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Adolf Munkel Trail and the Villnösser Almen Pastures
Hiking at the foot of the Odle Mountains
Start and end of hike: Zanser Alm, parking area Duration: 2:45 h Distance: 9.0 km Altitude Gain: 420 Maximum Altitude: 2,047 m
The Adolf Munkel Trail, which runs below the imposing north faces of the Odle/Geisler Mountains, is one of the most spectacular trails in the Dolomites. We’ll be experiencing a variety of plant life: at Tschantschenon Stream, in the dwarf shrub heath along the Adolf Munkel Trail, on the alpine meadows, and in the shady Black Forest. Großgrub is an important headwater. This trail inspires us to speak about the importance of the forests and springs for the Earth as a whole.
The Adolf Munkel Trail begins at the parking area in Zannes/Zans. First follow Trail No. 6 towards Tschantschenon until you reach the bridge. Turn right there, and then follow signs to Adolf Munkel Weg, No. 35. Follow this trail to Gschnagenhardtalm alpine pasture (recommended) and the Geislerhütte mountain hut. Continue along Trail No. 36 to the Dussler Alm alpine pasture and then back to Zannes. Food and drink is served at all four huts.
Directions: Take the A22 to Chiusa/Klausen. Exit and continue into Funes/Villnösstal Valley until you reach Zannes. Parking: Zanser Alm, parking area Public Transport: Take the train to Chiusa and the bus to the Zanserhütte mountain hut.
Specials along the Tour
The Nature Park Puez-Odle and the Odle Masssif are both part of the UNESCO world heritage site. The trip provides insight into the rock formations and layers of the Dolomites, which originated over millions of years.
Rope garden at the Zannes Alp with difficulty levels of 3 – 8a
Viewing platform “Geisler Cinema” (Geislerkino) at the high Alpine pasture of Funes. The “mountain cinema” offers special sun lounge chairs.