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From the Val di Ambiez to the Val dei Massodi: crossing from the Cacciatore refuge, San Lorenzo to Molveno via the Palmieri path

Uphill height difference

Downhill height difference

Max. alt.

Walking time excluding pauses

difficulty

m.800 c.

1300 c

m.2552, Bocca di Brenta

Hrs 7,50

Quite exacting due to height diff. Short easy equipped passage on the Palmieri alto path.

 

Locality

path

altitude

Partial time

Progressive time

note

San Lorenzo in Banale

-

770

0,0

0,00

First part by jeep

Cacciatore Refuge San Lorenzo

-

1821

0,00

0,00

-

La Mughera, fork 348

325

1925

0,20

0,20

-

Rifugio S.Agostini, fork  320

320

2405

1,20

1,40

-

Forcolotta di Noghera, fork345

320

2423

1,00

2,40

Fork 345 for Alpenrose refuge

Costa di Ceda,fork  326

320

2414

0,15

2,55

 Path.326 southwards for Molveno and val di Ceda

Pozza Tramontana s/o, fork 320b for Palmieri Basso

320

2380

0,05

3,00

 Path 320b, Palmieri Basso, an alternative for Palmieri Alto

Towards Sperone south cima Brenta Bassa, confluence 320 e 358

358

2500

1,20

4,20

 

Pedrotti Refuge

318

2491

0,15

4,35

 

Bocca di Brenta

318

2552

0,15

4,50

 

Pedrotti Refuge

319

2491

0,10

5,00

 

Selvata Refuge

340

1630

1,40

6,40

 

 Croz Altissimo Refuge

340

1430

0,25

7,05

 

Pradel

-

1320

0,45

7,50

 

Molveno

-

864

-

-

 Bucket lift to Molveno

 

Route and description:: A long but rewarding excursion across the Val di Ambiez to the Valle dei Massodi, passing through the Pozza Tramontana at the foot of Cima Tosa and Cima Margherita. The landscape here is rough and harsh. A jeep ride to the Cacciatore Refuge and then the excursion passes in front of the following refuges: Agostini, Pedrotti, Selvata and Croz dell’ Altissimo.

 

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  The Val d’Ambiez seen from Forcella Bregain,                                      Val Ambiez,                                                      South Val Ambiez,                   Cacciatore Refuge, S.Lorenzo seen from path 351  

From Molveno to San Lorenzo. Here a jeep service brings to the Cacciatore Refuge ( alt. 1821 m.) in Val d’Ambiez. Paths 305 and 305b lead to the Agostini Refuge, 2410 m., at the foot of the natural amphitheatre composed by the southern walls of Cima Tosa and Cima Ambiez, which are respectively the highest and the fourth highest in the whole of the Brenta Group. The route then crosses over to the Pedrotti Refuge via the least exacting path ie. The Palmieri Path which begins at the Forcolota di Noghera. The Palmieri paths, high and low, run parallel west of the majestic Pozza Tramontana, a vast glacial depression where there once was a corrie lake which disappeared due to the karst ground.

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The 325- 351 fork at Busa dei Malgani,                     Mist and flowers in Val Ambiez,                                  Near the Cacciatore Refuge ,                                    The Cacciatore Refuge 

Just above the Palmieri path, almost parallel, is the Brentari equipped trail which passes the Sella della Tosa and crosses the hanging glaciers of Tosa and Cima Margherita. The horizon in the south is closed by the precipitous walls of Mount Daino which circumscribe the Pozza Tramontana. In the north the Cime Margherita and the Brenta Bassa are silhouetted against the sky and in the east, close by, is the Pedrotti refuge. Walking time, up to here, is 4 ˝ hrs. and this is the highest point of the crossing, ( it’s possible to go to the Bocca del Brenta from here via the rocky 318 path which is even higher, but worth the effort). Lunch and then the long stretch downhill via the Val Massodi.

 

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             Along path 325,                                     Towards the Agostini Refuge,                                Campanil Bass, the “Pharaoh” of the Brenta                         Val Ambiez seen from above.

Path 319 then passes along a rocky spur and caresses the western wall of the Brenta Alta. Soon after it reaches the fork with path 303 della Sega Alta, also known as Sentiero Orsi. A 30 min eastward digression leads to the Busa di Castellaz from where a unique panorama over the cime degli Sfulmini and Campanil Bass can be admired.

 

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                                                                                                 Equipped trail,    Brentari,                               Cima Ambiez in the background,

After this fork the path leads south across the meadows of the Alta Val Massodi as far as the Baito Massodi, 2000 m. A 40 min. descent  leads to the Selvata Refuge, 1630 m. and from here the shortest route, but not the easiest, to Molveno is path 319. Alternatively, path 340 is longer, but, after an initially steep but panoramic descent as far as the Croz Altissimo Refuge, 1430 m., it leads softly and refreshingly to the Pradel plateau.                                                                                                 

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       Cima Cda and Cima Ghez          The higher part of the Val Ambiez towards F. Noghera,  The chapel of the Agostini Refuge,    The Agostini Refuge, Cima Ceda and Cima Ghez

The 10 min. bucket lift from Pradel to Molveno offers a breathtaking view over Molveno and its homonymous lake.

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 View from the Agostini Refuge,                                       The Palmieri path,                                    Brenta Alta and Campanil Basso,                  Val Ambiez seen from path 321

 

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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: jeep from Molveno to Cacciatore Refuge ( c 10.00 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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