The three new horse trails, about 110 kilometers, have been identified and traced on the Baldo in collaboration with the municipalities crossed, and are the first in Italy to reach over 2000 meters, connecting two different regions: Veneto and Trentino
Monte Altissimo di Nago
BLU TRAIL - Experts only
5h e 30 min.
It starts from Prà Alpesina (1102 meters) and reaches the 2059 meters of the Damiano Chiesa sull'Altissimo refuge in Trentino. There are 30.5 km that represent the maximum immersion in the nature of Monte Baldo, through breathtaking views of Lake Garda seen from above, the Brenta Group, Presanella and Adamello.
The departure is from Prà Alpesina and immediately you will have to opt for two different routes, the first will lead directly to Bocca Navene , the second will deviate towards Trattospino (1720 m) to reach the station of the cable car of Malcesine . This second option offers one more opportunity to reach the splendid terrace on the Garda visible from the Baita dei Forti and then descend an easy path towards Bocca Navene. From Bocca Navene (1425 m), located 3.7 km from the start of the normal route, where there is a refreshment point, it will be possible to leave for two beautiful refuges, the first one you will encounter on the route is the Graziani refuge strong>, Refreshment Point 6.3 km from the start of the normal route. Following the road that climbs zigzagging you will reach the second refuge towards the Altissimo di Nago , the Damiano Chiesa (2059 m) 9.7 km from the start. We will then continue to Malga Campo and then towards San Giacomo, up to the Refreshment Point of Loc. Mosere (1270 m), again towards San Valentino to return through the suggestive artificial lake of Prà della Stua , at the starting point Prà Alpesina.
Madonna della Neve
4h e 30 min.
It starts from Madonna della Neve at 984 meters and reaches the maximum altitude of 1.538 meters of Malga Artilone. Also in this case there are 31.5 km between the provinces of Verona and Trento and you ride among marmots, chamois and eagles. Along this route you can also see the Navene trenches, which are the ancient border between the Kingdom of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire.
This route, called the Madonna della Neve for a passage near this locality, is spread over two different provinces starting from the territory of the Municipality of Ferrara di Monte Baldo , in the province of Verona and in Veneto , it crosses into the autonomous province of Trento to return later to the point from which it started.
The departure area, convenient for parking cars and trailers, is located in Novezza (1400), a refreshment point useful both before the start of the excursion and on arrival.
Starting in a northerly direction you remain at an altitude between 1350 and 1500 m. up to Malga Prà Alpesina (1467 m), we will pass near Malga Acquenere (1382 m), near a small natural spring, Malga Artilone (1588), Malga Trembari (1388 m), until we reach the first refreshment point (Prà Alpesina hut).
The massif of Monte Baldo will follow us to the left for a long stretch, showing its highest peaks which reach 2200 m. of altitude.
. On its slopes chamois and marmots move, but it will not be rare to see the eagle flying over our heads or to hear from the herdsmen, of the bears who are present and often give testimony of their hunting
. This first stretch will be about 7 km (7.1) of undulating path.
For those who wish, it is possible to make a variant that is certainly worth tackling. With a short stretch of about 3 km it leads to the splendid terminal station of the Malcesine cable car , famous for its characteristic rotating cabins, a breathtaking terrace on Lake Garda, from where it is possible to admire the lake basin more grande d & rsquo; Italy in its almost total entirety and stretch your gaze towards all directions both the Po Valley and the Alps.
Continue towards Bocca di Navene and return to Malga Prà Alpesina , from where you can descend to Madonna della Neve (1067 m), where awaits us, should a comfortable stopping point at the refuge (Monte Baldo) be desired.
From here you can leave for the return stretch passing through places where nature still reigns supreme, between pine forests and rocks, near the Trattesoli hut (1114), the Lavacchio bivouac (1362), up to the Cerbiolo pass (1370 m) until the end of a tour that leads back to the refreshment point of Novezza where the trailers await us. To see: Trenches of Novezza , old border towards the Habsburg Empire. Several trenches and cave deposits are visible, used in this area, a frontier against possible invasions, during the first conflict. In these areas there was also smuggling between the Kingdom of Italy and the Empire of Austria.
The Novezzina Botanical Garden, located a few hundred meters of road below the starting area, collects all the plants of Monte Baldo which has always been defined as the "garden of Europe" for its wide variety of flowers and plants.
The astronomical observatory located near the departure / arrival, wanted by amateur astronomers from Verona, destination of interesting evenings dedicated to observation of the sky.
Do not miss the view of Lake Garda from the arrival area of the cable car, an unparalleled eye-catcher. From here you can leave for the return stretch passing through places where nature still reigns supreme, between pine forests and rocks, near the Trattesoli hut (1114 m), the Lavacchio bivouac (1362 m), up to the Cerbiolo pass (1370 m) until the end of a tour that leads back to the refreshment point of Novezza where the trailers await us.
7h e 30 min.
It starts from 359 meters in the locality of Gaon in Caprino Veronese and arrives at 1367 meters of the Colonei di Pesina mountain hut. They are 46.2 km with a constantly changing landscape and from which you can see, in addition to the views of the lake and the Baldo, also the Memorial of Monte Baldo built to remember all the Veronese who died in the various wars, the Botanical Garden and the Astronomical Observatory of Novezzina.
The path called “Malga Ime” presents an alternative with the possibility of choosing for experienced riders or less experienced riders around the twentieth km. Both routes have the same experiences.
It starts from Gaon (350 m), a town located upstream of the municipality of which it belongs, Caprino Veronese .
The development takes place in a first part to go up and a second to go down to return to the starting point.
Once the trailers have been parked and the horses saddled, we set off in a north-easterly direction towards the locality of Lumini (695 m), from here, towards Prà Bestemà, after 6 km in constant ascent, there is the possibility Punto Sosta (Il Castagneto) for horses and riders. After leaving the Val Zilone, you pass near the homonymous Malga Zilone (1054 m), still further on up to Malga Zocchi (1282 m) up to the Dosso dei Cavalli (1304 m), an extremely vocative place for those who nourish the equestrian passion, continuing for a short stretch. it reaches Malga Colonei di Pesina (1367 m) from which, always going north and going down slightly in altitude, you reach Malga Valfredda (1331 m) from here you can decide whether to choose the normal route or the variant for experts. In the first case, we will go directly, for about 1 km to the second Punto Sosta, (Malga Ime - 1128 m), vice versa we can choose whether to continue towards the next Refreshment Point or make a short detour and then retrace our steps. Normal route
From Malga Ime we will go towards Malga Basiana (1068 m) and we will pass by the suggestive Sacrario del Baldo
Deviation for experts: from Malga Valfredda you will continue straight on staying on the same path Both paths will rejoin in loc. Moie from which, passing through the Alpine Village, you will reach the third refreshment point (located 24.7 km from the start, you will reach the astronomical observatory of Novezza (1235 m) from which the return begins towards home, passing near Cima Gambone (1248 m) you will reach the town of Ferrara di Monte Baldo , therefore an easy path which, after a short ascent, continues towards Basiana, continuing with a constant descent of altitude up to the starting point (GAON)
What to see:
Landscape in constant change from low to high altitude where it is possible to closely observe the highest peaks of Monte Baldo and suggestive views towards Lake Garda.