malga tuena
malga tuena

From Lake Tóvel to the Malga Tuena

This classic route in the Val di Tóvel valley starts at one of the most beautiful lakes in the Alpine region and leads through the north-eastern section of the Adamello-Brenta Nature Park.

On a beautiful weekend in June we start this hike to the Malga Tuena mountain hut. The time is well chosen, because we can park directly at Lake Tóvel, which is not possible during the summer months (see below, “starting point”). The lake is also known as “Lago Rosso”, meaning red lake, because the algae species Tovellia sanguinea coloured the water blood red until 1964. Today, as in the past, the lake is immersed in the splendid natural landscape at the foot of the southern Brenta Dolomites. This of course invites to take one or the other break to enjoy the panorama…

Next to the Chalet Tovel we keep to the right and follow the white path that leads around the lake. At the signpost no. 309 “Malga Tuena” we continue on the right gravel path which now leads up into the forest. It soon becomes narrower and the ascent steeper: some sections have steps, there are several serpentines, and so we soon gain height and reach the alpine meadows of the Malga Tuena or Tuenna.

After a nice break at the mountain hut, which offers a fantastic view on the Brenta Dolomites and has its own dairy, we start our way back. It follows the same path as upwards. It’s a pity that our hike is already finished, but we will surely come back to Lake Tóvel soon!

Author: Giacomo Roccabruna

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Parking space at Lake Tóvel ( chargeable). During the summer months this road is closed from 10.30 am to 4.30 pm, the parking possibilities are soon exhausted. If the last section is closed, you can park in the village of Capriolo (for a fee) and walk along the beautiful Sentiero delle Glare path to the lake (5.6 km, about 2 hours in each direction) or use the shuttle service from Cles or Tuenno, which is included in the parking fee. The latter are recommended as starting points on summer weekends.
Route: Lake Tóvel – Poza delle Stele – Malga Tuena mountain hut
Signposts: “Malga Tuena”, no. 309
Distance: approx. 5 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours
Altitude difference: 570 m
Altitude level: between 1,170 and 1,740 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: June 2019

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