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Across the Ridges

 

ALONG THE OLD SMUGGLER PATHS
In the 1960s, when the border controls between South Tyrol-Südtirol and Austria were increasingly intensified after various assassinations, the Casies smugglers ceased their secret dealings little by little. But anyone who wishes to go hiking on their old trails can still follow the “Smuggler’s Path” in the Val Casies, one of three cross-border instructional paths.

INFO: From July to September, a bus travels twice a week between the Villgraten Valley and the Val Casies. Reservations are required! T. +39 0474 978436

 



There are three themed nature trails including information panels.

A bus operates three times a week from July to mid-September.

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Altitude 1462 m / 2335 m

 

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1) THE SMUGGLERS' TRAIL
Route: From the Talschlusshütte in Santa Maddalena in the Val Casies along trail no. 48 as far as the Tscharniet Alm mountain hut (1,976 m/6,483 ft.) and then on to the Kalksteinjöchl (2,349 m/7,707 ft.) Descent along the Smuggler’s Trail (13a) into the Rosstal valley, past the Oberlipper Alm mountain hut as far as Kalkstein.
Walking time: 4-5 hours.
High points: This theme trail provides an insight into smuggling activities between Villgraten and Gsies, and focuses on smugglers and customs officials.

2) FARMING TRAIL
Route: From Santa Maddalena in the Val Casies via the Malga di Foi-Pfoital to the Gsieser Lenke, on to the Schwarzsee lake as far as the Unterstalleralm mountain hut.
Walking time: 6 hours.
High points: rural customs with Alpine meadows, mountain pastures, haymaking, livestock, Alpine dairies, and shepherds.

3) COSTUMS AND TRADITIONS TRAIL
Route: From S. Martino-St. Martin in the Val Casies via the Verselltal valley to the Gruber Lenke and on
to the Alfenalm as far as Kalkstein.
Walking time: 4-5 hours.
High points: Val Casies wood turners, medicinal herbs, thunderstorms, butter, and cheese.

 

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Difficulty medium
Distance 9.6 km
Duration 03:22 hours
Climb 890 m
Descent 652 m
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