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From Passo Tonale to Passo Paradiso

The trails of the Great War: history, nature and the mountains

Departure: Passo Tonale (1883 m asl)
Arrival: Paradiso Pass (2573 m asl)
Difference in height: 753 mt
Difficulty: E = Hikers
The path that leads from the Tonale pass to the Paradise pass projects us in a spectacular medium-high mountain environment. Here the so-called white war was fought; in this sector the troops were engaged in hard fights and were subjected to prohibitive environmental conditions.
Passo del Monticello, today called Paradiso pass, was once the ancient border between the Kingdom of Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The ridge of the Monticelli constituted throughout the war the imperial defensive bastion in this area, so much so that it even entered the war songs. Although the ridge was almost inaccessible, it was the site of numerous bloody clashes; the Italian army succeeded in conquering it only in May 1918. Shortly thereafter the Austrian reaction was registered with the Lawine Expedition of 13 June 1918. The historian Heinz von Lichem defined it, due to the numerous losses, "one of the most significant relics in the history of Tyrol ".
Numerous testimonies of the Great War remain throughout the sector.

Starting from our hotel, continue on foot along the life path to take the dirt road to Alveo Presena - Paradiso pass. After a long tunnel (which you can walk without a torch), you find yourself in a grandiose landscape dominated by Cima Busazza; after about an hour and a half walk you reach the limits of the Presena basin (Alveo Presena, 2160 m mls).
From here passed the mule tracks that led to the first lines. Following the path n ° 281 - an integral part of the Path of Peace - we follow a valley dominated by the jagged ridge of the Monticelli. There are numerous signs of the First World War: caves, reticulates and the remains of the Austro-Hungarian military village overwhelmed by an impressive avalanche on the night of Saint Lucia in December 1916.
In short you arrive at the Paradiso pass, in the Conca Presena. Nearby is the monument to the Brotherhood, the work of Emilio Serra, which annually hosts Austrian and Italian delegations united in the feast of the brotherhood.
The return can take place in different ways: retracing the path of the journey; using the gondola that leads to Tonale pass with final stretch on foot along the highway; going down along the trail no. 209 that runs near the gondola line, with some beautiful views but with steep and not very easy sections
From Passo Tonale to Passo Paradiso
From Passo Tonale to Passo Paradiso
From Passo Tonale to Passo Paradiso
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