What makes mountain lakes so special? Get the answer with that picture below :-).
The Völsegg-Spitz (it. Monte Balzo) is a 1834m panorama peak in the western Dolomites, Italy. Located at edge of the higher Dolomite peaks in the Schlern mountain group, it provides stunning views to the North and West, surrounded by hiking trails.
From the bus stop above St. Zyprian (1131 m) follow trail #12 to Tschaminschwaige (1187 m). Cross the Tschamin Creek and follow trail #4A up to Wuhnleger (1402 m) (~1 hour). Follow trail #4 and then #4a up to the Tschafonhütte (1733 m) (~45 minutes). Then go up to the Tschafonspitze (1834 m) (~25 minutes). Enjoy the stunning views. Go back the same way, or go around the Tschafon on trail #4a (adds 2 hours).
17 km with the version around the Tschafon, about 8 hours with a lunch break at the Tschafonhütte.
Because a map and instructions might not tell much, here are a few pictures…
On the way to the Tschaminschwaige, with the clouds guiding our way up there:
Following the trail #4A going up:
The meadows are still full of fauna and flora:
Reaching the Wuhnleger meadow. Follow the path to the trees which hides a beautiful gem:
Probably one of the most beautiful view to the Rosengarten:
Wood art by nature:
Follow trail #4 and #4A up to the Tschafon Hut:
The hut is famous for its garden dishes:
Don’t miss the opportunity to get a ‘fresh from the garden’ salad:
The special-of-the-day: breaded mushrooms with potatoes (yummy!):
We followed trail #9 under watchful eyes:
Up on Völsegg Peak enjoy stunning views. Below the one to the North towards Brenner and Austria:
View to the North with the Schlern range on the right side:
Another stunning outlook is on the western peak side:
With a beautiful view down to Bozen/Bolzano, with the Brenner highway down in the deep valley where we can see many trucks going up and down:
After relaxing and enjoying the views, it was time to go back:
I hope you got inspired and enjoyed the pictures :-).
Happy Tschafoning 🙂
- Tschafonhütte: https://www.schutzhaus-tschafon.com
- Dolomites: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dolomites