Malga Mondent
Malga Mondent

Circular hike to the Malga Mondent Alta

A scenic circular path leads through the meadows, forests and alpine pastures of the southern foothills of the Maddalene Ridge, high above Pracorno in the Val di Rabbi valley

For this splendid day in August we choose a hiking path far from the usual destinations in midsummer, so that we can really enjoy the beauty of the Trentino: It extends along the slopes of the lower Val di Rabbi valley towards the Val di Sole valley. Arrived in the hamlet of Masi di Zora, we park along the road that leads from Pracorno up to the Malga Mondent Alta mountain hut. This is the starting point of our hike: first we walk back a few metres until we reach the fork in the forest path no.117B: It climbs up to the Malghetto di Arnago - El Bait at 1,719 m a.s.l., an alpine hut that is only open for a few selected events.

After the hut the forest road changes into a narrow path. We first walk uphill to the so-called "Mandria de Mez", and then in a pleasant up and down through a beautiful larch forest to the remains of the Malga Mandriole and to the gravel path no. 117, which winds through the alpine meadows of the Malga Cortinga di Sotto and Malga Cortinga di Sopra. As soon as we reach the upper hut at 2,059 m a.s.l., we descend for another 15 minutes (the path on the left is clearly visible but not signposted) to the Malga Mondent Alta, our final destination and the only refreshment point along the way.

The cosy mountain hut invites to an extended rest in the sun and to enjoy a hearty meal. There is still an hour's descent ahead of us until we reach the Malga Mondent Bassa and the car park at Masi di Zora again.

Author: Giacomo Roccabruna

alpine pasture hike circular route difficulty: moderate dog-friendly
  • Starting point:
    parking space in the hamlet of Masi di Zora, along the road between Pracorno di Rabbi and the Malga Mondent Alta
  • Time required:
    04:40 h
  • Track length:
    11,0 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.399 m to 2.059 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +757 m | -757 m
  • Route:
    Masi di Zora – Malghetto di Arnago (El Bait) – Malga Mandriole - – Malga Cortinga di Sotto – Malga Cortinga di Sopra – Malga Mondent Alta – Masi Bretoni – Masi di Zora
  • Signposts:
    no. 117B, 117, descent to the Malga Mondent
  • Destination:
    Malga Mondent Alta
  • Resting points:
    Malga Mondent Alta
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
  • Download GPX track:
    Circular hike to the Malga Mondent Alta

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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