Rifugio Faloria, Rifugio Vandelli and Sorapiss Lake

faloria-vandelli

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 4×4 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.

faloria-vandelli
Mountain Difficulty Time Eating places View
Faloria Difficult – Vertical drop: 300 m 2,45 Hous Faloria Ref., Tondi Ref., Vandelli Ref. 4 stars

Mountain: Faloria
Difficulty: Difficult
Vertical drop: 300 m
Time: 2,45 hours
Eating places: Rif. Faloria, Rif. Tondi, Rif. Vandelli
View: 4 stars

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.

Rifugio Faloria – Val Orita – Fraina

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 4×4 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.

Mountain Difficulty Time Eating Places View
Faloria Medium – Vertical drop: 100 m 2,5 Hours Faloria Refuge 3 stars

 

Mountain: Faloria
Difficulty: Medium
Vertical drop: 100 m
Time: 2,30 hours
Eating places: Rif. Faloria
View: 3 stars

fraina

Mandres and Porte del Dio Silvano

faloria-vandelli

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.

mandres
Mountain Difficulty Time Eating Places View
Faloria Easy 3 Hours Faloria Refuge, Rio Gere Restaurant 3 stars

Mountain: Faloria
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 3 hours
View: 3 stars

Rifugio Faloria – Rio Gere – Mandres

fraina

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.

Mountain Difficulty Time Eating Places View
Faloria Easy 3 Hours Rifugio Faloria, Rio Gere Restaurant 3 stars

Mountain: Faloria
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 3 hours
Eating places: Rifugio Faloria, Ristorante Rio Gere
View: 3 stars

riogere-manfres

Forcella Zumeles Ring

faloria-vandelli

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.

mandres
Mountain Difficulty Time Eating Places View
Cristallo Medium – Vertical drop: 150 m. 2,5 Hours Son Forca Refuge, Malga Larieto 4 stars

Mountain: Faloria
Difficulty: Easy
Time: 3 hours
Eating places: Rifugio Son Forca, Malga Larieto
View: 4 stars

DOWNLOAD THE MAP WITH THE PATHS OF THE FALORIA – CRISTALLO AREA
DOWNLOAD THE MAP WITH THE PATHS OF THE FALORIA – CRISTALLO AREA