• Trekking Around Roda di Vaèl on Rosengarten

    Dramatic rocks This beautiful circular hike in the centre of the Catinaccio/Rosengarten Group leads from Paolina Alpine Hut across Vaiolon Pass to the Rifugio Roda di Vaèl/Rotwandhütte mountain cottage and back on Sentiero del Masaré/Hirzelweg Trail.

    DURATION: 3:45 h
    DISTANCE: 6.7 km
    VERTICAL CLIMB: 400 m
    MAX.HEIGHT: 2529 m

    Itinerary

    The valley station of a fairly modern chair lift, which takes you up to Rifugio Paolina (2,127 m), is located a few hundred metres below the Passo di Costalunga (Karer) Pass. From here, well-marked Trail No. 552 leads north. The trail crosses three consecutive valleys. At a small waterfall (2,175 m) there is a junction, and the trail begins to ascend. At the next junction (2,190m), avoid Trail No. 9 to Moseralm, and stay on the trail you’ve been following so far.  The path takes you up through  rocky terrain until, at 2,200 metres, you reach Trail M549, marked Hirzelweg. The path now goes steeply up the mountain and leads in narrow switchbacks across pebbles and scree up to Vaiolon Pass.  Right before the pass, you have to cross a rocky ledge: this poses the only technical challenge of the hike, but is easily crossed using the fixed iron ladder. After another stretch, you’ll arrive at Vaiolon Pass (2,560 m); walking time from Rifugio Paolina up to this point is approximately 1 3/4 hours. At this point, the descent begins, at first moderately into a rocky valley at the base of Coronelle Crest, then southbound into a canyon. Above the Rifugio Roda di Vaél (Rotwandhütte) mountain inn, the path joins with Trail No. 541 coming down from Cigolade Pass. Keep descending across Alpine meadows down to the Alpine inn (2,280 m) and enjoy the splendid view of the Dolomiti di Fassa Mountains and the Fassa Valley. A broad, comfortable trail goes on to the next mountain hut, Rifugio Pederiva. About a hundred yards east, is a good point to take a rest: with a little luck, you might spot a couple of marmots in Paschè Valley.  After a short walk, the trail arrives at the monument for Theodor Christomannos: a three-metre high eagle statue made of bronze. Enjoy the view of the valleys of Fassa and Eggen before taking Hirzelweg Trail (No. 539) down to Rifugio Paolina, where the chair lift takes you back to the Costalunga (Karer) Pass.

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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.