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Dolomites High Route n. 8

Long distance hiking trail · Eisacktal/Südtirol · closed
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This route passes through an inaccessible area and is therefore closed. Current information

Distance 152.2 km
53:08 h
7,830 m
9,642 m
2,800 m
218 m

The Dolomites High Route 8 leads from Bressanone to Salorno. It goes over a crest, which flanks the Etschtal/Val'Adige valley and the Eisacktal/Valle Isarco valley.

The path begins together with the Dolomites High Route 2 in Bressanone, later the paths separate. The Dolomites High Route 8 offers a relatively easy crossing of the Dolomites. It was built relatively late, in 1981, from the existing network of paths. The most demanding part of the route is the passage from the Passo di Costalunga to the hut Rifugio di Pisa. Since there are many bases, the path can be followed in quite short stages, which makes it also exciting for families with children. The duration of the trail should be between 10 and 13 days. 

Highest point
2,800 m
Lowest point
218 m
Best time of year


46.685459, 11.710647
46°41'07.7"N 11°42'38.3"E
32T 707280 5173780

Turn-by-turn directions

Stage 1: Brixen - Plosehütte

We reach the valley station of the Plose cable car. This cable car takes you up to the Kreuztal hotel settlement at 2023 m above sea level. On foot, you can walk from 1 to 1.5 hours on trails 3 and 7 to the Plosehütte. Alternatively, you can take a taxi directly to the Plosehütte.

Stage 2: Plosehütte - Schlüterhütte

We start crossing the mountain with paths 3, 4 and 7 to the Forcella di Luson. Continue along paths 4 and 6 to the right side of Mount Große Pfannspitze. Through the meadows we reach the valley station of a ski lift. Soon we turn right from trail no. 6 to the hut Skihütte. Then we raise into the upper valley between Mount Große Pfannspitze and Mount Gabler. On path no. 4 we descend again. We soon pass the alp Enzian. We follow the road in the direction to Würzjoch pass until the junction of path no. 4, which we follow now. We continue along the Günther-Messner trail and trail no. 8A to the Furcella Sas de Putia. Then it descends westwards to the Schlüterhütte.

Stage 3: Schlüterhütte - Broglesalm

We take road 33 and 35 to the hut Gampenalm. The path becomes a dirt road and we follow it to the bottom of the valley. On the Adolf-Munkel Trail (no. 35) we reach the hut Glatschalm. We continue uphill and soon reach the hut Gschnagenhardtalm and then the hut Geisleralm. On path no. 35 we now pass through a forest. At a crossroads we go straight on and shortly afterwards we cross the meadows and arrive at the hut Broglesalm.

Stage 4: Broglesalm - Rifugio Firenze

This 2.5 hour phase includes the forcella Pana, which can be closed after strong rainfalls. If the gorge is frozen, crampons are recommended. We take path no. 6 and reach the bottom of the valley. In a short time we reach the forcella Pana through the northern slope of the Seceda and walk steeply from the bottom of the gorge to the south. Here we take path no. 1 and descend towards the hut Troier. We take a beautiful high-level path above the hut Aschgler and the slopes of the Cisles to finally reach the Rifugio Firenze, the destination of this stage.

Stage 5: Rifugio Firenze - Ortisei

Stage 6: Ortisei - Hotel Ritsch Schwaige

Stage 7: Hotel Ritsch Schwaige - Rifugio Bolzano

Stage 8: Rifugio Bolzano - Rifugio Alpe di Tires

Stage 9: Rifugio Alpe di Tires - Rifugio Vajolet

Stage 10: Rifugio Vajolet - Rifugio Re Alberto I

Stage 11: Rifugio Re Alberto I - Rifugio A Fronza alle Coronelle

Stage 12: Rifugio A Fronza alle Coronelle - Rifugio Paolina

Stage 13: Rifugio Paolina - Rifugio Torre Pisa

Stage 14: Rifugio Torre di Pisa - Rifugio Gurndin

Stage 15: Gurndin Refuge - Trodena

Stage 16: Trodena- Cauria

Stage 17: Cauria- Lago Santo (Rif. Alpino)

Stage 18: Lago Santo (Rif. Alpino) - Salorno


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

By car from Munich and Innsbruck via the Brenner Pass. From the east (Lienz, Brunico) through the Pustertal/Val Pusteria valley and from the south (Modena, Trento, Bolzano) through the Adige and Eisacktal/Vall'Isarco valleys.


46.685459, 11.710647
46°41'07.7"N 11°42'38.3"E
32T 707280 5173780
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Basic Equipment for Long-Distance Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Camping Equipment

  • Tent (3- or 4-season)
  • Stove (including fuel and utensils)
  • Sleeping mat. Sleeping bag with suitable temperature rating.
  • Food
  • Toiletries and medication
  • Toilet paper

Things to Bring if Staying in a Mountain Hut

  • Toiletries and medication
  • Quick-drying towel  
  • Ear plugs
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Sleepwear
  • Alpine club membership card if applicable / ID
  • Coronavirus mask and hand sanitizer
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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152.2 km
53:08 h
7,830 m
9,642 m
Highest point
2,800 m
Lowest point
218 m


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