On the territory
Padon Pass can be easily reached from Fedaia Pass with a short 40-minutes long walk and it’s the ideal starting point for other two different hikes: on one side Viel dal Pan, ending on Pordoi Pass, and that let you enjoy an incredible view of the impressive Marmolada massif with its glacier; on the other side you can walk toward Crepe Rosse and Mont da Laste.
For those who don’t want to sweat to much, there is a comfortable chairlift, which from Fedaia Pass road brings you to Padon Pass, where you can relax yourself sunbathing on the terrace of Padon Hut with a great view on the Queen.
Ombretta Valley and Falier Hut
Another hike, which develops to the foot of the Queen, is the one of the Ombretta Valley and Falier Hut that was bombed from the Austro-Hungarian positions of Punta Rocca during the Great War. This is an undoubtedly beautiful path both for adults and kids, who will meet along the way cows grazing, donkeys and most of all the unmissable groundhogs.
The reward for your effort? A refreshing break at Malga Ombretta, where you can taste the cheese made by Annamaria and Germano, who here live and take care of their cows. You can then walk further, toward Falier hut, where Dante will welcome you with his tales and will show you his hens and their coloured eggs.
Serrai di Sottoguda
The narrow gorge of Serrai di Sottoguda connects the hamlet of Sottoguda to Malga Ciapela, and it is the most evocative doorway to Marmolada. A natural canyon, 2,5 km long, generated by years of erosion produced by melting glaciers and the water of Pettorina river. A unique wonder in the Dolomites area, which became a protected nature reserve in the last decade. Serrai are accessible nearly all-year round, thanks to an easy walk for the whole family between the rock walls overhanging the gorge. In Winter, these walls are covered by icefalls, a real paradise for the ice-climbers. Torchlight parades, a small train, foot races, ice-climbing meetings are just some of the events that Marmolada tourist office organises every year in this gorge.
Warning! The gorge of Serrai di Sottoguda is temporarily closed due to the reconstruction of the main road, as expressed in the City Order N. 58, 7th December 2018.
Laste is one of the most scenic villages of Rocca Pietore municipality thanks to its privileged view on Civetta mountain and to its gothic Church dedicated to St Gottardo.
Nestled among green fields and meadows and grey rocks of the Dolomites, Laste is well known for the production of mountain cheeses, awarded many times thanks to the knowledge of Dorigo’s family, who keeps the secrets of this old tradition.
For more information and the map of the area, visit the tourist office in Sottoguda or its website:
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