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Multi-day trekking on the Alta Badia high route

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  • Nature park Fanes - Senes - Braies, Alta Badia
    / Nature park Fanes - Senes - Braies, Alta Badia
    Photo: Alta Badia/Lois Kostner, Tourist Association Alta Badia
  • Nature park Puez Odle, Alta Badia
    / Nature park Puez Odle, Alta Badia
    Photo: Alta Badia/Freddy Planinschek, Tourist Association Alta Badia
  • / Via ferrata
    Photo: Alta Badia/Jan André Sorarù, Tourist Association Alta Badia
  • / Santa Croce
    Photo: Alta Badia/Paola Finali, Tourist Association Alta Badia
  • / Pisciadù lake
    Photo: Alta Badia/Jan André Sorarú, Tourist Association Alta Badia
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Distance 80.5 km
40:00 h
5,636 m
5,636 m

The Alta Badia Alpine Ridgeway (Alta Via dell'Alta Badia, roughly 80 km in length) enables hikers to experience the Alta Badia Alpine valley from above.

The route offers a breathtaking unspoiled scenery of the UNESCO-protected Puez-Odle and Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Parks, as well as the Sella massif.

This multi-day circular hike for expert hikers takes about seven days and passes through the villages of Corvara, Colfosco and La Villa. You can start in any village along the route and hike clockwise as well as anti-clockwise.

Highest point
3,150 m
Lowest point
1,390 m
Best time of year


46.547818, 11.872065
46°32'52.1"N 11°52'19.4"E
32T 720180 5158924

Turn-by-turn directions

Suggested stages

Corvara - Pisciadú hut: From From Corvara follow trail no. 28 towards the Pisciadú waterfalls and then trail no. 650 towards Passo Gardena. At the car park at the foot of the Pisciadú, take path no. 666A, then no. 666. Climb up a steep scree slope, then continue to the left (rope secured ascent) to the Pisciadú hut. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours.
Option with via ferrata: From the Pisciadú car park, take the Via Ferrata Tridentina, which leads to the Pisciadú hut (for experts only).

Pisciadú hut - Piz Boé - Franz Kostner hut: From the Pisciadú hut take path no. 666 passing by the lovely Pisciadú Lake and climb on a secured path to the junction. Further on you will reach the Pisciadú summit in about 20 minutes. Turn right towards the Mesules plateau and on a flat path to the south you reach the Boé hut in about 2 hours. Past the hut, follow path no. 638, uphill to the Capanna Fassa hut. The last part is downhill. Follow path no. 638 until you reach the Franz Kostner hut. Walking time: approx. 5 hours.
Option with via ferrata: From the Franz Kostner hut a demanding via ferrata leads to the summit of Piz da Lech.

Franz Kostner Hut - Campolongo Pass - Pralongiá – Valparola: From the Franz Kostner hut walk down to the Boé lake and then to the Campolongo Pass (path nr. 638). From here take path no. 3 to the La Marmotta hut and then path no. 24 to the Pralongiá hut. Continue on path no. 24, circling the Setsas group on the north side, to the Valparola hut. Walking time: approx. 6-7 hours.
Option with Via ferrata: Setsas – it’s only a small deviation from the route (round trip about 1 hour) through the Pizades back.

Valparola hut -Forcela dl Lech- Limo Pass- Lavarela hut: From the Valparola hut following path no. 20A northwards, walk up to Forcela Salares. From here continue southwards on path no. 20 and after about 1 hour you will come to a fork. Follow path no. 20 on the left to the scenic Lech de Lagació lake. Path no. 20B brings you up to the Forcela dl Lech – fantastic view point. Continue slightly downhill towards Fanes and at the junction keep the right. Follow path no. 11 to the Malga Gran Fanes and then Lech de Limo lake, from where you then descend towards the Fanes and Lavarela huts. Walking time: 6-7 hours.

Lavarela hut - La Crusc / Santa Croce - La Villa: From the Lavarella hut on path no. 7 go up until you cross path no. 12 and always on path no. 7 you reach the Ju dla Crusc fork. From here you descend along a demanding path, sometimes equipped with ropes, until you reach the La Crusc/S.Croce hut. Continue on path no. 13 to the village of La Villa. Walking time: approx. 7 hours.

La Villa - Gherdenacia plateau – Puez hut: From La Villa village, head west on path no. 11 to the Gardenacia hut. Follow path no. 11 to the intersection. Turn left and take path no. 15 to the Forcela de Gherdenacia notch. Cross the karst plateau of the Puez Natural Park alongside the Col dala Soné to the de Puez hut. Walking time: approx. 5 hours.

Puez hut – Gardena Pass – Corvara: From the Puez hut take path no. 2 to Forcela de Crespëina. From here you reach the Forcela Cier. After a short descent you reach the Jimmy hut and then descend to the Gardena Pass. Continue on path no. 8 and then downhill on forest road to Colfosco. From here you return to Corvara passing by the Costa and Merscia farms (path no. 10). Walking time: approx. 6.5 hours. 


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Getting there

*By car

  • Coming from Innsbruck: take the A 13 and the A 22 toll motorway and exit at Bressanone/Brixen, following the signs to Brunico/Bruneck along the Val Pusteria/Pustertal road as far as San Lorenzo/St.Lorenzen. Follow the signs to Val Badia/Gadertal 
  • Coming from Verona-Bolzano: take the A 22, exit at Bressanone/Brixen and continue as above

*By train

The nearest train stations are:

  • Brunico - 37 Km
  • Bolzano (via Passo Gardena) - 72 Km (via Brunico) – 100 Km
  • Connection train station – Alta Badia by the local bus SAD:

*By air

  • Innsbruck - 130 km
  • Munich – 330 km
  • Venice Treviso / Venice Marco Polo – 180 / 200 km
  • Verona – 213 km
  • Milan Bergamo / Milan Malpensa - 310 /400 km
  • Information airport transfer: -


46.547818, 11.872065
46°32'52.1"N 11°52'19.4"E
32T 720180 5158924
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Basic Equipment for Mountain 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
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • 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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Question from Kathi Steidl · July 24, 2021 · Community
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Ansgar Fischer 
August 20, 2021 · Community
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Denis A
March 18, 2019 · Community
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Clarissa Franklin
January 17, 2019 · Community
is there any via ferrata along this tour?
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