sentiero val maleda
sentiero val maleda

Hike from the Val Maléda to the Val di Rabbi

The quite easy and popular ascent to the Malga Stablàz/Maléda Alta mountain hut, a scenic hike for the whole family, is ideal for an excursion into the woods and to the alpine pastures at the end of the Val di Rabbi valley.

This hike to the Malga Stablàz Alta mountain hut (also called Malga Maléda Alta) in the Val Maléda valley, an unspoilt side valley of the rear Val di Rabbi, we start in the morning at the Al Fontanin-Còler car park. In order to protect the peace and nature of this part of the Stelvio National Park, the road is closed in summer from 9.45 am - 5 pm and the car park can only be reached by the shuttle service Stelviobus Rabbi, which departs from the free car park Plazze dei Forni. It is located near the National Park House in the small village of Rabbi Fonti.

We follow the signposts “Val Maléda” and “Malga Maléda”, always towards the Rifugio Al Fontanin, and walk on a forest path through the woods and meadows of the valley. At the level of the Malga Stablàz Bassa (or Malga Maléda Bassa), about after half of the walking time, the beautiful waterfalls of the Ragaiolo river invite us to take a short detour. After a few hours of leisurely walking, we reach the Malga Maléda/Stablàz Alta mountain hut at an altitude of 2,060 m a.s.l., a well-known place to stop and our destination for today. The panoramic views are overwhelming: for those who want to enjoy them longer, the hut also offers overnight accommodation.

After a stop at the mountain hut we return to the Còler parking space on the same path. If time permits, an extension is recommended, namely the 3 additional km to the Malga Stablasolo (or Stablazzòl), a well-known viewpoint to admire the Cascate del Saènt waterfalls.

Please note: past the Malga Maléda and Malga Stablasolo also the “Via delle Malghe della Val di Sole” (Path to the Malghe della Val di Sole), a path of more than 100 km to the most beautiful alpine pastures of this area.

Author: Giacomo Roccabruna

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

Starting point: Al Fontanin-Ramoni al Còler parking space in the back Val di Rabbi valley
Route: Al Fontanin hut – Malga Stablàz/Maléda Bassa – Malga Stablàz/Maléda Alta
Distance: approx. 7.5 km (in total)
Walking time: approx. 4 hours
Altitude difference: approx. 680 m
Altitude level: between 1,380 and 2,060 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: July 2018

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