Stage 1 from Pozza to Contrin Refuge. 6-day self guided hiking tour at high altitude, from refuge to refuge. Discover the Dolomites in Val di Fassa by walking on its most beautiful peaks!
Distance 12.1 km
Highest point2,463 m
Lowest point1,346 m
From Pozza take the cabin lift to "Buffaure" and then the chair lift to "Col de Valvacin". Now walk along the ridge behind the chair lift terminal (path no. 613) to the top of "Sas de Adam" to enjoy a marvellous panorama of the Fassa Dolomites. Keep on the ridge, now in descent, and then the path goes across the "Sela Brunéch" at 2,420 m. Get back onto the ridge above the chair lift (path no. 613/B) and proceed to the "Sas de Roces". Here you will have to go around to the south on the side of the San Nicolò Valley (Val San Nicolò), where in certain places there is a metal safety cord. You will reach the grassy saddle above the "Sas Bianch" and then proceed on a steep diagonal to the west side of the "Varosc" ridge (path no. 613), where there are fortifications left from WW1. From here there is a well signposted detour of the path in the fields that brings you till the reconnection with the original path. Now the San Nicolò Pass and refuge (2,346 m) are visible and you will be down in few minutes. Later on you go down to the Contrin Valley (Val Contrin) on path no. 608 in order to reach the Contrin Refuge (2,016 m).
6-day self guided hiking tour at high altitude, from refuge to refuge. Stage 1: At the feet of the Queen of the Dolomites. From Pozza di Fassa to the Val Contrin.
For your hikes in mountain always choose itineraries in accordance with your technical and physical abilities. Consult maps of the area to visit and check the best way to follow. If you walk in group including slower hikers, always calculate longer average times to cover the distances.
Preferably do not hike alone in mountain. Otherwise tell someone the itinerary that you are going to follow and let him know when you are back.
Check the weather forecast and, while hiking, constantly pay attention to the evolution of the weather.
If you do not feel safe, give up. In mountain, sometimes, it is better to surrender than to face the dangers deriving from bad weather conditions or from difficulties superior to one’s limits. In advance look for alternative itineraries to get back.
Bring rubbish back with you. Respect the flora and fauna. Remain on the marked tracks, avoiding to follow shortest ways, in order to avoid causing damages to vegetation and the territory. Respect local cultures andtraditions, always bearing in mind that you are a guest.
Tips and hints
The holiday package (7 nights stay) includes:
6 self guided hiking tours;
2 overnight stays in Dolomiti Walking Hotel (first and last night) with half board treatment;
5 overnight stays in refuge during the hiking tours with half board treatment;
1 cotton sheet sleeping bag;
PanoramaPass (3 days in 6), valid for the mountain lifts.
Azienda per il Turismo della Val di Fassa
Strèda Roma, 36
38032 Canazei (TN)
Phone +39 0462 609500
Pozza di Fassa (1,346 m)
32T 707315 5145127
The tour counts 6 stages on well-indicated CAI-SAT paths. From any point, it is possible to descend to the valley and, thanks to the shuttle service, the mountain lifts or the public means, easily get back to the departure.
From Pozza di Fassa (1,325 m) take the cabin lift to "Buffaure" (2,060 m). From here it is possible to climb further still using the chair lift to "Col de Valvacin" (2,354 m), or you can walkup the ski run to the crest (path no. 613, add 1 hour and 1.8 km to the total time).
From Passo San Nicolò Refuge (2,346 m) you go down to the Contrin Valley (Val Contrin) on path no. 608 in order to reach the Contrin Refuge (2,016 m), where the overnight is planned.
all notes on protected areas
Regular bus service operated by the bus company Trentino Trasporti in Val di Fassa:
bus line no. 101 Canazei - Cavalese - Trento
bus line no. 104 Cavalese - Ora - Trento
bus line no. 123 Moena - San Pellegrino Pass - Falcade
Regular bus service operated by the bus company SAD in Val di Fassa:
bus line no. 180 Pozza di Fassa - Vigo di Fassa - Passo Carezza - Bolzano
bus line no. 471 Dolomites Passes (Sella Pass, Gardena Pass, Campolongo Pass, Pordoi Pass, Fedaia Pass). Only in summer
Main access points to Val di Fassa, coming from the A22 Brennero motorway:
Ora/Egna exit, S.S. 48 delle Dolomiti - Passo San Lugano - Val di Fiemme - Val di Fassa (distance 45 km). At the roundabout in Moena, follow the direction of Canazei upwards;
Bolzano Nord exit, S.S. 241 Grande Strada delle Dolomiti - Passo Carezza - Val di Fassa (distance 40 km). From Vigo, follow the direction of Canazei upwards or the direction of Soraga and Moena downwards.
Other access routes to Val di Fassa:
from the A27 (Venezia motorway), Belluno/Ponte nelle Alpi exit, then take the S.S. 203 to Agordo and the S.P. 346 to Passo San Pellegrino - Moena (Val di Fassa). At the roundabout in Moena, follow the direction of Canazei upwards;
from the A27 (Venezia motorway), Belluno/Ponte nelle Alpi exit, then take the S.S. 203 to Agordo/Alleghe/Rocca Pietore first and the S.P. 641 to Passo Fedaia - Canazei;
coming from Arabba, take the S.S. 48 Passo Pordoi - Canazei;
coming from Val Gardena, take the S.S. 242 Passo Sella - Canazei.
32T 707315 5145127
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
Book recommendation by the author
Hiking Map - Azienda per il Turismo della Val di Fassa
Wear adequate clothing, footwear and equipment suitable for the length and grade of difficulty of trail to be taken. Always try to be self-sufficient and carry with you the necessary to face possible emergency situations and a first aid kit.
Number of mountain lifts to take: 2 (cabin lift Buffaure + chair lift Col de Valvacin).