Enjoy exhilarating hikes through a magnificent nature reserve with stunning landscapes of dramatic limestone mountains and snow-capped peaks, picture-perfect alpine pastures and idyllic meadows. This unique German-speaking part of Italy boasts an exceptional cuisine, a rich variety of wildlife including marmots and chamois, and an extraordinary variety of flowers which bloom in their thousands in spring and summer.
Beginning in Plätzwiese, you walk across the Fanes-Sennes Nature Reserve to St. Vigilio di Marebbe, overnighting in beautifully located mountain huts where hearty meals provide you with energy for the breath-taking walks. The walks on well-marked trails are satisfyingly long but never exhausting.
Arrive with public transport or private transfer to Plätzwiese/ Pratopiazza, check-in at the accommodation and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere of the Dolomites.
Today you can choose among several hiking itineraries. You can climb of the Strudelkopf (2307m) with excellent views on the Drei Zinnen or go for a tour through the rolling Stollaplatz and Stolla-Alm. Or you can do either walks because they are relatively short.
After breakfast you start the today’s walk with a descent via the spectacular Val dei Canope to Cimabanche. After a short walk along the road you climb through Val de Gotres towards Forcella Lerosa, a meadow plateau surrounded by beautiful mountain peaks. After a steep descent through a forest, you begin the final climb through the lovely Val Salata and reach Sennes.
The walk today takes you through plateaus and valleys above the tree line surrounded by mountain vistas. This short hike can be extended with a climb to the Muntejela de Senes peak (2887m). The view from the peak is stunning.
Today's varied route initially follows the Dolomite Höhenweg/Alta via Dolomiti, maintaining roughly constant elevation. After this, you descend to the beautifully located Lago de Foses and then to the lovely Valon Scuro. On the other side of the valley, you climb back up towards the Lago Le Casun and further to Fodara Vedla, a picturesque village and a nice place for a break. After a long, steep descent to the Pederü hut, you start the final ascent to the Fanes Plateau. If the weather is bad, the route can be shortened by taking the dirt road that goes to Rifugio Fodara Vedla, then on to Rifugio Pederü avoiding lakes.
Today you can choose between two alternative all-day hikes.
Walk A: L’Ciaval loop via de Ju de la Crusc (17 km)
This all day route takes you up a steep, wooded hillside to the bare, rocky expanse of the Fanes plateau. At Ju d’la Crusc you reach the edge of the plateau, where you can enjoy dramatic vistas over the valley below. You can optionally extend the hike with a climb up to the L’Ciaval peak.
Walk B: Fanes loop via Bivacco alla Pace (16 km)
This hike starts with a short steep section that takes you to Limo Lake, from where it becomes a comfortable walk along an unpaved road winding its way through unpleasant alpine scenery, then climbing above the tree line on a rocky and lose gravel trail to the foot of the dramatic Monte Castello outcrop where the small bivacco is located. The views on underlying rocky valleys are breathtaking. The track was originally WWI military road bring supplies to the front. Close to Monte Castello there can be sections of snow, walking poles are very useful.
Descend from the Fanes Plateau to the lovely Val di Marebbe. You first climb steeply to Anthoius Joch, with a difficult descent over a debris slope. After that, you continue over a wide path through the village of Wengen/ La Valle to Crusc de Rit, with beautiful views on the way. You then descend through forests and meadows to San Vigilio di Marebbe.
The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked extra services or extra nights.
7 nights in mountain huts and hotel on HB basis (no at Sennes)
Platzwiese Hut is located 2000 metres 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.
The mountain refuge Sennes, 2126 m, is located 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.
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.
B&B Villa La Bercia is located 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 Wifi. Breakfast is good both savoury and sweet. Owners are helpful and welcoming.
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:
GPS tracks are available on request.
What is included:
· 7 nights in mountain huts and hotel on HB basis (no at Sennes)
· Maps and detailed itinerary
· Telephone support 24 hours
What is not included:
· Journey to the place of arrival and departure
· Luggage transfer
· Meals, except where otherwise noted
· Visits and entrance fees - tips
· Personal expense
· Possible sojourn taxes
· Anything not specified under "The price includes"
These services can be added to the ones included in the base price of the tour:
· Single room supplement
· Transfers to reach the starting location or to leave the arriving location of the tour, which will be quoted on request.