Ortler, Italy: supertrails in South Tyrol

Enduro rides around the city of Bormio and Stelvio mountain pass

Endless descents from above 3.000 m

The Ortler range lies between the Vinschgau and Bormio, and as well as a couple of the most famous mountains in the world, it features the highest driveable pass of the Eastern Alps: the Stelvio Pass. Here on the border between South Tyrol and the rest of Italy is our starting point for a couple of the longest mountainbike trails in the Eastern Alps region. The concept of a “supertrail” is here in no way an exaggeration. Well-known names like the Tibet Trail, the Goldsee Trail, or the descent from Piz Umbrail all get any enduro rider’s heart beating faster. And that’s exactly where we’re headed.

Our base for the first four nights will be the extraordinary Tibet Hütte, an Alpine inn located 2.800 metres above sea level, just above the Stelvio Pass. We ride singletrails from there all day long, before the minivan brings us back up for a wellearned dinner each evening.

4x up in the clouds, or at least above 3.000 m

Assuming the weather is good enough (it usually is), we’ll be making five 3.000+ metre descents. Each day features at least two long descents, so sufficient fitness is a must. Despite the packed programme, there will still be time to enjoy the panoramic views and the Italian cuisine, and get to know the region a little more closely. The fact that we’ll be waking up at altitude each morning means that we’ll be able to enjoy full days in the saddle without having to get up harshly early.

You’ll need experience in carrying your bike, also surefootedness and no dizziness issues. It’s often cold at these altitudes (over 3000 m at some points), so appropriate clothing will be required.

  • Day 1: Arrival in the evening in Prad, transfer up to Passo Stelvio for dinner and welcome.
  • Day 2: Goldsee trail and Piz Chavalatsch
  • Day 3: Monte Scorluzzo and Piz Umbrail
  • Day 4: Bocca di Forcola and the trails around Bormio 3000 lifts
  • Day 5: Tibet trail, Madritschjoch and Göflaner Scharte - 3 amazing trails in a row and a breath taking hut at a beautiful meadow.

Changes may be influenced by multiple factors such as group riding abilities, weather conditions or the condition of the trails.

Where we go ...

Price includes

  • 4 nights accommodation with halfboard at Tibet Hütte
  • 1 night accommodation including breakfast in a hotel in Vinschgau valley, South Tyrol
  • All minivan transfers and lift tickets
  • Qualified bike guide(s) or mountain guide for six days

Not included

  • Personal travel to/from the meeting point at Prad
  • Drinks during the evening meal
  • Lunch

This trip is mostly made up of high mountain trails with spectacular views. The routes range from flowing to technical. Solid riding skills at S2/S3 level will be needed; there will be some very tricky sections.

The main requirement here, as is so often the case, is the need to be comfortable with switchback turns, although in this region they can be surprisingly easy to ride. We’ll be using the minibus each day, but be ready for a daily climb of 1000 m and a daily descent of 3000 m. You’ll need to be used to pushing/carrying your bike, be surefooted and have a good head for heights.

Each day’s timetable will include plenty of room for working through challenges with you and giving you technique tips as desired.

The best way to get to Prad in Vinschgau is by road. You can travel with our guide from Innsbruck, or arrange to be picked up en route between Innsbruck, Bozen and Prad.

  • Wellmaintained mountainbike: enduro full suspension with at least 140 - 160 mm suspension travel
  • MTBspecific protective clothing (helmet, eyewear, gloves, knee protectors, other body protectors if available)
  • Waterproof gear and multiple changes of clothing
  • Rucksack for day rides (drinks bottle, spare inner tube, pump, energy bars, lights for riding on the road, …)
  • Appropriate and sufficient spare parts.

A detailed kit list will be provided after booking.

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Bookings deadline

Unless otherwise stated, all our trips need to be booked at least two weeks before the day of departure. At that point it will be ascertained whether the minimum number of participants has been reached and the trip is able to take place.

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