• Trekking around "Sassolungo" (the Long Stone)

    The mountain massif belongs to the western Dolomites and stretches from the Sella Group to the rocky ridges of the Catinaccio. The highest summit, the Sassolungo, boasts an altitude of 3,181 metres and covers almost half of the entire mountain group.

    Itinerary

    DURATION: 4:30 h
    HIGHEST POINT: 2680 m
    DIFFERENCE IN ELEVATION: 560 m
    DIFFICULTY: medium-challenging
    PERIOD: from mid-June to late September

    Starting from the Sellajochhaus (2178 m), take the cable car up to the Forcella del Sasso Lungo/Langkofelscharte (2685 m). From there, follow the steep rocky footpath marked 525 downhill to the Langkofel hut (2253 m), then along the footpath marked 526 up steep, grassy slopes to the Sella del Col Ciaulong/Ciaulongsattel (2123 m) and on 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

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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.