On Mt. Settsass and the Pralongià High Plateau

Through the mountain landscape between the Passo di Valparola and the meadows of Piz Sorega - this day hike leads us to magic places in the area of the Alta Badia.

We start our tour at San Cassiano: by bus we go up to the Passo di Valparola mountain pass and take the path no. 24, which starts immediately behind the mountain hut. In front of us we have an amazing view to the wonderful high alpine landscape. We walk along the hillside of Mt. Settsass, the path runs up and down, approximately at the tree limit. Grassland, larch woods and rocky deserts dominate the scene.

After about 4 km we reach the turnoff, which leads us to the peak of the Settsass. We walk uphill through this bizarre rocky formation, the last part on the top is a bit more difficult. Normally now you can enjoy amazing clear views from here, today we are not so lucky. But nevertheless the effort was worth it. For our walk down we take the marker no. 23 which leads us down to the Pralongià High Plateau. Now we’ve already managed an 11 km hike, so we take a rest at the idyllically situated mountain tavern.

Now we have another 3.5 km to walk until we reach our target for today, Piz Sorega. The gentle landscape of meadows is covered with an amazing sea of flowers at this time. We pass the Ütia de Bioch, walk further to Rif. Las Vegas mountain hut and carry on until the mountain station of the cable car. It brings us down to the village of San Cassiano.

Author: AT

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

Starting point: Passo di Valparola
Signposts: no. 24, 23, 21A
Distance: approx. 14.5 km
Walking time: approx. 4 hours and 45 minutes
Altitude difference: 760 m (ascent), 950 m (descent)
Altitude level: between 1,980 and 2,575 m asl
Experienced: at the end of June 2012

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