Located in the heart of Raethian Alps, in Valmalenco (Province of Sondrio, Italy), the Rifugio Ventina with his rooms and restaurant offers the perfect place to enjoy panoramic views of incredible beauty and to taste the typical dishes from Valtellina.
The refuge is reached with a hour of walked from Chiareggio, but you can also reach it with 6 hours of walked from Switzerland (Muretto Pass and Forno Pass) or from Val Masino ( trough Rifugio Ponti) and Val di Mello (Sentiero Roma).
The Valmalenco is famous for the "ALTA VIA" (“High Way of Valmalenco”), one of the most beautiful high altitude excursion routes in the Alps, that extends for over 110 km and 15 refuges. The Alta Via is completed in 8 days: our refuge is the point of arrival of the second day, with departure from the Rifugio Bosio, and the departure of the third day with arrival to Chiareggio.
The refuge is a ideal point of departure for various walks and excursions or for ascensions on the tops of the group of Disgrazia (Mount Cassandra, Mount Kennedy, Mount Disgrazia): a series of alpine itineraries wind in the middle of these mountains with our hospitable refuge able to satisfy any need of unforgettable walks in uncontaminated areas surrounded by forests and impressive glaciers. There lovers will find the ideal surroundings for the most beautiful excursions.
There, at a high altitude, charming tracks for mountain bike wind while climbers will find many natural rock-faces for climbing with extremely heterogeneous degrees which allow experts and inexperts to find the most suitable wall. Land of woods, summer alpine pastures but especially of rare and different minerals and stones like serpentine used to cover roofs or “pietra ollare” to make pans (named “lavecc”) which are worldwide appreciated for cooking in the most salutary way.
The Ventina glacier is also one of the best area for ski touring on springtime. You can also reach by ski touring our refuge from Switzerland hiking the Muretto Pass.
The refuge is open only during the summer, from June to September, and during the week-end on April-May and October.
We have a total of ten rooms: three rooms with 2 places bed, three rooms with 4 places bed, two rooms with 6 places bed and two rooms with 8 places bed. In every bed there are sheets. We also have a shower with hot water and 4 baths in common.
HOW TO GET HERE
Located on the border between Italy and Switzerland, Valmalenco can be reached easily both from the North of Europe and from the South.
- BY TRAIN
Trenitalia (Italian railways)
From Milan Central Station to Sondrio
Raetische Bahn (Swiss railways) with the famous "Red Bernina Train"
Chur (Coira) - St. Moritz - Tirano
Runs nearly every hour for both the railways.
Trenitalia from Milan to Sondrio: www.trenitalia.it
Raetische Bahn Chur (Coira) - St. Moritz - Tirano (Red Bernina Train): www.rhb.ch/
- BY BUS
From Sondrio to Chiesa Valmalenco with the bus company STPS. The bus station in Sondrio is located behind the railway station.
In July and August you can reach also Chiareggio by bus.
INFO : www.stps.it telephone +39 0342 511212
- BY AIRPLANE
Valmalenco is reachable from the main airports in Lombardy.
Milano - Malpensa (180 km)
Milano - Linate (150 km)
Bergamo - Orio al Serio (125 km)
And also from the international airports of:
Zurich (310 km from)
Munich (360 km)
- BY CAR
From all the places the point of convergence is Sondrio, 27 Km from Chiareggio. Follow the directions for VALMALENCO, go trough Chiesa Valmalenco, San Giuseppe and park your car in Chiareggio.
Main road connections:
S.S. 36 Spluga: Spluga Pass - Chiavenna - Colico - Sondrio - Valmalenco
S.S. 37 Maloja: St. Moritz - Maloja Pass - Chiavenna - Sondrio -Valmalenco
N. 29 Bernina (CH): St. Moritz – Poschiavo – Tirano - Sondrio - Valmalenco
N. 27 Zernez (CH): St. Moritz – Zernez – Livigno - Sondrio - Valmalenco
S.S. 340 Regina: Como - Menaggio - Colico - Sondrio - Valmalenco
S.S. 39 Aprica: Brescia - Edolo – Aprica - Tresenda - Sondrio - Valmalenco
S.S 38 Stelvio : Milan - Lecco - Colico - Sondrio - Valmalenco
S.S. 38 Stelvio: Bolzano - Merano – Stelvio Pass – Bormio – Tirano - Sondrio - Valmalenco
Telephone Rifugio Ventina : 0342 451458
Telephone winter season : 0342 451072