Ancient Path from Prad/Prato to Stilfs/Stelvio – Traces of History

This route over the Alps has linked Valtellina in Lombardy to the Upper Vinschgau/Val Venosta since prehistoric times. On this early-historical mule track we will experience the energy of an ancient path with all our senses. Our walk begins at Prad am Stilfserjoch/Prato allo Stelvio and runs via Gargitz to the Patzleidhof. The markers for trail number 11, the Archaikweg or Wormsionssteig, lead us gradually uphill through a well-lit forest and past several beautiful viewpoints to Kaschlin (1430 m), the highest point of our hike. Hunters, gatherers and miners of the Bronze Age settled here on Kaschlin Hill in ancient times.

We climb in a westerly direction via the Wassertal to Stilfs/Stelvio (1311 m). This Rhaeto-Romanic village, crammed with steep, linear alleyways and interlaced buildings, rises on terraces along the hillside. A curiosity: the village can rely on eight fountains.

Our descent starts near the church; we follow this path almost as far as the bridge, then take the Agumser Bergwaal to return to our starting point of Agums in Prad am Stilfserjoch/Prato allo Stelvio.

Perhaps there is still enough time and interest to visit the “Aquaprad” Visitor Centre of the Stelvio National Park in Prad/Prato.



Route rating/description: challenging hike
Mountain range: Ortler Alpen/Gruppo Ortles-Cevedale
Length: 12 km
Time of ascent: 5 hours
Highest point 1430 m
Elevation gain: 610 m
Ideal time of year: May to October

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