• Trekking from Ortisei to Malga Brogles

    Nature Park Puez-Odle – Puez-Geisler
    The Puez-Odle Nature Park is located at an average on 2,500 m and has a surface area of 10,200 ha, the area of the Odle mountain group and the Puez plateau. Within the territory of the natural park there are the municipalities of Badia, Corvara in Badia, Funes valley, San Martino in Badia, Ortisei, Santa Cristina and Selva Gardena.
    The local flora and fauna are as diverse as the landscape. The Puez-Odle Nature Park will make its way into the heart of botanical experts and animal lovers alike. The Park stretches across 10,000 hectares of lush pastures and green meadows blossoming into crocuses, snowbells and anemones. Wade deeper into nture and make your way to the top of the Park to admire the Horned Rampion or the Edelweiss, a rare and symbolic flower.


    STARTING POINT: Ortisei/St. Ulrich (1236 mt.)
    HIGHEST POINT: Passo di Brogles/Broglessattel (2119 mt.)
    LENGTH: about 10 km
    DURATION: 4 hours
    DIFFICULTY: easy
    PERIOD: from mid-June to late September

    From Ortisei/St. Ulrich (1236 mt.) we go to the Rasciesa/Ratschotz chair-lift, which brings us to the upper station (2093 mt.; Hotel). Now an easy footpath (number 35) takes us eastwards till the Saltnerhütte (pretty hut with refreshment available); later, across a wood and on a light descent, we arrive just under the Forcella Valluzza/Flitzer Scharte.
    Now we continue over the wood’s upper border walking eastwards along some pastures till Brogles pass (2119 mt.). Here we go down to the beautiful Rifugio Malga Brogles/Brogleshütte (2045 mt.; about 2 hours far from the upper station). Descent: from the aforesaid hut we go back to Brogles pass, to go down by footpath number 5 until Val d’Anna/Annatal, and then, crossing fields and woods, we reach the intermediate Saceda cableway station (who wants can take the cableway).
    Always walking on footpath number 5 we proceed the descent until the bridge and the Caffè Martin. On a narrow path we arrive at the starting-point (about 2 hours from Brogles).



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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.