Trekking delle Leggende - Tour of the Lagorai range
A four-day hike through the Lagorai mountain range, touching upon the wild and pristine peaks that dominate Val di Fiemme
The trek leads to a multitude of small Alpine lakes set in porphyry as gems or surrounded by gardens of rhododendrons. Up there, unique fiery panoramic views open out onto the Trentino Dolomites that have been listed by UNESCO as a "World Heritage Site". The Lagorai trek consists of four legs dedicated to fully autonomous hikers. Two nights are spent in tents and one in a mountain hut. Two bivouacs are encountered along the way.
Departure point at Passo Manghen, to be reached by own means or by taxi.
The time required for each leg ranges from five to eight hours, while the differences in height range from 610 to 1000 metres.
MAP OF REFERENCE: Kompass n° 626 "Catena del Lagorai e Cima D'Asta" (1: 25.000)
Departure from Passo Manghen (2,047 m a.s.l.). Take path No. 322 that leads to Forcella del Frate (2,228 m a.s.l.), then proceed along the trail halfway up the slope via Forcella Ziolera (2,232 m a.s.l.) and then via Forcella Pala del Becco (2,245 m a.s.l.), descend along path No. 322/B to Lake Montalon. From here take path No. 362 that climbs up to Forcella di Montalon (2,133 m a.s.l.) where you can take up again path No. 322 that runs above Lake "delle Stellune" and then path No. 317 all the way to Forcella Valmoena (2,294 m a.s.l.). Above the lake you can fill up on water.
From Forcella Valmoena take path No. 321 that leads to Forcella La Busa della Neve (2,367 m a.s.l.), proceed through Forcella Buse dall'Or (2,468 m) and then, always along path No. 321, reach Forcella Lagorai (2,372 m a.s.l.).
You can plant your tent at the pass or descend towards the small lakes ("Laghetti di Lagorai") along path No. 316, where you can also fill up on water.
Time required: 7-8 hours
Uphill difference in height: 650 m
Departure from Forcella Lagorai (2,372 m a.s.l.) along path No. 321 until Forcella delle Sute (2,520 m), then towards Forcella di Coppola (2,533 m) keeping more or less on the ridge until you reach Cima Litegosa (2,548 m), then descend towards Passo Litegosa (2,261 m). Continue along path No. 321 walking along the base of the Pilastro del Frate until you reach Passo Sadole (2,066 m). From there, descend along path No. 320 to Rifugio Cauriol (1,600 m a.s.l.).
Time required: 5-6 hours
Uphill difference in height: 610 m
You can spend the night in your tent at Pian delle Maddalene or stay at the comfortable Rifugio Cauriol, Tel. +39 330 397571
If you have time (and will), from Passo Sadole (2,066 m) you can climb along the Via Italiana up to the peak of Monte Cauriol (2,494 m a.s.l.). In descending from Forcella Cauriol (2,368 m) you can take the Via Austriaca until it joins path No. 320 that leads to Rifugio Cauriol.
Time required: 2-3 hours
Uphill difference in height: 430 m
Departure from Rifugio Cauriol (1,600 m) along path No. 349 to Forcella Cadinon (2,300 m). Proceed along path No. 339 to Forcella Coldosè (2,182 m) then along paths No. 339 + No. 349 until you reach Lake Brutto (2,207 m) and Forcella Coltorondo (2,397 m). Continue along path No. 349 to Bivacco Paolo & Nicola, located at the Forcella di Valmaggiore (2,180 m).
Time required: 5-6 hours
Uphill difference in height: 1.000 m
You can stay at the bivouac for the night (8-10 beds)
Drinking water available close to the bivouac.
If you wish, you can continue along path No. 349 to Forcella di Cece (2,393 m a.s.l.) and across Cima di Valbona (2,349 m) to Bivacco Aldo Moro located at Cima di Bragarolo (2,565 m).
The bivouac has 9 beds.
Time required from Bivacco Paolo & Nicola to Bivacco Aldo Moro: 3-4 hours
Uphill difference in height from Bivacco Paolo & Nicola to Bivacco Aldo Moro: 840 m
From Bivacco Aldo Moro walk along path No. 349 to Forcella Ceremana (2,428 m a.s.l.), then proceed around the Colbricon peak and descend to Passo di Colbricon (1,908 m); then, always along path No. 349, reach Rifugio Colbricon (1,927 m a.s.l.) (restoration only).
From there you have two choices:
- Those coming from Bivacco Paolo & Nicola can reach Malga Rolle along path No. 348. Trek arrival point and local bus stop.
- Those coming from Bivacco Aldo Moro, can reach Cima Cavallazza (2,324 m) from Rifugio Colbricon and then traverse to the Tognazza chair lift (2,209 m a.s.l.) from which to descend along the ski slope to Passo Rolle.
Trek arrival point and local bus stop.
Time required on route A = 7-8 hours
Uphill difference in height on route A = 940 m
Time required for route B = 6-7 hours
Uphill difference in height on route B = 600 m
Possible return routes in case of an emergency or of bad weather.
From Forcella Lagorai take path No. 316 and cross the Lagorai valley to reach the inhabited area of Lago di Tesero
Time required:3-4 hours
Alternatively, take paths No. 316 + No. 353 via Forcella del Macaco and Bombasel lakes to arrive at Paion del Cermis.
From there you can take the lift systems down to Cavalese.
From Rifugio Cauriol take the dirt road that crosses through Val di Sadole to reach the town of Zaino.
Time required: 2 hours
From Bivacco Paolo & Nicola descend along path No. 335 to Malga Valmaggiore (1,600 m a.s.l.) (restoration only) and then continue along the dirt road to the town of Predazzo.
Time required: 6-7 hours