• A Trekking Week In The Dolomites

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    Itinerary

    Day 1

    Morning: Carezza Lake and Latemar Labyrinths at Costalunga Pass

    This walk takes us through a labyrinth of rocks and stones, face to face with the Latemar mountain.
    We start at the Passo di Costalunga, where we follow the signposts no. 21 and 17, stretching underneath the Latemar. First we walk along a broad forested trail, until we reach the first signpost “Labyrinth”. Immediately the forest ends and the mighty Latemar towers into the sky in front of our eyes.
    The labyrinth is a lunarscape consisting of coarse gravel and rocks. But is there also a trail? If you watch out for the red-white signpost, you are easily going to find it. You don’t need to climb, but you need to walk stone tunnels and steps cut in stone.
    At the end of the labyrinth we continue across the forest to the Carezza Lake, a small, emerald green mountain lake, in which Catinaccio and Latemar are reflected.
    The lake is fed by subterraneous springs arising from the Latemar mountain chain and the water level changes continuesly. The lake reaches its highest level in spring and its lowest level in October. In summer months the lake is fed by snow melting.

    Starting point: Costalunga Pass
    Length of the trail: 9 km
    Altitude difference: 430 m
    Altitude: 1755 to 1910 m asl
    Walking time: 3.0 h.
    Difficulty rating: easy

    Afternoon: the Sella Pass and the tour around the Sassolungo

    Route
    Starting from the Sellajochhaus (2178 m), take the cable car up to the Forcella del Sasso Lungo (2685 m). From there, follow the steep rocky footpath marked 525 downhill to the Emilio-Comici hut (2155 m). The trail continues below the eastern wall of the Sasso Lungo to the “City of Stone” and back to the Sellajochhaus.

    Starting point: Passo Sella/Sellajoch
    Duration: 3:00 h
    Highest point: 2680 m asl
    Difference in elevation: 560 m
    Difficulty rating: medium-challenging

    Day 2

    From Ortisei in Gardena Valley to Brogles hut below the Odle peaks

    This trekking to the Brogles mountain hut takes you straight through the Puez-Odle nature park. Ortisei is situated at 1236 m above sea level and is the biggest village of Val Gardena. It counts 5750 inhabitants and has an inviting pedestrian area where to shop all year around.

    Valley location and point of departure: Ortisei, 1265 m.
    Walking times: (uphill and downhill – without stops): 5 hrs
    Highest point: Brogles Pass – 2119 mt. asl
    Difference in level: 883 m.
    Difficulty rating: medium

    Day 3

    From Pordoi Pass to Boé Refuge

    Starting point: Pordoi Pass (without using the cable car)

    Length of the trail: about 9,0 km

    Walking time: 5 hrs

    Altitude difference: 700 m 

    Highest point: 2.846 m asl
    Difficulty rating: medium-challenging

    Day 4

    Morning: up to The Five Towers of Cortina d’Ampezzo

    Starting point: Parking chairlift 5 Towers (without using the chairlift)

    Length of the trail: about 9,0 km

    Walking time: 3 hrs

    Altitude difference: 400 m 

    Highest point: 2.250 m asl
    Difficulty rating: easy

    Set in one of the most beautiful scenarios of the Dolomites, the area beneath the 5 Torri offers a perfect mix of fun and history. Immersed in untouched nature, mountain enthusiasts have plenty to chose from nestled within alpine meadows and breathtaking panoramas.
    An incredible war between the Italian and Austro-Hungarian troops was fought out on these mountains and even today the indelible signs of one of the most tragic episodes of the twentieth century are clearly visible. The Italian military positions and trenches have been restored and the 5 Torri now boast the largest open-air First World War museum.

    Afternoon: up to Lagazuoi Refuge

    Starting point: parking at Falzarego Pass (without using the cable car)
    
Walking time: 2,5 hrs (one way)

    Altitude difference: 650 m
    
Highest point: 2.752 m asl

    Rifugio Lagazuoi (Lagazuoi Mountain hut) is one of the most elevated mountain inns in the Dolomites. Its spacious deck is so famous for the breathtaking views of the Dolomites peaks, (UNESCO World Heritage), that it has been mentioned in several international magazines. This mountain hut is nestled on the summit of the Lagazuoi Mount, above Passo Falzarego, half way between Cortina d’Ampezzo and Badia Valley, between the Natural Park of Fanes and Sennes and the one of the Ampezzo Dolomites. It can be easily reached hiking or by the Lagazuoi cable car.

    Day 5

    Around Pelmo Mount – Dinosaurs’ Footsteps

    Downhill to the Falzarego Pass (estimated time 1.5 hours) and then transfer to Staulanza Pass for the Dinosaurs’Trekking
    In 1987, in the scree over the Staulanza pass, about hundred footsteps belonging to pre-historical creatures were discovered on a boulder, which detached from Pelmetto summit. Vittorino Cazzetta, a Museum collaborator, discovered these footsteps in Selva di Cadore. Then, researchers from the Paleontology Department of the Padoa University, under the supervision of Prof. Miotto, confirmed that the footsteps belonged to small dinosaurs, dating back to 220 million years ago. The majority of the footprints belong to the Coelurosaurians, small carnivorous sauropods, while the clearer footprints belong to an Ornithisc dinosaur with three fingers: the middle one longer than the others.

    Starting point: Staulanza Pass

    Walking time: 6 hrs

    Altitude difference: 220 m 

    Highest point: Venezia Refuge (m. 1.946), m. asl
    Difficulty rating: medium

    Day 6

    Around the Three Peaks of Lavaredo

    The Tre Cime di Lavaredo (the Lavaredo Three Peaks), rise on the border between the northernmost section of the province of Belluno and Alta Pusteria, in South Tyrol. They are among the best known mountains in the Alps as well as the most photographed and the most represented on postcards and calendars. They are of easy access and of great historical value. These three summits, created by nature, have always attracted tourists thanks to their distinctive shape and dramatic beauty, especially those who love nature and appreciate breathtaking landscapes.

    Starting point: Auronzo mountain hut – 2 330 м.
    
Walking time: 3 hrs

    Altitude difference: 120 m 

    Highest point: m 2454 m asl (Forcella Lavaredo)
    Difficulty rating: easy

    LOCATELLI MOUNTAIN HUT- 2405 М. It is located in the heart of Sesto Dolomites and it offers a breath-taking view of the famous Tre Cime di Lavaredo.

     

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FAQ’s
When does it start the appropriate period for excursions, vie ferrate and climbs?

Usually during the end of May it is possible to climb the southern exposed faces and climb some railroads. In some cases, after winter with heavy snow, the snow on the top of the mountains can restrict the access to the vie ferrate.

Until when is it possible to go to climb, trekking and via ferrata?


You can go until the end of October. Usually autumn is an amazing season for all the activities on the mountains.
The weather is stabler than summer, which brings many dangerous storms. The colors of the forests and the fall’s lights make the Dolomites look even more beautiful!

Which are the best topographic maps for the Dolomites?


Tabacco Maps are arguably the best topographic maps in the Dolomites. They are scaled 1:25000 and cover the whole north-eastern part of Italy. You can buy the maps here.

What about the Alta Via of the Dolomites?


The “Alte vie” (High Routes) of the Dolomites are alpine trekking routes that connect various refuges. In general they are not particularly difficult, at least for those who are used to walking in the mountains. There are 8 routes provided with indications and marked with a characteristic symbol: a triangle with a number that labels each route.
The possibility to stay at a refuge – reservation is recommended – is guaranteed from the end of June to the end of September, but as bad weather is not uncommon in the mountains it is always better to be well equipped.

Is it possible to rent the technical equipment for via ferrata?


Yes, a lot of sporting goods stores you can rent climbing harnesses, helmets and ferrata set.
When you go on the mountains with a mountain guide, the guide is going to provide the necessary equipment, usually included in the price.