Hike at the foot of the Catinaccio summits

The walk at a height of 2,000 m asl and more leads from Ciampedie to the Paolina mountain hut, between Vigo and the Costalunga mountain pass.

We take the cableway in Vigo di Fassa and we come to the meadows of the little plateau above the Vajolet valley at a height of 2000 metres a.s.l. The path no. 545 stretches toward South near the refuge Negritella. We cross a forest, we go around some rocky faces and we finally reach the green meadows above the farmstead Vael, but here we follow the signposts to the refuge Vael which is in a higher location than the farmstead.

The way to the refuge is the only steep stretch of this trail. The refuge and the hut Marino Pederiva are at a height of 2.280 metres, that is the highest point of our walk, it is just under the summit Roda di Vael (2.806 m). After a short break we go on following the path SAT 549 toward the refuge Paolina and we can admire the Pass Costalunga and right here we can see a huge bronze eagle, which watches over the Catinaccio. It was manufactured to the memory of Theodor Christomannos, one of the pioneers of the tourism in the Dolomites. We are coming closer to the refuge Paolina (path no. 539), which is situated on the side toward Bolzano, just above Nova Levante and Carezza. From here we return at our starting point following the same path we did before, but it is possible to take the ropeway Paolina toward Carezza and then there is a bus to Vigo di Fassa.

Author: AT

If you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: mountain station of the Catinaccio Cable Car (Vigo di Fassa)
Signposts: SAT 545, 549, 539
Distance: approx. 6 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 2 hours (each direction)
Altitude difference: approx. 490 m (ascent), 120 m (descent) each direction
Altitude level: between 1,950 and 2,300 m asl
Experienced in: September 2011

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