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Long distance hiking trail Stage 4

Dolomites World Heritage Geotrail II - Stage 4: from the Tierser Alpl Hut to Ortisei/St. Ulrich

Long distance hiking trail · Seiser Alm
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  • Tierser Alpl
    / Tierser Alpl
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  • / Tierser Alpl Mountain Refuge
    Photo: Stifter Annelies, Dolomites region Seiser Alm
  • / From the Tierser Alpl Mountain Refuge to the Rosszahn ridge
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  • / Seiser Alm with Schlern Massif
    Photo: Stifter Annelies, Dolomites region Seiser Alm
  • / Dolomites
    Photo: Seiser Alm Marketing_Manuel Schnenetti, Dolomites region Seiser Alm
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Distance 16.5 km
5:30 h
426 m
1,663 m

The fourth stage of the Dolomites World Heritage Geotrail II descends from Tierser Alpl Mountain Refuge to Seiser Alm (Europes largest Alpine pasture), past volcanic rocks, verdant meadows, and inviting mountain huts, until it reaches Ortisei/St. Ulrich in Val Gardena.

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Highest point
2,447 m
Lowest point
1,211 m
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46.497103, 11.632718
46°29'49.6"N 11°37'57.8"E
32T 702020 5152649

Turn-by-turn directions

The realm of the volcanoes

The dirt road and the descent start by the Tierser Alpl Hut (signposted Mahlknechthütte, etc.). At the first junction (signposted Duron – no path number) go straight ahead on a narrow dirt road to the next fork (signposted Passo Duron). This is the Mahlknechtjoch or Duron Pass and the first geological stop (GEOSTOP G) of the day.

Take a left (no signs or markings) until you reach a small sign with the words “Mahlknecht Hütte” by the fence. Take the dirt road downhill to the little Dialer Chapel. Continue right and shortly afterwards right again onto Path no. 7 (Zallinger Hut). First go along a dirt road past a large pasture hut, then follow the narrowing path to where it joins a dirt road. Continue right on Path no. 7 (Zallinger Hütte) and upwards via the dirt road until Path no. 7 soon branches off left (GEOSTOP H).

First cross the meadows of the high pastures, then proceed through the forest to the next fork, located in a clearing. Turn right in the direction of the Stampfer Schwaige. From here follow the dirt road that joins the road up to the Zallinger Hut. Past the Zallinger Hut continue along the road and at the subsequent fork go straight ahead towards the top station of the Florian lift and the Williams Hut. Just below the hut, turn off the road to the right and descend via Path no. 7A, partly over the ski slope, in the direction of Saltria until the path joins a road.

Proceed left to the bus stop and follow the asphalt road briefly to the Hotel Saltria, where several signs show the next section of the way. Take the access road past the hotel (Path no. 9 – top station of the Ortisei gondola) and cross the pastures of the Grosses Moos in the direction of the Schgaguler-Schwaige Hut. Behind the Sporthotel Sonne, situated below the Schgaguler-Schwaige Hut, take a right via Path no. 15 and descend to Ortisei.

If you want to shorten the tour, head up to the top station of the cable car (approx. 20 minutes) and take this down to Ortisei.


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Getting there

The hike begins at the Tierser Alpl hut. You can walk here either through the Tschamin Valley or from the Seiser Alm.

Seiser Alm cable car

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46.497103, 11.632718
46°29'49.6"N 11°37'57.8"E
32T 702020 5152649
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Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • 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

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • 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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426 m
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