Trail from Bazena / from Breno or Esine (Camonica Valley)
How to get there
Take the Tonale SS No 42, in Esine or Breno, follow the SS 345 of Crocedomini Pass to Tassara Hut, in Bazena, here you find a parking lot at the left side of the road.
After the parking lot you find a dirt road that, along the trail sign No 1, goes uphill, right up to the Fredda Valley, then, on a long but comfortable and almost flat path, you cross the Pass of Fredda Valley (2321 meters above sea level,) too and, once you pass through Cadino della Banca Valley, you reach the Vacca Pass, where you find the rock in the shape of a bovine, that names the area. You continue along a historic mule track, to reach Lake Vacca, therefore the hut, in about 3 hours in total (600m of elevation gain).
1st Trail Variation from Malga Cadino
You can continue by car over the Crocedomini Pass towards Bagolino, (about 7km) and reach Malga Cadino of Banca in Cadino Valley, here you leave your car on the road, the parking spaces are on the right side, then you continue along a dirt road (trail sign 19) leading to Corna Bianca (limestone emerging from the Valley) where the trail, paved since late summer of 2012, allows to walk comfortably and, after several slopes, it reaches the last stretch coming from Bazena and it leads to the Vacca Pass; here you continue on a historic mule track, to reach the Lake from above, you descend below the wall of the dam, then you climb up again to the hut (700m of elevation gain, about 2 hours) On the way back, you can take the trail that under the wall of the dam heads toward the Vacca Pass, on a less scenic, but shorter route.
The dirt road from Malga Cadino to Corna Bianca with rough terrain is accessible by an off-road and four-wheel drive vehicle; so you save about 45minutes’ walk.
How to get there by public transport
The hut is located in the municipality of Breno, served by the railroad, Brescia-Edolo line, and by the Milano-Bergamo-Ponte di Legno –Tonale busline; but once you reach the centre of the village, you have to turn to a private service to travel the 20 km from here to the trailhead; there is another path climbing through the hamlets of Pescarzo, Astrio and Campolaro, to the locality Bazena, it’s a rather challenging route with an elevation gain of about 1500m. If you intend to use the public transport, it’s advisable to access from the Sabbia Valley: Brescia-Bagolino, Gaver line.
From Bagolino (Sabbia Valley) Trail from Gaver
How to get there
You can go up by car to the vicinity of the Tavern – Locanda – in the Plane of the same name, (high probability of parking), you continue on foot on the plain, and on the left, near a little church, you find a trail that reaches the wide mule track leading to the Alpine summer pastures – Malghe (Lower then Upper) of Laione.
Above the alpine summer pasture, through the ruins of Casinello di Laione, the trail lies on the orographic right of the valley and leads to the basin of the Lake (860m of elevation gain, indicative time 2 hours).
2nd Trail Variation from Malga Cadino
Even from Bagolino you can continue on the provincial road of Crocedomini Pass, to Malga Cadino, then you can choose the less steep route described as 1° variation.