croce di vetta a cima panarotta
croce di vetta a cima panarotta

Mount Panarotta circular tour

Our hike to the summit of the Panarotta and to the Malga Masi mountain hut starts in Vetriolo, a small thermal spa at the slope above Levico Terme.

From the parking space near the Vetriolo thermal bath we walk to the Madonna della Neve Church and further on past the thermal spring through the forest. On the path no. 308 we reach the 1,800 m high Cima Esi on the west side of Mt. Panarotta with its lift station which is in operation during the skiing season. Now the path follows the ski run to the 2,002 m high main summit. From the peak with its radio masts and antennas we enjoy the spectacular view on the Valsugana valley, its lakes and the surrounding mountains.

The descent follows the path on the eastern side of the mountain towards the La Bassa saddle. We continue our descent on the path no. 372 towards the Malga Masi mountain hut - it coincides with a section of the E5 long-distance walking trail. The hut, a well-known rest point, is located slightly lower. From this point the path no. 309 leads us back to Vetriolo Terme.

Situation 2021
The proposed excursion is not recommended at the moment: The paths E308 and E309 are still inaccessible due to the severe damage caused by storm Vaia in October 2018. Malga Masi is also temporarily closed due to the construction site set up to recover the wood blocking the access road.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Vetriolo Terme (accessible by car on the road from Levico)
Route: Vetriolo - Mt. Cima Esi - Mt. Panarotta - La Bassa saddle - Malga Masi mountain hut - Vetriolo
Signposts: no. 308, 372, E5, 309
Distance: approx. 9.5 km (in total)
Walking time: about 3.5 hours (in total)
Altitude difference: approx. 540 m
Altitude level: between 1,480 and 2,000 m a.s.l.
Experienced in: August 2016

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