Stage 1 from Canazei to Fedaia Pass. 4-day self guided hiking tour at high altitude, from refuge to refuge. Discover the Dolomites in Val di Fassa by walking on its most beautiful peaks!
Distance 11.9 km
Highest point2,425 m
Lowest point2,037 m
From Canazei by lifts you will reach "Col dei Rossi". From here walk downhill to the Belvedere Refuge and then take the short-cut to the right to the Fredarola Refuge. Before going on "Viel dal Pan" we suggest to walk to the Pordoi Pass and then take a trip in the cableway to Sass Pordoi - the Terrace of the Dolomites - is well worth your while, as it offers a complete 360° view of all the main Dolomites peaks. After returning to the Pordoi Pass by cableway, follow path no. 601 in order to reach the Fredarola Refuge. This section of the itinerary is called "Viel del Pan", as it once was the preferred route for ambulant traders from the Val di Fassa to the Livinallongo Valley. You will come to the Viel dal Pan Refuge. Keep going and when you notice a saddle up to the left you will probably want to go there to enjoy the view of the Livinallongo valley and the Tofane mountains. When you come to a fork, you will first go down a long diagonal and then the path winds down steeply to the main road and the Marmolada "E. Castiglioni" Refuge at 2,044 m. Long alternative: at the crossroads, maintain the altitude without descending, heading towards the Gorza Refuge, from where, aided in some sections by a wire rope, you tackle the short descent. We take path no. 680 to Padon Pass. From the refuge, go back along the same path until you take path no. 698 on the left, which leads to Fedaia Pass.
4-day self guided hiking tour at high altitude, from refuge to refuge. Stage 1: Viel dal Pan. From Canazei to Fedaia Pass, with climb to Sass Pordoi.
For your hikes in mountain always choose itineraries in accordance with your technical and physical abilities. Consult maps of the area to visit and check the best way to follow. If you walk in group including slower hikers, always calculate longer average times to cover the distances.
Preferably do not hike alone in mountain. Otherwise tell someone the itinerary that you are going to follow and let him know when you are back.
Check the weather forecast and, while hiking, constantly pay attention to the evolution of the weather.
If you do not feel safe, give up. In mountain, sometimes, it is better to surrender than to face the dangers deriving from bad weather conditions or from difficulties superior to one’s limits. In advance look for alternative itineraries to get back.
Bring rubbish back with you. Respect the flora and fauna. Remain on the marked tracks, avoiding to follow shortest ways, in order to avoid causing damages to vegetation and the territory. Respect local cultures andtraditions, always bearing in mind that you are a guest.
Tips and hints
The holiday package (3 nights stay) includes:
4 self guided hiking tours;
3 overnight stays in refuge during the hiking tours with half board treatment;
The tour counts 4 stages on well-indicated CAI-SAT paths. From any point, it is possible to descend to the valley and, thanks to the shuttle service, the mountain lifts or the public means, easily get back to the departure.
From Canazei by lifts (cabin lift + cable car) you will reach "Col dei Rossi" (2,382 m).
At the junction with path no. 601/A, descend to the right towards the Fedaia Pass, arriving in front of the Marmolada 'E. Castiglioni' Refuge (2,044 m).
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Regular bus service operated by the bus company Trentino Trasporti in Val di Fassa:
bus line no. 101 Canazei - Cavalese - Trento
bus line no. 104 Cavalese - Ora - Trento
bus line no. 123 Moena - Passo San Pellegrino - Falcade
Regular bus service operated by the bus company SAD in Val di Fassa:
bus line no. 180 Pozza di Fassa - Vigo di Fassa - Passo Carezza - Bolzano
bus line no. 471 Dolomites Passes (Sella Pass, Gardena Pass, Campolongo Pass, Pordoi Pass, Fedaia Pass). Only in summer
Main access points to Val di Fassa, coming from the A22 Brennero motorway:
Ora/Egna exit, S.S. 48 delle Dolomiti - Passo San Lugano - Val di Fiemme - Val di Fassa (distance 45 km). At the roundabout in Moena, follow the direction of Canazei upwards;
Bolzano Nord exit, S.S. 241 Grande Strada delle Dolomiti - Passo Carezza - Val di Fassa (distance 40 km). From Vigo, follow the direction of Canazei upwards or the direction of Soraga and Moena downwards.
Other access routes to Val di Fassa:
from the A27 (Venezia motorway), Belluno/Ponte nelle Alpi exit, then take the S.S. 203 to Agordo and the S.P. 346 to Passo San Pellegrino - Moena (Val di Fassa). At the roundabout in Moena, follow the direction of Canazei upwards;
from the A27 (Venezia motorway), Belluno/Ponte nelle Alpi exit, then take the S.S. 203 to Agordo/Alleghe/Rocca Pietore first and the S.P. 641 to Passo Fedaia - Canazei;
coming from Arabba, take the S.S. 48 Passo Pordoi - Canazei;
coming from Val Gardena, take the S.S. 242 Passo Sella - Canazei.
Hiking Map - Azienda per il Turismo della Val di Fassa
Wear adequate clothing, footwear and equipment suitable for the length and grade of difficulty of trail to be taken. Always try to be self-sufficient and carry with you the necessary to face possible emergency situations and a first aid kit.
Number of mountain lifts to take: 2+1 (cabin lift Canazei-Pecol + cabin lift Pecol-Col dei Rossi + eventual cable car Sass Pordoi).