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Tour of Monte Cucal

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  • Monte Cucal
    / Monte Cucal
    Photo: G. Zanon, APT Val di Fiemme
  • / Wiew from Monte Cucal
    Photo: G. Zanon, APT Val di Fiemme
  • / Wiew from Monte Cucal direction Tesero
    Photo: G. Zanon, APT Val di Fiemme
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Loop tour with final ascent on the top of Monte Cucal, actually a large meadow-woodland clearing, overlooking Val di Fiemme. You don't realize the breadth of the view until you reach the top!
Distance 7.4 km
3:20 h
500 m
500 m
Seen from the valley floor, Cucal is a lush and green hilly mountain overlooking the village Le Ville - Carano, Daiano, Varena, and Tesero. Approaching, past the meadows of Varena, you enter almost immediately in the silence of the woods, a rich and varied forest: you pass from the larch stems to those of spruce, up to the sunny slopes covered with pine trees, a conifer that loves arid soils. The top of the Cucal is a large and airy larch wood with its classic green grass that gives an unexpected glimpse of the valley.

Author’s recommendation

The summit reaches around 1700 meters, which is why it is a feasible excursion both in spring and late autumn, when other areas of the valley may still be covered by snow.
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Update: November 16, 2021
Highest point
Cucal, 1,706 m
Lowest point
Varena, 1,193 m
Best time of year

Safety information


  1. Prepare your itinerary beforehand
  2. Choose an itinerary that suits your physical abilities
  3. Choose suitable clothes and equipment
  4. Check the weather forecast
  5. Hiking by yourself is more risky; if this is the case, take a mobile phone with you
  6. Leave information about your itinerary and your expected return time
  7. If you are not sure about your itinerary, contact an Alpine Guide
  8. Pay attention to signposts and directions that you find along your way
  9. Do not hesitate in going back if you feel too tired
  10. In case of emergency call 112

Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.

Tips and hints

APT Val di Fiemme - Tel. +39 0462 241111 - -   


Varena - area "La Copara" (1,192 m)
46.305292, 11.468387
46°18'19.1"N 11°28'06.2"E
32T 690076 5130929


Varena - area "La Copara"

Turn-by-turn directions

Leave the car in Copara area (1.220 m) in the town of Varena.

Take the forest road signposted "Stava" and follow it for 2.5 km. At first you walk among the pastures, then the path is all in the woods. At the end of the climb, follow the signs for "Cucal", first on a forest road and then on a path.

At a crossroads, take the uphill path on the right to "Stava" which leads to another fork. Here take the path on the left No. 503 with directions "Prati di Monte Cucal" and "Monte Cucal" going up a zig zag.

Arrived in the meadows, follow the signs on the left that lead in a short time to the top of the summit (1.705 m) from which you can admire some villages in the valley.

Retrace your steps to the first junction and from there take the path on the left No. 503A with indication "La Copara". The route descends into the woods bringing the starting point in a short time.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


Take the public bus "Trentino Trasporti" Cavalese to Varena.

Getting there

From Cavalese drive up direction Passo Lavazè.

After 4 km you will reach the village of Varena. Short after hotel "Alla Rocca" go right and drive ahead.

Short before pizzeria "La Marisana" go right and drive ahead the flat road for 500 m. You will find parking area after the last 2 houses.


Parking places in the area "La Copara".


46.305292, 11.468387
46°18'19.1"N 11°28'06.2"E
32T 690076 5130929
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Tabacco – Val di Fiemme, Lagorai, Latemar N° 14

Kompass – Val di Fiemme, Catena del Lagorai N° 618

Hiking map available in all Val di Fiemme information offices.


Hiking shoes, rain-jacket, hiking poles, water, sun cream

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Maria .
November 02, 2017 · Community
Leider fehlen sämtliche Nummerierungen, die in der Beschreibung angegeben sind. Man muss eher der Nase nach gehen. Nur vom Gipfel aus gibt es einen Weg 503, der aber an Abzweigungen auch eher schlecht ausgeschildert ist. Die Aussicht ist schön, aber insgesamt eine eher mittelmäßige Tour.
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When did you do this route? November 01, 2017
Michael Hauser
September 30, 2017 · Community
Die Cucal-Rundtour an sich ist schön, schattig, und der "Belvedere" in Gipfelnähe bietet einen tollen Ausblick. Der hier hochgeladene GPX-Track ist jedoch leider grottenschlecht. Lauft am Besten den Wegweisern nach, dann kommt ihr sicher zum Gipfel des Monte Cucal. Aber ignoriert bitte den GPX-Track.
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When did you do this route? September 28, 2017

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