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: Canazei Finish: Canazei
Arrive with public transport or private transfer to Canazei, check-in at the accommodation and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Dolomites.
From Col Rodella you will walk over gravel road for a short distance. Soon after you will walk over the panorama track that takes you to the Rif. Sasso Piatto (with wet weather it can be slippery ande very muddy: be careful!). You have wonderful views of the rough rocks of Sasso Piatto. Another panorama track takes you to the Langkofelhütte. From here you enter the bizar landscape between the two giants Sasso Piatto on your right and the Sasso Lungo on your left. It resembles a lunar landscape. At Rif. T. Demetz you go for 550 meters steep down to the valleystation of the Sasso Lungo lift. You could also take the lift down if you are tired or your knees hurt. From here you walk back to the Col Rodella using mostly gravel roads. It is a long but beautifull walk.
Challenge: 6 hours, 16.3 km / 10 mi, 810m ascent, 850m descent
This ring walk coasts the imposing Catinaccio group: you walk over tracks and gravelroads, passing Malga Vael and Roda di Vael hut before starting to climb up to the Zigolade Pass. You then start your descent,flanking Forcella di Davoi and Cima Catinaccio with their jagged peaks. You pass hut Preuss and Gardeccia, where you may want to stop and reward yourself with a local snack before continuing to your starting point in Catinaccio.
Challenge: 6 hours, 14 km / 8,5 mi, 777m ascent, 781m descent
From the Col Rodella you walk over gravelroads and tracks, seeing the steep Sasso Piatto and Sasso Lungo on your left. You come along the Sella Pass and then walk on to the Gruppo del Sella on the right, beautiful and imposing it as it comes closer and closer. The views are stunning in walking direction. Finally you reach Grödner Joch, where your hut is.
Challenge: 4/5 hours, 13 km / 8 mi , 440m ascent, 745m descent
From the Dantercepies cable car you walk the first part through Selva until you reach the entrance of the Puez Geisler National Park. You walk till a charming chapel where a steep track takes you through lushy forest. After about 2 km you leave the forest and enter open rocky terrain where you have perfect conditions for spotting any wildlife. Then it's about 3 km's to the pass where you see the typicaly rough lightgrey Dolomite rockformations. Besides that you have a stunning panorama view. From the pass it's ca. 1 hour back to the Grödner Joch where you're back at the Rifugio Frara.
Challenge: 3.5 hours, 7.5 - 4,5 mi / 4,5 - 3 mi, 845m ascent, 360m descent
From Grödner Joch the track goes up until you walk pretty much under the Gruppo del Sella. In Val de Mesdi you cross a small river and the path goes down, sometimes quit steep. When you're down in the valley you follow a gravel road until Crep de Sela. From there a steep track takes you finally to Ristorante Boè. From here you take a beautifull track that goes through spectacular rockformations. When you reach the Kaiserhütte you only have to follow the gravel road until you're at the Passo Campolongo.
Challenge: 5/6 hours, 12.5 km / 8 mi, 755m ascent, 1020m descent
Today you walk along Via del Pan, the “bread path”, a nice route that runs along the southern side of the crest, offering amazing views of the Marmolada glacier and Sella mountain group.
Challenge: 5.5 hours, 15.8 - 10 mi / 10 - 6 mi, 348m ascent, 1227m descent
The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked extra services or extra nights.
Hotel La Campagnola is a little family run hotel in Canazei that offers welcoming, clean and not so spacious accommodation with wooden furniture. Breakfast is very good and rich. The structure has a sun terrace where you can relax on sunny days. Staff is courteous and helpful. Free Wifi.
This refuge is located is at the foot of the Sella Group mountain range and offers rooms with views of the Dolomites. If offers free Wifi, a terrace and a garden. Rooms are a little bit dated, but well-furnished and clean. Breakfast is very good and rich. Local cuisine is highly recommended.
You can start on any day of the week, subject to availability, between June 15th and September 15th
The best airports to flight into are Innsbruck (INN) in Austria and Verona (VRN) in Italy.
From Innsbruck airport (INN) you can either take a bus or a train to the central train station and then a train to Bolzano. From Bolzano take a bus to Canazei, changing in Vigo di Fassa.
From Verona airport (VRN) you can take a shuttle bus to the central train station and then a train to Ora (Auer). From Ora (Auer) take a bus to Canazei, changing in Cavalese.
Train/bus schedules available on:
WWW.fahrplan.oebb.at/bin/query.exe/en (from/to Innsbruck)
www.fassa.com (busses Val di Fassa)
GPS tracks are available on request.
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