Alta Via di Merano Giggelberg - Unterstell
From Giggelberg to Unterstell above the village of Naturno, crossing the so-called “Valley of Thousand Steps”.
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From Rablà we take the Funivia Texel cable car to Giggelberg, the starting point of this stage of the Alta Via di Merano. Hiking westwards through the valley of the Schindelbach stream we reach the beautiful old Hochforch farm under the Orenknott mountain and the Orenalm alpine pasture.
From here, we head towards the Brunnen valley und the Lahnbach valley, the so-called “Valley of Thousand Steps” (even though they are “only” 987). The trail leads us down the ravine and up to the other side of the valley. With its beautiful waterfalls this section is particulary adventurous.
After quite an exhausting ascent from the ravine, we finally reach the meadows and farms on the beautiful Monte Sole. Some of the farms offer cold and warm dishes. Having passed the farms Grubhof, Galmein and Innerforch, we follow trail no. 24B to the mountain station of the Unterstell cable car, which takes us down to the village of Naturno. On this fifth stage of the Alta Via di Merano we got to know the wild nature of the Tessa mountain group.
Please note: When you plan to do this stage of the Alta Via di Merano, please inform yourselves on the conditions of the trails!
Starting point: Giggelberg above Parcines (reachable by the Funivia Texel cable car from Rablà)
Trail route: Giggelberg - Unterstell, trail no. 24 (Alta Via di Merano)
Walking time: approx. 3 h
Length: 8.7 km
Altitude difference (ascent): 450 metres
Altitude difference (descent): 700 metres
Experienced in: September 2010
More information: tourist board Parcines, phone +39 0473 967157