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Via Alpina 2013 video

Monaco – Trieste par la Via Alpina en 16minutes

sous titres en Français, captions in English

Cette vidéo pour donner un petit aperçu des rencontres que l’on peut faire sur la Via Alpina si l’on ouvre un peu les écoutilles 🙂

la Via Alpina est un itinéraire de Grande Randonnée accessible a tous. N’ayez pas peur et lancez vous dans cette belle aventure. Ajuster la durée en fonction de votre condition physique.

Merci au secrétariat de la Via Alpina d’avoir mis a disposition des informations précises et gratuites.

Hard to make a selection, full video is 40mins and might be released later on

This short video is showing a personal tiny piece of important moment or moment liked the most during the 76days journey across the Alps.

Grab your backpack and enjoy meeting the locals in the Alps…

Top 10 Favorite Via Alpina stages

Top 10 favorite Via Alpina stages during Via Alpina 2013 : Meet the locals

Verpeil Hutte – Braunschweiger Hutte Day 48 Otzaler Alps (off Via Alpina)

Val di Laur – Passo della Forchia Day 62 Val Pesarina

Rifugio Padova – Val di Laur Day 61 Val Montanaia/Postegae/Meluzzo Parco Dolomiti Friulane

Malga Oltreviso – Bivacco Casera del Mestri Day 65 Wild Friuli Carnia/Monte Sernio

Casera Canin – Bivacco Constantini Day 68 Val Resia/Monte Kanin (off Via Alpina)

Val di Tires – Alpe di Tires Day 55 Catinaccio/Rosengarten

Val di Fassa – Passo Pordoi Day 57 Marmolada

Rifugio Fedare – San Vito di Cadore Day 59 Mondeval

Modane – Refuge de la Valette Day 15 Vanoise (off Via Alpina)

Samoens – Lac de Salanfe Day 25 Swiss Valais

Via Alpina Favorite stages map

Via Alpina Favorite stages map

Things that I did not do but recommend to do

Mercantour : follow red Via Alpina trail in Vallée des Merveilles area (too much snow in early June 2013) R135 to R161

Queyras : Should have followed GR5 from Ceillac and catch up Briançon going through Queyras regional park, Via Alpina goes down too much in the valley and just passing by Ecrins… (R132 R131)

Avoiding Oberstdorf by going directly from Mindelheimer hutte to Kemptner hutte (R51, B40)

Explore more gruppo di Tessa area, Via Alpina stays low in the valley. More interesting variante called : Franz Huber steig in between Hausgang haus and Unser frau (B30 B29)

Things off Via Alpina that were good options

Going to Briançon and following GR5C to Nevache

Going up to Col de Chaviere and Pralognan la Vanoise in Vanoise national park rather than taking Via Alpina through Termignon

Avoiding Wenns and bus ride to Mittelberg by going to Verpeil Hutte (E5 variante), Cottbuser Hohenweg and Aperes Madatschjoch 3030m (2days extra)

Left Meraner Hohenweg and explore Gruppo di Tessa (lakes upper Hausgang Haus) but not enough exploration (missed Franz Huber steig)

Avoiding Tolmezzo and cutting short in between Monte Sernio and Monte Arvenis

Taking half day to reach monte Kanin, Alta Val Resia

Crossing Italian border (Via Alpina yellow trail makes sure you stays on the Italian side), leaving forest and entering Slovenia near Matajur. End or start trip at Matajur or reach Trieste on the Slovenian side making your own trail.

Stay tuned for upcoming release of video to resume this Via Alpina journey meeting the locals

Day 76 : Prosecco – Muggia/Trieste 25th August 2013

Started this via alpina last day 7:20am.Rain came shortly after setting off last bivouac in the forest. Deer came close last night and saw 3 huge wild boars this morning.

Started the day with a quick laundry by the water spot

9:30am End of the napoleon road, entering Villa Opicina.Rifugio premuda marked 6h. Camping Obelisco right on the via alpina.CAI trail #1

10am 460m Monte Belvedere.Panorama over Trieste and Muggia

11:50am entered Bazzoni wood.

12:35am taking shortcut by steep way down on trail #49a.Via Alpina goes around Val Rosandra, feeling too tired to do extra kms today

1:20pm Rifugio Premuda

3:10pm leaving rifugio Mario Premuda, last rifugio on the via alpina…

5:20pm Muggia centro historico.Via alpina end up here but the adventure never stops…

Distance ; 30,5km

Walking : 6h45

Resting : 3h20

Weather : little rain in the morning, cloudy then sunny

Date ; Sunday 25th August 2013


Panorama on Trieste



Another Trieste panorama





Val Rosandra

Muggia Church

Muggia Church

Day 75 : San Martino del Carso – Prosecco 24th August 2013

Leaving 7:45am friendly host Lucia and San Martino del Carso.
Jamiano marked 4h on trail #72

9:20am Lago di Doberdo

10:10am Jamiano.Restaurant and also B&B called villa al bosco by the main road

From Jamiano to Medeazza followed trail #3

11:10am Medeazza stopped for lunch to eat local ham called prosciutto crudo and local Teran  vino rosso.

12am leaving Medeazza on trail 3a.Sea 500m away

1:40pm Sea side trail near Duino

2:30pm Out of Sistiana..

After quick refreshing bath in the salty water reached Santa Croce 5pm 230m, now following last CAI sentiero #1

5:30pm 300m high point view on Trieste and Muggia

7:25pm just in time before the Prosecco town grocery store closing time.
Walking back to monasterio di san cipriano to look for accomodation…

Huge fence,no bell,impossible to get in…will go for a last pitch on the via alpina yellow trail in the nearby forest

Distance : 34,1km
Walking : 7h35
Resting : 4h20
Altitude : 260m
Weather : hot & sunny
Date : Saturday 24th August 2013


Lago di Doberdo


Prosciutto crudo


Sea view near Duino castle




Going vertical on Duino’s cliff


Trail #1 last or first via alpina yellow trail


Day 74 : Dobrovo – San Martino del Carso 23rd August 2013

Leaving Dobrovo 7:15am.Will try to find a way through Goriska Brda region vineyards to catch up via alpina

7:40am saw a beautiful fox in the vineyard

8:10am 180m Kozana

9am 230m Gorenje Cerovo

10:30am 240m Back in Italia and on the via alpina in Sovenza – San Floriano del Collio

11:45am 80m Crossing Fiume Isonzo on bridge, entering Gorizia town

2:45pm Out of ugly Gorizia town the worst possible way…going through industrial zone (now in the process of making cycling/walking path).Don’t know where the trails are if they are some…

3:15pm Savogna d’isonzo

3:30pm Rubbia.San Martino del Carso marked 2h on trail #73

Had to pass over a locked 1,5m high fence on this sentiero that goes around a vineyard.

4:20pm many trails intersection.Right/West trail smic010d

Staying right/west,leaving trail smic014z going left

Reached 250m

5pm San Martino del Carso. Lucia & Dorothea 3years old welcomed me in the house, via vicenza 9 as read in the via alpina roadbook.
Warm indoor couch available with clean sheets and pillow, hot shower and a great encounter with artist Lucia

Distance : 31,5km
Walking : 6h50
Resting : 2h45
Weather : hot & sunny
Date : Friday 23rd August 2013

Went to assist 7pm messa.One woman came talking to me while sitted..asked me if the messa was on because a sign said there was no messa today….

No mass today, the priest came and told me and the woman to go home…allright can still stay inside chilling

Lucia told me that the priest is 92years old and still drive a car in the neighborhood…


Sunset other Dobrovo – Slovenia


Goriska Brda countryside


Goriska Brda vineyards




Gorizia via alpina way marker




San Martino del Carso church

Day 73 : Varth – Dobrovo 22nd August 2013

Leaving the hunters house 6:45am

7:25am 700m Locked chapel.Castelmonte marked 2h35 on trail #747

8:15am 660m near locked Chiesa di San Nicolo. Another opened hunters house.fireplace,table,chairs and couches but untaken care of…Door was opened wide and lots of garbages inside.

9:50am 618m Sanctuario di Madonna di Monte/Castelmonte

No short pant or t shirt inside the sanctuario, needed to put the rain gear on to get it 🙂

10am mass in progress.Beautiful sanctuario.
In the crypt many drawings/paintings representing car accidents…people who escaped accidents pay tribute to madonna di monte

10:50am leaving Castelmonte on trail #748.Via alpina roadbook says 15km to Gorizia while GPS and hikers comments suggests 48km (straight..probably more following via alpina trail)

Finally getting out forest,vineyards appears..

1:30pm 135m The grapes in the vineyard near Albana are ready to be eaten.Stopping by for a quick grape feast

1:50pm leaving Albana, entering provincia di Gorizia

2pm decide to get off the via alpina yellow trail and get on the slovenian side for the night…should also be shorter to reach Gorizia…feeling that it goes backward or often in the wrong direction when following via alpina trail #748 since Castelmonte.

Get in Slovenia around 4pm…moving along the vineyards and cute villages on top of the hills.

Crashed in Dobrovo town..arrived there around 6pm…will pitch in the nearby small forest tonight

Today was a hard day…finally got off the forest and getting some visibility..the via alpina roadbook information for this stage (gorizia-castelmonte) is incorrect and approximative..

Luckily the expected bad weather is delayed to sunday..was predicted for tomorrow…should be Trieste then

Distance : 36,7km
Walking : 8h30
Resting : 3h20
Altitude : 140m
Date : Thursday 22nd August 2013
Weather : very hot & sunny




Hunters house near San nicolo


Young goat keepers


Castelmonte first view


Inside Sanctuario madonna di monte


Virgin with kid


Grapes & vineyards in Albana


Slovenian religious statue


Slovenian vineyard – Goriska Brda region


Slovenian – Goriska Brda tasty peaches


Dobrovo – Goriska Brda

Day 72 : Rifugio Pelizzo – Varth 21st August 2013

Leaving the comfort of rifugio Pelizzo 7:50am

Going down trail #736 towards Cepletischis

9:05am 910m Opened hut, stone walls and roof

9:45am 558m Cepletischis.Mobile alimentari/grocery truck only on wednesday (probably only morning)

10am 500m Torrente Rieca low point on trail #745 towards Topolo

10:30am 810m.Bivacco Zanuso marked 2h50.Rifugio Solarie marked 3h35

10:50am 590m Topolo.Meet and talked to few locals from France & Belgium.Told me the Dalai Lama came to Povala (village near Cepletischis at slovenian border) last year.Saw a house with Tibetan prayer flags.Via alpina passing right next to this holy buddhist place.Few lamas are staying there.Surely worth stopping by and definitely a possible accommodation…

11:25am 650m Opened hut called Gostilna Seuje.Roof and stone walls

12am 760m Lase hamlet out of the woods.Little bit of fresh air and view here

12:45am 1145m after steep trail up.Via alpina connects with road.View on Matajur,Topolo and flat land.

1pm 1100m Bivacco Zanuso.Lots of people and cars (road just nearby),seems open,nice view.

Sentiero della Pace is taking the nearby ridge on the border linr between Slovenia and Italy

1:25pm 956m Rifugio Casoni Solarie.

2:15pm leaving rifugio Casoni Solari after lunch break.Local via alpina sign tells Castelmonte 5h15.Via alpina roadbook says 5h30.Castelmonte might be reachable today…

2:30pm 800m Clabuzzaro.According to GPS device there is a restaurant in Clabuzzaro

Just saw time marker saying Castelmonte 6h50…not helping boosting moral but probably incorrect.Monte Cum marked 1h45 on trail #747

3pm San Volfango WW1 cemetary.Natisone valley great war action where 500 italians died here during the conflict.

3:50pm 890m In the forest.Opened rustic hunter shack with fireplace.

4pm 912m Monte Cum high point in the forest with no visibility.Not mentionned in via alpina roadbook.

4:25pm 640m Passing nearby San Giovanni

4:40pm 605m Gridovizza hamlet.Via alpina still on the Alpe Adria trail.

5pm 570m Passing nearby Clunaz

5:10pm 610m Big hut nearby via alpina,big outside roof,tables and benches..oh yeah it is open… Naked girls and wild boars posters, pictures of men smilling by the side of dead wild animals…yep that is right…local hunters shack without the hunters 🙂

Too tempting to carry on…cooking gear,fireplace,little food and drinks on the house (Squadra Cacciatori Stregna)…wouhouuuu

5:30pm Found the gas tank…hot coffee scheduled for tomorrow morning

Distance : 33,6km
Walking : 7h50
Resting : 2h
Weather : sunny
Altitude : 610m
Date : Wednesday 21st August 2013

Spent most day again in forest with again almost no visibility…

Could have been harder on a rainy day,lots of ups and downs.Been mostly in the forest since almost a week now…no more real mountain (except off via alpina half day to Monte Kanin on day 68) on the via alpina that almost follows the border line with Slovenia since a long time (without crossing it)

Great view from nearby hunter shack hill on Slovenian mountains

7pm Funny, deer approached about 100m away from the hunters shack…

7:30pm Found some corn and a hunting map…Hunters here uses corn has a bait..the map in the shack shows the corn dropping/killing spots.

Took some corn and throw it 50m away from the shack and within 30mins…2 Capriolos came in for the picture 🙂

View of rifugio Pelizzo and the flat land


Panorama Matajur and rifugio Pelizzo


Matajur view on the way to bivacco Zanuso


Via alpina forest trail

San Volfango WW1 & WW2 memorial


Varth hunters house


Capriolo’s coming for dinner

Day 71 : Staro Selo – Rifugio Pelizzo 20th August 2013

6:30am packing stuff to find a roof.Rain and strong wind blowed during the night.Roughest night so far and the worst is that it looks like the weather gonna stay like this all day…

7am Svino area, stopped by the 1st founded roof. Started falling asleep while seated…lied down and took a morning nap

8:45am moving up to Monte Matajur from Svino in the woods until 1200m

12:10am 1500m flat land view and whaaaaat? Reallllyyyy!!! Sea view…wouhouuuu…

12:30am 1641m Monte Matajur Chapel.Open there and glad it is because the strong wind and rain make it hard to stay outside.

1:30pm moving down to rifugio Dom Matajur.Great view from there.

Someone there it is open and warm inside.Christina cutted some cheese and salami then cooked me a pasta shoot…wouhou..electricity here and lots of food available.

Went for a siesta and slept few hours.
Around 5:40pm been told that had to go to rifugio Pelizzo.Christina was going down and locking the rifugio Dom Matajur…late surprise..been told that the Dom Matajur rifugio opened week ends and only if booked ahead…

Walked down rifugio Pelizzo at got there before 7pm 1300m

Great sea view and the flat land.Spotted Muggia bay with the rifugio binoculars… Seaweed smell? Not yet

No one there tonight..only me for this 40 beds capacity refuge.12euros for the bed.Expensive Hot shower at 5euros.
The pasta and food are all made on site. 6euros for a huge breakfast

Distance : 14km
Walking : 4h25
Weather : cloudy and light rain most day, cold and very windy at Monte Matajur
Date : Tuesday 20th August 2013


On the way up Matajur from Slovenia…Dense forest from 400m up to 1200m


1200m on the way to Matajur

Chapel at Monte Matajur

Panorama at rifugio Dom Matajur


Fresh pasta made at rifugio Pelizzo

Day 70 : Montemaggiore – Staro Selo 19th August 2013

6:35am moving in the forest on trail #744, saw deer already (locally called Capriolo). Went up about 700m before going down.

7:40am 420m crossing rio Bianco

8am 400m road and border Slovenia-Italy

8:30am 550m Prossenicco.There is a restaurant that seems to offer accomodation too here (not mentionned in via alpina roadbook from june 2013)

9:50am reached 760m,going down again

10:35am 720m Montefosca.Finally got off after walking 14,5km in the least interesting part of the via alpina since Monaco.Dense and ugly forest,going up & down (sometimes steeply) a lot,no visibility during 4 long hours…hardcore zone alongside Slovenia-Italy border..there is 2 agriturismo bar/restaurant in Montefosca.

Stupizza marked 45mins on trail #735.View on Matajur from here

11:35am 220m crossing Fiume Natisone.

12am Only water in Stupizza…no food.Local woman told me to follow road for a km to find restaurant in Loch.Matajur marked 4h15 on trail #735

1pm Road side Pizzeria serving food only in the evening.Find a drive in Valentino’s truck to Slovenian border where there is a grocery store open (Mercator) non stop from 9am to 8pm.Super cheap and there is a restaurant just next to it.Mercator is about 4km from Stupizza but worth hitchiking to get supplies…

2pm Super meal was served here at Slovenian border.Tried Pelinkovec digestive…

Got local map and information, will go up 2km on the road to reach Robic town and take on Matajur from Svino

5:30pm leaving Slovenia-Italia border, following road to Robic (Natisone river swimming spot).Natisone is warm water,nice to swim in

7:45pm Staro Selo cimetary.Will pitch behind and outside the cimetary

Distance : 28,3km (hitchiked about 7-8km)
Walking : 6h45
Altitude : 245m
Weather : hot & sunny
Date : Monday 19th August 2013

Find out later that a possible great variante through Slovenia is possible from Matajur to Punta di Montemaggiore

From Matajur go down Livek/Svino/Kobarid walk flat to Staro Selo then go up to the ridge to Punta di montemaggiore

Also been told that the way up or down to Matajur is easier on the Slovenian side…



Prossenico church


Trail #744 – Montemaggiore – Montefosca area – Hardcore trail

Houses in Montefosca



Stupizza – Matajur area via alpina map

Via alpina variante from Matajur to Punta di Montemaggiore on ridge trail (avoiding long walk in forest with no view from Montefosca to Montemaggiore)

Other part of the possible great ridge trail variante in Slovenia from Matajur to Punta di Montemaggiore

Day 69 : Bivacco Constantini – Montemaggiore 18th August 2013

Leaving super quiet Bivacco Constantini (ex manzano) 5:40am

6:15am 1720m Monte Guarda.Via alpina comes flirting with the Slovenian border. Bovec in sight.Can go down and catch up via alpina red trail R14 in Trenta from there

7:25am 1360m trail intersection.Possible here to get to Stolvizza by trail #738 and bypass the superb ridge trail to Monte Guarda,bivacco constantini,malga coot and casera canin.

7:35am 1370m Casera Chile.Sella Carniza marked 2h30

8:20am 1454m Monte Nische

After 3nights in Val Resia and going around almost all of it, Leaving Val Resia and going down Val Uccea now

9am 1100m Carnizza. 2 Bar/restaurants here.One of restaurant owner,surprisingly refused to give me water (bought an expansive 2euros – 25cl orange drink from him…probably not enough)..pretexting he did not have any fresh one (only caldo one).Went talking to another house and they let me filled up my water bottle with fresh water coming from the mountain…

9:25am 1100m Santa Anna di Carnizza.GPX file downloaded in via alpina in August 2013 ends up here (via alpina stage Passo di Tanamea-Resiutta).Passo di Tanamea marked 2h50

10:25am 1610m High point not mentionned in the via alpina roadbook from june 2013.Going down to Passo di Tanamea now, spotted few deers in the forest.

11:30am 890m Passo di Tanamea road, low point.Punta di Montemaggiore marked 3h30 on trail #711.Rifugio Monte Aperta marked 1h30

1:30pm 1475m an Oasis on the via alpina? Almost, reached rifugio aperta which is not mentionned in the roadbook nor in the via alpina hikers comments..why?

Opened all year,water,fire & cooking place with gas tank,8 beds,toilet…Found & picked up tonight dinner..will eat Mexican..Chili con carne + tuna 🙂

This refugio is an old military barracks not a CAI rifugio. There is a donativo box to leave something for the service

3pm 1613m Punta di Montemaggiore.Nice ridge walk and view,Kanin,Montemaggiore and the flat land.That is it game over, no more mountain on the via alpina…

3:20pm 1510m Trail intersection.Passo di Tanamea marked left 2h on trail #712.Right, Montemaggiore marked 1h40

This could explain why noone mentionned about rifugio Aperta before…everyone just bypassed Punta di Montemaggiore…there is no markers here mentionning rifugio Aperta

4:20pm 840m Montemaggiore.Montefosca marked 5h15 on trail #744.Pizzeria here seems to be opened…B&B offered at 25euros then down to 20euros after 30mins… Had a nice Frico for 8euros.Hot weather,low altitude..all good to camp out one more night.

The old man running the Pizzeria/bar at Montemaggiore is really nice.Had to pay 13,5euros.he took my 20 and few remaining coins and gave me back 10…Told me here only 9 inhabitants during winter…

6pm leaving Montemaggiore, going down.

6:25pm 650m hit low point at rio Lemagna.Cannot go up anymore today…pitched nearby old bridge

Distance : 33,1km
Walking : 8h30
Resting : 4h15
Altitude : 650m
Weather : hot & sunny
Date : Sunday 18th August 2013


Sunrise Monte Guarda


Super ridge via alpina trail on the way down to Carnizza


Santa di Carnizza view

Val Resia – Monte Kanin view at unmentionned peak in between Santa di Carnizza and Passo di Tanamea


Rifugio ANA monte Aperta near punta di montemaggiore


Rifugio Aperta motto

View at Punta di montemaggiore


Santa di Carnizza – Passo di Tanamea via alpina map