Cima d'Asta

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Cima d'Asta
Created On: Sep 26, 2006
Last Edited On: Oct 13, 2006


Going to the  Forzeleta South wall, lake and refuge
The Cima d'Asta massif is situated at the center of the most extended inhabited zone of the Trentino. It is a part of the Lagorai Group, an west-east long chain that extends itself from Cima Panarotta top until Passo Rolle pass for a total lenght approximately 50 Km. It separates the Val di Fiemme valley (at north) from the Valsugana valley (at south). At west the border is the Val dei Mocheni valley, at east the Passo Rolle pass.

It occupies the southern part of the great group of the Lagorai of which it constitutes a geographical subgroup (geologically different because made of granite and not of porphyr) and from which it is separated and at the same time joined by two valleys: the Val Campelle valley toward west and the Val Cia valley toward east.

Normally the entire zone is also called “group of  Lagorai-Cima d' Asta” in order to emphasize the geographic-territorial unit of the area to whose inside is placed the massif of Cima d'Asta. But the massif is itself distinguished in the subgroups of Cima Tolvà and Cimon Rava and therefore some author prefers to consider it like being group to himself. In every case from its main top (m. 2847) a 360° wide panorama is enjoyed.

Getting There

Location Cima d Astalocation
Cima d Asta TCIstreet map
• By car from Trento: to abandon the A22 motorway of Brennero to the escape Trento Nord; to follow the indications for Padova-Venezia and to take SS 47 of the Valsugana; to continue on SS 47 of the Valsugana; exceeded Borgo Valsugana, to turn on the left and following the indications for Strigno and Tesino. Joints to Pieve Tesino to follow the indications for the Val Malene valley.
• By car from Bassano del Grappa: to take the state road SS 47 in Trento direction. At Grigno, exit and take to right for Castel Tesino. Joints to Pieve Tesino to follow the indications for the Val Malene valley.
• By train from Trento: to come down to the station Borgo Valsugana East of the railway line Trento-Venezia and to go up on the bus for Castello Tesino available in the same station. Railroad Time-table into Trenitalia; for bus into TrentinoTrasporti. No public services from Pieve Tesino to Malga Sorgazza, starting point of the route!
• By train from Bassano del Grappa: as mentioned above. This access is recommended for who is approached from Venezia, Padova, Treviso and from the Padana plain it orients them. No public services from Pieve Tesino to Malga Sorgazza, starting point of the route!
• Nearest airports: in Verona Aeroporto Valerio Catullo; in Venezia Aeroporto Marco Polo; in Bolzano-Bozen Aeroporto di Bolzano.

Hiking normal route

Cima d Asta SATSAT/Kompass map
At north of the country of Pieve Tesino it begins the asphalted road of the Val Malene valley that penetrates in the subgroup of Cima d'Asta and is furrowed from the Grigno creek. After ten kilometers there is Malga Sorgazza alpine barn (m. 1.450 - opened in the summery period with restaurant service and parking). From here it begins the distance on foot, that we divide into two parts:


• first part (Sorgazza mountain barn - Ottone Brentari refuge): from mountain barn Sorgazza (m. 1.450), to follow the forest road along the path path SAT 327 along the large forest road. Leaving on the right the path SAT 386, and reaching so the locality “pont Brusà” (m. 1.647) with cableway of service to the Ottone Brentari refuge. Here to choose path SAT 327 that laughed them with numerous carried the walloon called locally “bualòn” until altitude 2,000 meters where coming from Forcella Magna path SAT 326. To continue along SAT 327 until the rests of the old mountain hut "del Pastore" (m. 2.131). Here it is possible to choose if to continue along SAT 327 (steeper) or to opt for the varying SAT 327b (less steep). If it is continued for SAT 327 it is necessary to gain the not dangerous but steep plates  in granite that they carry directly to the Lago di Cima d'Asta lake (m. 2.451) that is situated beside the refuge Ottone Brentari (m. 2.476). The varying SAT 327b completes a turn on the right in order to go around the plates, but the time does not change: 3,00 hours - unevenness 1,040 meters.


Cima d Asta: from  Lastèi  toward Val MaleneViewing back to Val Malene

The refuge Ottone BrentariOttone Brentari refuge

Cima d Asta: before the refugeAlong path SAT 327

Cima d Asta: leaving the refugeLeaving the refuge

• second part (Ottone Brentari refuge - East normal route): from the refuge to follow path SAT 364 that goes around to east the small lake and goes up until catching up the deep saddleback (“Forzeleta”, m. 2.680) situated in the east crest. From the saddleback, the path turns to NW (left for who goes up) and then comes down for 80-100 meters until the sinking "Conca Lastè dei Fiori" . Here you abandon the path SAT 364 that comes down in the Vallon di Cima d' Asta. By a marked path, left to right and low the Passo dei Diavoli (=Step of the Devils)  is continued along the slope till the the cross of summit at m. 2847 (from the shelter hours 1.15-1.30 - unevenness 375 meters+80 meters in reduction = 454 meters). Some meters to NW of the cross is found, more low, the bivouac Giuseppe Cavinato (m. 2840). • Note: if the distance comes completed in a single day, the total unevenness in climb Malga Sorgazza-Cima d' Asta is 1.480 meters approximately.

Cima d Asta: at the  Forzeleta At the "Forzeleta" staple

Cima d Asta: Lastè dei FioriThe Lastè dei Fiori sinking

Cima d Asta: along normal routeFrom "Forzeleta" staple toward the top

Cima d Asta: pano to Cima dei Diavoli topFrom top toward Cima dei Diavoli


Italian version: A nord del paese di Pieve Tesino inizia la strada comunale asfaltata della Val Malene che si addentra nel sottogruppo di Cima d'Asta ed è solcata dal torrente Grigno. Dopo dieci chilometri si giunge alla località Malga Sorgazza (m. 1450 - aperta nel periodo estivo con servizio di ristorazione e parcheggio). Di qui inizia il percorso a piedi, che dividiamo in due parti:

• prima parte (Malga Sorgazza - Rifugio Ottone Brentari): da Malga Sorgazza m. 1.450, seguire la strada forestale lungo il sentiero sentiero SAT 327 fino alla località "pont Brusà" (m. 1.647) dove parte la teleferica di servizio al rifugio Brentari. Scegliere il sentiero SAT 327 che risale con numerose svolte il vallone chiamato localmente "bualòn" fino a quota 2.000 dove incontra il sentiero SAT 326 proveniente da Forcella Magna. Proseguire lungo il SAT 327 fino ai ruderi della Baita del Pastore (m. 2.131). Qui è possibile scegliere se proseguire lungo il sentiero SAT 327 (più ripido) oppure optare per la variante SAT 327b (meno ripida). Se si prosegue per il SAT 327 occorre vincere le placche in granito non pericolose ma ripide che portano direttamente al Lago di Cima d'Asta (m. 2451) e al vicino Rifugio Ottone Brentari (m. 2.476). La variante SAT 327b compie un giro sulla destra per aggirare le placche granitiche, ma il tempo non cambia: 3.00 ore, dislivello 1.040 metri.

• seconda parte (Rifugio Ottone Brentari - via normale dalla cresta est): dal Rifugio Brentari seguire il sentiero SAT 364 che aggira ad est il lago e sale fino a raggiungere la profonda sella ("Forzeleta", m. 2.680) incisa nella cresta orientale di Cima d'Asta. Dalla sella, il sentiero gira a NW (sinistra per chi sale) e scende per 80-100 meters fino alla conca sassosa dei Lastè dei Fiori. Si abbandona il sentiero SAT 364 che scende nel Vallon di Cima d'Asta e si prosegue lungo il pendio E della cima seguendo un percorso intuitivo e segnato che, lasciato a destra e in basso il Passo dei Diavoli, porta alla croce di vetta a m. 2.847 (dal rifugio ore 1.15-1.30, dislivello 375 meters+80 meters in discesa = 454 meters).  Qualche metro a NW della croce si trova, leggermente più in basso, il bivacco Giuseppe Cavinato (m. 2840).

Se il percorso viene compiuto in una sola giornata, il dislivello complessivo in salita Malga Sorgazza-Cima d'Asta è di 1.480 meters circa. Difficoltà con l'inglese? Aiutati con il traduttore Google

Cima d Asta: pano toward northPano toward north

Red tape

• When to climb: only during summer or fall because the snow presence reserves this way to expert and equipped mountaineer skiing only.

The route here described is not difficult and it does not demand technical equipments, but warm dressed are raccomanded  because of the possible changes of the weather. In case of rain pay attention on the plates of granite under the refuge expecially coming down.

The coming from Pieve Tesino road continues like dirt road also beyond the locality Malga Sorgazza, but its access with private motor vehicles is prohibited.

After the refuge, to carry with himself one water bottle: for the first time during 2006 summer no snow remains in Lastè dei Fiori: a sign of the progressive withdrawal of the ice in the alpine arc.

Local tourist office

Local mountain meteo

• Links convention from this page: inner SP links are showed in blue-bold-underscore; external links are showed in blue-normal-underscore.


The camping Val Malene (here informations and prices) is situated in the low Val Malene valley and works the entire year.

Malga Sorgazza is always opened with restaurant service. Here it is a large free parking area.

The refuge Ottone Brentari is normally open since June 20th to September 20th; in the other periods it is possible to take advantage of the winter room (6 places).

The Giuseppe Cavinato bivouac has two bed places with mattresses and covers. From his window the refuge Ottone Brentari can be seen.

Maps and books

• Advised cartography: Kompass n. 626 (Catena dei Lagorai-Cima d'Asta) 1:25,000 or Kompass  n. 621 (Valsugana-Tesino) 1:25,000

• Advised book: Mario Corradini, "Lagorai Cima d'Asta", Touring Editore, Milano 2006. A complete and exaustive guide to the hiking and mountering paths into the most large wilderness-area of  Trentino. Useful also for the climbers. Edited by Touring Club Italiano in collaboration with the official italian alpin club C.A.I.

• Advised book: for news wide and deepened on the course of the forehead and the military operations in the zone, it is indispensable to refer to the historical work of Walther Schaumann: "La grande guerra 1915-18, Volume 3 - Prealpi Venete e Trentine", Ghedina & Tassotti Publisher Limited, Bassano del Grappa (Italia), 1984 (this is the italian version of the original “Schauplaetze des Gebirgskrieges - Oestliche Dolomiten, Sexten, Cortina di Ampezzo”. Colonel Walther Schaumann also has founded the association Friends of the Dolomites that has cured the arrangement of trenches and distances of war WWI).