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La Villa Loop via the Col Plö Alt

Hiking trail · Alta Badia
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Embark on a loop walk to Col Plö Alt, taking you through the heart of the Puez-Geisler Nature Park
Distance 12.4 km
5:01 h
958 m
958 m
Head back to the Gardenacia chair lift. Retrace yesterday’s steps for a kilometre or so before breaking off onto trail no. 11, which cuts a straight line through the heart of the Puez-Geisler Nature Park. With no sign of any cable cars or mountain huts, this quiet trail feels like a million miles away from civilization. Follow the rocky, ascending path for a couple of kilometres and come to the  Col Plö Alt, a plateau at 2,649m with panoramic mountain views. Descend steeply to grassy meadows frequented by grazing horses and marmots. Return to La Villa by the chair lift. Enjoy another hearty dinner full of traditional South Tyrolean specialities at your hotel restaurant.
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Sarah Stone
Update: April 07, 2021
Highest point
2,649 m
Lowest point
1,782 m

Safety information

Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves.

Watch the short term local weather forecasts. Avoid high altitude hiking when the weather is bad. There are plenty of trails in the valleys, that allow you to reach a village quickly if bad weather sets in. 

Tips and hints

Check the Gardenacia chair lift's opening hours here -


Gardenacia chair lift (1,786 m)
46.587931, 11.886423
46°35'16.6"N 11°53'11.1"E
32T 721118 5163421


Gardenacia chair lift

Turn-by-turn directions

From La Villa, the Gardenaccia chairlift takes you up to 1,780 m, where you will start today's walk along trail no. 5, leading you through a coniferous forest following the sign to the Rif. Gardenacia mountain hut.  Reach the meadow on which the mountain hut is located. This is where you can enjoy a perfect view of the snow-covered glacier of the Marmolada and the peaks of Mt. Sassongher and Mt. Para dai Giai.

From here follow signpost no. 11. Continuously ascending through the high-alpine meadow. On your right spot rough rock formations, as you follow the trail to the Col Plö Alt. We’ve walked about one hour now, and we can already see the cross on the summit. Enjoy a great view of the Fanes Group with the peaks of the Sasso di Santa Croce, Lavarella, Conturines, Fanes, Croda del Becco, Lagazuoi and Settsass, towards the north, you can see the main Alpine divide, and north-west, spot Mt. Sass de Putia. Continue to follow the trail until you reach the Col Plö Alt ridge and admire the spectacular views.

Follow the same trail on your way back down from Col Plö Alt until you reach a crossroads, bear left as you loop back to the Gardenaccia chairlift via, trail no. 1A a different trail than before.


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46.587931, 11.886423
46°35'16.6"N 11°53'11.1"E
32T 721118 5163421
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We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.

In your information pack, you’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket and a backpack.

Basic Equipment for Hiking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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