Alta Via 2 (day 8): Passo San Pellegrino to Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz
Following what may have been a large day yesterday, day 8 is short and undemanding as it journeys through the Pale di San Martino to charming Rifugio Mulaz.
Aside from a few short trails you might wish to scamper up, there isn’t much in the way of extension or side-trips, so enjoy a relaxing day in anticipation of the via ferrata to come!
This comprehensive guide to Day 8 of Alta Via 2 contains detailed section times, route recommendations, adventurous side trips, via ferrata, and heaps of insider tips— use it to plan your hike & then refer back on the trail so you always know what to expect!
For a complete Alta Via 2 planning guide, check out this post: COMING SOON
Alta Via 2: Day 8 overview
Stats quoted here are for my recommended “adventure route” that incorporates side trips, summits & via ferrata whenever possible (in brackets, see stats for the standard AV2 route with no additions).
- Trail hours: 5hrs
- Distance: 13km
- Elevation gain & loss: 1130m up & 470m down
- Huts: Rifugio Valles, Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz
San Pellegrino to Passo Valles (1h45m)
Leaving San Pellegrino, it’s a touch tricky to connect with the trail— walk towards the Margherita cable car and pass through a plastic gate followed by a wooden turnstile to find a forested trail winding gradually up the hillside.
From this point, it’s no struggle at all to stay on route. Follow cairns across the rocks above Lago di Cavia and through cow-filled pastures. Although the early sections of the route can be quite steep, it should only take about 45min to reach Pale di Gargol at 2,218m.
At the junction, follow signs towards Passo Valles and continue 30min further to Forcella di Pradazzo. The route descends on a wide road, but the most expedient way to reach the pass is to follow the GPS straight through the hills for about 30min, connecting with various trails and goat tracks to eventually reach Rifugio Valles.
Assuming you’ve had a long day yesterday, Rifugio Valles is an excellent spot to break for lunch.
Passo Valles to Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz (3h15m)
From Rifugio Valles, hike uphill about 25min to reach Forcella Venegia at 2,212 and then follow signs towards Rifugio Mulaz.
The next several hours of the walk alternate between uphill and downhill, offering beautiful views of the Pale di San Martino range and countless cow-covered pastures en route to Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz.
The final ascent has a few cable sections, but nothing that requires full via ferrata gear. With bronchitis, I moved a little slower than usual today and was beyond relieved to see the hut come into view at the top of an uphill push!
Night 8: Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz
Surrounded by the limestone peaks of Pale di San Martino and staffed by some of the loveliest people we met on the trek, Rifugio Volpi al Mulaz was among my favourite huts.
Warmed by a hot stove in the dining area, grab a hot wine (vin brûlée) on arrival and dig into a delicious 3-course dinner while admiring the many old-school mountaineering photos (and stuffed kitties) that adorn the interior of this cozy hut. Reserve Rifugio Mulaz by email.
- Rooms: 34€ dorm (must pay for half board if staying in a private room)
- Food: half board 69/74€ (dorm/private, includes 3-course dinner and breakfast); no a la carte if staying in a private room; excellent hot wine!
- Showers: closed indefinitely due to water shortage
- Connectivity: weak mobile signal outside the hut
- Alpine Club Discount: -17€ half board
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- Alta Via 2 (day 2): Rifugio Genova to Rifugio Puez + Via Ferrata Piz Duleda
- Alta Via 2 (day 3): Rifugio Puez to Rifugio Pisciadú + Via Ferrata Gran Cir, Piz da Cir, Brigata Tridentina
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