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Val di Fassa, legendary trek in the Dolomites

Dolomiti Panorama Trek is an extraordinary walking experience that make you discover the places in the Dolomites where the Ladin myths were born. It is a circular hiking route of 200 km (about 60 hours walking), divided into 20 stages, that links Val di Fassa with Val di Fiemme and Primiero. 6 of the stages of this fascinating itinerary are in Val di Fassa. A wide range of mountain walks of all standards that lead to King Laurin’s rose garden in the Catinaccio, wind amidst the rocks of the Marmolada glacier where one might hear Conturina sing, or take to the foot of the Sassolungo to listen to the twitter of a nightingale belonging to a legendary princess. A fairy tale experience that completes and enriches your holiday. A unique occasion to enjoy the so-called "Enrosadira" phenomenon, when, at sunset, the mountain rocks assume a peculiar red colour.


Dolomiti Panorama Trek in Val di Fassa


Excursions from refuge to refuge

Dolomiti Trek King - Stages and holiday tips in Val di Fassa

Dolomiti Panorama Trek, on well-kept paths marked by the CAI-SAT, is nearly 200 kilometres long with a total altitude gain of almost 16,000 metres. Each stage of the route can also be covered separately and from any point on the itinerary you can descend to the valley and return quickly to the place of departure, also using the shuttle bus service, the taxi service or the lifts.


1st stage - At the feet of the Queen of the Dolomites

Start: Rifugio Fuciade (San Pellegrino Pass)
Arrival: Rifugio Contrin (Alba di Canazei)
Along the path: Malga Contrin
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 7 km; Max. ascent level difference: 700 m; Max. descent level difference: 664 m; Highest point: 2,683 m
Description of the stage: from the Fuciade Refuge, a steep, strenuous path, trail no. 607 (Alta Via delle Dolomiti no. 2 / Sentiero Italia in this section), climbs into the heart of the Cirelle, to reach the Cirelle Pass (2,680 m), after an ascent of 700 metres. The vista from this vantage point is magnificent, dominated by a crown of 3,000 metre-plus peaks: to the south, beyond the emerald pastures of the Fuciade, the unique profile of the Pale di San Martino; to the west, the Cima Uomo chain and Col Ombert; to the east, the limestone outlines of Cima Ombrettola and Sasso Vernale; to the northeast, the sky is cleaved by the top of the huge, solid, sheer wall of the Queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada. We are in the heart of the Ladin mountains, and the characters from the legends of this area could be hiding behind each stone. Trail no. 607 descends less steeply than the ascent across large scree slopes then, under the Sasso Vernale, it turns markedly to the left and descends unhurriedly and unvaryingly to the Contrin Refuge (2,016 m).


1st stage (alternative) - Discovering the Ladin legends

Start: Pozza di Fassa
Arrival: Rifugio Contrin (Alba di Canazei)
Along the path: Malga ContrinRifugio Passo San Nicolò; Rifugio Baita CuzRifugio Al Zedron
Time: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 8 km; Max. ascent level difference: 373 m; Max. descent level difference: 417 m; Highest point: 2,433 m
Description of the stage: from Pozza di Fassa take the cabin-lift to Buffaure (2,060 m). From Buffaure it is possible to climb further still using the chair-lift to "Col de Valvacin", or you can walk up the ski run to the crest. You will pass the Baita Cuz Refuge. Now walk along the ridge behind the chair-lift terminal to the top of "Sas de Adam" to enjoy a marvellous panorama of the Fassa Dolomites. Keep on the ridge, now in descent, and then the path goes across to the "Sela Brunéch" Pass at 2,428 m. Get back onto the ridge above the chair-lift (path no. 613-bis) and proceed to the "Sas de Roces". Here you will have to go round to the south on the side of the San Nicolò Valley, and in certain places there is a metal safety cord. You will reach the grassy saddle above "Sas Bianch" and then there is a steep diagonal to the west side of the "Varos" ridge (path no. 613). Here there are fortifications left from WW1. Now the San Nicolò Pass and the hut (2,338 m) are visible and you will be down in a few minutes. Later on you go down to Val Contrin through path no. 608 in order to reach the Contrin Refuge.


2nd stage - In the realm of Conturina

Start: Rifugio Contrin (Alba di Canazei)
Arrival: Fedaia Pass. Rifugio Marmolada E. Castiglioni; Rifugio Capanna Cima Undici
Along the path: Bar DigaRifugio Pian dei Fiacconi; Rifugio Ghiacciaio Marmolada
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 11 km; Max. ascent level difference: 1,070 m; Max. descent level difference: 582 m; Highest point: 2,626 m
Description of the stage: from the Contrin Refuge (2,016 m), descend the Val Contrin through path no. 602 and just before reaching the village of Alba di Canazei (1,517 m) turn into path no. 605 in order to go to "Pian Trevisan" (1,648 m) and afterwards to Fedaia Pass (2,044 m). Alternatively, from "Pian Trevisan" the excursion goes on following the old Austrian military track excavated in the rock by Russian prisoners during World War I, leaving the parking lot of Hotel Villetta Maria along route no. 619. Interestingly, the continual change of landscape that you encounter, passing first in the woods, then through the characteristics of dugout shells, and finally heading east of the rocky slopes at the foot of the Marmolada glacier. Then on a partially equipped trail you will reach the "Col de Bousc" Fork (2,434 m) with the obvious ruins of the old homonymous hut. Then follow path no. 606 uphill walk (south direction) to the Pian dei Fiacconi Refuge (2,626 m). From here, always on path no. 606, walk down or use the lift to Fedaia Pass. Easier alternative: at the crossroad of path no. 619 with path no. 618, follow the trail no. 618 which brings you down to the Fedaia Pass.


3rd stage - Viel dal Pan

Start: Fedaia Pass. Rifugio Marmolada E. Castiglioni; Rifugio Capanna Cima Undici
Arrival: Col Rodella (Campitello di Fassa). Rifugio Friedrich August; Rifugio Des AlpesRifugio Col Rodella
Along the path: Rifugio Maria; Rifugio Sass Becé; Rifugio Fredarola; Rifugio Ciampolin 
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 14 km; Max. ascent level difference: 356 m; Max. descent level difference: 249 m; Highest point: 2,432 m
Description of the stage: from in front of the Marmolada E. Castiglioni Refuge, take trail no. 601 which, in a long traverse among breathtaking scenery and at a constant altitude of around 2,400 metres, leads to the Pordoi Pass (2,239 m). This section of the itinerary is called "Viel dal Pan", as it once was the preferred route for ambulant traders from Val di Fassa to the Livinallongo Valley. Once at the Pordoi Pass, a trip in the cableway to Sass Pordoi - the terrace of the Dolomites - is well worth your while, as it offers a complete 360° vista of all the main Dolomite peaks. After returning to the Pordoi Pass by cableway, follow trail no. 627 to "Pecol". From here, either go on to Canazei on the same path or take the cable-car. At Canazei, a walk along the river leads to the locality "Ischia" in Campitello, with the base station of the cableway that leads to Col Rodella in just a few minutes.


4th stage - At the feet of the Sassolungo group

Start: Col Rodella (Campitello di Fassa). Rifugio Des Alpes; Rifugio Col RodellaRifugio Friedrich August 
Arrival: Rifugio Antermoia (Mazzin)
Along the path: Rifugio Sandro PertiniRifugio Sasso PiattoMalga Sasso Piatto 
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 16 km; Max. ascent level difference: 547 m; Max. descent level difference: 450 m; Highest point: 2,516 m
Description of the stage: from Col Rodella, take trail no. 557-4, named "Friedrich August Weg" after the King of Saxony and botanical enthusiast. The trail follows an easy, relatively even path at the feet of the Grohmann and Innerkofler peaks, the Dente del Sassolungo and the Sasso Piatto, to then lead into the wide grassy saddle of the "Giogo di Fassa", with the Sasso Piatto Refuge. From here, the trail (4-594) continues along the Siusi crest over generally even terrain at the start of the ridge, and then onto the slope of the Val Duron to the pass of the same name. A number of saddles along the way also open spectacular vistas of the Alpe di Siusi and the Odle from the opposite slope. From the Duron Pass, the trail no. 532 descends into the Val Duron to then turn right into trail no. 555, which leads to the Ciaregole Pass (2,282 m). Shortly after the pass, the path joins trail no. 580, which ascends to the right in steep curves towards the Dona Pass (2,516 m) and flanks the southern slope of the "Cima di Dona" to reach the Antermoia Refuge (2,497 m). This is the heart of the Val di Fassa Dolomites, dominated by the magnificent vista of the eastern wall of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia. 


5th stage - The soul of the Monti Pallidi

Start: Rifugio Antermoia (Mazzin) 
Arrival: Gardeccia (Pozza di Fassa). Rifugio Gardeccia; Rifugio Stella Alpina Spitz Piaz
Along the path: Rifugio Passo PrincipeRifugio Re Alberto I° - Gartlhütte; Rifugio Vajolet
Time: 
5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 7 km; Max. ascent level difference: 547 m; Max. descent level difference: 450 m; Highest point: 2,770 m
Description of the stage:
from the Antermoia Refuge, trail no. 584 crosses the Antermoia Pass (2,770 m) to then flank the western slope of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia and reach the Principe Pass and refuge (2,597 m). From here the itinerary continues south along trail no. 584 which, after an initial steep stretch, flattens into the Vajolet Valley, to reach the Vajolet and Preuss refuges (2,245 m), with a vista of the legendary Vajolet Towers and the eastern wall of the Catinaccio. This is the heart of one of the best known Alpine climbing areas of all time, where the exploits of mountaineering pioneers such as Paul Preuss and Tita Piaz have become the stuff of legends. From here, the Re Alberto I Refuge can be reached in about an hour along trail no. 542, to admire the southern slopes of the Vajolet Towers. After returning to the Vajolet and Preuss alpine huts along trail no. 546, the itinerary descends to Gardeccia and the refuge of the same name.


6th stage - Towards the Roda de Vael

Start: Gardeccia (Pozza di Fassa). Rifugio Gardeccia; Rifugio Stella Alpina Spitz Piaz
Arrival: Costalunga Pass
Along the path: Ristorante Bar BellavistaBaita CheccoBaita Prà MartinRifugio Roda di VaelRifugio Baita Marino PederivaMalga Vael
Time: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 10 km; Max. ascent level difference: 331 m; Max. descent level difference: 535 m; Highest point: 2,350 m
Description of the stage: from the Gardeccia depression, take trail no. 540 to "Ciampedìe", which offers a magnificent vista of the entire Vajolet Valley. Continue past "Prà Martin" and follow the "Vial da le feide" (the sheep path) at the feet of the "Cigolade", to reach the "Buja de Vael" and then descend to the Roda di Vael Refuge (alternatively you can follow path no. 545 "Alta via dei Fassani" which leads from "Ciampedìe" to Roda di Vael). From here, trail no. 548 descends to the Costalunga Pass. Alternatively, continue along trail no. 549 to the monument to Theodor Christomannos, who devised the "Dolomite Road: Bolzano, Cortina, Dobbiaco", and then follow trail no. 539 to the Paolina Refuge. From here, make your way down to the Costalunga Pass either by chair-lift or along trail no. 552. You can the return to Val di Fassa by the bus service SAD.


Dolomiti Trek King Soft Immersion - Stages and holiday proposals in Val di Fassa

Dolomiti Panorama Trek, on well-kept paths marked by the CAI-SAT, is nearly 200 kilometres long with a total altitude gain of almost 16,000 metres. Each stage of the route can also be covered separately and from any point on the itinerary you can descend to the valley and return quickly to the place of departure, also using the shuttle bus service, the taxi service or the lifts. Holiday package Dolomites Trek King Soft Immersion


1st stage (1st day) - Lusia Lakes

Start: Ronchi (Moena) 
Arrival: Lusia Lakes
Along the path: Rifugio Chalet Valbona; Rifugio La Rezila
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 10 km; Highest point: 2,355 m
Description of the stage: from "Ronchi" place (just few km from Moena) you will reach by cabin lift the uphill station of "Le Cune" (2,200 m). From here proceed down walking to the Lusia Pass (2,054 m) and then climb up on path no. 633 to the Redolf Bivouac (2,333 m) and further to the Lusia Lakes. On the way back walk on the same path up to the Redolf Bivouac and then turn right on path no. 634 and then no. 625. This route goes down to La Rezila Refuge (1,761 m). From here walk down on the dirt road to the starting point "Ronchi".


2nd stage (2nd day) - Viel dal Pan

Start: Canazei
Arrival: Fedaia Pass. Rifugio Marmolada E. Castiglioni; Rifugio Capanna Cima Undici
Along the path: Rifugio Fredarola; Rifugio Sass Becé; Rifugio Maria; Bar Diga
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 14 km; Highest point: 2,432 m
Description of the stage: from Canazei by lifts you will reach "Col dei Rossi". From here walk downhill to the Belvedere Refuge and then take the short-cut to the right to the Fredarola Refuge (2,388 m). Before going on "Viel dal Pan" we suggest to walk to the Pordoi Pass and then take a trip in the cableway to Sass Pordoi - the terrace of the Dolomites - is well worth your while, as it offers a complete 360° vista of all the main Dolomite peaks. After returning to the Pordoi Pass by cableway, follow path no. 601 in order to reach again the Fredarola Refuge where the "Viel dal Pan" begins (marked path no. 601). This section of the itinerary is called "Viel dal Pan", as it once was the preferred route for ambulant traders from Val di Fassa to the Livinallongo Valley. You will come to the Viel dal Pan Refuge at 2,432 m. Keep going and when you notice a saddle up to the left you will probably want to go there to enjoy the view of the Livinallongo Valley and the Tofane mountains. When you come to a fork, you will first go down a long diagonal (keeping the right) and then the path winds down steeply to the main road and the Marmolada E. Castiglioni Refuge at 2,044 m. The bus back to Canazei (Trentino Trasporti Bus Company) stops right next to the point where the path comes out. In alternative from the Fedaia dam you can walk down to Canazei on path no. 605.


3rd stage (4th day) - From Ciampedìe to Antermoia Refuge

Start: Vigo di Fassa
Arrival: Rifugio Antermoia (overnight in refuge)
Along the path: Rifugio Gardeccia; Rifugio Stella Alpina Spitz Piaz; Rifugio Vajolet; Rifugio Re Alberto I° - Gartlhütte; Rifugio Passo Principe
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 10 km; Highest point: 2,770 m
Description of the stage: take the cable-car from Vigo di Fassa and in a few minutes you will reach "Ciampedìe" (1,998 m) with its superb view of the Fassa Dolomites; take the path no. 540 and in a 45 minutes reach the refuges of the Gardeccia basin (1,950 m). From Gardeccia go along the wide dirt road marked path no. 546 up to the Vajolet and Preuss refuges at 2,243 m, with a view of the legendary Vajolet Towers and the eastern wall of the Rosengarten. This is the heart of one of the best known Alpine climbing areas of all time, where the exploits of mountaineering pioneers such as Paul Preuss and Tita Piaz have become the stuff of legends (optional, up and down on the same path: from the Vajolet and Preuss refuges, the Re Alberto I Refuge can be reached in about an hour along trail no. 542, to admire the southern slopes of the Vajolet Towers). From the Preuss and Vajolet refuges take path no. 584 which climbs up into the upper Vaiolet Valley. As you walk, the Catinaccio d’Antermoia mountain (3,002 m) becomes increasingly imposing, and you will reach the Passo Principe Refuge (2,600 m), which as the name suggests is on the pass. Take the path to the right and climb up by the base of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia. The path follows a steep zigzag course and soon brings you to the Antermoia Pass (2,770 m). Going down the other side you will reach the valley of Antermoia with its lake. Legend tells that the witches of Fassa would meet here and you can certainly imagine it! At the end of the lake there is the Antermoia Refuge at 2,497 m.


4th stage (5th day) - From Antermoia Refuge to Campitello

Start: Rifugio Antermoia
Arrival: Campitello di Fassa
Along the path: Rifugio MicheluzziBaita Lino Brach
Time: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 15 km; Highest point: 2,516 m
Description of the stage: from Antermoia Refuge take path no. 580 to the Dona Pass (2,516 m) and descend to the Val di Dona, first over the scree and then the grass. Leave path no. 580 which goes down to Mazzin through the Val Udai, keep left on path no. 578 and cut diagonally across to the "Ciaréjoles" Pass (2,282 m). On the other side of the pass is the Val Duron, and the valley floor is reached by way of a path of black volcanic rock, which then takes you through an alder wood. Cross the stream at the bottom and turn right on path no. 532 towards the refuge Baita Lino Brach (mountain hut) and then the Micheluzzi Refuge at 1,850 m and follow the dirt road to Campitello. To get to Campitello avoiding in part the busy dirt road, you can take an alternative path. Go downhill from the Micheluzzi Refuge, cross the stream and then go uphill on the opposite bank for 20 metres. Turn left onto a flat path which is equipped with picnic tables. The path will join the dirt road to Campitello at "Pozates" (restaurant Baita Fraines), after a fairly steep descent. From Campitello you can reach Vigo di Fassa by bus.


Where to stay - Dolomiti Walking Hotels

The list of the hotels participating in the programme Dolomiti Panorama Trek in Val di Fassa

Many services are offered in order to guarantee comfort and support: assistance of a mountain guide, cosy accommodation facilities, organised transfer services. Choose the package which suits you best and book your holiday in Val di Fassa.

Dolomiti Walking Hotel Canazei ****
Lupo Bianco Wellness Hotel

Dolomiti Walking Hotel Pera di Fassa ***
Villa Margherita

Dolomiti Walking Hotel Vigo di Fassa ****
Family Wellness Hotel Renato

Dolomiti Walking Hotel Vigo di Fassa ***S
Al Piccolo Hotel
Sonne Sole

Dolomiti Walking Hotel Moena ***
Hotel Laurino


Each Dolomiti Walking Hotel proposes weekly excursions, a library with hiking and walking maps, naturalistic guides and books on the local culture, rucksacks/flasks and trekking poles for hire and the possibility to get the transfers to the airports and train stations at discounted rates. Guests can count on a cosy hospitality and an appetizing cuisine to taste the delicacies of the Ladin gastronomy.


Useful information and trekking suggestions

Plan your excursions on the paths of the Dolomiti Panorama Trek

Mountain huts summer
Download the list of the mountain and alpine huts open in summer and get more information about contact and opening times. See also: mountain/alpine huts associated with the Val di Fassa Tourist Board.

Excursion with the alpine guides
In summer our guests can count on a varied programme of excursions with our Alpine guides, planned and organized so to satisfy everybody’s interests and expectations.

Public transport and taxi services
Enjoy your holiday without using your car! In Val di Fassa public transport, taxi service and the busses of the Dolomite Passes (from Canazei to Sella, Gardena, Pordoi, Campolongo and Fedaia Pass) help you reach effortlessly some of the most beautiful sites of the Dolomites.

PanoramaPass, your passport to the Dolomites in summer
PanoramaPass is a card that gives free and unlimited access (even several trips per day) to all the lifts open in the entire Val di Fassa throughout the summer. The card gives you the right to travel for free on public buses.

Summer lifts
In the section lifts you’ll find the ticket prices, opening and closing times of the lifts in Val di Fassa in order to plan your excursions at best.


Map Dolomiti Panorama Trek

On the paths of the Dolomiti Panorama Trek in Val di Fassa

Dolomiti Panorama Trek is a 200 km long excursion itinerary divided into 20 stages that goes through Val di Fassa, Fiemme and San Martino territories. Val di Fassa offers 6 different stages in a wonderful landscape, a true paradise from a geological and mineralogical point of view: Roda de Vael and the Catinaccio group, the Monzoni chain, Sassolungo peaks, the Sella massif and last but not least the queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada glacier.

Map and folder of Dolomiti Trek King
Check in the info material section to download the map and the brochure of the Dolomiti Trek king.


Walking in security in the Dolomites

  • For your hikes in mountain always choose itineraries in accordance with your technical and physical abilities. Consult maps of the area to visit and check the best way to follow. If you walk in group including slower hikers, always calculate longer average times to cover the distances.
  • Wear adequate clothing, footwear and equipment suitable for the length and grade of difficulty of trail to be taken. Always try to be self-sufficient and carry with you the necessary to face possible emergency situations and a first aid kit.
  • Preferably do not hike alone in mountain. Otherwise tell someone the itinerary that you are going to follow and let him know when you are back.
  • Check the weather forecast and, while hiking, constantly pay attention to the evolution of the weather.
  • If you do not feel safe, give up. In mountain, sometimes, it is better to surrender that to face the dangers deriving from bad weather conditions or from difficulties superior to one’s limits. In advance look for alternative itineraries to get back.
  • Bring rubbish back with you. Respect the flora and fauna. Remain on the marked tracks, avoiding to follow shortest ways, in order to avoid causing damages to vegetation and the territory. Respect local cultures and traditions, always bearing in mind that you are a guest.


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