• Trekking from Pordoi Pass to Piz Boè Refuge

    Starting and arrival point: Pordoi Pass (2239 m)
    Max.altitude: 2.845 m at Forcella Pordoi Refuge
    Difficulty: medium
    Differences in hight: 600 m.
    Duration: about 5:00 hours.

    It is one of those places that express the majesty of nature, the immensity of the sky, the size of man … There are tourists from all over the world who each year travel thousands of kilometers to get up here on the top of Sass Pordoi, the most incredible natural terrace on the Dolomites.

    The Pordoi Pass lays at 2239 m, only a few km from Canazei away and is the borderline between Trento and Belluno Province.
    An old path leads in ca. 2,5 hours up to the Boè refuge, which is the starting point for the ascent to Piz Boè (3152m), the highest peak of the mountain group. For those who prefer the easier way a cableway leads up to Sass Pordoi in 5 min and an easy hiking trail continues then for 50 min. to the Piz Boè.


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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.