South Tyrol: Salewa Grande Circolo Stage 2: Maiern – Müllerhütte

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Lago di Malavalle. By Anton Brey

Looking back at our 6-day trekking adventure along the borders of South Tyrol, day two was certainly my favorite. Not because the entire hike was uphill, but because of the variation in the terrain, the glacier crossing and the absurdly beautiful location of our destination, the Müllerhütte. Another great thing about this hike, is that is also an amazing venture to do as an overnight hike without doing the whole 6-day trek. Please have in mind though, that you will need appropriate equipment to cross the glacier in order to reach the Müllerhütte, and, in the event you are not a group qualified to cross the glacier on your own, you will need a mountain guide (for which I can highly recommend Egon Resch).

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Considering the long hike, you should make sure to get an early start from Maiern. We started our hike from Hotel Schneeberg. If you wish to do the hike as part of a multi-day-hike, you may consider adding Dolomites: Salewa Grande Circolo Stage 1: Gossensass – Maiern the day before.

The first part of the hike is zig-zagging through the forest, most of the time accompanied by a beautiful river and some waterfalls calling for your camera.

Video by Andrea Capello/@dolomistici

And what a day this should be! A short lunch at the Teplitzerhütte turned long as we tried to wait out the rainstorm. In the end we covered up and faced the challenge head on, equipped to connect to the fixed ropes provided at the most exposed sections of the hike. I enjoyed this wet part, moving confidently in the equipment and for the first time with poles, when not using the ropes to pull myself up. Suddenly the rain stopped and the fog lifted just in time for us to enjoy the most amazing view of the turquoise Lago di Malavalle. Fuelled by these amazing views we made it to the glacier and our last leg before reaching the Müller hut. Müller hut was my definite favorite, surrounded by glacier and mountains on 3145 meters, and with a welcoming Danish hostess securing a steady flow of biers and kaiserschmarren in the afternoon sun.

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If you are not doing a hut-to-hut-hike, return the same way as you came up, with all the amazing views you turned your back to the day before. And don’t sleep in in the morning. The sunrise from the Müller hütte is not to be missed!

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Distance: 15K Elevation gain: 2045m (highest point 3145 m.a.s.)

Strava for details: https://www.strava.com/activities/2596266391

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Müllerhütte. By Anton Brey
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Kaiserschmarren. By Anton Brey

Accommodation: https://www.muellerhuette.eu/

I recommend you book your stay in advance.

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