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San Cassiano to Fodara Vedla

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Climb into the Conturines range, where open fields provide expansive views surrounded by impressive peaks. Hike past Fanes hut, down to Pederü, then up again to finish at quiet Fodara Vedla hut.
difficult
Distance 21.3 km
7:30 h
1,189 m
739 m
2,171 m
1,524 m

This hike route to Fodara Vedla is long, but never particularly difficult.  The Fanes and Lavarella huts midway are quite popular.  It's a pleasant day with great views. 

There are restaurants enroute at Capanna Alpina, Gran Fanes, and Fanes, Lavarella and Pederü... plenty of places to stop.  We suggest Fanes. 

The last stretch down to Pederü and then up to Fodara Vedla can get hot toward the end of the day, as there isn't much shade on this part of the trail.  Pederü is a mountain inn with a restaurant and large car park, a hub for people exploring this valley.  The trail up from Pederü is unfortunately quite steep and on paved road for the first half.  Take your time, and it eventually reaches single track through the woods and finishes very nicely

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Troy Haines 
Update: February 23, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Highest point
2,171 m
Lowest point
1,524 m

Track types

Asphalt 1.68%Dirt road 38.69%Nature trail 43.44%Path 16.03%Road 0.15%
Asphalt
0.4 km
Dirt road
8.2 km
Nature trail
9.2 km
Path
3.4 km
Road
0 km
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Rest stops

Capanna Alpina
Mountain Hut Fanes
Refuge & alpine Guesthouse Pederü
Schutzhaus Fodara Vedla

Start

San Cassiano (1,525 m)
Coordinates:
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46.569517, 11.935393
DMS
46°34'10.3"N 11°56'07.4"E
UTM
32T 724945 5161514
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Destination

Fodara Vedla

Turn-by-turn directions

  • From San Cassiano, walk along the gravel path that follows the road gently uphill to Falzarego, reaching Amentarola in about 30 minutes. Continuing up the road, the trail leads to the Sciare riverbed. Cross the river and the main road to the Sass Diacia campground. Trail 11 runs through the campground to the Capanna Alpina buvette and parking area. You can enjoy views of Lagazuoi and Cimes de Fanes ahead of you, with the Conturines peak farther north to your left.
  • You’ll pass the large parking lot at the Capanna Alpina, and now you’re ready to start... the really nice part of your hike begins. Keep left on trail 11 (unless you’re doing the longer day), heading uphill now toward Col de Locia, through woods and meadow in a very pretty valley.
  • It’s a good climb - take your time. The trail eases at the top, now on a wide gravel path through a high valley. The massive Conturines is on your right, the contorted folds and layers of Sass dal Bec on your left.
  • You’ll reach the Locia pass and the trail flattens into an easy stroll. You’ll enjoy open views with high peaks in every direction. Soon you’ll reach Malga Gran Fanes, a welcoming summer dairy farm that serves refreshments and simple meals.
  • Leaving the hut, you’ll ignore trail 10 heading down to the right, and keep left, uphill again on the wide white crushed gravel road common in this area, uphill until you reach the open grassy Passo di Limo.. You’ll pass the shimmering waters of Lago di Limo on your right, a small lake with a few benches and picnic areas around it.
  • From here, it’s an easy downhill hike to Fanes hut. You can stick to the road, but there is also a small trail that cuts off about half-way down and is quite nice, leading directly to the Fanes hut, a great place for a break. The neighboring Lavarella hut is just 20 minutes away, across the meadow.
  • Fanes and Lavarella are popular mountain biking destination, and you’ll likely see many day trippers - hikers and bikers alike.
  • From Fanes and Lavarella, simply follow signs downhill. It’s a wide mountain road following the St Vigilbach stream, that eventually leads to a narrower hiking that follows the road.
  • You’ll wind through dwarf pine and lots of rocks, leading to a long descent down to Pederu, which has a huge car park and a busy restaurant.
  • The climb from Pederu is not much fun at first, but the upper stretch is gorgeous. Start up the road east of Pederu, trail 7, toward Fodara Vedla. It starts out steep and paved, and in mid-day it can be hot and sunny. But it doesn’t last too long. A narrow trail detours into the woods, reaching the road again, and keep straight to Fodara Vedla.
  • Fodara Vedla is an idyllic little spot, a friendly restaurant and inn surrounded by a few scattered barns, a small chapel, and beautiful mountains. It’s the perfect place to end a long day.

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Coordinates

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46.569517, 11.935393
DMS
46°34'10.3"N 11°56'07.4"E
UTM
32T 724945 5161514
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
21.3 km
Duration
7:30 h
Ascent
1,189 m
Descent
739 m
Highest point
2,171 m
Lowest point
1,524 m
Linear route Refreshment stops available

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