After parking in Stafal, take the Stafal-Gabiet gondola lift, which goes up to the right to Lake Gabiet(here for information on schedule and fares).
At Lake Gabiet, go up the dirt road for a very short distance until you reach Adler’s Nest (formerly Refuge du Lys): follow the signs for Trail 6A or 6B, two trails that are shared for a long stretch.
The marker at Adler’s Nest
Go up a few dozen meters along a marked dirt path until you reach belowAlbergo Del Ponte, where you take a left across the ski slope. Continue along a wide dirt road until you reach a nice little stone bridge that crosses the Endrebach stream .
The bridge over the Endrebach stream from the top of trail 6A/6B
Shortly after the bridge, the 6A/6B trail we are on is joined from the left by trail 7B, which climbs from Stafal. From here on, the trail is shared between 6A, 6B and 7B .
The trail passes a small rocky rise, and reaches a small dam at 2511m.
The dam as seen from the top of trail 7B, the trail comes to it from the right
Before arriving near the dam there is a junction: on the left continue trails 6A (direct to Colle Salza and then to the City of Mantua refuge) and 7B (direct to Blue Lake and Punta Telcio). To the right, however, continue along Trail 6B. Beyond the dam the path widens into a dirt road, crossing a plateau above which the Orestes Hut can be seen.
The plateau next to the dam, above is a glimpse of the Orestes Hut
The photo above shows the relief along which the trail climbs. Past this step you finally reach the “Oreste’s hut” (2600m).
The Orestes Hütte
The trail continues by turning behind the hut to the right, passing over a small bridge that skirts a second water reservoir. After going around a wide curve to the left, the trail finally rejoins 6A at a new fork with trail markers.
The junction where trail 6B rejoins trail 6A for a stretch
Continue uphill, skirting a wide esplanade on the left, furrowed by the thousands of rivulets flowing down from the Indren glacier, above which towers Stolembeerg (3190m).
Walloon toward Indren Glacier, upper right Stolembeerg
The path ascends, passes along the left side of the slope…
It goes up traverse along the left flank
… past a small marshy plateau that often in the summer is home to a veritable multitude of eriophorus…
Eriophores on the banks of the marsh.
…and comes to a further junction with trail markers, at which trail 6A splits off and continues to the right, in the direction of the Città di Mantova refuge. 6B, on the other hand, proceeds straight ahead, toward the Salza pass: in the photo below, the pass is up there where you can see the sky.
At this junction, trail 6B continues straight in the direction of Salza Hill, trail 6A continues to the right in the direction of Mantua refuge
This is the last climb, along a very stony slope furrowed by several rivulets of water, which softens at the end and leads to Colle Salza(2882m).
The Salza Hill
Below is a 3d aerial view, in which the highlights of the last part of the route are highlighted.