Alta Via di Merano Monte S. Caterina - Casera di Fuori
From the Val Senales into the Val di Fosse, crossing the beautiful nature park of the Tessa mountain group.
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We start our hiking tour in the village of Monte Santa Catarina in the lower Val Senales, which we have reached by bus from Naturno. Following trail no. 28 towards Nasereit, crossing the beautiful green meadows above Monte Santa Catarina, we finally reach trail no. 24, the Alta Via di Merano.
We hike gently upwards towards north, through a dense larch wood. Having passed some beautiful mountain farms, the trail gets narrower and leads us into the forest again, along cliffy rocks and across steep meadows, up and down several stone steps, until we finally reach the large meadow above the Tumlhof farm, from where the trail branches off to the right into the Val di Fosse.
Consequently, the trail leads us through another larch wood and crosses some streams until it reaches the area around the Nasereit farm, where the valley gets wider and greener. Hiking across the steep slopes of the Val di Fosse along a small brook, we pass the plague chapel and finally reach the beautiful alpine pastures of Casera di Fuori. From here, we get back to the valley by the taxi shuttle which we have ordered in advance.
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: Monte Santa Catarina in the Val Senales
Trail route: Monte Santa Catarina - Nasereit - Casera di Fuori in the Val di Fosse, trail no. 24 (Alta Via di Merano)
Walking time: approx. 3 h
Length: 8 km
Altitude difference (ascent): 650 metres
Altitude difference (descent): 190 metres
Experienced in: September 2010
More information: tourist board Val di Senales, phone +39 0473 679148