6 stages tour from refuge to refuge
Dolomiti Trek King - Stages and holiday tips in Val di Fassa
Every stage of the Dolomiti Panorama Trek in Val di Fassa can be covered separately from the whole itinerary. From any point, it is possible to descend to the valley and, thanks to the shuttle service, the mountain lifts or the public means, easily get back to the departure. Download GPX/KML route files of the
1st stage - At the feet of the Queen of the Dolomites
Start: Pozza di Fassa
Arrival: Rifugio Contrin (Alba di Canazei)
Along the path: Malga Contrin; Rifugio Passo San Nicolò; Rifugio Baita Cuz; Rifugio Al Zedron
Time: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 12 km; Max. ascent level difference: 438 m; Max. descent level difference: 764 m; Highest point: 2,463 m
Description of the stage: after having reached the Buffaure (2,060 m) from Pozza by cabin lift, go down to the saddle and then left on the wide ski slope (down here, eventually, you can still take the chair lift on the right, which brings up to "Col de Valvacin") to get to "Buffaure di Sopra", nearby the Baita Cuz Refuge. Continue upwards along a comfortable zig-zag and take the crest. Go towards the top station of the chair lift and then towards the "Sas de Adam" (to enjoy a breath-taking view, all around you, over the Dolomites of Fassa), after which the track starts to go downwards. As the crest goes up again, the itinerary goes across its northern foothills to "Sela Brunéch" (2,420 m). On top of the chair lift (here the paths becomes no. 613/B), the itinerary goes back on the narrow ridge that skirts on the south the hollow of Ciampac. Go all along it and reach the steep buttresses of "Sas de Roces", that make the path mov to the side of the Val San Nicolò. Go down along some bends and then across a long diagonal at altitude, equipped with a metal safety rope in some points, leading to a wide and grassy saddle over "Sas Bianch". Here the paths goes up again (and takes again the no. 613) on a steep diagonal along the west side of the "Varos", where there are fortifications dating back to the First World War. Descend along the eastern side towards the Passo San Nicolò Refuge (2,345 m), that can be reached in few minutes. Go down along path no. 608 in the Val Contrin and reach the namesake refuge, where the overnight is planned.
2nd stage - In the realm of Conturina
Start: Rifugio Contrin (Alba di Canazei)
Arrival: Fedaia Pass
Along the path: Rifugio Marmolada E. Castiglioni; Bar Diga; Rifugio Capanna Cima Undici; Rifugio Pian dei Fiacconi; Rifugio Ghiacciaio Marmolada
Time: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 12 km; Max. ascent level difference: 591 m; Max. descent level difference: 562 m; Highest point: 2,047 m
Description of the stage: from the Contrin Refuge (2,016 m), go down along the Val Contrin on path no. 602, then turn right (on n. 602/A) and take path no. 605 to "Pian Trevisan" (1,648 m) and then to Fedaia Pass (2,044 m). Alternatively, from the car park in the nearest of the Hotel Villetta Maria at "Pian Trevisan", it is possible to follow the old Austrian military path (no. 619), dig into the rock by the Russian prisoners during World War I. Very interesting is the continuous change of landscape that you meet on the way, first going through the wood, then through the characteristic dugout shells dig by the water, and then eastward across the rocky slopes at the foot of the Marmolada glacier. Then, on a partially equipped trail, reach the saddle "Col de Bousc" (2,434 m) with the evident ruins of the ancient namesake hut. From here, along the path no. 606, ascend southward to Pian dei Fiacconi (2,626 m). Go back to Fedaia Pass. Otherwise, it is also possible to go directly down to Fedaia Pass. The easier itinerary - without the partially equipped path - once reached the crossroads with path no. 618 and no. 619 goes on along path no. 618 to reach the pass (otherwise, once reached "Pian de Scalet" at 2,032 metres, go up along the path no. 619 following the indications to "Lago di Fedaia - Sentiero forestale"). Overnight by one of the mountain huts in the area.
3rd stage - Viel dal Pan
Start: Fedaia Pass
Arrival: Col Rodella (Campitello di Fassa)
Along the path: Rifugio Marmolada E. Castiglioni; Bar Diga; Rifugio Capanna Cima Undici; Rifugio Fredarola; Rifugio Sass Becé; Rifugio Maria; Rifugio Ciampolin; Rifugio Des Alpes; Rifugio Col Rodella; Rifugio Friedrich August
Time: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 16 km; Max. ascent level difference: 496 m; Max. descent level difference: 653 m; Highest point: 2,425 m
Description of the stage: in front of the Marmolada E. Castiglioni Refuge, take the trail no. 601 which, on a long traverse through breathtaking scenery, at a constant altitude of about 2,400 metres, leads to the Pordoi Pass (2,239 m). This section of the itinerary is called "Viel dal Pan", as it was once the preferred route of the itinerant vendors from Val di Fassa to the Livinallongo hollow. Once reached the Pordoi Pass, it is worthy to take the cable car to Sass Pordoi - the Terrace of the Dolomites - to enjoy a complete 360° view over the main Dolomite peaks. After returning to the Pordoi Pass by cable car, follow the forest track that leads to "Pecol" (otherwise, go up on the grass from Pordoi Pass to the Fredarola Refuge, and then go on flat towards the Belvedere Refuge and then slightly upwards to the top station of the cable car that goes down to "Pecol"). Go back to Canazei by cabin lift. From Canazei, the walk along the river "Avisio" leads to the locality "Ischia" in Campitello, where you will find the bottom station of the cable car that leads in just a few minutes. Overnight stay at one of the refuge at altitude.
4th stage - At the feet of the Sassolungo group
Start: Col Rodella (Campitello di Fassa)
Arrival: Rifugio Antermoia (Mazzin)
Along the path: Rifugio Des Alpes; Rifugio Col Rodella; Rifugio Friedrich August; Rifugio Sandro Pertini; Rifugio Sasso Piatto; Malga Sasso Piatto
Time: 6/7 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 16 km; Max. ascent level difference: 826 m; Max. descent level difference: 684 m; Highest point: 2,530 m
Description of the stage: from Col Rodella, walk down along path no. 529 and then take paths no. 557 and 557-4, also known as "Friedrich August Weg" after the King of Saxony who was a 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, then it leads onto the wide grassy saddle of the "Giogo di Fassa", with the Sasso Piatto Refuge (2,300 m). From here, the trail (no. 594-4) continues along the Siusi crest, then down on the slope of the Val Duron to the namesake pass. Some saddles along the way give the chance to enjoy superb views on the opposite slope too, towards the Alpe di Siusi and the Odle. From the Duron Pass, the trail no. 532 descends into the Val Duron and then turns right on path n. 555, which leads to the "Ciaréjoles" Pass (2,282 m). Short after the pass, the path joins trail no. 580, which ascends to the right along 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), where the overnight is scheduled. This is the heart of the Val di Fassa Dolomites, dominated by a magnificent view on 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)
Along the path: Rifugio Passo Principe; Rifugio Re Alberto I° - Gartlhütte; Rifugio Passo Santner; Rifugio Vajolet; Rifugio Stella Alpina Spitz Piaz; Rifugio Gardeccia
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 10 km; Max. ascent level difference: 758 m; Max. descent level difference: 1,347 m; Highest point: 2,769 m
Description of the stage: from the Antermoia Refuge, trail no. 584 goes beyond the Antermoia Pass (2,770 m) to flank the western slope of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia and reach the Principe Pass and refuge (2,597 m). From here the itinerary goes on southward 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 view on 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 mountaineering pioneers such as Paul Preuss and Tita Piaz have made history with their achievements. 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. Adding further 20 minutes, from the Re Alberto I Refuge you can reach Passo Santner Refuge (2,734 m), which offers a breath-taking view over the Latemar Group, the Weiss- and Schwarzhorn peaks, to the Ortler and, finally, the Swiss- and Austrian Alps. Once back at the Vajolet and Preuss alpine huts, the itinerary descends to Gardeccia along path no. 546. Overnight stay at one of the refuges on the spot.
6th stage - Towards the Roda de Vael
Start: Gardeccia (Pozza di Fassa)
Arrival: Costalunga Pass
Along the path: Rifugio Gardeccia; Rifugio Stella Alpina Spitz Piaz; Ristorante Bar Bellavista; Baita Checco; Baita Prà Martin; Rifugio Roda di Vael; Rifugio Baita Marino Pederiva
Time: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: medium; Length: about 11 km; Max. ascent level difference: 408 m; Max. descent level difference: 618 m; Highest point: 2,290 m
Description of the stage: from the Gardeccia hollow, take trail no. 540 to "Ciampedìe", which offers a magnificent view of the entire Vajolet Valley. Continue past "Pra Martin" and follow the "Vial da le feide" (the sheep path) at the feet of the "Cigolade" (the path is very panoramic and presents some slightly exposed stretches). Alternatively, it is possible to take path no. 545, also called "Alta Via dei Fassani". Once reached the "Buja de Vael", you will quickly reach the Roda di Vael Refuge. From here, trail no. 548 descends to the Costalunga Pass. Alternatively, continue along trail no. 549 to the monument dedicated 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 SAD bus service.