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AV1 Segment A - Lago di Braies to Rifugio Sennes

Long distance hiking trail · Dolomiti d'Ampezzo, Dolomiti Bellunesi
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  • Lake Braies
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From Lago di Braies to Sennes Hut
moderate
Distance 9.3 km
3:51 h
959 m
299 m
2,388 m
1,493 m
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Brittany Haas 
Update: June 08, 2022
Difficulty
moderate
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Highest point
2,388 m
Lowest point
1,493 m
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Track types

Asphalt 1.06%Dirt road 68.29%Forested/wild trail 18.94%Path 11.70%
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0.1 km
Dirt road
6.4 km
Forested/wild trail
1.8 km
Path
1.1 km
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Accommodation

Sennes Hut  +39 0474 501092

Start

Lago di Braies (1,494 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.699241, 12.085096
DMS
46°41'57.3"N 12°05'06.3"E
UTM
33T 277157 5175869
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Destination

Sennes Hut

Turn-by-turn directions

Begin your tour from the bus stop at the Lago di Braies. 

 

The main Alta Via 1 route heads south along the lake and then up the valley at the back of the lake toward the Seekofel Hut (Rifugio Biella). Before reaching the Seekofel hut you may think that the trail is about to level out, but a right turn will reveal that the trail continues to ascend,  eventually traveling through a rather mellow cable section (not really exposed and comfortable for most, slippery when wet) just before arriving at the hut. There may be several times when it seems that the trail will stop climbing, but these are almost always tricks. The climbing does not really relent until arriving at the Ofenscharte/Forcella Sora Forno just before the Seekofel Hut/Rifugio Biella.

 

At the Seekofel Hut, the trail levels out and it is a pleasant walk Southwest to Rifugio Sennes, with just a couple short ascents. Turn right onto the dirt road at the hut, leaving it just 5 minutes later for a trail through green meadows. Follow this trail until it reaches a dirt road (just before the hut) and turn left to the hut.

 

Alternate: To avoid the cables, head west (right) from the southern tip of the lake toward the Grünwaldalm, and then south (left), up and over the Seitenbachscharte to Rifugio Sennes.

 

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Public transport

To reach Cortina d'Ampezzo from Venice Airport or City:

Both Cortina Express (www.cortinaexpress.it) and ATVO (www.atvo.it) have direct buses. These need to be booked online in advance.

 

To reach Lago di Braies/Pragser Wildsee by bus from Cortina d'Ampezzo:

Take Bus 445 from Cortina d'Ampezzo to Toblach/Dobbiaco. Leave the bus at the last stop at the Bus Station (this is one stop beyond the train staton). Then take Bus 442 from the Toblach Dobbiaco Bus Station to its end stop at Lago di Braies/Pragser Wildsee. Timetables can be found at www.sii.bz.it. 

Coordinates

DD
46.699241, 12.085096
DMS
46°41'57.3"N 12°05'06.3"E
UTM
33T 277157 5175869
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
9.3 km
Duration
3:51 h
Ascent
959 m
Descent
299 m
Highest point
2,388 m
Lowest point
1,493 m

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