Mountain tour to Mt. Sassongher

The mountain tour to the striking Sassongher - one of the most impressive panoramic peaks of the Alta Badia - starts in Colfosco.

Starting point for this highly recommendable mountain tour is the parking space at the Colfosco high-rope course (or deer reserve). From this place we walk up towards the centre of the village, where the “Utia Edelweiss/Edelweisshütte” is indicated on the right hand-side. We follow the forested path no. 4 and soon reach the mountain hut, where we already decide to stop on our way back. The path becomes narrow and transforms into a mountain trail, we approach the rock faces of the Dolomites.

At 2,100 m asl the path to Mt Sassongher branches off on the right. On this path we traverse traverse underneath a rock face. On the opposite, there is the Sella Group with the Val Mezdí valley, known among freeriders. Be careful and watch out for where you go! At 2,435 m asl we reach the Forcella del Sassongher ridge, where an easy fixed-rope route starts, including also a section with huge steps. Experienced mountaineers don’t need any securing devices, for others it is absolutely advisable. For the steps you might need your hands. In high season (especially August) there might also be jams in this place.

Afterwards we climb the last part in serpentines in eastern direction towards the 2,665 m high peak of the Sassongher, that provides an amazing view of the Val Badia valley, the Sella Group and Mt. Sasso di Santa Croce. Also Colfosco can be admired at our foot. For the way back down, we walk along the route on which we came. You absolutely should be free from vertigo for this tour. We recommend you to take walking poles for the lower part, and of course a stop at the Ütia Edelweiss mountain hut, providing a great view of the Sella alpenstock.

Please note: absolutely recommendable tour for experienced hikers and mountaineers that requires to be free from vertigo (difficulty: medium). This tour is a classical hike in the Alta Badia area (and therefor better to avoid at the weekends in high summer).

Author: BS

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

Starting point: Colfosto
Signposts: no. 4, 7
Walking time: about 4 hours
Altitude difference: 950 m
Altitude level: between 1,700 and 2,665 m asl
Family-friendly? for experienced kids that are free from vertigo and used to mountain tours, yes, otherwise not recommendable
Experienced in: August 2009

Suggested accommodations

  1. Hotel Ciasa Soleil
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    Hotel Ciasa Soleil

  2. Hotel Dolomiti
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    Hotel Dolomiti

  3. Hotel Savoy
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    Hotel Savoy

  4. Hotel La Majun
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    Hotel La Majun

  5. Hotel Pider
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    Hotel Pider

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