Programme: departure from "Ciampedìe" at 9.00 .m. towards the Roda di Vael, either along the path "Vial de le feide" or along the "Alta Via dei Fassani". Here we enter the history of the valley, along the stages of rural life before the tourism. In the past, the trade in Val di Fassa was mainly based on the growth of potatoes, wheat and rye. Step by step, through the centuries, small farms started to be established and this brought soon to the milk processing and to the making of the top quality cheeses that are famous nowadays. During the walk, we will have the chance to admire the most beautiful flowers typical of the Dolomites, such as the edelweiss and the nigritella. Moreover, we will also have the chance to meet the marmots and see their lair into the ground, hear the sentinels whistling and, probably, see them playing or sunbathing. From the refuge Roda de Vael, we will go on along the wide and comfortable path "Girzelweg" (path no. 349) at 2,200 metres. The itinerary is entitled to "Hirzel", an editor from Leipzig, passionate hiker in love with the Dolomites, who promoted the realisation of this track, which is almost horizontal. 100 metres at East, we will stop to watch, with a bit of luck, the marmots in the so called "Vallone di Pasché" valley below. Going on, we will reach the monument dedicated to Theodor Christomannos, a bronze eagle of three metres, placed in a panoramic position over Val di Fassa and Val d’Ega. We will go back to Costalunga pass by chair lift, where we will have the chance to admire the huge summer residence of princess "Sissi", the Grand Hotel Carezza. Once at the bottom, the bus SAD back to Vigo and Pera di Fassa is at 2.20/30 p.m. (against payment).
Meeting point: by the top station of the cable car. Suitable clothes and shoes are required.
Registration: not required. The activity is organised by the chair lift company Catinaccio and it is included in the PanoramaPass or in the lift ticket. The trail is not suitable for strollers. Packed-lunch or lunch at the refuges Roda de Vael or Baita Marino Pederiva is optional, the arrival at Vael is scheduled at 12.30 p.m.). In case of bad weather the excursion will be cancelled).