The Orsi Aided path is one of the most accessible and most beautiful trails in the Brenta Dolomites. While maintaining a contained level of difficulty, it traces a wonderful itinerary with breathtaking views between the Bocca di Tucket and the Rifugio Pedrotti. The Orsi Aided path runs parallel to the overlying Ferrate delle Bocchette Alte and Basse with magnificent views of the east side of the Brenta. As in many itineraries in the Brenta Dolomites, it is practicable in both directions and due attention must be paid to the state of the snow that varies from season to season.
The Orsi Aided path can be traveled, as already mentioned, in both directions, and this certainly determines which is the starting point of the itinerary. In this report we propose to follow the itinerary from the Tucket Hut (2272 m) to the Pedrotti Hut (2491 m). Being a very long trip, this review proposes to start from the mountain station of the Passo Grostè cable car (2437 m) so as to reduce the height difference to go uphill. For this itinerary, therefore, the starting point of the itinerary is the mountain station of the cable car that connects Madonna di Campiglio with the Rifugio Stoppani al Grostè. Once in Madonna di Campiglio we continue from the center of the village towards Folgarida until we notice the large parking lot on the left for the cable cars. Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the top station of the cable car we will have to reach the Tucket Hut via the panoramic and not difficult CAI 316 Path (1h 30h from the mountain station). From the Tucket hut we will have to climb the steep valley that leads us to the Bocca di Tucket. Please note that this stretch is generally covered by snow (1h from the Tucket Hut - 2h 30 'from the top station of the cable car) more difficult in late season due to the melting of surface snow and the outcrop of living ice. The Orsi Aided path (CAI 303) will start from the bocca di Tucket, where the Ferrata Benini will also depart in a northerly direction and in the south the Ferrata delle Bocchette Alte.
From Bocca di Tucket we descend in an easterly direction, losing altitude in a first aided stretch to the first junction to descend the Sentiero delle Val Perse (CAI 322). The Orsi Path runs parallel to the Bocchette Alte, which however develop at higher altitudes. We continue under the wall of Cima Brenta crossing aexposed ledge under the Spallone of the Massodì. The Orsi Trail develops mostly flat with modest ups and downs with a great view over the valleys below and Lake of Molveno. After a paculiar passage on a exposed ledge near the Naso dei Massodì we continue ours path under the Busa d'Armi and the impressive spiers of the Campanile Alto e Basso,, Cima degli Sfulmini and Cima dei Armi. At Busa degli Sfulmini we meet the crossroads for the Via Ferrata Spellini that would allow us to go back to Bocca degli Armi and eventually follow the Via Ferrata Bocchette Centrali or wanting to cover a ring, go along the Ferrata delle Bocchette Alte and return to the Tucket. We continue on path slightly downhill to the Rifugio Pedrotti passing next to the feature church (2491 m - 2h 30 'from Bocca di Tucket - 5h 30' from the mountain station of Grostè).
To return to Passo Grostè, the shortest route is to follow the same route backwards (5h - 10h 30 'total).
Surely this option is the least satisfying given the environment in which we find ourselves. For people who can divide the itinerary in two days there are two interesting itineraries that could be followed for a wonderful loop tour:
The Orsi Aided path is an aided path in the Brenta Dolomites very interesting from the landscape point of view and is generally suitable for beginners and inexperienced people of via ferrata. The aided sections protect the most exposed points. The difference in height is modest and it is possible to combine the magnificent views of the Brenta Dolomites without having to climb particularly high. Probably the most technical passage of the itinerary is around Bocca di Tucket with the ascent along the homonymous glacier.
In the descent, some possible itineraries have been signed that can be connected to the Orsi Aided path. A further hypothesis of combining a tour route is the Via Ferrata Spellini which connects the Aided Orsi Path with the Ferrata of the Bocchette Centrali (4h these two via ferratas for a complete itinerary of 8h 30 'up to Pedrotti).
From Rifugio Pedrotti you could also follow other interesting aided routes in the southern area of the Brenta Group: the Aided path Apolloni, the Via Ferrata Brentari, the Via Ferrata Castiglioni and Aided path dell'Ideale.
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Approach: 3:00 h
Ferrata: 2:30 h
Itinerary: 10:30 h
Ferrata height difference: 150 m
Route difference: 1365 m
Max altitude: 2699 m
Length: 24 Km