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The Alpine main mountain range, the Rieserferner/Vedrette di Ries and Dolomite mountains

Gais - a paradise for hikers
Holiday – surrounded by nature!
Many people love the mountains in the summer; others prefer them during the white winter months. We love them all year round!
We are pleased to welcome you at any time of the year!

The South Tyrolean region offers tours from 840 metres to 3,000 metres above sea level.
There are cultivated mountain huts and refuge huts, lakes and waterfalls, as well as lush green meadows, Alpine flowers and biotopes.
All of this can be found in the regional nature parks and on the high mountain plateaus.
Looking from the Dolomite mountains towards the North into the Puster Valley, there are a variety of Alpine valleys, waiting to be discovered!

Check out the Taufer Ahrn Valley, particularly the village of Gais.

The southern side of the Alps!
Our region offers more than 80 mountains at an altitude above 9,000 feet.
It is the home of many famous mountaineers and borders with Austria!

The ‘Glockenkarkopf’ is the most northern peak in Italy!

Ragged, daring summits, which are highly unusual for their pre-historic rock formation. These are the trademarks of the Rieserferner-Ahrn Nature Park.
This natural park extends beyond European borders as it also forms part of the Austrian Hohe Tauern National Park.

Mountains. DOLOMITES
The Dolomites have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage register.
On Friday, 26th June 2009, the Dolomite mountains were incorporated into the UNESCO World Heritage register. The decision was taken during UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee’s annual session in Seville, Spain.
The incomparable beauty of the Dolomites drew the UNESCO committee to include this region. These mountains had the same incredible effect on the great poet Goethe, the extreme mountaineer Reinhold Messner and the famous architect Le Corbusier. Pinnacles, ridges and rocky cliffs reflect the evening sun in a deep red colour, then changes to orange and violet, until the sun finally goes down behind the mountains. The unique composition of the Dolomite rock allows the so-called ‘enrosadira’, also called the ‘Alpine glow’ to appear. A true natural wonder.

‘The Dolomites have achieved the highest worldwide distinction for a natural site’, says Luis Durnwalder, the regional president.

The World Heritage’s request for the Dolomites covers an area, combining five provinces. In South Tyrol, they comprise of the ‘Bletterbach’, the Fanes-Sennes-Prags Nature Park, Trudner Horn Nature Park, Puez-Geisler Nature Park, Schlern-Rosengarten mountain region, Latemar mountain, as well as the Dolomite mountains of Sesta with the Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen). Most of these areas are spectacular, showing sheer vertical rock walls, cliffs, extreme differences in altitude, significant geomorphology, extensive high-altitude areas, as well as meadows.
At the moment, the only other place which has received this distinction in Italy is the Aeolian Islands.

The Dolomites …..
….. the most beautiful mountainous landscape in the world.

Is there anyone who has not heard of these mountains?
They are a world of legends and fairy-tales.
The white rock that enchants every visitor.

The following a number of the most beautiful mountain hiking routes. If you are interested what type of Alpine flowers can be found in which months, click www.alpenblumen.net .

  • Vegetation path in the Rein Valley: Just as the name ‘vegetation path‘ states, you walk through a particularly beautiful area with many flowers and noticeable plants. The tours starts in Ahornach (1,572 metres). From there, you can walk to the ‘Schlafhäuser‘, lit: sleeping houses (2,010 metres) along the vegetation path and the so-called ‘Lobiser Schupfen‘ (1,950 metres). Return journey via the same path.
  • Rieserferner Nature Park with earth pyramids: Starting at the Oberwielenbach Valley near the village of Percha (1,540 metres), you can walk to the famous earth pyramids and up to the Gonner Alm (1,975 metres). After a comfortable rest, gaining some insight into the history of the Rieserferner Nature Park, you can take the same route back to Oberwielenbach.
  • The Three Peaks: Mountain tour to probably the most famous refuge huts in the Sexten Dolomites and the region surrounding the Three Peaks: Zsigmondy Hut 2,224 metres – Bühlele Joch Hut 2,528 metres – Three Peaks Hut 2,405 metres.
  • The Rein high-mountain path: This high-mountain path is about 3 miles long and runs relatively even along the meadows of Rein to the high summits of the Durreck group.
  • Strudelkopf: From the parking lot at Lake Dürren in the Höhlenstein Valley, you should follow the road for about 100 metres. Right behind the trial garden, you will find the ascent to the Schuttkegel mountain and then across a very narrow valley. Keep right and you will come to the high plateau of the Strudelalm, where an old military path leads to the Strudelkopf Saddle (2,200 metres) and from there on a well-marked route to the Strudelkopf mountain (2,307 metres).
  • Wielen Valley: On a hill top above the Lower Wielen Valley near Percha, you will find the hamlet of Platten. This place is known for its beautiful panoramic views of the Dolomites and the impressive earth pyramids. A hiking path is situated close to these natural monuments. The path starts right outside the village of Oberwielenbach and runs for about the length of a two hour walk.
  • Helm: From Helm, you can enjoy magnificent views of the summit range of the Sexten Dolomites.
  • Lake Klaus in the Ahrn Valley: From Steinhaus, you can walk by foot (90 minutes) or alternatively, take the train to Kleinklausen. From there, it will take another 90 minutes to reach Lake Klaus.
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