lago delle buse e dintorni
lago delle buse e dintorni

Hike from the Passo Manghen to Monte Montalon

The impressive circular hike above 2,000 m asl. explores the lonely altitudes of the beautiful Lagorai Mountain Chain

The Lagorai Mountain Chain separates the Val di Fiemme valley from the Valsugana and offers a wild and quite untouched natural landscape in the heart of the Trentino. Among the few human traces, there is the road to the Passo Manghen mountain pass, the only road link which traverses this mountain chain. The 2,000 m high Passo Manghen is accessible from Cavalese in the Val di Fiemme valley or from Borgo Valsugana and is starting point of our hike today. After a coffee in the Baita Manghen mountain hut we start off towards “Lago delle Buse” lake (marker 322).

The path proceeds at the northern mountainside around the Montalon Group. After about 45 minutes we reach the Lago delle Buse, a beautiful untouched mountain lake nestled in a moor landscape. Now we follow the marker no. 322A which proceeds uphill towards “Pian delle Fave” and “Forcella del Montalon”. The wild beauty of nature is impressive, only some lonely chalets are located beneath our path.

The path leads uphill to the Forcella del Montalon, a 2,133 m high transition which takes us to the south side of the mountain group. Past the Montalon lakes the view opens on the Val Montalon valley. Now the path becomes a bit more demanding, it proceeds downhill and uphill again, past scree fields and meadows full of mountain herbs. Past the Forcella Pala del Becco we stay on the south side and walk further towards “Forcella Ziolera” (Marker no. 322). At this 2,253 m high point, the junction to the Ziolera summit is located (2,460 m asl.). In the meantime it has become foggy, so we decide not to climb the peak. We follow the path to the “Forcella del Frate” where our descent to the Passo Manghen starts.

Author: AT

circular route difficulty: moderate route with lake
  • Starting point:
    Passo Manghen mountain pass
  • Time required:
    04:45 h
  • Track length:
    11,9 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.981 m to 2.309 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +592 m | -592 m
  • Route:
    Passo Manghen - Lago delle Buse (Lake Buse) - Piana delle Fave - Forcella Montalon saddle - Forcella Ziolera saddle - Forcella del Frate saddle - Passo Manghen
  • Signposts:
    322, 322A, 322B, 322
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    Hike from the Passo Manghen to Monte Montalon

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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