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Loop hike around the Sassopiatto

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A hike through the symbol of Val Gardena, the Sassopiatto, a mountain like no others!
Discover the area above the peaceful Alpe di Siusi, the Val di Fassa and the Val Gardena, starting from the Sella Pass.
moderate
Distance 12.6 km
5:00 h
518 m
1,037 m
This hiking tour of about five hours provides fantastic impressions of the Dolomites and its valleys. This is one of the hikes where you will be walking on all terrains, from steep and rocky to soft and gentle, the change of scenery is equally dramatic and hard to forget!

Author’s recommendation

The loop around the Sassopiatto can be combined with the loop around the Sassolungo. In this case the walking time will be 7 hours.
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,686 m
Lowest point
1,951 m
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Safety information

At the beginning, the trail downhill from the Toni Demetz Hut can be somehow challenging. The trail is uneven, there are some big steps on very rocky terrain. It requires you to be sure footed and to have some hiking experience. After the Rifugio Vicenza the hike becomes much easier and the paths more gentle.

Mountain Rescue: 118

Start

Sella Pass (2,681 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.514896, 11.739384
DMS
46°30'53.6"N 11°44'21.8"E
UTM
32T 710136 5154904
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Destination

Sella Pass

Turn-by-turn directions

The hike starts at the Passo Sella which you can easily reach by bus or by private car in about 45 minutes.

We suggest you take the gondola in order to get to the unique Toni Demetz Hut (2679m) that lies peacefully between the Fünffingerspitze Peak and the Sassolungo Mountain. This hut is unique because of the position and the views are specacular! Soak in the thin air before you start walking downhill along trail n.525. This descent is fairly technical and can be difficult, the terrain is uneven and rocky, so please be careful. Keep walking until you reach the Rifugio Vicenza Hut which is set magnificently in the heart of the mountain. Take a short break.

Afterwards walk downhill a little further until you find trail n.527 to your left. From this junction, follow this trail, first via the cirque then along the edge of the forest, at first almost flat and then rising slightly, under the mighty northern face of the Sassopiatto Mountain, to the meadow-covered ridge of Piz da Uridl Peak (2,109 m). Keep left, along the slopes, partially covered in Swiss pines below the broad, southwest scree area of the Sassopiatto, to the Rifugio Sassopiatto Hut. Take a break for lunch here, it is beautifully sunny and the views are great!

After the break, take the Friedrich August Trail n.557 east to an alpine pasture and then through steep grassy slopes first to the private Sandro Pertini Hut, then on to the Friedrich August Hut and a broad, meadow-covered saddle called Forcella di Rodella (2,308 m). From there, it’s a easy descent along a meadow trail to the Passo Sella where you started.

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Public transport

There is the possibility of reaching the Passo Sella by bus.

Getting there

By private car, drive over the Passo Gardena and follow the signs to the Passo Sella.

Parking

Parking against payment at the Passo Sella.

Coordinates

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46.514896, 11.739384
DMS
46°30'53.6"N 11°44'21.8"E
UTM
32T 710136 5154904
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Kompass: Val Gardena / Fassa n.616

Author’s map recommendations

Kompass: Val Gardena / Fassa n.616

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Equipment

Hiking/trekking boots are highly recommended, hiking poles can be useful if you use them regularly. Even though there are plenty of huts along the way, always carry enough liquids and a snack in your rucksack.

Questions and answers

Question from Angelo Allegretti · August 17, 2021 · Community
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Answered by Claudio Agostini  · August 17, 2021 · Community
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Rating

5.0
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Paul Boersma
September 15, 2020 · Community
Great hike, stunning views all way round. Multiple huts to get a drink along the route. Might be considered somewhat touristy.
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When did you do this route? September 15, 2020
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
12.6 km
Duration
5:00 h
Ascent
518 m
Descent
1,037 m
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