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. Val di Fassa in the Dolomites boats an enchanting landscape, an incredible cuisine, part of Ladin tradition. You start from Canazei and you will walk on different paths every day: from Sasso Piatto to "Via del Pan", that offers to you an amazing view on Marmolada glacier. The rich variety of wildlife includes marmots and chamois, and an extraordinary variety of flowers bloom in their thousands in spring and summer. You are constantly surrounded by the Dolomites, gentle white giants that sunset magically turns pink. The walks on well-marked trails are satisfyingly long but never exhausting.
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. 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. Vicenza 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.
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.
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 Passo Gardena, where your hut is.
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.
From Passo Gardena 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 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.
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.
The trip and our services end after breakfast unless you have booked extra services or extra nights.
7 nights in hotel 5* and refuges with breakfast
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.
GPS tracks are available on request.
The price includes:
· 7 nights in hotel 5* and refuges with breakfast
· 2 dinners
· Luggage Transfer Canazei-Passo Gardena
· Luggage transfer Passo Gardena+pick up people in Passo Campolongo to Canazei
· Maps and detailed itinerary
· Telephone support 24 hours
The price does not include:
· Journey to the place of arrival and departure
· Lunches and dinners, except where otherwise noted
· Visits and entrance fees - tips
· Anything not specified under "The price includes"
· Any taxes
You may require in addition to the services included in the fee:
· Single room supplement
· Half Board Supplement
· Any transfer to get to the starting point or to return from the point of arrival, which can be quoted on request.