The summer is certainly the best season to discover the area’s natural beauty. The Val di Fassa is a real paradise for those who are passionate about excursions: from pleasant and revitalizing walks through the luxuriant forests around us, to high-altitude trails through the most picturesque locations. There are numerous paths that you can take using the modern technique of Nordic Walking, walking using sticks. TREKKING TOURS
The various itineraries and persorsi are divided into 4 macro-categories which include:
Discover here the best trekking itineraries in Val di Fassa, starting directly on foot from our house, with description, details and videos of each route:
– FROM VIEL DEL PAN TO FEDAIA LAKE EXCURSION
From the Marmolada: the excursion on the Viel of Pan di Canazei in Val di Fassa follows one of the most beautiful scenic trails of the Dolomites. Passo Fedaia with its lake is the destination of our excursion on the Viel del Pan (Bread Path), which follows the “small” mountain range (at an altitude of 2,400 m) that separates the Sella group from the Marmolada. We start from Canazei, with the Belvedere 101 cable car only 20 meters away. from our home, which leads us to Pecol. From here, a second cable car goes up even higher up to Col dei Rossi, but these last 400 m of ascent we want to do them on foot. The landscape under the Pordoi Pass is a vast alpine meadow. Marmots do not seem to be too afraid of hikers and hide in their dens only when we approach a few meters away. The climb continues parallel to the downhill bike track and offers beautiful views of the Sella and Sassolungo groups. The clouds, which cover the sun, do not bother – they avoid sweating too much on this steep slope. Arrived at the top of the Col di Rossi, we stop to enjoy the wonderful view of the Dolomites. Here also begins the real Viel del Pan, which corresponds to the homonymous shelter to a carriage road that facilitates the journey. From the hut, the route continues on a narrow path up to the Passo di Fedaia. It is best to climb up to the Sass Capel, to discover the view over Arabba and the upper Val Badia, from the Sella to the Fanes Group. On the other side we see the Marmolada glacier with the Fedaia lake below. The Viel del Pan also ends near the lake, after a slightly steep and less easy descent than the rest of the route, you need to be careful where you put your feet. Arrived at the Lake of Fedaia, we use the bus to return to Canazei.
Note: to get back by bus from the Fedaia Pass to Canazei, find out first about current times. If you want to undertake this excursion, first inform yourself about the current conditions directly on the spot!
– VAL CONTRIN EXCURSION
Description: from our house you can reach Alba di Canazei (1.517 m) from which it is about 2 km, you go up along the path n. 602 to the Contrin Refuge at 2.016 m (2.00 am). Behind the shelter, take path n. 607. After crossing a stream, the rocky bank of Lasté de Contrin is overcome with a long diagonal, reaching a plateau. Here you go to the left (on the right the path n ° 609 for the Pas Pasché begins), climbing up to a back of mountainous rocks that divides two small valleys. It continues by lapping the scree that surround the base of imposing walls. You move to the right along the bottom of the valley until you reach a plate indicating the junction with path n. 612. Continue straight along the steps that support the Ciadine peaks. Finally, with a long diagonal, we come out to the deep rim of the Cirelle Pass at 2.682 m (2.10 am, 4.10 am). The opposite side is descended with a wide and fast serpentine. Cross diagonally towards the mouth of the Val da la Tasćia continuing the descent still on debris that gradually passes to grassy clods. On the military road, you cross the Busc da la Tasćia plateau, suddenly finding yourself in front of a steep meadow slope. You descend some bends heading straight towards the valley and a group of huts among which stands the Refuge Fuciade at 1.972 m (1.20; 5.30). From here on the dirt road you go through the valley of Fuciade dotted with huts and barns to reach the Miralago Hotel (at 0.50, 6.20) with the beautiful lake of the Pozze near by. A twenty minute walk is sufficient to reach the state road, going up for a short distance to the San Pellegrino Pass (0.20 hours, total 6.40 hours). The Trentino Trasporti bus stop to return to the valley is located at the first parking area on the right. Possible shuttle service to the Rifugio Baita Locia Contrin.
– VAL DURON EXCURSION
Description: from our house you reach Campitello di Fassa (1,448 m) from which it is about 2 km. You leave the village along the streets Strèda de Morandin and Strèda de Col da Faé to quickly climb over the village of Campitello to a large meadow area. You cross it on a comfortable grassy road where flat stretches alternate with short rises. You then enter definitively into the dense forest that covers the slopes of Mount Ponjin. The path becomes steeper but also here the plan and the climb are cleverly alternating allowing you to catch your breath. It is close to the vast Pra Plana grassland clearing by diagonally to a small plateau overlooking the Val Duron. You then go through a magnificent and open high altitude forest where the majestic Swiss pine prevails. You enter the pasture in the Ciampié area and then descend sharply towards the Micheluzzi Refuge, which you reach after crossing the Ruf de Duron (2.30 am). To return to Campitello (and avoid at least part of the dust of vehicles that go up the valley) we recommend to cross the river and to take a nice path on the left equipped with tables and benches that at first flat then steeper to get on the road Val Duron in Pozates, where the Baita Fraines restaurant is located, about halfway between the Micheluzzi Refuge and Campitello (0.45 am, total 3.15 am).
– SASSOLUNGO ADN SASSO PIATTO TOUR EXCURSION
Description: this long excursion – which with certainty of good weather can be easily tackled on a single day due to the absence of significant differences in height – is usually divided into two different routes, the tour of the Sasso Piatto and Sassolungo, which have in common the ascent by gondola to the fork of the Sassolungo and the descent into the homonymous valley to the Rifugio Vicenza, where you then go to the left or to the right respectively. Starting point for the complete excursion can be considered the Rodela (you can get there from Col Rodella, along the north side 0.15 hours to add to the overall time) after having climbed with the cableway from Campitello, or from Passo Sella Mountain Resort ( 2,180 m) where it is convenient to leave the car to go up (path No. 557/4) in a southerly direction the dirt road that goes out on the saddle (0.40 hours to add to the overall time). The whole excursion is very suggestive due to the imposing verticality that borders, the wonderfully flowered coasts, the woods of sparse larches and majestic pine pines clung to the rocky boulders, the views that open along the entire itinerary. With easy route (path No. 557/4) mostly flat, you can reach the refuges Friedrich August (2.298 m), Sandro Pertini (2.300 m) and Sasso Piatto at 2.301 m (2.00 m), the latter in wide saddle meadow. Here you go down a steep ramp at the junction with path n. 527. Go right on the plain up to Piz da Uridl and then descend into the western spur of Sassolungo. Go back for a short distance in the Sassolungo gorge in view of the Rifugio Vicenza (1.30 am, 3.30 am). You cross the opposite coast continuing on path n. 526. You face a flank of reddish reddish rocks reaching the grassy saddle of Piz Ciaulonch. You cross a labyrinth of boulders, then you go still on the plane up to a pool of water. You climb up the slope suddenly emerging in view of the Rifugio Comici at 2,154 m (1.30 am, 5.00 am). Continue now (path No. 526) on a beautiful wide trail through meadows and pastures, touching beautiful Swiss pine forests, and then proceeding in a sinuous way through the City of Sassi, exiting at the Passo Sella Mountain Resort at 2,180 m (1.00 hours; total hours 6.00). Those who got into the cableway from Campitello can regain the system in about 1 hour, going back to Col Rodella along the dirt road that comes off from the provincial road about 200 meters upstream of Passo Sella Mountain Resort.
– SASS PORDOI AND PIZ BOE’ EXCURSION
Description: from the Pordoi Pass (2,239 m), take the cableway to Sass Pordoi (2,950 m) down the path n. 627 / A to nearby Forcella Pordoi (2,829 m, 0.20 hours). Then continue on the path n. 627, entering the inner circus. Leave the path n. 627 for the n. 638 which leads to the base of the Piz Boè pyramid. From the south side, the steep slopes and ledges can be found without difficulty, reaching the summit at the Piz Fassa hut at 3,152 m (1.15 am, 1.35 am). After a compulsory stop to admire the extraordinary circular panorama, descend on the north-west slope for reddish sands, you pass through a ledge equipped with a metal cord and stairs (via ferrata), a rocky jump to reach soon the Rifugio Boè at 2,871 m (0.30 hours; 2.05). You return to Forcella Pordoi on the path n. 627 (hours 0.45; 2.50) crossing on the floor the wide steps that form the base of Piz Boè. Go back to the cableway, climbing the rocks up to Sass Pordoi (path 627 / A, 0.20 hours, total 3.10 hours).
– FROM VAL GARDECCIA, TO THE RIFUGIO VAJOLET, PRINCIPE PASS AND LAKE OF ANTERMIA RING EXCURSION
DESCRIPTION. One of the most satisfying and satisfying excursions that can be done in the whole Val di Fassa is undoubtedly able to reach the Antermoia refuge and its beautiful crystal clear lake. In this excursion you go inside the group of Catinaccio along valleys without vegetation surrounded by immense vertical walls that seems to be on the moon. The panorama that you can admire in this excursion is certainly breathtaking: besides being surrounded by the imposing walls of the most important peaks of the Catinaccio group, such as the Vajolet towers and the Catinaccio d’Antermoia, many important groups are visible Dolomites like the one of the Marmolada, the Sassolungo and the Sella. Although it is a fairly touristy area and beaten by hikers, near the step of the Scalette, the most rugged and wild area towards the end of this excursion, it is quite easy to come across some shoals of chamois that graze in some green clearing. The lake of Antermoia, the final and most suggestive destination of this route, is a lake of glacial origin. During the age of the glaciations the Antermoia valley was shaped by a glacier whose tongue ended near where the lake is now. The basin, like many other dolomite lakes, tends to dry up during the summer.
EXCURSION IN DETAIL. The hike is not at all to be underestimated, despite the total difference in height of 1100 meters, a non-prohibitive difference in altitude, the route is quite long and tiring, especially the final part, which after a descent must go back several meters and then descend for a very steep and exposed descent. It starts from the Gardeccia hut at 1949 meters above sea level, reachable from the shuttle service that is located at the parking lot of the chairlift of the village of Pera in Val di Fassa. From the Gardeccia mountain hut you start to climb the CAI 546 path with directions to the Vajolet hut. Immediately during the climb you can see in the distance the Preuss shelter located in front of the Vajolet shelter, our next destination. In this first part we are surrounded by firs and pine pines that gradually rise up to disappear completely giving way to a lunar landscape. Arrived at the Vajolet refuge at an altitude of 2245 meters above sea level, a crossroads of several paths that extend within the Catinaccio group, you must take the CAI path 584 which has as its direction the Passo Principe refuge. The path to the Passo Principe refuge is a beautiful mountain path that always climbs steadily without ever being too steep. Arrived in the splendid Passo Principe refuge, set in the rock, continue along the CAI path 584 that leads first to the Antermoia Pass and then to the homonymous shelter. From the Passo Principe shelter you will pass the immense walls of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia up to gain a quota of 2770 meters s.l.m. of the Antermoia pass, maximum altitude for this excursion. From here it still lacks enough to get to the shelter, in fact before you arrive you have to take a long descent towards the Antermoia valley and then cross it: a desert and immense canyon where once the glacier was located. After passing, the spectacular lake of Antermoia and the homonymous shelter located at a height of 2497 meters are reached. To return to the Gardeccia by closing the ring, take the CAI path 583 with the signs behind the shelter. The path 583 goes back again to a height of 2709 meters s.l.m. at Laussa pass, a place of particular beauty for the view it offers towards the Marmolada, the Sella and the Sassolungo. Going up this very nice step is to observe the Antermoia lake from above. From this pass it is necessary to descend slightly to the Val di Laussa or Valle dei Camosci, (it is very easy to meet them) and then go up again to the Scalette pass at an altitude of 2403 meters above sea level. and finally go back down to the Gardeccia Attention Refuge, this last part of the trail is marked as EEA, that is for experienced hikers with equipment. This part is equipped only in a small point that you must have firm foot and a minimum of experience as there are very exposed traits. Finally, to reach the Gardeccia refuge from the Scalette pass, take a path that develops into a very steep and landslide scree where the use of a helmet for protection is recommended. It is easy to come down, those who are above us move stones making them fall at very high speeds.
VERSIONS. To avoid the last stretch of very exposed trail you can go down to Pera along the CAI path 589 that goes through the val Udai or take the CAI 577 path that goes down to Campitello for the Dona valley. Very interesting, if you are trained and you have the equipment, it is to climb to the top of the Catinaccio D’Antermoia for the homonymous railway and go down the opposite side coming to the lake.
– RIFUGIO RODA DE VAEL REFUGE EXCURSION
DESCRIPTION. Ring route with a truly superb panorama: in fact we will reach the Roda di Vael Refuge and the Baita Pederiva, in the Catinaccio group, via the Vial de le Feide, the “sheep trail”, starting from the magnificent Ciampiedie plateau. through the “Alta via dei Fassani”.
Reached the pretty village of Vigo di Fassa, after parking our car in one of the proposed solutions (and marked by the letter P), we can immediately get on the cable car “Catinaccio”, which will lead us to the 2000m of Ciampedie, very green plain where there are several refuges: from here the view is already spectacular, and you can admire the very famous Valle del Vajolet in all its splendor, in addition to the beautiful surrounding peaks; after a proper stop-photo, we move to the Rifugio Nigritella, where shortly before reaching it we will note on the right the path 540, which reaches the meadows of Rifugio Gardeccia, easily passable even with a stroller, but we will continue straight, passing the beautiful structure that offers excellent typical dishes; a little further on, here is the bifurcation: we will not follow the road that indicates our destination, but rather the one marked as “sheep path” in steep ascent. First under the sweet coolness of pines and firs, the mule track then comes out to show the Baita Pra Martin (2096 m), where we will remain enraptured by the magnificent landscape: here is the terminal part of the Val di Fassa, with the Sella Group and the ‘unmistakable Piz Boè (m 3162), and the very close and looming Larsech; not missing the Marmolada (3342 m), and the group of San Pellegrino just attacked, while in front of us, peeping over the tops of the trees, the spiers of the Catinaccio massif … a beautiful place, where you could already almost stay. But the road is still long! After a bit ‘of ascent, sometimes sweeter, often a bit less, finally you will leave the “worst” behind, to start the most rewarding, both from the point of view of landscape and hiking: we will not face more climbs steep, but gentle ups and downs that, after the sign indicating “Vajolet” (certainly for experts) will lead us, also passing on some disarray, until the meeting with the path that comes from the Passo delle Zigolade (2550 m), from which we will see the trekkers descend from the ghiaoine in single file, like ants. After two or less hours, we will arrive in Pael (2330 m), where a signal tells us that we are now neighbors: only half an hour separates us from our destination (which will always be visible along the way, like a dot far away) , and will be the thirty minutes most beautiful of all: here we will have the Pale Rabbiose (m 2540), under which we have just passed, the Marmolada (m 3342) with its unmistakable shape and its glistening glacier, the group by Cima Uomo (m 3003), which is a wonderful backdrop to the San Pellegrino mountains (m 1918); check also the Pale di San Martino Group, with the Cimon de la Pala (m 3129) and the highest, but less known, Cima della Vezzana (m 3192), delight of Val Venegia and Val di Fiemme and finally the pyramid of Piz Boè (m 3162), known as the easiest three thousand of the Dolomites, which we had abandoned before, hidden by the ridge. But here we are finally at the Rifugio Roda di Vael (m 2280), where finally our children can rest a little and stretch the legs once out of the backpack! There are benches, where you can also sit down to enjoy one of the delicious dishes, or eat something packed sitting in a lawn; although the space is a lot, the little ones will have to be checked, because there is, a little below, a small part exposed; you can also take a trip to the Baita Pederiva (m .. 2280), right next to it, which has always shared the magnificent site with the Roda di Vael. From here you could undertake many beautiful excursions; the easiest would lead to the Refuges Paolina and Fronza alle Coronelle, passing by the famous monument to T. Christomannos, creator of the great road of the Dolomites, while others, much more difficult and not suitable for children, would discover parts of the Catinaccio much less frequented and unusual … but we return to Ciampedie using the path 545, called “Alta via dei Fassani” which, in steep descent, leads us to the beautiful grassy plateau of Mandra de Vael (m 2105), where you can also make some meetings close up with cows, to the delight of the little ones! After a last glance on the majestic Roda di Vael (2806 m), you can now go into the woods (you could also make a detour to the Malga Vael to buy cheese and salami) in light descent, walking among pines and firs , in the company of a fragrant undergrowth. After a last glance on the majestic Roda di Vael (2806 m), you can now go into the woods (you could also make a detour to the Malga Vael to buy cheese and salami) in light descent, walking among pines and firs , in the company of a fragrant undergrowth. After a nice hour of walking, crossed one of the ski slopes that connect Ciampedie with Vigo di Fassa (we are in fact in a very famous ski area), you will regain the Rifugio Nigritella (m 1986), emerging from that path that, to left, we left at the beginning to climb up the steep one towards the Baita Pra Martin; still few steps and the green meadows will make us realize that we are now near the cable car, which we will resume to return to the valley.
– EASY WALK FROM SAN PELLEGRINO PASS TO FUCIADE
DESCRIPTION. The route is particularly easy, a practically flat forest road with a few short rampartina. Great and vast environment, at the foot of the Cima del’Omo (Cima d’Uomo, m.3.010) and of the Sasso di Valfredda, group of Sasso Vernale (Marmolada). To the south the wide panorama on the Col Margherita and Monte Pradazzo (Valles). Starting from the San Pellegrino pass, head towards Falcade and take the first road on the left that branches off a few tens of meters after the height after the few buildings. After a while you find the Miralago hotel, with a small lake to visit, where the road to cars ends and where there are parking lots (for a fee). Follow the road in full, first between the sparse forest and finally with the landscape that spreads on the fantastic wide basin of Fuchiade. In the basin some wooden huts and the large Fuciade refuge. The place is extraordinarily pleasant, amid spacious meadows and impressive dolomite structures. For the return, in addition to retracing the itinerary in the opposite direction, you can opt to go down to Baita Flora Alpina and the Fior di Roccia refuge along the San Pellegrino da Falcade road, or (more advisable) to cross the Chalet Cima Uomo refuge ( m.2.130) (ski resort area) and get off at San Pellegrino.
The dangers of walks are minimaI, but the benefits for your health are immense: walking is an ideal activity to increase your resistance, while placing only a limited burden on your body. It’s a sports activity that can be pursued on a lifelong basis. At the same time, few other forms of exercise are capable of providing you with such beautiful and exciting experiences.
In order to fully enjoy the beneficial effects of a walk, we recommend that you follow some useful advice!
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