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Val di Fassa, legendary trek in the Dolomites

Dolomiti Panorama Trek (also known as Dolomiti Trek King) offers the chance to live the extraordinary experience to get up in the Dolomites, where the most beloved Ladin myths were born. This is a tour of 75 km (about 30 hours walking, for a total altitude gap of 3,517 metres), along 6 stages (4 for the short tour, 58 km, about 22 hours walking, for a total altitude gap of 3,050 metres) on the CAI-SAT paths. This itinerary, unique in the world for its enchanted peaks and landscapes, gives the chance to touch the heart of Val di Fassa. Walks at high altitude, within any hiker’s reach, which lead to the garden of roses of King Laurin on the Catinaccio, amongst the rocks of the Marmolada where you can hear Conturina singing, at the feet of the Sassolungo to catch the tweet of the nightingale belonging to the princess of this peak, and to the foothills of the Monzoni chain, a real geologic and mineralogy heaven. A fairytale experience that gives real flavour to the trekking. The uniqueness of the landscape is furtherly enriched at sunset, when the sunrays seem to inflame the rocks that take a warm reddish colour, giving life to the phenomenon that is better known as "Enrosadira".


Dolomiti Panorama Trek Val di Fassa


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 Dolomites Trek King


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 ContrinRifugio Passo San Nicolò; Rifugio Baita CuzRifugio 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 Ròces", that make the path move 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 "Varosc", where there are fortifications dating back to the First World War. From here, a well-marked detour of the path reconnects with the original path through the meadows, to reach the mountain hut Passo San Nicolò (2,346 m). 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. CastiglioniBar DigaRifugio Capanna Cima UndiciRifugio 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 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 to Col Rodella 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 AlpesRifugio Col RodellaRifugio Friedrich AugustRifugio Sandro PertiniRifugio Sasso PiattoMalga 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 no. 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 PrincipeRifugio Re Alberto I° - GartlhütteRifugio Passo SantnerRifugio Vajolet; Rifugio Stella Alpina Spitz PiazRifugio 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: 2,770 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, the Brenta Group, 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 over the entire Vajolet Valley. Continue along the path no. 545, also called "Alta Via dei Fassani", which leads to the Baita Marino Pederiva (2,273 m) and Roda di Vael refuges (2,280 m). Alternatively, from Ciampedìe, go up to "Pra Martin" and follow the "Vial da le feide" (namely the sheep path) at the foot of the "Cigolade" (the path is very panoramic and presents some slightly exposed stretches). From the "Ciampaz" Saddle, in the nearest of Baita Marino Pederiva Refuge, 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 then return to Vigo/Pozza/Pera di Fassa by the SAD bus service.


4 stages tour from refuge to refuge

Dolomiti Trek King Short Experience - 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. Download the GPX/KML route files of the Dolomites Trek King Short Experience


1st stage - Pian dei Fiacconi

Start: Canazei
Arrival: Rifugio Ghiacciaio Marmolada (Pian dei Fiacconi - Fedaia Pass)
Along the path: Rifugio Sass Becé; Rifugio Fredarola; Rifugio Maria; Rifugio Marmolada E. Castiglioni; Bar Diga; Rifugio Capanna Cima Undici
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Lenght: about 15 km; Max. ascent level difference: 928 m; Max. descent level difference: 676 m; Highest point: 2,700 m
Description of the stage: from Canazei, take the cabin lift and then the cable car to reach "Col dei Rossi" (2,382 m). From here walk down to the Belvedere Refuge and then take the short-cut to the right to the Fredarola Refuge (2,388 m). Before taking the path to the "Viel dal Pan", we suggest to walk to the Pordoi Pass and then reach Sass Pordoi - the Terrace of the Dolomites - by cable car, as it offers a complete 360° view over all the main Dolomite peaks. In order to take the lift, walk down along path no. 601 towards the Pordoi Pass. Once back to the valley station, come back up along the same way in order to reach again the Fredarola Refuge. Here starts a flat path, with short ascents only where the slopes divide the valleys. This stretch of the itinerary is called "Viel dal Pan", as it was once the favourite route of the ambulant traders moving from Val di Fassa to Livinallongo. Reach the Viel dal Pan Refuge at 2,432 m. Keep going, for quite a long stretch with minimum altitude gaps, and don’t forget to stare at the wonderful landscape over the Livinallongo Valley and the Tofane mountains, which appear as you reach a small, visible saddle, about ten metres far from the path. When you come to a fork, go down to the right towards the dam and then on a last stretch, steep and quite exposed, equipped with an iron rope. Take the state road in front of the Marmolada "E. Castiglioni" Refuge, at 2,044 m. Go along the Fedaia dam, till you reach the Cima Undici Refuge and take path no. 606 in front of it, to go up towards Pian dei Fiacconi, on the Marmolada, at 2,700 m, where the overnight stay is scheduled.


2nd stage - Val Contrin

Start: Rifugio Ghiacciaio Marmolada (Pian dei Fiacconi - Fedaia Pass)
Arrival: Rifugio Contrin (Alba di Canazei)
Along the path: Rifugio Capanna Cima Undici; Bar Diga; Rifugio Marmolada E. Castiglioni
Time: 5 hours; Difficulty: medium; Lenght: about 15 km; Max. ascent level difference: 599 m; Max. descent level difference: 1,239 m; Highest point: 2,700 m
Description of the stage: from Pian dei Fiacconi, along path no. 606, go back towards Fedaia Pass. Once reached the Marmolada "E. Castiglioni" Refuge, on the opposite side of the dam, take path no. 605 that, after a first turn, goes straight to the west. Follow the easy mule road that leads to the hotel Villetta Maria, at "Pian Trevisan". From here, staying on path no. 605, go towards Penìa di Canazei. Go on along the dirt road that  often comes across the state road of Fedaia. Finally, enter the wood and walk along a longer stretch to take the path no. 602/A that joins the dirt road (path no. 602) that, from Alba di Canazei, goes up along the Val Contrin, to the namesake refuge (at 2,016 m), where the overnight stay is scheduled.
Alternatively (add 1 hour to the total time): from Pian dei Fiacconi, go down along path no. 606 and then, after having reached the saddle "Col de Bousc" (2,434 m), turn right and take path no. 619 (the first stretch is partly equipped). This path is very interesting because of a continuous changing of the landcape: first passing by the rocky slopes at the foot of the glacier of the Marmolada, then through the characteristic "Marmitte", rocks caved by the water, and, in the end, into the wood. From here, follow the old Austrian military path, dug into the rock by the Russian prisoners during the First World War, which gets to the car park in the nearest of hotel Villetta Maria at "Pian Trevisan". Go on along path no. 605 to the village of Penìa di Canazei. Go on along path no. 602/A, which becomes no. 602, and then go up along the Val Contrin to reach the namesake refuge (at 2,016 m), where the overnight stay is scheduled.


3rd stage - Buffaure

Start: Rifugio Contrin (Alba di Canazei)
Arrival: Rifugio Baita Cuz (Pozza di Fassa)
Along the path: Malga ContrinRifugio Passo San Nicolò; Malga Jumela Bassa
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Lenght: about 13 km; Max. ascent level difference: 993 m; Max. descent level difference: 852 m; Highest point: 2,463 m
Description of the stage: from the Contrin Refuge, take the steep grassy path no. 608 that goes towards the San Nicolò Pass (at 2,346 m). From here, follow the crest (path no. 613) passing through the slope of the "Varosc" and the military posts dating back to the First World War, then go down along a grassy saddle. Go beyond the southern side of the "Sas de Ròces" along the equipped path "Lino Pederiva" (no. 613/B), helped by an iron rope in some steeper points. Once reached the top station of the chair lift at "Sela Brunéch" (2,420 m), go down along the "Val Jumela", a small valley suspended between the Catinaccio and the Marmolada that holds precious geological and botanical treasures, as the rare "Bortychium Simplex". Going on along path no. 644, reach the mountain dairy farm Malga Jumela (at 1,978 m). After a short stretch, turn left to take the path no. 643 that goes back up to the volcanic area of "Buffaure" (2,050 m). Go up along the ski slope (path no. 613) across some steep ramps, towards the Baita Cuz Refuge (at 2,213 m), where the overnight stay is scheduled.


4th stage - Val Monzoni

Start: Rifugio Baita Cuz (Pozza di Fassa)
Arrival: Pozza di Fassa
Along the path: Malga al Crocifisso
Time: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: medium; Lenght: about 14 km; Max. ascent level difference: 530 m; Max. descent level difference: 1,413 m; Highest point: 2,183 m
Description of the stage: from the Baita Cuz Refuge (2,213 m) go down along the forest path that leads to the picturesque Val San Nicolò. From "Saùch" (1,730 m), head to the wide yard below the road. Go across the stream "Ruf de Sèn Nicolò", follow the path in the wood that merges into the forest road called "Strada dei Russi". Once you meet the crossroads to "Lagusel" ("Lauscel") on the right, take the ancient road (path no. 640) that goes straight up. Go through the grazing that quickly brings to an alpine, small glacial lake. Go on through a meadow with uncountable bumps that leads to the saddle "L Pief" (2,182 m). Go on along the path no. 641, passing through the grazing of "Muncion", which with a pronounced incline merges into the path no. 641/B towards the Val Monzoni and the namesake mountain dairy farm (1,862 m). From here, along path no. 603, descend passing by a small church nearby "Malga Crocifisso" at (1,526 m), then heading towards the area called "Vidor" (1,416 m). Shuttle service to the village available against payment.
Alternatively: from the area called "Saùch" in Val San Nicolò, it is possible to go down to Pozza along the asphalt road (about one hour to reach "Vidor") or using the shuttle bus that departs every thirty minutes between 8.30 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. (service against payment). Total time: 2.30 hours, from Baita Cuz Refuge to the locality of "Vidor".


Where to stay

Dolomiti Walking Hotels

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.

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.

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.

Move carefully
While the wood revives, follow the signpost! In October 2018 Trentino was hit by extreme weather conditions that damaged some of our beautiful paths, and subsequently these had to be temporarily closed down. We are now working to restore the paths. All updates and possible routes in Val di Fassa



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