Alta Luce/Hochliecht (3184m), trail 7C
from Stafal to Alta Luce/Hochliecht
Trail 7C starts from Stafal (1840m) and goes to Alta Luce (3184m), also called Hochliecht. It is 6398m long and the total positive elevation gain is 1355m.
The approximate time for the ascent is 4h01. The trail is rated of difficulty E.
Long and beautiful route that starts from the valley floor, passes through the Salza Pass (2882m) and arrives on one of the most spectacular balconies around the Monte Rosa range. Alta Luce (it means “High Light”) stands on a spur that divides the Lys glacier from that of the Garstelet: on the same spur higher up is the refuge Città di Mantova and the Gnifetti Hut (from Alta Luce an unnumbered path rejoins the Trail 6A, which leads up to the Città di Mantova refuge)
If you want to reduce the length of the walk, in Stafal instead of taking path 7 you take … the Gabiet cable car, which in less than 15 minutes takes you to Lake Gabiet, from which you simply take the trail 6B that one must follow (passing through the refuge Orestes Hütte) until it reaches the Salza Hill, a point from which one can continue to Alta luce by following the trail 7C described here.
If you want to avoid going through the refuge, you can take trail 6A from Gabiet, which for several sections is in common with 6B: past the refuge, 6A and 6B come together. As soon as you come to the next fork, where 6A separates from 6B going to the right, continue straight for 300 meters until you reach the Salza Pass.
The trail presents no technical difficulty, and is excellently marked.