Rafting in Val di Sole
Rafting tours in Val di Sole
The beautiful Val di Sole is located in the north of the Italian region of Trentino and has a lot to offer - amazing experiences amidst the wild and beautiful landscape. Rafting in Val di Sole is an outdoor adventure you should not miss. Among the wide range of rafting tours on the Noce River and kayaking trips on Lake Santa Giustina you will definitely find the right activity for you.
The rafting tours in Val di Sole take between 1.5h and 7h. At the one end of the range of rafting offers in Val di Sole are the rather easy beginners and family tours, where kids from 3 (kayak) and 5 years (rafting) are welcome. At the other end on the difficulty scale, you will find challenging tours that will make any adrenaline junkie happy. Between these two extremes, there are of course also several tours offered in Val di Sole, which feature a nice mix of action as well as enjoyment and are thus easily doable even without prior experience in rafting.
In recent years, Rafting in Val di Sole has gained international attention and fame. Partly due to the fact that the National Geographic listed the Noce River in one of its articles among the top 10 rafting hotspots worldwide. In addition to the ideal conditions for rafting in Val di Sole, the spectacular landscape on the edge of the extensive Adamello-Brenta Nature Park has certainly played its part in making the region well-known to a broad audience.
Approximately 80km north of Lake Garda the Val di Sole lies nestled between the 3000m high mountains of the Adamello-Presanella Alps and the Brenta Dolomites. The rocky and during most of the year snow-covered mountain flanks of the Presanella (3558m) surmount the valley and can, depending on the route, also be seen when doing rafting in Val di Sole. Besides rafting, the many hiking trails and climbing routes attract nature lovers in summer. In winter the well-known ski resorts, including the Ski World Cup station Madonna di Campiglio, are the places to go to.
The rafting tours in Val di Sole start at the base camps of the providers in Mezzana and Commezzadura. These 2 villages alongside the Noce are coined by winter tourism and rather sleepy places in summer. Due to their secluded location, it is recommended to travel by car. The villages can be reached in about 1h from Trento and 1.5h from Bolzano. Even doing the journey from Innsbruck (about 3h) pays off due to the unique experience you can enjoy by rafting in Val di Sole.
The rafting trips are usually organized in a very similar fashion: At the base camp, you get to know your rafting guide and the equipment is handed out. Once the group is ready, a shuttle bus takes you to the entry point, where a theoretical introduction is given and a safety talk is held. Then the actual rafting tour starts with a few practical exercises in rather calm water. Now you are ready to tackle the river. If you don't feel up to navigating through certain passages, that's no problem. The group is accompanied by a bus throughout the tour, in which you can bypass the most difficult rafting stretches in Val di Sole.
The best rafting providers in Val di Sole
Extreme Waves: This provider has 18 years of experience and a very professional team of rafting guides. The base camp in Commezzadura comprises a park with pavilions, a barbecue area and even an educational farm.
X Raft Val di Sole: This rafting centre is located in Mezzara and was opened in 2008. In addition to professional guides, a large parking lot, changing rooms, showers, sports facilities, a children's playground and a BBQ area await you at the ample base.
Adventure South Tyrol: The base of this provider is located in Rabland/Rablà in Vinschgau, which is a valley north of Val di Sole, and includes a beach bar and 2 beach volleyball courts. The experienced guides of Adventure South Tyrol also participate in international rafting competitions.
That's is special about rafting in Val di Sole
In addition to rafting tours on the Noce, a number of other exciting outdoor activities on the water are offered In Val di Sole:
A highlight, especially for white water enthusiasts, are the hydrospeed tours (aka riverboarding) on the Noce, which are offered in various difficulty levels. On these tours, you ride down the river on a vehicle, which can be described as a mixture between a bobsleigh and a small surfboard. Your feet remain in the water while your upper body lies on the board and you dive headfirst into the spray. Hydrospeed is, without doubt, the most action-packed and fun form of rafting in Val di Sole.
Much more relaxed are the kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) tours on Lake Santa Giustina, a reservoir located at the entrance to the Val di Sole. The main focus of these tours is on the enjoyment of the landscape rather than on action. The highlight is certainly the exploration of narrow gorges with steep walls and bizarre rock formations reminiscent of typical Italian grottos.
While the meeting point for kayaking is at the Rafting Center in Mezzana, the SUP tours start in Rabland/Rablà, a place in the Vinschgau valley north of the Val di Sole. The minimum age for the 7-hour SUP trip is 10 years. Photos and videos from the tour are included in the price. The kayak tours are also offered for families with children from 3 years. Special kayaks, which are equipped with up to 4 seats, make it possible for the little ones to paddle together with their parents. The only question is, who will be the free-rider...