Trek of the Legends: Hiking in Val di Fassa

Self Guided

Guided

Luxury

from €930 - min 2 pax from €1.660 - min 4 pax on request

Experience 8 days of hiking around Val di Fassa, an incredible valley surrounded by a masterpiece of mountains! Hike the 6 of the 20 stages of the Trek of the Legends, across a variety of trails with incredible views, and legendary tales to accompany your journey!

  • Length 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Trip Type Hiking
  • Activity Level Moderate
  • Start / Finish Val di Fassa
  • Dates This trip is available as a custom, private departure on dates of your choosing from mid June to mid September

Highlights

  • Experience the fairy tale mountain landscape of the Dolomites, with astounding panoramas around every corner
  • Hike part of the Trek of the Legends, an extraordinary itinerary that will lead you to uncover the beauty and legends of the Dolomite Mountains
  • Walk along pastoral alpine pastures, across mountain passes, and on scenic trails
  • Hike hut-to-hut as you explore Val di Fassa and its surrounding beauty 

 

OVERVIEW

The Trek of the Legends is an extraordinary walking experience that will help you discover where the Ladin myths of the Dolomites were born. It is a circular trekking route of 200 kilometers (124 miles, or about 60 hours of walking), divided into 20 stages, that links the Val di Fassa with the Val di Fiemme and Primiero. Six of the stages, those included in this fascinating itinerary, are in the Val di Fassa. A wide range of mountain walks lead to King Laurin’s rose garden in the Catinaccio, wind amidst the rocks of the Marmolada glacier where one might hear Conturina sing, or take you to the foot of the Sassolungo to listen to the twitter of a nightingale belonging to a legendary princess. This fairy tale experience completes and enriches your holiday. It is also a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the Enrosadira phenomenon, when, at sunset, the mountain rocks take on a beautiful red hue.

The majestic Dolomite Mountains offer so many incredible areas to hike and explore, it’s hard to choose just one! But the advantage of selecting a single area for your trip is that you can get to know the area more intimately. That’s why we created our Trek of the Legends itinerary, to focus on the incredible Val di Fassa region, and get to know its masterpiece of mountains.

 

Prefer a shorter trip?
Check out our  Trek of the Legends Getaway  – a 5-day hiking itinerary starting with the same first 4 days of the Trek of the Legends Trip, exploring the Val di Fassa region of the Dolomites!

Day by Day

Experience 8 days of hiking around Val di Fassa, an incredible valley surrounded by a masterpiece of mountains! Hike the 6 of the 20 stages of the Trek of the Legends, across a variety of trails with incredible views, and legendary tales to accompany your journey!


Day 1 ~ Arrive in Val di Fassa 
Arrive on your own in Val di Fassa (1,114m / 3,655'), and check-in into your hotel (private transfer available on request). The Val di Fassa, or Fassa Valley in English, is a fascinating natural valley set in the Italian province of Trento. The valley stretches 20-kilometers (12-miles), from Moena to Canazei, with a total of seven municipalities. This stunning Dolomites valley is surrounded by a “masterpiece” of mountains, including the Sella Group, Sassolungo, and Marmolada, home to the Dolomites largest remaining glacier, and the Catinaccio / Rosengarten with its remarkable Torri del Vajolet.

These mountains of culture, tradition, legend, and sport offer much to be discovered, and over time the Ladin people of Val di Fassa have guarded this valley of incomparable beauty. The kingdom of the legendary King Laurino was said to be set here, and the famous king was the guardian of this enchanted valley. 

Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore the villages of Val di Fassa. 
D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 2 ~ Discovering the Ladin Legends – Hiking by the Queen of the Dolomites
If you are taking a private trip, you will meet with your Hiking Guide in the morning for a trip briefing. If you are taking a self-guided adventure, you will meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps, and everything necessary for your self-guided adventure. 

Today is a great warm-up day, to wake up your legs after travel and help you acclimatize to the altitude. After breakfast, take the cable-car or the bus from Canazei to Pecol and hike to Passo Pordoi. From here you begin to hike on the “Viel del Pan” (“Way of the Bread”) to Passo Fedaia.
This footpath stretches right across the mountain, and was once used by flour merchants who traded flower for handcrafted goods and other products. It is a wide path, easy to walk, and is one of the most spectacular footpaths in the Dolomites – offering an incomparable view of the majestic Marmolada (3,342m / 10,964'). Oft referred to as “Queen of the Dolomites,” Marmolada is the highest mountain in this range, and home to its largest glacier.
When you reach Fedaia Lake, continue hiking along the lake to Fedaia Pass (2,057m / 6,749'), where you will spend the night.

(~5  hours hiking 11km / 6,8 miles, 470 m / 1,541’ ascent, 563m / 1,847’ descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Malga Ciapela – Rifugio Falier – Passo de Ombreta
In the morning hike or take a bus to Malga Ciapela and hike west along the river Torrente Pettorina. The trail climbs steadily through thick forest to reach pasture clearings. After you pass the farm Malga Ciapela Agriturismo, the uphill section begins in earnest, and then becomes easier as you reach Malga Ombreta (1,904m / 6,246'). This farm marks the entrance to Valle Ombreta, the “Valley of Shade,” named for its position in the shadows of Marmolada to the north. At the end of the valley you will reach to Rifugio Onorio Falier (2,074m / 6,804'), right under the imposing south walls of the Marmolada, with fantastic views eastwards of the Civetta and Pelmo Groups. Hike up to Passo de Ombreta (2,702m / 8,864'), and then descend to your rifugio (2,016m / 6,614') for tonight.

(7 hours hiking ~10 km / 6.2 miles, 1,340 m / 4,400' ascent, 765 m / 2,510' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio 


Day 4 ~ Val de le Cirele traverse to Passo San Pellegrino
From your rifugio, walk on green pastures and woods towards the east. The path soon leads over a steep rocky area and then reaches a large crater, the Val de le Cirele, continuing to the Pas de le Cirele (2,683m / 8,802'), between the Cima dell’Uomo group and Punta Zigole. From here, descend on numerous hairpin turns into the dramatic Valle di Tasca. This has to be the best scree slope in the Dolomites, with stones just the right size to make this a memorable, effortless, and extremely enjoyable descent! Reach the green oasis of Fuciade (1,982m / 6,502') and have a private transfer to Val di Fassa.

(4 hours hiking 6,5 km / 4 miles, 750m / 2,460' ascent, 800m / 2,624' descent).
B,D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 5 ~ At the Foot of the Sassolungo Group
Departing from Canazei, walk west along the Avisio River to Ischia a Campitello, where you’ll find the base station of the cableway that will take you up to Col Rodella in just a few minutes, or take a public bus instead. From Col Rodella, hike to Passo Sella to start an anti-clockwidse loop of the Sassolungo massif. Today you will hike through an unearthly landscape of tumbled boulders called Citta’ Dei Sassi (“city of rocks”) and continue on a scree path overlooking the beautiful and gentle Alpe di Siusi altiplan (or Seiser Alm in German). Reach Rifugio Vicenza for lunch, a camouflaged stone hut surrounded by towering rock peaks and dramatic pinnacles. Hike following ancient shepherd routes, past hay chalets and hillsides coated in wildflowers with spectacular views until you reach your rifugio.

(~5-6 hours hiking 13.5km / 8.5 miles, 610m / 2,000' ascent, 700m / 2,295' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ The Soul of the Monti Pallidi
Perhaps not everyone knows that the Dolomites are also called Monti Pallidi. Dwarves once wove a net of light and surrounded the mountains here, ensuring that the Moon Princess could safely live on earth with her prince, and avoid the sadness of these once dark enshrouded mountains.

From your rifugio, hike along the Siusi crest over generally even terrain at the start of the ridge, and then onto the slope of the Duron Valley to the Pas de Duron (2,168m / 7,113'). A number of saddles along the way also open spectacular vistas of the Alpe di Siusi and the Odle from the opposite slope. From Passo Duron, descend south into the Val Duron, and continue to the Ciaregole Pass (2,282m / 7,487'). Shortly after the pass, ascends to the right in steep curves towards the Dona Pass (2,516m / 8,255') and to reach your rifugio for tonight (2,496m / 8,189').You will be in the heart of the Val di Fassa Dolomites, dominated by the magnificent vista of the western wall of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia.

(~4-5 hours hiking 9.5km / 5 miles, 636m / 2,086' ascent, 427m / 1,400' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 7 ~ Towards the Roda de Vael
Today it's a long hike, so start early. From your rifugio, heads west crossing the Antermoia Pass (2,770m / 9,088'), to then flank the western slope of the Catinaccio d’Antermoia (3,002m / 9,849'), where you will then reach the Principe Pass and Rifugio Passo Principe (2,600m / 8,530'). The itinerary continues downhill into the Valle del Vajolet, where you’ll reach the Vajolet and Preuss Rifugios (2,246m / 7,369'), with a vista of the legendary Torri del Vajolet and the eastern wall of the Catinaccio. After a well deserved drink stop, continue towards the Roda de Vael (2,806m / 9,206') which is part of the Dolomites’ Rosengarten Group and famous for its triangular shape.

Continue past Prà Martin, and follow the "Viel de le Feide" (the sheep path) at the foot of the Cigolade heading west, to reach the Buja de Vael and then descend to Rifugio Roda de Vael. Along the way you’ll have fantastic views of the Roda de Vael to the west. From here, descend to the Costalunga Pass, beneath the mountain to the south. There is an alternate route hiking on the southern slopes of the mountain. Take a private transfer to your hotel.
Shorter option available. 

(~6-7 hours hiking 13.8km / 6.5 miles, 768m / 2,520' ascent, 1553m / 5,095' descent.)
B,D… Hotel in Val di Fassa (3-Star)


Day 8 ~ Depart
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
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EXTEND YOUR ADVENTURE!

You've come all this way, why not stay a little longer? Dolomite Mountains offers fantastic extensions that you can enjoy before or after your trip in the Dolomites. Explore Venice, Verona, Lake Garda, Florence, or Milan, or any of the many other magical places found throughout Italy. There's no more perfect way to recover from jet lag upon arrival, or delay your return to reality at the end of your trip!


Prefer a shorter trip?
Check out our  of the Legends Getaway  – a 5-day hiking itinerary starting with the same first 4 days of the Trek of the Legends Trip, exploring the Val di Fassa region of the Dolomites!


Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide and/or the Dolomite Mountains staff.

Cost

Guided Trip:
From € 2.460 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 1.690 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Self Guided Trip:

From € 1.120 per person (minimum 2 participants)
From € 970 per person (minimum 4 participants)

Private room supplement in rifugios: €15 per rifugio, per person (based on availability)
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge


Cost Includes:

  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 3 nights accommodation in 3-star hotel in Val di Fassa
  • 4 nights accommodation in rifugios
  • All breakfasts
  • All dinners
  • Luggage transfer on day 4
  • Local English speaking hiking guide (guided trips)
  • Transfers in the area as per itinerary 
  • Local tourist tax
  • Italian VAT Tax

Airport transfers available on request.

 

Ready to take the next step?
To request more information, just complete and return our Trip Questionnaire, or contact us directly to plan your Dolomite Mountains vacation today!

Accommodation

Want to learn more about our Hotels and B&Bs?
The Dolomites has a multi-faceted culture and history that is reflected in each village we visit, and we make sure to provide you with the most authentic experience of the region possible through the hotels and B&Bs we offer. Hotels and chalets are available in the larger villages, while agriturismos (working farms with accommodations similar to B&Bs) are more common in rural areas. And we always make sure you have access to inspired regional cuisine, and the best panoramas you can get in the Dolomites!

 

Prefer luxury acommodations?
You can also book a custom departure of this trip using our luxury hotels. For details, please contact us.

 

Want to learn more about our Mountain Inns & Rifugi?
Rifugi – or mountain huts in English – are the classic accommodation for hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and ski mountaineers in the Alps. Set in spectacular locations high in the Dolomites, rifugi are accessible only on foot (with a few exceptions that are reachable by car). These marvelous establishments are open primarily in the summer, with a select few in winter, and offer meals and sleeping facilities.

The Dolomite rifugi are considered the best in the Alps. While some are dormitory style with bunk beds, many meet the standard of a simple guest house with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and each has its own unique character and charm. Bedding and linens are provided, hot showers are available, and meals are served in common dining areas – like a small mountain inn set high in the mountains with the most incredible vistas in the Dolomites. Whether you’re hiking in summer or skiing in winter, an overnight rifugio stay is not to miss on a Dolomite holiday.

To learn even more about rifugi in the Dolomites, check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article, and learn about one of the best ways to experience these incredible mountains!

Group Trip Dates

Trip name   Trip dates   Min persons   Trip status   Price    
25-30 Jul
2017
4
Available
€ 890
27 Jul - 3 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1260
8-14 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 1520
15-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 2660
16-21 Aug
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
16-20 Aug
2017
4
Limited space
€ 890
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 2660
26 Sep - 1 Oct
2017
4
Limited space
€ 1520
2-8 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 2660
3-7 Oct
2017
4
Sold out
€ 890
3-10 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 1730
10-15 Oct
2017
4
Available
€ 890
14-19 Feb
2018
4
Limited space
€ 2200
21-27 Feb
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
25 Mar - 2 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1540
4-9 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1270
11-17 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1900
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 2200
18-23 Apr
2018
4
Available
€ 1690
17-21 Jul
2018
4
Available
€ 890
22-27 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1460
4-14 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 1520
7-13 Aug
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
25-31 Sep
2018
4
Available
€ 2660
8-12 Oct
2018
4
Available
€ 890