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Monte Carè Alto

Monte Carè Alto

Monte Carè Alto

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Trentino, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.10720°N / 10.59640°E

Object Title: Monte Carè Alto

Elevation: 11361 ft / 3463 m


Page By: Franz77

Created/Edited: Feb 13, 2005 / Mar 18, 2005

Object ID: 153686

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Monte Carè Alto is located in the middle part of Alps range. It is on the Adamello group and it is one of the most important peaks of the group.
Monte Carè Alto is a big mountain. It is very easy to recognize and identified its shape from a lot of kilometers of distance. It has a side completely snow and ice covered (obviously the North one with Lares and Niscli glaciers) and an other one of ridges and faces rock. The rock is a particular kind of granite called Tonalite.
Taylor and Montgomery on August 8th 1865 are the first climbers of this peak.
In the First World War, Italian and Austrian Soldier occupied the peak. So now is possible to find trail, fixed gear and old building made of wood and iron on the different faces of the mountain.


Getting There

To reach valleys that bring to our peak is necessary start the excursion from Trentino Region and Val Rendena.
Approaching the Val Rendena - some info
coming from Milan: 2 different ways
the shortest but not easy to find
- follow for autoroute A4-E64
- enter it (pay) till Brescia Est
- Tangenziale Sud di Brescia 2,5km
- Ss45bis 17.7 km
- turn to the left, go on with Spiv for 3.4 km
- turn to the right, go on for 28 m
- turn to the right, go on with Spiv for 1.5 km till VOBARNO
- turn to the right, go on with Sp56 for 14.4 km
- turn to the right, go on with Sp111 for 3.8 km
- turn to the left, go on with Sp58 for 1.3 km
- Ss237 for 41.6 km till TIONE DI TRENTO
- turn to the right, go on with Sp34 for 10.1 km
- Sp236 for 9.2 km
- turn to the right, go on with Ss239 for 11.5 km

and, if all is OK you are in Pieve di Bono - 200 km

You can stop to Pieve di Bono and enter in Val di Daone and Val di Fumo. Here there is a hut at 2009 m (Refuge Val di Fumo). You can leave the car at 1780 m to the Lake Bissina. From Rifugio Val di Fumo you can reach Passo delle Vacche e Segala Bivouac where begin the Soth West ridge of Monte Carè Alto.

If you want to climb the normal route, you have to continue in the valley Giudicarie till Spiazzo di Borzago and turn left in West direction and reach the end of the road in Val Borzago. From this parking starts all the trail to Rifugio Carè Alto e Segalla Bivouac for both the South or the North side of the mountain.

the longest but much easier to find
- follow for autoroute A4-E64
- enter it (pay) till the cross with the A22 (after Verona)
- enter the autoroute 22 toward north (Trento-Bolzano-Brennero)
- follow it till SAN MICHELE ALL'ADIGE ... you are at point 1 of the under approach (from Bolzano)
coming from Bolzano : 125 km
autoroute A22 del Brennero :
1 get out the autoroute at SAN MICHELE ALL'ADIGE
2 when you see indication BRENNERO/MODENA turn to the right and get the Ss43/ Strada Statale Della Val Di Non for 8.3 km
3 follow the Sp73 for 20.7 km
4 follow the per Ss42 fot 14.1 km
5 turn to left anfd follow the Ss239 till DIMARO
6 turn to the right and follow the Ss239 for 15.9 km
coming from Trento : 70 km
autoroute A22 del Brennero per 9 km fino a SAN MICHELE ALL'ADIGE 9.0 km
you are at point 1 of the upper
coming from Italy NW - France - west Switzerland reach Milan
coming from eastern Switzerland - Austria - Germany reach Bolzano
coming from Italy NE - Slovenia - Croatia reach Trento

Getting There from other Continents (air)

get Milano
- via Malpensa airport there is a railway that brings you almost in the centre of town (P.zza Cadorna) , by underground line 2 (green) reach "Porta Garibaldi": there is a service by bus that brings you directly to Madonna di Campiglio (Autostradale)
- via Linate airport - get the Centre on Milan then by underground line 2 (green) reach "Porta Garibaldi" ...
this service is available in June, July and August

Red Tape

You are at the boundary of the Adamello – Brenta National Park.
You haven’t any permit to pay, but normally you cannot camping, make fires, ecc.
The auto parking in the two Valleys (Fumo and Borzago) is free. Maybe the roads are closed during the winter season due to snow cover.

When To Climb

For the North side, the best period is the beginning of Summer, not too late (so only June), but it depends on snow condition.
To climb the south side is better wait the complete melting of the snow (August).
For the normal route (also by skis) there aren’t particular snow requirements.


Camping is not allowed.
The Segalla Bivouac is very confortable but offers only six beds.
The two huts are nice and give a friendly welcome.

Refuges and huts

The owner of Rifugio Carè Alto and Rifugio Val di Fumo is the Società Alpinisti Tridentini. There is a website where you can find telphone number too.

Rifugio Carè Alto

Rifugio Val di Fumo

Route overview

Nowdays, there is a lot of people that climb this peak because it isn’t too difficult to climb from the North side and the panorama from the top is fabulous!!
In the South side there is a historical trail that follow a path built during the White War by soldiers. Maybe it is the best way to reach the top if you are a medium climber.
to be continued...

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Gabriele RothIce melting problem

Gabriele Roth

Voted 10/10

the Normal route along the North Pala doesn't exist anymore
Posted Aug 7, 2008 10:27 am

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