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Alto Adige Dolomites walking- Via Fanes & Sennes
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Jun Jul Aug Sep
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ITSW200
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Alto Adige Dolomites walking- Via Fanes & Sennes

Alto Adige Dolomites walking- Via Fanes & Sennes

  • Spellbinding views, wild open spaces, mountain lakes, jagged peaks
  • Warm, comfortable family-run accommodation
  • Rich flora and fauna
  • Friendly locals with a unique cultural heritage
  • Superb cuisine, including cheeses, carne salada, polenta, mushrooms, speck and outstanding wines
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Route

You follow either gravel roads or well-marked hiking trails. The routes described here sometimes involve steeper ascents, but can be walked without problems by a reasonably fit adult. On some occasions there are optional opportunities for climbing local peaks; these are obviously more difficult trails, suitable only for experienced mountain hikers. 

Start: Platzwiese           Finish: San Vigilio di Marebbe

Day 1: Arrive in Plätzwiese
Day 2: Roundtrip from Plätzwiese via the Strudelkopf or via Stollaplatz (6/ 8 km)
Day 3: From Plätzwiese to Sennes (17.5 km)
Day 4: Sennes loop via the Munt the Sennes (7.2 km)
Day 5: From Rifugio Sennes to Rifugio Fanes via Lago de Foses (17 km)
Day 6: Roundtrip via Ju della Crusc or via Bivacco della Pace (17.3/ 16.6 km)
Day 7: Rif. Fanes to San Vigilio via S.Antonio pass or Rif. Pederù (20.8/ 18.8 km)
Day 8: Departure from San Vigilio

Day 1:    Arrive in Plätzwiese

 Check-in at your accommodation in Plätzwiese. If you arrive early you can go for one of the hiking options described on day 2. Or you can simply relax enjoying the beautiful view of the Dolomite peaks.

 

Day 2:    Roundtrip from Plätzwiese via the Strudelkopf or via Stollaplatz (6/ 8 km)

 From the Berggasthof Plätzwiese, you walk via a very gradually ascending gravel road to the Dürrensteinhutte. Here begins the climb to the Strudelkopf, where you will have a beautiful view of the surroundings peaks and the famous Drei Zinnen. You walk back partly via the Dolomites Höhenweg. The other walk possible is a short hike starting and ending at Plätzwiese via Stollplatz. Pleasant and mostly easy walking, with wonderfully rewarding views, particularly during the last part. Vistas mainly of alpine meadows and fields. You first descend to Stollaplatz; from there you climb again through woods along a splashing mountain stream before returning to Plätzwiese along rolling meadows.

Challenge: 2/ 2.5 hours, 6/ 8 km, 350m/ 250m ascent, 350m/ 250m descent

 

Day 3:    From Plätzwiese to Sennes (17.5 km)

 From the Berggasthof Plätzwiese, you descend via a narrow path along a mountain creek down to the main road. After 1 km along a path flanking the road, you start the climb to up to Forcella Lerosa. After this, there follows a steep section through the forest and then a gradual climb on a dirt road to Rifugio Sennes.

Challenge: 6 hours, 17.5 km, 985m ascent, 834m descent

 

Day 4:     Sennes loop via the Munt the Sennes (7.2 km)

 After the tough walk of the day before, today you will be faced with a easier challenge. A short walk, which may be extended with the climb of the Muntejela de Senes (2787 m), will lead you over the Sennes Plateau. The view from this mountain is unsurpassed.

Challenge: 2.5 hours, 7.2 km, 345m ascent, 330m indescent

 

Day 5:    From Rifugio Sennes to Rifugio Fanes via Lago de Foses (17 km)

 You first follow part of the broad Dolomite Höhenweg trail, at roughly constant elevation. Then further over rocky trails and a stepped descent through the forest. Following a zig-zag path, you climb back up above the tree line. You then descend via an unpaved road, and reach Pederü. Many visitors enter the Fanes-Sennes Park here. There follows a long climb to rifugio Fanes, partially over an unpaved road, partially along mountain trails.

Challenge: 6-7 hours, 17 km, 1000m ascent, 900m descent

 

Day 6:    Roundtrip via Ju della Crusc or via Bivacco della Pace (17.3/ 16.6 km)

 This all-day route takes you up a steep, wooded hillside to the bare, rocky expanse of the Fanes plateau. At Ju della Crusc you reach the edge of the plateau, where you enjoy dramatic vistas over the valley below. You can optionally extend the hike with a climb up to the L'Ciaval peak. Note: Turn back if there is a risk of thunderstorms. Climbing the L'Ciaval requires some scrambling using both hands and feet. Do not attempt this if you are inexperienced or if the rocks are wet from recent rain. Without the peak, the walk is 4 km shorter and there is 300m less ascent and descent. As alternative, you can choose the walk via Bivacco della Pace. This hike begins as a comfortable walk along an unpaved road winding through pleasant alpine scenery, and then climbs steeply above the tree line to the dramatic Monte Castello outcrop. The track was originally a First World War military road bringing supplies to the front, which was at Monte Castello.

Challenge: 6.5/ 6 hours, 17.3/ 16.6 km, 1235m ascent, 1235m descent

 

Day 7:    Rif. Fanes to San Vigilio via S.Antonio pass or Rif. Pederù (20.8/ 18.8 km)

 You first climb steeply for 400 m to the Ju de Sant Antone. The descent is on a debris slope. The grit can move a little under your feet, but it is not dangerous. Afterwards, you are on gentler terrain, first forest, then meadows and ending in the lively tourist town of San Virgilio in Marebbe.

Challenge: 7/ 6 hours, 20.8/ 18.8 km, 650m ascent, 1450m descent

 

Day 8:    Departure from San Vigilio

The trip and our services end after breakfast.

 

accommodation

For this trip, we have chosen typical mountain huts and a nice bed and breakfast in the village of San Vigilio di Marebbe.

Hut Platzwiese-Prato Piazza (Prags)
Hut Platzwiese-Prato Piazza (Prags)

Platzwiese Hut is located 2000 meters above sea level. Rooms have a mountain style and are simple, well-finished. Cuisine is very good, and you can taste it on panoramic terrace. 

www.plaetzwiese.com

Sennes Hut (St. Vigil Enneberg)
Sennes Hut (St. Vigil Enneberg)

The mountain refuge Sennes, 2126 m, is in the Fanes-Senes-Braies National Park. Rooms have a mountain style and they are well-finished and clean. Breakfast is good, and the cuisine offers Tyrolese specialties. Staff is courteous and helpful. 

www.sennes.com

Fanes Hut (San Vigilio di Marebbe)
Fanes Hut (San Vigilio di Marebbe)

Fanes Hut is located on the Dolomites above the town of San Vigilio di Marebbe. Rooms are made by wood, well-furnished and comfortable. The cuisine offers traditional dishes Ladin, but international too. Owners are helpful and welcoming. 

www.rifugiofanes.com

B&B Villa La Bercia (San Vigilio di Marebbe)
B&B Villa La Bercia (San Vigilio di Marebbe)

B&B Villa La Bercia is in a very quiet area surrounded by nature. It has wood furniture and a common living room and checkroom. Rooms have a rustic style, well-furnished and comfortable with private bathroom, balcony, free Wi-Fi. Breakfast is good both savory and sweet. Owners are helpful and welcoming. 

www.labercia.com

practical info

You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between June and September.

The best airports to flight into are Innsbruck (INN) in Austria and Verona (VRN) in Italy.

From any airport, reach the main train stations and take the train to Dobbiaco (Tobalch) or Villabassa Braies (Niederdorf Prags), with change in Fortezza (Franzensfeste). From Dobbiaco (Toblach) or Villabassa Braies (Niederhof Prags), you need to take 2 busses to reach Prato Piazza (Platzwiese), with change in Segheria (Sage).

On departure from San Vigilio di Marebbe (St. Vigil in Enneberg), take a bus to Brunico (Brunek) with one change in Longega (Zwischenwasser). From the train station (walking distance from the bus station), you can reach both Innsbruck HBN and Verona Porta Nuova train stations. Most trains are not direct, and you have to change in Fortezza (Franzenfeste).

Train/bus schedules available on:

Arrive in San Vigilio in Marebbe (San Vigil in Enneberg) and leave the car at the parking area (near the public swimming pool of San Vigilio) for the whole week. It is an unguarded parking area free of charge.

From San Vigilio di Marebbe (St. Vigil in Enneberg), you can either take a taxi (if pre-booked at the moment of reservation), or reach Prato Piazza (Platzwiese) by bus.

GPS tracks are available on request.

included

Included

  • 7 Nights in selected B&Bs, hotels and agriturismo
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 6 Dinners
  • 6 Picnics
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and maps with tracks on
  • 24/7 telephone support 

Not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to Platwiese (Prato Piazza) and from San Vigilio di Marebbe (St. Vigil in Enneberg)
  • Trains, busses or boats wherever necessary
  • Lunches & Dinners not specifically mentioned
  • Drinks and snacks
  • Personal equipment

Extras 

  • Additional nights before, during or after the walk
  • Luggage transfer (price on request)
  • Transfer from airport to Platwiese (Prato Piazza)
  • Transfer from San Vigilio di Marebbe (St. Vigil in Enneberg) to airport
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