Hiking

Rifugio Faloria, Rifugio Vandelli e Lago Sorapiss.

From the centre of Cortina the cable car takes you up to the Faloria Refuge (at a height of 2,123m) and from here you can walk up to the Tondi Refuge along footpath 213. You can also pay to use the 4x4 shuttle service.
You carry on along footpath 213, crossing the Monte Ciasadio ridge until you reach Forcella Faloria pass (at 2,309m.) where the footpath crosses over Alta Via 3 that heads down towards Cortina.
From here onward the route is signposted as footpath 213 and Alta Via. Now you head halfway up to the foot of the Cesta (Ra Zesta) rock walls, then after passing the left-hand branch heading for Tre Croci Pass, you reach Forcella del Ciadin pass (at 2,378m) and cross a short stretch equipped with metal cables leading to the Cadin del Laudo valley.
Here a ledge, that is rather exposed but with a fixed rope to help you negotiate it, takes you round a rocky outcrop, after which you head downhill amid mountain pines to the Rio Sorapiss valley at an altitude of 1,885m. Now you take the footpath leading from Tre Croci Pass and follow it until you reach the spectacular Lake Sorapiss and the Vandelli Refuge. On the return trip you can head towards Tre Croci Pass along footpath 215, which takes about 2 hours.

Alta Via n.3
From Villabassa, in Val Pusteria, it comes to Longarone, in the Piave Valley, skirting around such famous mountains as Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Cristallo and Pelmo. You can travel the entire route in about 10 days, or do it in stretches. This high altitude road is also known as "Via dei Camosci" (the Chamois Road) since this is a route used by these elegant mountain animals. As you walk along this route you are surrounded by a wealth of native flora and fauna in this typically Alpine landscape.

MountainDifficultyTimeEating placesView
FaloriaDifficult - Vertical drop: 300 m2,45 HousFaloria Ref., Tondi Ref., Vandelli Ref.4 stars


Rifugio Faloria - Val Orita - Fraina.

From the Faloria Refuge which can be reached by the cable car from the centre of Cortina, you head uphill toward the Tondi Refuge along footpath 213. You can also pay to use the 4x4 shuttle service.
Then you take footpath 214 and walk along the whole of Val Orita and its landscape of gravel beds and rocky terrain. At the end of the valley the path plunges into woodland soon to reach Baita Fraina along an easy to negotiate mule track.

You can return to the centre of Cortina on the local bus.

MountainDifficultyTimeEating PlacesView
FaloriaMedium - Vertical drop: 100 m2,5 HoursFaloria Refuge3 stars

Download the map with the paths of the Faloria area



Nature ramble.

A short, undemanding ring-shaped route amid a stunning landscape, ideal for nature-lovers.
Starting off from the Faloria Refuge, you come upon the ruins of the old cable car station, then carry on along the rocky ridge of Monte Faloria from which you can enjoy a marvellous view of Cortina as you climb up to the refuge. Along this route, which has recently been refurbished with new information boards, you will encounter plenty of the local wildlife. The stretch that runs along a ledge provides a number of vantage points for breath-taking views of the southern face of the Dolomites.

MountainDifficultyTimeEating PlacesView
FaloriaEasy20 Minutes Faloria Refuge4 stars


Mandres e Porte del Dio Silvano.

From the centre of Cortina you take the cable car and get off at the intermediate stop Mandres. From here you head downhill to the right along a well-marked footpath to the signpost for footpath 220. Now turn left and walk through the larch wood at the foot of Monte Faloria along a nearly flat footpath until you reach Ra Crepedeles, a rocky outcrop that includes La Porta del Dio Silvano (the gateway of the woodland god), a huge square-shaped hollow that resembles a gateway in the mountain that has inspired so many ancient legends telling of buried treasures.

Now you head downhill on a medium to steep slope to the farm Fattoria Meneguto and then Baita Fraina from where you return to Cortina along a scenic route.

MountainDifficultyTimeEating PlacesView
FaloriaEasy3 HoursFaloria Refuge, Rio Gere Restaurant3 stars


Rifugio Faloria - Rio Gere - Mandres.

From the Faloria Refuge, which can be reached by the cable car from the centre of Cortina, you head downhill along footpath 212 as far as Rio Gere. You then walk along a brief stretch of the road SS48 heading toward Cortina until you come to the signpost for footpath 206 to Mandres.
After a woodland stretch, the footpath runs through some mountain pines on the slopes of Monte Faloria.
You plunge back into woodland for the descent to Mandres and then to the village of Pecol.

MountainDifficultyTimeEating PlacesView
FaloriaEasy3 HoursRifugio Faloria, Rio Gere Restaurant 3 stars


Fraina - Malga Lareto - Mietres.

From Baita Fraina you follow footpath 220 and then 210 heading for Mandres. Just before the intermediate station of the Faloria cable car you take footpath 206 until you reach the road SS48 just below Rio Gere. Once you have crossed this road you soon reach Malga Lareto, then follow footpath 211, an easy stroll through lovely woodland leading to the Mietres Refuge.
You can then use the chairlift to go down to Guargnè, near the swimming pool, or walk down through some gently rolling meadows (about 45 minutes).

MountainDifficultyTimeEating PlacesView
FaloriaEasyA/R 2,5 HoursMeneguto Farm, Baita Fraina3 stars


Anello di Forcella Zumeles.

This ring-shaped route takes you through an area of great natural beauty, stretches of it passing through one of the finest larch woods in the Ampezzo valley, a particularly magical place in the autumn. As you walk you will also enjoy some marvellous views of the rocky walls of Monte Cristallo.

From Rio Gere you take the chairlift up to the Son Forca Refuge (at a height of 2,215m). Follow the dirt road leading down to the gondola lift station then follow what in winter is the ski piste as far as Forcella Son Forca pass (2,110m).
Now you leave the piste to your left and head along level ground on footpath 205 until you come to the crossroads with the path to Val Padeon where you climb up, to your left, toward Forcella Zumeles pass.
From the summit, at an altitude of 2,072m, you will be greeted with a stunning view over the whole Cortina valley.
Now you head downhill along footpath 204, at first steep and winding until it enters the woodland. Once down to a height of 1,690m, you come to a crossroads at which you bear left on footpath 211 leading to Mietres and that carries on to the dairy farm and restaurant Malga Larieto, set in magnificent larch woodland, and before long you are back at the Rio Gere chairlift station.

MountainDifficultyTimeEating PlacesView
CristalloMedium - Vertical drop: 150 m.2,5 HoursSon Forca Refuge, Malga Larieto4 stars


Son Forca - Val Padeon - Ospitale o Podestagno.

From Rio Gere you take the chairlift up to the Son Forca Refuge (at a height of 2,215m). Follow the dirt road leading down to the gondola lift station then follow what in winter is the ski piste as far as Forcella Son Forca pass (2,110m).
Now take footpath 203 which heads downhill along Val Padeon. You pass by a stream and a ski lift, then enter woodland, working your way downhill along a winding trail until you come to the crossroads with the path leading to Forcella Zumeles pass, that you leave to your left. After about an hour’s walk you reach a flat area where you will see the ruins of the Padeon dairy farm at a height of 1,841m. To the north are the sheer rocky walls of Vecio del Forame.
Downhill from the dairy farm you come to a crossroads where you can follow the main dirt road to the Ospitale Refuge, or you can take the left-hand path, sign-posted 202 and 201, that heads downhill along Val Granda until you reach the ruins of the castle Castello di Podestagno (or Botestagno) and from here to the main road.

MountainDifficultyTimeEating PlacesView
CristalloMedium3 / 3,5 HoursSon Forca Refuge, Ospitale Refuge4 stars


Forcella Zumeles - Val Padeon.

Forcella Zumeles pass is at the eastern end of the Pomagagnon ridge.
From Rio Gere take footpath 211 heading towards the Mietres Refuge, but don’t go that far down, go on and at the crossroads take footpath 204 for Forcella Zumeles pass. This winding, uphill path negotiates the slopes of Crepe di Zumelle.
Each time you stop you will be greeted by a breath-taking view over Cortina and the nearby rock walls of Mount Pomagagnon.
At the pass, the view opens out to take in the majestic peaks of Monte Cristallo.
Now you head downhill on the opposite side toward Val Padeon. On the path leading down from Son Forca, you carry on toward the Ospitale Refuge on footpath 203. You can now take the bus back to Cortina.

MountainDifficultyTimeEating PlacesView
CristalloMedium - Vertical drop: 370 m.4 - 5 Hours Ospitale Refuge4 stars




Useful advice.

Equipment
Warm but lightweight clothing preferably consisting of thin layers able to adapt to changes in temperature and the differing levels of physical activity. The right shoes are very important, the most suitable being hiking or climbing boots. Do not under any circumstances wear shoes with high heels or smooth soles. Take a rucksack in strong but lightweight material with you to carry drinks, fruit and chocolate, maps, a torch, a multi-purpose knife, a K-way, a change of clothing and to bring any rubbish back with you. Walking sticks, preferably telescopic ones, are very useful, giving you something to lean on and stop your legs and knees getting too tired on downhill stretches.

It is also well worth equipping yourself with an electronic personal locator device.

Weather forecast
It is very important to organise your mountain hike properly. Remember that adverse weather conditions can create dangers, sometimes grave dangers, both directly with cold, blizzards, fog and lightning and indirectly, given that rain and snowfall can trigger avalanches and rock falls and make the ground slippery.

Last but not least
It is advisable to start off early in the morning after checking the weather and planning your route, ever mindful of your own abilities.
Don’t stray off the numbered footpaths and walk at a steady pace.
If you’re setting off in a group choose a route suitable for everyone and without particular difficulties.
Don’t underestimate the difficulties, choose a route suitable for your own ability and, taking this into account, be careful to check the time it will take.
Take plenty of breaks and always concentrate when walking, even on the easier stretches.
Only tackle a via ferrata if you have had proper training and have excellent knowledge of the mountain environment, otherwise put yourself in the capable hands of an Alpine guide.
If you’re setting off in a group choose a route suitable for everyone and without particular difficulties.