32 Trans-Altarezia Bike
32 Trans-Altarezia Bike

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Trans-Altarezia Bike

Stage 3, Sta. Maria–Arnoga (I)

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Trans-Altarezia Bike

The centerpiece of the Trans-Altarezia Bike route begins with an ascent of 1,110 meters in altitude to the Umbrail Pass, start of a spectacular Alpine trail via Bocchetta di Forcola and Bocchetta di Pedenolo down to Lago di Cancano. High above Valdidentro, a flat gravel road with a panoramic view leads to Arnoga.
The day starts with a hefty challenge. The ascent to the Umbrail Pass is energy-sapping, a total of more than 1,100 meters in altitude – but, never fear, a postbus with a bike carrier is available on this section. The comfortable ride should be given serious consideration, especially since you’re not done with the uphill part at the top of the Umbrail Pass. To get to Bocchetta di Forcola it takes almost another 300 meters in height and then 100 meters more to Bocchetta di Pedenolo, where the long downhill ride finally begins.

At first it is a convenient cart path, but it turns into a trail passing through an incredibly steep and rocky area. The path was built in World War I by Italian soldiers and today it forms the basis for a fantastic downhill ride. It runs deep into Valle Forcola and on the last section you follow a small gravelly road before finally reaching Lago di Cancano.

After some refreshments in one of the mountain inns, you coast down the road for a short distance towards Valdidentro. At the second hairpin on the right you turn onto a gravel road – the next highlight is about to begin: The road is flat as a pancake for several kilometers, high above Valdidentro – an unexpected and unusual fun ride. The section ends near the road leading from Bormio to Livigno. Arnoga is the name of the village, a pleasant place to spend the night.
The centerpiece of the Trans-Altarezia Bike route begins with an ascent of 1,110 meters in altitude to the Umbrail Pass, start of a spectacular Alpine trail via Bocchetta di Forcola and Bocchetta di Pedenolo down to Lago di Cancano. High above Valdidentro, a flat gravel road with a panoramic view leads to Arnoga.
The day starts with a hefty challenge. The ascent to the Umbrail Pass is energy-sapping, a total of more than 1,100 meters in altitude – but, never fear, a postbus with a bike carrier is available on this section. The comfortable ride should be given serious consideration, especially since you’re not done with the uphill part at the top of the Umbrail Pass. To get to Bocchetta di Forcola it takes almost another 300 meters in height and then 100 meters more to Bocchetta di Pedenolo, where the long downhill ride finally begins.

At first it is a convenient cart path, but it turns into a trail passing through an incredibly steep and rocky area. The path was built in World War I by Italian soldiers and today it forms the basis for a fantastic downhill ride. It runs deep into Valle Forcola and on the last section you follow a small gravelly road before finally reaching Lago di Cancano.

After some refreshments in one of the mountain inns, you coast down the road for a short distance towards Valdidentro. At the second hairpin on the right you turn onto a gravel road – the next highlight is about to begin: The road is flat as a pancake for several kilometers, high above Valdidentro – an unexpected and unusual fun ride. The section ends near the road leading from Bormio to Livigno. Arnoga is the name of the village, a pleasant place to spend the night.
44 km
Asphalted: 13 km
Natural surface: 31 km
of which Singletrail: 13 km
1600 m | 1100 m
difficult | difficult

Arrival | return travel

Arrival / return travel Sta. Maria Val Müstair, posta
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Signalization

Signalization
This route is only signposted in one direction: Sta. Maria–Arnoga (I)

Season

Season
Beware: snowfields possible into summer months on high-level sections.

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Ascent Pass Umbrail
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Ascent Pass Umbrail
Rail, bus, boat recommendation
Sta. Maria Val Müstair, posta–Umbrail, Schweizer Zoll
Reason: metres in height saved approx. 1100m.
Cycle transport: limited space, reservations required up to 7 p.m. on the day before the trip: tel. +41 (0)81 858 51 66.
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Hints

Hint
Between the Umbrail pass and Arnoga, the route leads through Italy. See «More» for the map of this section to scale 1:50,000.
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Hint
Carry identification as this is a cross-border route.

Services

Accommodation

Hotel Münsterhof
Hotel Münsterhof
Müstair
Jugendherberge Sta. Maria
Jugendherberge Sta. Maria
Sta. Maria (Müstair)
Hotel Central La Fainera
Hotel Central La Fainera
Valchava
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Places

Müstair
Müstair
Sta. Maria
Sta. Maria
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Places of interest

Tessanda, St. Maria
Tessanda, St. Maria
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Signalization

Signalization
For mountain biking, follow the logo indicated on the red signposts. Take a printout of our web map on your tour for safety's sake.
Signalization