beautiful hikes, this time we will be looking at the via ferrata paradise in the limestone mountains of Rio Secco. A unique experience with excellent climbing routes for people with a head for heights.


We drove to the motorway exit from Mezzocorona and turned north after the bridge over the Adige. We continued past the Castel Monreale and then parked on the left by the Gasthaus Cadino. We crossed the busy main road and passed the chapel, where we immediately saw the sign showing the way to our next adventure: the via ferrata in Rio Secco – a great canyon.

From "salto del capriolo"…: We walked uphill along path no. 490 for around 20 minutes, which got us nicely warmed up. We got ourselves ready on a bench by the start of the via ferrata, putting on our climbing belts, helmets and checking our ropes and carabiners to make sure everything was secure and fitted. We reached the first level after just a few metres. We knew the "salto del capriolo" has a reputation for showing people their limits, but the harder parts were ahead of us. We climbed up to a small lookout, "Belvedere", which gave us a fabulous view of the vineyards in the Adige valley. Next we went further into the ravine.  The ravine was filled with "little stone men", which the children loved all the "stone men" and they built some themselves before we followed the "passagio dei gabbiani" through a section of forest. This then turned into a steep, exhausting slope. At the top of it there is the possibility to leave the via ferrata, but anyone who makes it this far should put in the effort for the final stretch. We changed from one side to the other, passing by bizarre rock formations and along the dry, rocky stream bed up to the majestic "grotta della mariotta".

… to the "Rifugio Sauch": Before we called upon our strength for the final ascent we had to immortalise ourselves by writing our names in the summit book which is stashed in a hollow. Now that we were at the summit, it was incredible that two and a half hours of climbing had gone by without us noticing. We recharged our batteries at a little picnic spot. At this point, we could have turned right towards the famous "Rifugio Sauch" on the Dürer trail, but instead we went left and strolled down towards the valley. The descent should not be underestimated, as a stumble could be dangerous. After negotiating some iron ladders, we arrived back at our starting point 45 minutes later. We began our journey home feeling tired but happy to have made it, and certain that we would attempt to tackle other via ferratas in the region.

Starting point

Gasthaus Cadino

Target point

Gasthaus Cadino


The via ferrata is rated as very difficult. It should be avoided
in wet conditions. Ideal from June until October. It's best to start very early to avoid "traffic jams" at the difficult sections. Some sections are very worn, so good, grippy shoes are recommended.  Equipment: Complete climbing equipment including helmet


Gasthaus Cadino

Public transportation


Take the Brenner motorway to San Michele, then cross the bridge and proceed left up to Cadino.

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