Dolomiti di Brenta

The Brenta Dolomites make up the westernmost part of the Dolomite region, on the western border of the Province of Trento. This chain is a Dolomite island covering an area of 11,135 hectares bounded to the West by the Giudicarie valleys, to the East by Val di Non and to the North by Val di Sole. The Brenta Dolomites are divided into two parts by the Bocca di Brenta pass. The northern part includes the Sfulmini chain and the Grostè massif, while the South boats the highest peaks in the system: Cima Tosa (3,173m) and the Catena d’Ambiez chain. Among the other high peaks are Cima Brenta (3,150m) and Campanil Basso (2,883m), the latter a famous mountain that is still a magnet for mountaineering enthusiasts. It is not just geography that separates the Brenta Dolomites from the other Dolomite chains: the distinctive morphology of the majestic, towering Brenta peaks, result of erosion carving them into jagged spires and lofty pinnacles of different sizes and shapes, stands in contrast to the more slender, fluid lines of the rest of the UNESCO Dolomites.

Protecting the environment

The exceptional importance of the natural environment, landscape and geology of this Dolomite system is safeguarded by the Parco Naturale Adamello Brenta, designated a protected area in 1988, covering an area of over 62,000 hectares. The parkland environment contains a wide range of plants typical of the Alpine chain and a rich variety of fauna. Alongside chamois, roe and other species of deer, ibex, foxes, badgers and martens, live rarer species such as eagles, bears, black grouse and capercaillie. The Adamello Brenta park has always been famous for its amazing variety of rocks, so much so that, in 2008, it became a geopark covering not only the whole of the existing natural parkland, but also extending further into the land of the parkland municipalities (www.pnab.it).

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The Alimonta Refuge lies in the heart of the Brenta Group, at the foot of Vedretta degli Sfulmini and just a short distance from Bocca d’Armi, affording spectacular scenery: from Punte di Campiglio to Cima Brenta, from Spallone dei Massodi and Cima Molveno to Torri di Brenta and the Sfulmini chain. Thanks to its central position for the Via delle Bocchette route, it has become an ideal base for climbers on the Brenta via ferrata.

The Al Cacciatore Refuge lies in the center of the natural amphitheatre of the Brenta Dolomites, halfway up the Ambiez Valley. It naturally links the southern and western slope of the Group with the south-eastern side and is the arrival point of numerous footpaths which lead to the refuge by different routes.

The Croz dell’Altissimo Refuge lies at the heart of the Brenta Group, at the foot of the imposing peak from which it takes its name.  The refuge is located along the paths which lead to Cime della Campa, Val Flavona and Lake Tovel.

The Maria e Alberto ai Brentei Refuge is located in the center of the Alta Val Brenta on a grassy terrace with a view over Cima Tosa and Crozzon di Brenta. Over the years its central position has made it a base for the most popular via ferrata in the Group and climbs up the Crozzon di Brenta which stands opposite it.

The Selvata Refuge lies in the heart of the Adamello – Brenta Natural Park, facing the vertical rock faces of Croz dell’Altissimo on a plateau between Castelletto dei Massodi and Croz della Selvata. Standing at the entrance to the Massodi Valley, the refuge is a handy base for numerous excursions.

The Silvio Agostini Refuge is situated in the southern part of the Brenta Dolomites, in the Alta Valle d'Ambiez. Thanks to its prime position, the refuge is often used as a base for summer rock climbing courses, climbs along some of the most famous routes in the Group and breathtaking excursions along the Via delle Bocchette.

The Pedrotti Refuge lies at the foot of Brenta Bassa, just a couple of metres from Bocca di Brenta, and is an excellent starting point for all ascents to the central peaks of the Group. It also lies on all the routes crossing the Brenta mountains from South-East to North-West. The old Tosa Refuge lies 30 meters below and was the first refuge in the Brenta area.

The Tuckett Refuge and the old Quintino Sella Refuge lie at the foot of the walls of Castelletto Inferiore on a rocky outcrop. The view from here over the Adamello Presanella Group, Cime Brenta and Sella and Punta Massari is truly inspiring.  

The XII Apostoli Refuge, built by SAT in 1908, is situated in the Conca di Pratofiorito at the foot of Vette d’Agola. It is named after the twelve small rocky conformations which look like figures praying found in the nearby pass of the same name, towards the Sacco Valley. The refuge is in a prime position, offering a stunning view which stretches from Carè Alto to Adamello and from Presanella to Cevedale.