Trekking

Walking is the best way to discover all the secrets of these mountains. At Passo San Pellegrino both young and old can enjoy this experience, thanks to a vast network of trails suited for simple or longer walks, or even more challenging excursions. There are also several equipped trails and the famous military “vie ferrate” on the Creste di Costabella, where you can see impressive remains of barracks, bridges, ladders, tunnels and observation posts dating back to World War One. Lifts operate in summer, making it even easier to get to the highest peaks.

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    Flavours and Thrills Tour

    This is an easy excursion accessible to everyone, even children. It’s an open tour that includes some tasty stops in the lodges around the Falcade-Passo San Pellegrino area, where tourists receive a house welcome. Get information at the following lift facilities: Molino-Le Buse / Le Buse-Laresei chairlift and Col Margherita Funicular lift. Tickets: IAT Falcade – Tel. 0437 599241 – falcade@infodolomiti.it
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    Col Margherita - Lago Cavia - Passo San Pellegrino

    Total km
    6,5 Km
    Duration
    2-3 hours
    Altitude change
    635 metri
    Difficulty
    From the arrival of the funicular take the small road that twists and turns downward in the direction of the wide forcella Pradazzo (2220 m) which you reach in about 30 minutes; it soon descends to Cavia Lake (2102 m – 5h 45) and the dam that forms it; follow the dam and at the end take the path marked sentiero 658 (follow the signs for Passo San Pellegrino), which follows the lake for a while and then goes up to nearby Forcella Caserette (2120 m); at the fork you leave the trail indicated as sentiero dell’Alta Via dei Pastori and continue on the 658 that goes up through thick forests and sparse fields to a rock face at an altitude of about 2200 m where Passo di San Pellegrino reappears; it goes down slightly at first, then much more steeply (in this stretch the trail markings disappear) until you come to a wide ski slope and just beyond that a forest road where the trail markings reappear (2095 m – 6h 30). This steep, narrow road goes to the valley station of the Col Margherita funicular (1890 m) and from here it’s a short walk along the state road or through pastures to go back to Passo San Pellegrino.
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    Costabella - Passo San Pellegrino

    Total km
    6,5 Km
    Duration
    2 hours
    Altitude change
    657 metri
    Difficulty
    This route is also easy for children. From the arrival of the Costabella chairlift go to Baita Paradiso, the perfect place to stop for a pleasant, tasty rest. Then go straight on towards Val Tegnosa and after about 40 minutes come to the road that goes to Fuchiade. Here, walking among beautiful and characteristic barn structures called tabià; it’s an easy walk back to Passo San Pellegrino.
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    Passo San Pellegrino - Valfredda - F.Rossa - Franzedas - F.Negher

    Total km
    20 Km
    Duration
    5-6 hours
    Altitude change
    672 metri
    Difficulty
    This is a challenging, scenic hike. The start is located near the Rifugio Flora Alpina, accessible with the convenient state road that goes from Passo San Pellegrino to Falcade. Take the trail marked sentiero n. 694 and you soon arrive in Valfredda, a lovely, sunny valley characterized by several remodelled tabià and fantastic views on the Focobon group.The trail goes up smoothly at first, following the ridge, then it shoots up sharply for about 1 hour to get to the mountain pass called Forca Rossa (2490 m), named for the distinctive colour of its rock.From the pass it’s a fast descent towards the underlying valley Franzedas until you reach a group of mountain dairies (Forca Rossa – Franzedas: 50 min). From Franzedas you veer onto a path that takes 15 minutes to get to trail markings for n. 684; the ascent to the Ghegaris mountain pass (2030 m) is made challenging by steep gravel. From the pass you arrive at the Franzei pass and take the trail marked n. 687 and you come to the lovely Lach dei Negher and from here to Forcella dei Negher (2286 m).You go back following the itinerary downwards.
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    Cima Bocche, in the footsteps of the Great War

    Total km
    12 Km
    Duration
    6 hours
    Altitude change
    826 metri
    Difficulty
    Take a walk through history. During the Great War, Cima Bocche was a “central axis” in the Austrian defence of the valley of San Pellegrino and the terrible “battlefield” is really well preserved; the trenches and barracks still resemble their original states. From the Passo walk along the trail marked n. 628, which goes increasingly higher, towards the west, under the crests of the Col Margherita and Cima Juribrutto. Reaching an altitude of 2267 m, (crossroads for the Col de le Palùe) turn left and follow the same marked trail, from which you can begin to see Cima Bocche, and go up to Forcella di Juribrutto.From here, follow the trail marked n. 626 (that goes up from the dairies and Bocche Lake), then there’s a slight descent towards a rocky basin. Here keep to the right and start going up again along the rockslide that cuts across the eastern flank of the rocky valley. After 40 minutes or so you come to the long, south eastern crest of Bocche, next to a high jutting rock, at an altitude of 2550 m. The climb continues on towards the north, keeping to trail n. 626 and shortly you reach Cima Bocche (2745 m). You go back the same way you came up.
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    Alta Via Bruno Federspiel - Ferrata Monzoni

    Total km
    13,7 Km
    Duration
    5-7 hours
    Altitude change
    1091 metri
    Difficulty
    This equipped trail perfectly combines fantastic scenery and interesting historical facts regarding the Great War. It’s a challenging hike at the summit that sets off from the altitude of about 1800 m at Passo San Pellegrino and reaches up to 2300-2500 m on the entire route.From the mountain arrival of the Costabella chairlift you reach the rifugio Passo delle Selle by following trail n. 616 along traces left behind from the First World War. Then you follow an equipped stretch to forcella Ricoletta (about 2, 5 h from Passo delle Selle). From here you can descend towards the village of Fango on trail n.616/b which is located about 4.5 km from Passo San Pellegrino (1,5 h), or, you can continue on to Cima Malinverno and F.lla della Costella (1.5 h from F.lla Ricoletta) to descend to the hamlet of Ronchi with trail n. 624 and continue on for the village of Moena. As a variant you can also descend from F.lla Costella towards the Rifugio Valacia (2275 m) along trail 616/624 and return to Passo delle Selle passing by the Rif. Taramelli (2040 m) with trail n. 603/604 (3,5 h). It is advised to take a safety cord (harness and helmet) and to organize eventual transportation.
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    Alta Via Mariotta-Cima Juribrutto

    Total km
    20 Km
    Duration
    4-6 ore opzione 1 | 5-7 ore opzione 2
    Altitude change
    1000 metri
    Difficulty
    This extremely scenic route is well indicated Option 1 From Passo di San Pellegrino take the old mule trail indicated with signs marked n. 628. Passing by the namesake dairy, you end up in the forests at the base of the north face of Col Margherita. Shortly you come out of the forest and hike up slightly through wide pastures in the direction of the underlying Col Palui, which you reach in a little over an hour. Now the trail becomes narrower and crosses a steep slope at the base of the wall of Cima Juribrutto until it meets a path on more open ground that goes up from the Valle di San Pellegrino (2308 m). It’s a short hike over a distinctive mass of dark rocks to get to Forcella Juribrutto (2375 m – 1h 50), where there is a useful emergency shelter. To the south you can see the Pale di San Martino. From this pass you take the path called the Alta Via della Mariotta and follow the signs for Col Margherita. The trail is not well trodden but it’s well indicated. It goes up along the gently sloping southern face of Cima Juribrutto and soon comes to a crossroads (2470 m – 2h 15). From here it’s a short climb to the summit of the Cima Juribrutto, passing by several archaeological remains of compounds and barracks from the First World War. Once back at the crossroads you continue the crossing, hiking up and down amidst huge boulders that make the trek a bit more difficult, coming across the remains of a village of barracks which also date back to the Great War (2517 m); from here you continue towards Col Margherita. After a stretch on steeper terrain (water spring) you come to the little passage on the main crest (2525 m); from here a steep path allows access to the Cima Juribrutto; from this side you can shorten the crossing by descending from the peak directly at this intersection. Soon you come to the wide Forcella Vallazza (2521 m – 4h). From here it’s a long stretch of ups and downs on the wide and extremely scenic grassy crest, passing various peaks until suddenly you can see the cube of the mountain station for the Col Margherita funicular lift (2521 m), just a few metres below its namesake summit (2550 m – 5h). From here there are different options: you can get down to the Passo with the cable lift or you can take the trail that goes down the steep ski slope. Option 2 Set off with the Col Margherita funicular that takes you up to 2550 m in just a few minutes. From here you take the trail that follows the crest in a westward direction marked as Alta Via Mariotta. Before starting out, though, it’s worth stopping to take a look at the surrounding scenery from the two panoramic balconies equipped with benches and informational panels on the surrounding peaks and their geological descriptions. After a short, rocky climb, to the right the mountain drops towards the Valle di San Pellegrino, while to the left it degrades in a rocky slide towards Passo Valles (Laste di Pradazzo). The entire territory is made from quartz stone, a volcanic rock that is used for paving roads. Without significant altitude changes you follow the crest, which is surrounded by remains of several trenches and outposts that held Italian troops on the Bocche front during the war. The itinerary proceeds towards cima Juribrutto (2697 m), which takes about 2 hours to get to. All around are trenches and remains of military camps. You return to Passo San Pellegrino taking the trail marked n. 628, going downhill to the north towards the Val de Sèn Pelegrin. Hike along the dark wall of the Gereburt and then go back up along a narrow trail to get to Pas de l’Ors (2267 m); from here you go down to the namesake basin among small spruce trees. To the right is the crest we covered earlier in the excursion. Continue descending among sparse forests and thick rhododendron in the direction of Pas de Sèn Pelegrin. On the left you can catch glimpses of the splendid lake. Then you get to Passo San Pellegrino from a wide open pasture. You can do the route backwards by taking trail n. 628 from Passo San Pellegrino near the dairy called Malga San Pellegrino and then use the funicular to come down from Col Margherita.
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    Alta Via Bepi Zac

    Total km
    13 Km
    Duration
    4-6 hours
    Altitude change
    730 metri
    Difficulty
    This is a stupendous, scenic and historically noteworthy crossing, equipped with bolted cables and wooden stairways, that follows the old Austrian corridors from the First World War. Along the way you come across tunnels, wooden ladders and walkways, and machine gun nests; it’s a right proper open air history museum. There is also remarkable scenery, with 360° views of all the Dolomite groups in the val di Fassa: Latemar, Catinaccio, Sasso Piatto, Sella, the Marmolada and the Monzoni.From Passo San Pellegrino you can drive up to Chalet Cima Uomo (2030 m), where you leave your car. Start walking towards baita Paradiso (2130 m) and then towards Rifugio Passo Selle (2510 m), which takes about 1h and 15 min. Continue along the trail marked n. 637 that immediately goes straight up towards the north to the summit of the Piccolo Lastei (2697 m). After a passage you go through a low tunnel and along stairs that climb and dip among the numerous war ruins and caves carved out of the rock all the way to Gran Lastei (2716 m) and then, after climbing over a small wall thanks to 2 rung ladders and metal cables, you come to the peak of the Campagnaccia (2737 m).After a brief descent, a wooden ladder and a very low tunnel lead to a passage (last way to get back to P.sso San Pellegrino). You continue crossing over display panels (this is the most difficult part of the ferrata) and with a slight descent you come to the base of the Sass De Costabella (Italian watchtower). With an easy and equipped gully you go back up a wooden walkway across a canyon to get into the observatory. To return you descend to Ciadin (2664 m), where trail n. 637 takes you back to the mountain station of the Costabella chairlift. From here you can go down using the lift or by trails and pastures, arriving back at the parking lot for the Chalet Cima Uomo.For the most part the route is a normal, high altitude trail; only in the most exposed and technical passages the metal cable allows you to proceed safely.