AUSTRIAN TUNNEL OF CORNO DI CAVENTO
Exceptional testimony of Wold War 1st in Adamello
...on February 11th, 1917, lieutenant Felix Hecht von Eleda assumed the command of Corno di Cavento with the 1st company of Tiroler Kaiserjäger explorers... the objective assigned to him from the high command, was to maximize defenses of Corno di Cavento, with the construction of an underground artillery, in order to interdict italian supplies at the Vedretta della Lobbia... on February 21st, began the excavation of a little rock tunnel below the summit, by the Sappeur Company (sappers)... the work went on for about 3 months, causing numerous injuries due to landmine accidents... initially conceived as a safe haven in case of bombing, the tunnel was later transformed into a Fort, with loopholes for guns and cannons, pointing toward the Passo del Cavento and Vedretta della Lobbia, occupied by Italian troops...
After the end of the conflict, the gallery was initially visited by recoverers for war material, but soon after, it filled up with ice and snow that sealed and hid the access for many years. Only after 2003 hot summer and following years, the thickness of inner ice dwindled, allowing the entrance.
From 2007 to 2010, thanks to a joint initiative of the Autonomous Province of Trento, the Tridentine Alpinists Society and the Trentino Mountain Guides, the tunnel was involved in an important recovery project and, starting from summer 2011, in agreement with the competent provincial bodies, made accessible with guided tours with the Mountain Guides.
A destination of great emotional impact, a journey through time and places of the past: sensations and thoughts that come back somehow into the present, so that no one forgets, a wish for a better future of sharing and tolerance.
MountainGuideAdamelloBrenta daily organizes tours on request.
- PERIOD: from June to September.
- GROUP: 1-5.
- DURATION: full day (meeting at the Rifugio Carè Alto the previous evening).
- COST: from 110€pp.
Customizable program on request.
Multi-day tours, high-altitude routes and crossings, access from different valleys, peak-links.
- Costs include: IFMGA mountain guide service, RC insurance, equipment, photos.
- Any other espenses are not included (lift-tickets, huts, transfers, for oneself and the guide).
Contact us for any info, requests or custom program.