Excursion and trekking suggestions in the Val di Fassa
Easy high level walk: Strada di Rusci (Russian road) - Val de Sèn Nicolò (San Nicolò valley)Leave the car at the pay-park at Saùch in the San Nicolò valley, and then cut through the trees to reach the track known as "Strada di Rusci" or Russian road. The name comes from the fact that it was, in fact, Russian prisoners of war, who built the road during WW1. The going is varied, but never steep, and the road is very well shaded all along the way. When you reach the waysign no. 641 for Lauscel Lake (Lagusel) turn left and thencross the Ruf de Sèn Nicolò by way of a small bridge. Go into the woods to the left. You will descend slightly, cross an area of alluvial stones and then the bed of the 'l Giaf, a stream which can get dangerously big following summer thunder storms. After a flat stretch you will join the dirt road which climbs up this last part of the valley. Turn left and go down to the Baita Ciampiè (1.826 m), where you can get refreshments, and then follow the asphalt road all the way back to the car-park.
Length: 2 hrs
Excursion in the side valleys: Col de Sèn Pelegrin (San Pellegrino pass) - Col Margherita - L Sforcelin (Forcella Vallazza) - Gereburt (Iuribrutto) - Col de Sèn Pelegrin (San Pellegrino pass)The pass can be reached by car. Park near the little church. Walk to the Col Margherita cable-car station which lies to the east. Take the cable-car to Col de Margarita (2.550 m). Now follow the crest of the mountain walking west. The valley is below you to your right and to the left is a rocky terrain known as the Lastei di Pradazzo which descends gently to the Valles pass. The stone itself, of igneous origin, is called porphyry, and is used as paving material. The ridge walk offers marvellous views in clear weather but it can be tricky to find your way with bad weather.When you are level with the Rio di Pradazzo the path crosses "l Sforcelin" - the Vallazza pass (2.521 m). Go straight for a short stretch then climb up to the top of Ponta del Gereburt (Iuribrutto peak) (2 hrs). This area was part of the Italian front in WW1, and remains of the conflict are still visible, particularly trenches. From this vantage point you will see the San Pellegrino pass below you, and the Cima Bocchemountain (2.745 m),an Austro-hungarian stronghold,to the west. Go down to the Gereburt pass, and then continue down on path no. 628, which returns to the San Pellegrino valley.
Length: 3 hrs
High level hike: Ciampedìe - Roda de Vael refuge - A. Fronza refuge - Pas de le Coronele (Coronelle pass) - GardeciaFrom the Ciampedìe (1.998 m - by cable car from Vigo) follow the directions in the last hike as far as the Baita Marino Pederiva and Roda de Vael refuge (2.283 m; 1 hour 45). From here take the panoramic path no. 549 (called the Hirzel-Weg), which bends round the Majarè mountain. You will pass the bronze eagle dedicated to Theodor Christomannos, a doctor from Merano who played a key role in bringing tourism to the Dolomites. Next you will come to path no. 539 coming up from the Paolina refuge(20 mins distance). Keep going at the same altitude at the feet of the Roda de Vael mountain, the views are magnificent and the path is easy. You will come to paths no. 551 (to the Vaiolon pass) and no. 552 (another route up from the Paolina refuge). After a short uphill section you get to the A. Fronza refugeat 2.339 m (1 hour 30; 3 hrs 15). Now start the climb behind the refuge. At the fork choose the right-hand path. The path to the left goes to the Santner pass, to the right leads up to the Pas de le Coronele at 2.630 m (1 hour; 4 hrs 15). On the other side you walk down the scree of the Davoi basin. There is a crossways where you take path no. 541 to the left. This cuts across the base of the massive east face of the Ciadenac (Catinaccio) mountain and then meets up with the dirt road going up to the Vajolet and Preuss refuges. Turn right and go downhill to Gardecia (1 hour 15; 5 hrs 30) and from here the wide, easy path back to Ciampedìe
Length: 6 hrs 15 min