Reaching where the most beloved Ladin myths of the Dolomites were born is the extraordinary experience of the Dolomiti Panorama Trek. It is a 200 km excursion ring (about 60 hours of walking, total altitude difference 16,000 m), in 20 stages, which connects Val di Fassa with Val di Fiemme and Primiero. And, in this unique itinerary in the world for peaks and enchanted landscapes, the Val di Fassa stands out because in its territory there are 6 hamlets. High altitude walks, within the reach of every hiker, which lead to the rose garden of King Laurino on the Catinaccio, between the rocks of the Marmolada where you can hear the song of Conturina or at the foot of the Sassolungo to catch the chirping of the nightingale of the princess of this peak. A fairytale experience that really gives flavor to the excursion. The uniqueness of the landscape is further enriched at sunset, when the sun’s rays seem to ignite the rocks, which take on a warm reddish color, giving rise to the phenomenon known as Enrosadira.
Each stage of the Dolomiti Panorama Trek in Val di Fassa can also be traveled separately from the entire itinerary. From any point it is possible to go down to the valley and, thanks to the shuttle services, the ski lifts or local public transport, easily return to the starting point.
Duration: 5/6 hours; Difficulty: red; Distance: about 7 km; Maximum height difference uphill: 700 m; Maximum difference in height downhill: 664 m; Highest point: 2,683 m
Description of the stage: from the Fuciade Refuge, a steep and tiring path (trail no. 607), which in this section identifies the Alta Via no. 2 of the Dolomites (or Sentiero Italia), climbs in the heart of the Cirelle, until reaching the Passo delle Cirelle (2,680 m) with a difference in altitude of 700 meters. The environment, from this balcony, is extraordinary, characterized by a crown of peaks that exceed 3,000 meters: to the south, beyond the emerald meadows of Fuciade, the unique profile of the Pale di San Martino, to the west the chain of Cima Uomo and Col Ombert, to the east the limestone shapes of Cima Ombrettola and Sasso Vernale, while to the north-east the summit of the gigantic and compact vertical wall of the Queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada, stands out in the sky. We are in the heart of the Ladin mountains and behind every stone the protagonists of the legends that characterize this territory can be hidden. Less steep than on the way up, path no. 607 crosses wide scree slopes and under the Sasso Vernale deviates decisively to the left, descending without haste and with a constant slope towards the Contrin Refuge (2,016 m).
Other refreshment points along the route: Malga Contrin; Passo San Nicolò Refuge; Baita Cuz Refuge; Al Zedron Refuge
Duration: 4/5 hours; Difficulty: red; Distance: about 8 km; Maximum difference in height uphill: 79 m; Maximum difference in height downhill: 417 m; Highest point: 2,433 m
Description of the stage: reached Buffaure (2,060 m) with the cable car, go down the slope to the saddle and then go left on the wide ski slope (here below on the right you can still take the chairlift that leads to the Col de Valvacin) and reach Buffaure di sopra, at the Baita Cuz refuge. You start climbing again and with a comfortable zigzag you come out on the ridge. You go to the top station of the chairlift and then overcome the steep ramp that leads to Sas de Adam (magnificent circular panorama over all the Fassa Dolomites) beyond which you begin to descend. When the ridge rises again, it crosses its northern slopes to Sella Brunéch (2,420 m). Upstream of the chairlift (here the path becomes n.613-bis), the thin ridge that closes the Ciampac basin to the south is reached and you follow it entirely up to the rugged buttresses of the Sas de Roces which force you to move to the side of the Val San Nicolò.