Torre Bovental is a fine dolomite tower located on the North West side of the Sengio Alto Group in the Piccole Dolomiti at the foot of the massive Monte Cornetto. It is just a minor spire overhelming with its South-West ridge the bucolic meadows around Malga Bovental and takes place in an unusual environment of meadows and spiers absorbed in the heart of the Piccole Dolomiti. The tower is the first evident pillar that delimits the SW side of the Cornetto on its left side. Though it is a true summit, the tower remained inexplicably unclimbed until September 2018. In fact only in the year 2018 it had been realized a climbing route with moderate difficulty which follows this obvious ridge, allowing a fun and not difficult climb useful for days when the weather is not suitable to tackle longer and more demanding itineraries or to gain confidence with climbing in the Little Dolomites.
The Torre Bovental can be approached both from the North (Passo Pian delle Fugazze) and from the South (Passo Campogrosso)
Road access to Passo Pian delle Fugazze
- from A22 Autobrennero Motoway exit Rovereto and follow the road SS46 along the Vallarsa, crossing numberless small villages like Valmorbia, Anghebeni and Raoxi and reaching at least the pass named Pian delle Fugazze 1162 m (km. 26 from Rovereto).
Take the road named “Strada delle Sette Fontane” and then the path n. 173 towards the Malga Boffetal alm. After passing the alm, take the path n. 170 in the direction of Passo degli Onari. When the tower is clearly visible, leave the path and go up along the short track (big cairn) which in 2 minutes leads to the start of the route (30-40 min from Pian delle Fugazze)
Road access to Passo Campogrosso
- from A4 Motorway exit Montecchio Maggiore and follow the road to Valdagno and Recoaro. Pass Recoaro and take to the right the road to Merendaore and Passo di Campogrosso 1457 m. Parking lot near the Rifugio Toni Giuriolo.
Behind the parking lot take the path 170 E5 which runs along the Sengio Alto subgroup on the left, first through a beech forest and then through meadows. Ignore two paths branching to the right. The Torre Bovental and its South ridge is visible once you are out of the wood and the path 170 practically passes under it. Without reaching the Malga Bovental 1435 m, also called Boffetàl, continue to get the foot of the spire and leave the main path to climb up a short and steep track on the right (big cairn) which leads to the start of the route in 2 minutes (about 30 minutes from Campogrosso)
This is an old and extraordinary military trail, winding between Sengio Alto high summits and crossing all the Sengio Subgroup from Malga Cornetto m. 1220 to Toni Giuriolo Hut at Campogrosso Pass m. 1456, realized by the Italian Military Engineers Corp during the WWI (First Mondial War), after Austrian Strafexpedition in 1916.
The road Sette Fontane is closed to the private cars.
Piccole Dolomiti have a own local micro-climate due to the high contrast between the North West side, colder and dry, and the South East side, warmer and wet: this situation is the cause, especially in summer time, of some frequent fogs along the South-East sides.
The area of the Piccole Dolomiti has a high naturalistic value and is rich in endemic flora species.
Best season goes from April to November.
- Rifugio Toni Giuriolo Passo di Campogrosso 1456 m Phone +39044575030
- Rifugio alla Guardia Phone +39044575257
New climbing guidebook "Piccole Dolomiti e dintorni - Arrampicate scelte" by Guido Casarotto - Cierre Ed. 2015
"A un passo dal cielo" by Arturo Castagna
“Arrampicate nelle Piccole Dolomiti” by Guido Casarotto
“Piccole Dolomiti – Pasubio” by Gianni Pieropan - Collana Guide dei Monti d’Italia, CAI TCI