Hike to the Vajolet hut at Mt Catinaccio

The pleasant walk via Gardeccia to the Vajolet and Preuss mountain hut continues on the panoramic trail that provides a great view on the pinnacles of the Catinaccio Group

In Pera di Fassa, there is the little valley station of the two-tier Vajolet chairlift, taking us to the meadows of Pian Pecei (1,800 m). This is the starting point of our walk. The gently rising Via delle leggende (legend's trail) takes us to the hamlet of Gardeccia at almost 2,000 m asl. The route takes us deeper into the Valle di Vajolet, across the rocks of the Dolomites, up to the Rifugio Vajolet and the nearby Preuss mountain hut (2,210 m).

Now we are directly at the famous Vajolet pinnacles, the rock towers that make up the striking shilouette of the Catinaccio mountain range. From here you can walk to the Rifugio Re Alberto or the Rifugio Passo Principe mountain huts. Due to the changing weather situation we decide to do a shorter tour, the panoramic trail, stretching at the foot of the Larsec pinnacles on the east side of the valley, ending at Gardeccia.

There are some slippery and steep point along this trail, but in general it is rather easy for those who are experienced mountianeers. The view ranges to the southern Catinaccio mountain range, from the Vajolet pinncales to the Croda di Vaél. After the way down to Gardeccia via the Via delle Leggende, we take the chairlift that takes us back to the Val di Fassa.

Author: AT

circular route difficulty: moderate with lifts
  • Starting point:
    Pera di Fassa (valley station of the Vajolet chairlift)
  • Time required:
    03:45 h
  • Track length:
    9,4 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.806 m to 2.332 m
  • Altitude difference:
    +535 m | -535 m
  • Signposts:
    Sentiero delle Leggende, Rifugio Vajolet
  • Destination:
    Rifugio Vajolet mountain hut
  • Resting points:
    Baita Enrosadira, Rifugio Gardeccia, Rifugio Stella Alpina, Rifugio Preuss, Rifugio Vajolet mountain hut
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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    Hike to the Vajolet hut at Mt Catinaccio

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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