wanderung rifugio puez huette
wanderung rifugio puez huette

Hike from the Col Pradat to the Rif. Puez

Starting from the Col Pradat, the famous viewpoint beneath the mighty Sassongher, we climb up to the Gardenaccia Highland to reach the famous Rif. Puez mountain hut.

We take the Col Pradat Gondola Lift in Colfosco and in few minutes we come to 2,030 m asl, where we can enjoy a wonderful view of some Dolomites summits: from the Fanes Group to Mt. Marmolada and the impressive Sella alpenstock as well as the wonderful green landscape between the Passo Gardena mountain pass and the village of Corvara.

We start walking down on the path no. 4A, after 100 m we are already climbing up and the path becomes steeper. We follow the path no. 4 and we walk through the amazing Edelweiss Valley, here the path becomes narrower, on the left we see Lake Ciampac and on the right the rugged rock face of Mt. Sassongher. We walk near the lake, which is shallow at the moment, and climb up to the Col Ciampëi to admire the Vallelunga valley. After this climb, we keep walking following the path no. 2. We come to the Rif. Puez mountain hut after a 2 hours-walk, so it is time for us to have a break and our lunch.

Walking toward the hut we’ve seen an interesting mountain, which stands out on the plateau - the Col de la Sone. We decide to see it closely on our way back, so we take the path no. 5 and we come across a suggestive landscape: the contrast of the moonscape at a height of 2,400 m asl and the bright colours of the alpine flowers surrounded by the sunny Dolomites are very moving. We will remember these breathtaking views for a long time!

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Colfosco, Col Pradat mountain station
Signposts: no. 4A, 4, 2
Distance: 5.2 km (each direction), the alternative route to the Col de la Sone is 2 km longer
Walking time: 2 hours (each direction), the alternative route to the Col de la Sone is 1 hour longer
Altitude difference: approx. 640 m
Altitude level: between 2,000 and 2,510 m asl
Suitable for families? yes, but the children must be used to walk on the mountains.
Experienced in: August 2011

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