Adolf Munkel Trail
The Adolf Munkel Trail is an easy loop trail that takes you to the foot of the Geisler (Odle) Peaks in the Dolomites. The trail begins at Zanser Alm (Malga Zannes) in Villnöß (Val di Funes) in South Tyrol. You can drive directly to the trailhead and park there for 5 EUR.
Zanser Alm (Malga Zannes) is a 2-hour drive from Bolzano and a 1-hour drive from Val Gardena. On your way to the trailhead, don’t forget to stop in St. Magdalena for a photo of the church: Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui.
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Adolf Munkel Trail Overview
- Location: Puez – Geisler Nature Park (Parco Naturale Puez Odle)
- Trailhead: Zanser Alm (Malga Zannes) parking lot
- Type of Trail: Circuit
- Route: Zanser Alm – Gschnagenhardt Alm – Dusler Alm – Zanser Alm
- Distance: 8.8 km
- Difficulty: Easy
- Elevation Gain / Loss:
- Time Needed: 3.5 hours
- Trails: 6, 35, 36
- Parking: 5 EUR at Zanser Alm
Adolf Munkl Trail Map and Directions
From Zanser Alm, the trail slowly ascends along a small stream with views of the Geisler Group. You’ll quickly understand why the Dolomites are also called the Pale Mountains. After hiking beneath these impressive peaks, the trail leads you to a high alpine pasture.
Cows, donkeys, and horses might greet you as you hike to the mountain hut Gschnagenhardt Alm (Malga Casnago), elevation 2,006 meters. Here, you can relax outside, order lunch, drink a beer, and interact with the animals.
From Gschnagenhardt Alm, you’ll hike through the forest and end up at Dusler Alm (Malga Dusler), where you’ll find another mountain hut. After passing through Dusler Alm, the trail descends to Zanser Alm (Malga Zannes).
Adolf Munkel Trail Step by Step
- Start the hike at Zanser Alm (Malga Zannes).
- Take trail no. 6 towards Tschantschenon (Ciancenon) until you reach the bridge.
- Cross the bridge and follow the Adolf Munkel Trail no. 35.
- Take trail no. 36 to Gschnagenhardt Alm (Malga Casnago) and Geisleralm (Rifugio delle Odle). We recommend eating at Gschnagenhardt Alm.
- Continuing hiking trail no. 36 to Dusleralm (Malga Dusler). You’ll find another lovely mountain hut here offering refreshments and meals.
- Walk through Dusleralm and continue your descent in the direction of Zans (Zannes).
- When you reach the road, you’re about 10-15 minutes away from the parking area.
Where to Stay in Villnöß (Val di Funes)
Villnöß (Val di Funes) is an absolutely gorgeous valley in the Dolomites. We regret not staying a night, or two in this picture-perfect alpine paradise. Here are a few accommodations to consider:
Budget | Fallerhof is a great-value apartment-style accommodation with stunning views in Val di Funes. It’s walking distance to the Instagram-famous Chiesetta di San Giovanni in Ranui (church) and an 11-minute drive (or 1.5-hour walk) to the Adolf Munkel trail.
Mid-Range | Gasthof Stern is a cozy hotel in Val di Funes with an on-site restaurant and swimming pool. It’s a 23-minute drive from Gasthof Stern to the Adolf Munkel trailhead and a 12-minute drive to St. Maddalena.
Luxury | Forestis Dolomites (aka Hotel Rosalpina Dolomites) is located in Plancios, a 40-minute drive to Zanser Alm (Malga Zannes). Though not directly in Val di Funes, we couldn’t resist adding this excellent hotel to this list. Forestis Dolomites spoils guests with its wonderful mountain views, bio herbal sauna and steam room, and overall alpine modern design.
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