A walk at the foot of the Catinaccio summits.
A walk at a height of 2000 m and more from Ciampedie to the refuge Paolina, between Vigo and the Pass Costalunga.
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We take the cableway in Vigo di Fassa and we come to the meadows of the little plateau above the Vajolet valley at a height of 2000 metres a.s.l. The path no. 545 stretches toward South near the refuge Negritella. We cross a forest, we go around some rocky faces and we finally reach the green meadows above the farmstead Vael, but here we follow the signposts to the refuge Vael which is in a higher location than the farmstead.
The way to the refuge is the only steep stretch of this trail. The refuge and the hut Marino Pederiva are at a height of 2.280 metres, that is the highest point of our walk, it is just under the summit Roda di Vael (2.806 m). After a short break we go on following the path SAT 549 toward the refuge Paolina and we can admire the Pass Costalunga and right here we can see a huge bronze eagle, which watches over the Catinaccio. It was manufactured to the memory of Theodor Christomannos, one of the pioneers of the tourism in the Dolomites. We are coming closer to the refuge Paolina (path no. 539), which is situated on the side toward Bolzano, just above Nova Levante and Carezza. From here we return at our starting point following the same path we did before, but it is possible to take the ropeway Paolina toward Carezza and then there is a bus to Vigo di Fassa.
Please note: when you plan to do this hike, please inform yourself about the condition of the trail!
Starting point: Upper station of the cableway Catinaccio (Vigo di Fassa)
Trail numbers: SAT n. 545, 549, 539
Experienced in: September 2011
Trail length: about 6 km each way
Walking time: about 2 hours each way
Altitude difference: about 490 m climbing, 120 m descent (one way)
Altitude: from 1.950 to 2300 m s.l.m.
Further information: Tourism Board Val di Fassa, Phone: 0462 609 500