The Dolomites – Primiero and Vanoi valleys

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The peaks, colours and lights of Pale di San Martino

The Pala Group (Pale di San Martino) is without a doubt one of the most fascinating and particular mountain ranges of the Dolomites, as well as being the most widespread. If you look at the range from below, it looks like an inaccessible fortress with its high vertical walls on every side, steep gorges and various pinnacles that prevent you from going there. The reality, however, is completely different. There are multiple ways to access this particular world, one being the Altipiano delle Pale with either its trails or chair-lifts. The best way to discover this territory and the emotions it has to offer is by walking. Cima Vezzana, Fradusta, Pale di San Lucano, Cima della Madonna and the Velo, the Pradidali rifugi (rifugi are typical mountain huts found in the Dolomites) and Rosetta and Volpi are some of the most well-known places thanks to the beauty and with our philosophy of “move” we will try to reach them. To have a look at this massive group of mountains from the outside, we will go on some hikes on neighbouring peaks where you will be able to see just how majestic these mountains are. Our base will be Fiera di Primiero, a typical area of these valleys and a popular tourist destination in Trentino along with San Martino di Castrozza (20 minutes away by car). This holiday was organized to allow both the more experienced hiker and the newcomer to enjoy the beauties that this zone has to offer.

The Altopiano delle Pale and its peaks, the vegetation of Primiero, San Martino di Castrozza, Passo Rolle, the Colbricon lakes, Castellazzo and Cristo Pensante; and let’s not forget the hospitality and the Trentino cuisine…

Day 1:

Arrive at the hotel in the afternoon / evening, room assignment and dinner. A briefing after dinner with a presentation of the itinerary for the week.

Day 2:

E Group (easier level) – EE Group (more difficult level)


Transfer by car to Piereni, about 15 minutes from the hotel. We’ll then leave the cars and start walking through the valley along a military road (without any steep parts) during the first part, arriving at Pedemonte where the trail (also originating during World War I) begins, leading us to Pradidali Rifugio. The environment is majestic and characterized by the walls of Sass Maor, Cima Canali, Cimerlo, Cima della Madonna and many others that are part of our walk. Once we arrive at the warm and cozy rifugio, for those who want to, it will be possible to continue walking for 30 minutes more up to Passo Di Ball arriving at an altitude of 2442 meters by following a part of the Dolomiti trail called Alta Via no. 2. Return for those who went up the mountain. Packed lunches or lunch in the rifugio.

Starting point: Piereni superiore 1326 m

Arrival point: Pradidali Rifugio 2278 m

Change in elevation: 952 m (for Passo di Ball 1117 m)

Level of difficulty: easy in terms of technique, moderate in terms of physical strength

Day 3:

E Group (easier level) – EE Group (more difficult level)


Transfer by car to San Martino Di Castrozza, where where we will take a cable car to the wonderful plateau of Pale di San Martino, a truly unique place and unparalleled in the Dolomites. Here, the mountains appear to be vertical and inaccessible if seen from the valley, but at an altitude of about 2500 m they transform into a plateau with a surface area of about 50 sq m. The starting point of the excursion is when we arrive at the top of the cable car at 2636 m. Rifugio Rosetta is just a five minute walk down hill and from here we will continue walking, with a few ups and downs, through the lunar landscape of the plateau until we get to the glacial lake of Fradusta. This is where we will begin the true ascent: 250 m of change in elevation with moderate slopes that can be done with just a little effort. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon; packed lunches.
Starting point: Rosetta Rifugio 2581 m
Arrival point: the peak of Fradusta 2939 m
change in elevation: about 550 m
level of difficulty: moderate in terms of technique for the final part, easy in terms of physical strength
The EE (expert) group will climb up to the peak from the lake, whereas the E (easy) group can stay around the lake or try to walk a part of the climb to the top which has a few gravelly and rocky points.

Day 4:


A 35 minute car ride to Passo Rolle. Once there we’ll start walking on the unpaved road leading to Capanna Cervino and then from there we’ll head towards Cima Castellazzo. This easy and short excursion will allow us to learn about the Cristo Pensante (a statue called “Thinking Christ”) of the Dolomites located on the peak (2333 m) among trenches and placements from the First World War. The panorama on the northern side of the Pale mountains (but not only) is truly incomparable. Descent down to Passo Rolle by 12:00pm. From here we will head – with almost no elevation change (50 m and 30 minute walk) – to the Colbricon lakes and rifugio (1927 m) for lunch (packed or in the rifugio). In the afternoon, for those who are interested, we’ll have the opportunity to walk up to the peak of Cima della Cavallazza (2324 m) and complete a loop by going back to Passo Rolle. For those who didn’t walk up, the return will be on the same path that was taken on the way there. Return to the hotel in the late afternoon.

EE GROUP – VIA FERRATA (“iron way”)

The EE (expert) group will aim to complete a Via Ferrata route with our Alpine Guide.

Day 5:

Departure by car towards Passo Cereda which we’ll cross and then descend arriving in Sarasin (20 minutes) which will be our starting point. Starting on the southern side of Pale di San Martino, our destination will be Bivacco Menegazzi, positioned in a scenic place surrounded by immense walls and marked by the stillness that encircles it. An excursion far away from the chaos and in a true “Dolomite” environment. Packed lunches.

Starting point: Sarasin

Arrival point: Bivacco Menegazzi 1737 m

Change in elevation: 410 m

Level of difficulty: easy


We’ll head towards San Martino di Castrozza (20 minutes by car) where we will take a chair-lift to go up to Cima Rosetta. This is where the excursion up to the two peaks over three thousand meters high starts, with breathtaking views, challenging trails on rocky terrain and at times critical; a day full of Dolomitic adventures. Cima della Vezzana is a spectacular peak, the highest of the Pale di San Martino mountain range, and accessible to many because it is not particularly difficult. However, if you decide to climb this summit, you should be able to walk on rugged, rocky and weather beaten terrains. The path will take you through Valley dei Cantoni, a valley surrounded by bold peaks and jutting cliffs. The panorama is amazing from the top of Vezzana with a 360° view of the various mountain groups of the Dolomites and of the neighbouring Cimon della Pala, as well as of the underlying glacier of Travignolo and of Altopiano delle Pale. From a pass, after about 15-20 minutes it will be possible to go up to the top of Nuvolo (3075 m). We’ll head back following the same trail. Packed lunches.

Starting point: Rosetta Rifugio 2581 m

Arrival point: Cima Vezzana 3192 m

Change in elevation: about 600 m

Level of difficulty: difficult in terms of technique, moderate in terms of physical strength

Day 6:



For the last trekking day, the two groups will take the same trail to the umpteeth peak on this holiday, arriving to the point where you can almost touch the sky. After a 30 minute journey we’ll get to Calaita lake (1621 m) and start walking along the unpaved road next to it. The view is already gorgeous at this point on the Pala group. The ascent then starts here bringing us to the trail that will gradually bring us to the pass Scanaiol (2093 m) and from here there is a 15 minute walk to reach the peak of Tegnazza (2234 m), whose summit is characterized by WWI remains and an extraordinary panorama. Packed lunches.

Starting point: Calaita Lake 1621 m

Arrival point: Cima Tegnazza 2234 m

Change in elevation: 612 m

Level of difficulty: easy in terms of technique, easy/moderate in terms of physical strength

Day 7:

Check-out after breakfast and departure.

For more experienced hikers as well as for walkers with less technical abilities. Our walks are suitable for hikers who have some experience in training, physical activities and walking on hilly or mountainous terrains (trails for more experienced hikers); however they are also suitable for hikers who have trained for EE (more difficult) trails and for this reason we’ve formed two groups (E Group and EE Group) with different trails and destinations.

To reach Fiera di Primiero by public transport, you can catch a train to the Feltre train station and then a bus heading towards Fiera and San Martino. For more information:

By car: we recommend taking the road from Bassano del Grappa.

By plane: Airport of Verona or Airport of Venice

– For information:

– The planned activities and itinerary will be carried out weather permitting. Alternative excursions or activities will be proposed if necessary.

– The holiday will take place as long as the minimum number of persons has been reached; should that minimum number not be reached, the client will be fully reimbursed.

– The holiday will take place, upon decision of the organizers, even if the minimum number of persons hasn’t been reached, only with the accompaniment and the assistance of the local guide.

– The hotel accommodation facilities could change, in case the standard and services will be guaranteed

– The itinerary is subject to change based on weather conditions with the final decision being that of the guides.

– Recommended equipment: for more information click here

-Technical management managed by Geosfera Viaggi – Globe Inside srl Group

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