ALBA DI CANAZEI - CIAMPAC - FORCIA NEIGRA - SAN NICOLÒ PASS - CONTRIN REFUGE
From Alba di Canazei take the cabin-lift up to Ciampac (2,152 m). Now walk up through the Ciampac basin where you will find several refuges. Next you come to a fork. Joining from the right is the path no. 613 (now it has become a ski-run) from Sela Brunéch. Follow it to the left passing by two lifts. The path then becomes steeper. After a final zigzag you will reach the Forcia Neigra Pass (2,508 m; 1 hour 30). Keep going on path no. 613, partially equipped with metallic rope, around the north face of the Sas Neigher up to the saddle between the Sas Neigher and the Torre Dantone. Now go down across the Ciamp de Mez pastures towards the crest which divides the Val San Nicolò from the Val de Contrin. Keep going eastwards and up over the Varosc ridge (2,460 m). Nearby there are tunnels and trenches from WW1. From here you will see the refuge and San Nicolò Pass (2,346 m) which you will reach in 10 mins (1 hour 30; 3 hrs). Next take the path up behind the refuge (no. 608), which then descends through the Pré de la Vaces (path no. 608) in full view of the south face of the Gran Vernel and of the Marmolada mountains. Carry on over the Lasté de Contrin where you will come to a sparse wood. You will come out in the Buja de Contrin (Contrin basin). Cross the Ruf de Contrin, another stream coming down from Val Rosalìa, and you will soon reach the Contrin refuge (2,016 m) (1 hour; 4 hrs). The way back is straight down the Val de Contrin (path no. 602). This glacial valley leads back to Alba and the going is quite easy up to the end (1 hour 15; 5 hrs 15).
Shuttle bus service from Baita Locia Contrin Refuge to Alba di Canazei.