The summit is extremely panoramic with fantastic views over the Fassa Dolomites and offers an exhilarating descent
Mountain range: Monzoni - Valacia
Starting point: Rifugio Soldanella (1415m) - Pozza di Fassa
Total distance: 14.71km
Exposure: mainly north, north-east, east
How to arrive:
Take the SS48 coming from Valle di Fiemme as far as Pozza di Fassa. Bear right in the town centre and follow the signs for Val San Nicolò and then Rifugio-Ristorante Soldanella (1415m) and leave your vehicle there.
This route runs through majestic, panoramic settings and reaches Cima Undici "Sass da le Undesc", one of the symbolic peaks of the "Valacia". It does not pose great technical difficulties, but the avalanche bulletin needs to be followed carefully and a suitable assessment made of the snow pack on the top part of the route, especially above Rifugio Valacia. The summit is extremely panoramic with fantastic views over the Fassa Dolomites and offers an exhilarating descent. A classic route to be recommended.
Rifugio Soldanella (1415m); Malga Crocefisso (1526m), Rifugio Baita Monzoni (1792m), Malga Monzoni (1862m)¸ Rifugio Valacia (2267m), Cima Undici (2557m) and back.
From Rifugio Soldanella (1415m) proceed gently uphill along the sleigh track avoiding the ski run. This takes you past Malga Crocefisso (1526m) and the beautiful little church.
Carry on keeping to the right (signposted trail 603, 641 on the wooden board) then enter the Valle dei Monzoni briefly along the forest dirt track as far as the "Pont de Ciamp" (1737m) junction. Carry on leaving the junction on your left. Climb the valley as far as the eccentric Rifugio Baita Monzoni (1792m). Then proceed as far as Malga Monzoni (1862m).
Shortly after, near a roadside chapel (altitude approx. 1880m) turn right (westwards) and climb as far as the Gardecia hollow with its characteristic buildings. Proceed westwards, then south-westwards until you reach Rifugio Valacia (2267m). Following approximately the course of the summer trail, continue south-westwards until you reach the turning off for Cima Undici after climbing up a fairly steep ramp; NB: do not go up onto the steep slope on the left that leads to the Costella Pass towards Valacia!
Take the turning to the right (northwards) for the ridge bypassing a few steep stretches and passing near Forcella Valacia (2468m). Keep heading northwards for the ridge as far as the plateau with the unusual Cima Undici "cross". Wonderful views.
Choose the most suitable ascent route depending on snow conditions. When you get back to Malga Crocefisso, descend the ski run back to the starting point.
The route is practicable even at the beginning of the season. However the stability of the snowpack needs to be assessed especially on the second half of the route above Rifugio Valacia.
The proper name of the summit is "Sass da le Undesc" in Fassa Ladin dialect. It is marked as "Sasso Undici" or "Cima Undici" on some maps.
Tabacco no. 06 - Val di Fassa e Dolomiti Fassane (1: 25 000)
Facilities - Contacts
Rifugio Soldanella tel 0462.763389 (open all year)
Malga Crocefisso (bar restaurant) tel 0462.764260 - 368.7098629 (open all year)
Baita Monzoni tel 337.452935 (open in winter)
Rifugio Valacia tel 0462.764922 (closed in winter)