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Tour of the Croz Altissimo –Lasteri- Pizzo Gallino group

Uphill height difference

Downhill height difference

Max. alt.

Walking time, excluding pauses

difficulty

1105 c

1105

m.2350, west spur of Cima Lasteri

6,30hrs

The height diff. make this an exacting tour

locatlity

path

alt

Partial time

Progressive time

note

Molveno bucket lift

-

900

0,0

0,00

Bucket lift to Pradel and then chairlift

Montanara Refuge

Mule track

1525

0,00

0,00

-

Albi del Mont, fork 352

352

1502

0,10

0,10

-

Prati di  Monte, fork 352 b

352

1820

1,00

1,10

-

Tof Vallon, fork 353

353

1960

0,25

1,35

Possibility of returning to Andalo

Passo Dagnola

353

2130

0,35

2,10

 

Campo della Spora,fork 301

301

1850

0,40

2.50

 Possibility of returning to Andalo

Malga Spora, fork 344

344

1851

0,20

3,10

 

Passo Clamer

344b

2164

1,00

4,00

 

Cima Croz Altissimo

344b

2339

0,30

4,30

 

Passo Lasteri

344b

2281

0,10

4,40

 

Marassè, fork 352b

344b

1830

1,00

5,40

 

Montanara  Refuge

-

1525

0,50

6,30

 

Molveno

-

864

-

-

Chairlift to pradel and then bucket lift to Molveno

 

Route and description: : a wonderful circular excursion which goes in an anticlockwise direction around the Pizzo Gallino, Lasteri, Croz Altissimo group. Fantastic views over the Val di Non, onto the Paganella and above all onto the Brenta group and over Lake Molveno. The route leads over various terrains, from rocks, to grass, to morainis detritus. The steep climbs up the Lasteri slopes and the long, but breathtakingly fascinating descent  to the Montanara Refuge make this route quite exacting.

 

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                                          Tovre plateau,                                                Towards Piz galin,                                                                Along path 352 at Coei,                                              View from path 352

A bucket lift from Molveno to Pradel and then a chair lift to the Montanara Refuge from where the view extends to the Brenta Group and the Val delle Seghe. Then northwards and a sharp turn eastwards just before the cross paths with the Grotte path. The route continues up on a ski piste and then left ( eastwards) onto a mule track which crosses the ski piste. An easy path leads into the woods and then  onto a glade with a drinking trough ( Albi del monte). From here, path 352 , from Molveno, leads to Val Biole. It proceeds in a zig zag climb along a wide gully, crosses over an elevation where it intersects with path 352b, which leads to the top of Croz dell’ Altissimo.

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 The route now climbs eastwards up the grassy slopes of mount Piz Galin and offers a wide panoramic view over Andalo and the Val di Non.The climb ends on the Coei meadows from where Lake Molveno appears as an intense, blue speck. A few 100 metres further on and the path intersects with path 353 which climbs up from mount Dagnola. The route continues left along this path, up the southern slope of mount Piz Galin, over an elevation covered with swiss pines and into an airy gully which separates mount Piz Galin from mount Dagnola. After a 30 min. exacting climb, the route leads to the Dagnola Pass or the Bocchette del Piz galin, 2140 m. from where the northern chain of the Brenta group, with the Crosara del Fibion in the fore ground, can be admired.

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            Malga Spora                                       Croz Clamer and Mandrini,                                 Cima Brenta seen from path 344b

This is the perfect spot to rest and gather one’s strength before facing the exacting descent towards Malga Spora. It’s sometimes possible to see herds of chamois on the crags situated below. To the left there’s a steep and bumpy path that leads to the top of mount Piz Galin, 2442 m., ( 1 hr). Path 353, instead, proceeds eastwards along the steep and slippery northern slope of mount Piz Galin, it crosses a rocky crag and then leads into the thick vegetation which indicates the beginning of Campo Spora.

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                        Butterflies and flowers,                                                                                                       Val dei Cavai and Malga Cavedago,                              Malga Spora

After a short flattish stretch, the path finally arrives at the Pian della Spora and the homonymous Malga, 1851 m. ( about 3 hrs from the start of the route). This place is reminiscent of a peaceful, pleasant oasis of meadows surrounded by harsh, rough peaks and rocks. The route continues in a south western direction towards the northern side of the Cima Lasteri. A 50 min. climb over gravelly slopes brings to the Clamer Pass: only a few excursions can boast so many radical landscape changes as this one. The most beautiful peaks of the Brenta Group are all here to be admired and they seem near enough to touch.

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From the Clamer Pass it’s possible to descend directly to the Croz Altissimo Refuge and then to Molveno along path 344. ( at the start there are some exposed stretches over slippery rocks). The original route, instead, climbs up to the flat top of Croz Altissimo via path 344b. A 40 min. climb brings to the high meadows from where, in 10 min., with due care, the path climbs to the southern top where there is a huge iron cross. The rock walls are precipitous and Lake Molveno seems close enough to dive into.

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The long descent to the Montanara Refuge starts with quite a steep stretch. The path then passes over the ridges of a few rocky peaks which gradually descend into the thick woods that dominate from the north the Pian di Tovre, where the Montanara refuge and the chair lift from Molveno are situated. Total walking time: 6/7 hours excluding pauses.

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Map of the route on kind permission of the publishing house Giralpina, via A Zardini 12 – 33034 Fagagna, Tel. 0432-800870 ( clic to blow up)

Further information and prices

The excursion is free if it is included in the formula “in the heart of the Dolomites”, see programme, and if the holiday is booked with the excursion package. The only costs not included in the package are: lifts from Molveno to Montanara Refuge (c 9.00 Euro per person) and the mountain lifts from Pradel to Molveno. Food and drinks in the refuges are also not included.

 If for circumstances beyond one’s control ( bad weather, impracticable paths, unavailability of guides) or for causes not dependent on the hotel, the excursion should be cancelled there will be no refund but there will be an substitute excursion only if it is already in the weekly programme. The hotel management declines any responsibility for inefficiency or inconveniences in the transfers managed by third parties.

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