Stage 1 Dolomiti Trek King Autumn taste - Catinaccio
Stage 1 from Ciampedìe to Antermoia Refuge. 3-day self guided hiking tour at high altitude, from refuge to refuge. Discover the Dolomites in Val di Fassa by walking on its most beautiful peaks!
From Vigo take the cable car up to Ciampedìe, which offers a magnificent view of the entire Vajolet Valley and the Fassa Dolomites. From here on path no. 540 you will get to the basin of Gardeccia. Continue on path no. 546 until you find the Vajolet and Preuss refuges, with a view of the legendary Torri del Vajolet and the eastern wall of the Catinaccio. This is the heart of one of the best known Alpine climbing areas of all times, where the exploits of mountaineering pioneers such as Paul Preuss and Tita Piaz have become staff of legends.
Optional: from here, the Re Alberto I Refuge can be reached in about an hour along path no. 542, to admire the southern slopes of the Torri del Vajolet. Adding further 20 minutes from Re Alberto I Refuge, you can reach Passo Santner Refuge, where the view presents one the most beautiful sights nearby and far off: from the Latemar group to the Weiss- and Schwarzhorn peaks, further to the Brenta group, the Ortler and finally the Swiss- and Austrian Alps. Come then back to the Vajolet and Preuss refuges on the same path.
The itinerary continues north along path no. 584 which first shows the Vajolet valley and then ends up in a steep stretch which takes to the Passo Principe Refuge. As you walk, the Catinaccio d’Antermoia mountain becomes increasingly imposing. From the Principe Pass and refuge go up on path no. 584 until the Antermoia Pass to then flank the western slope of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia. Shortly, you will reach the Antermoia Refuge, where the overnight is planned. This is the heart of the Fassa Dolomites, the Antermoia Valley with its lake, dominated by the magnificent view of the western wall of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia. Total time with detour to the Passo Santner Refuge 6 hours (4 hours without variant).