The impressively steep and rocky tooth of the Sassongher rises directly before us, while far to the south we see the imposing and majestic northwest wall of the Civetta. This route offers almost twice as many metres downhill as up. The descent to Corvara definitely has its attractions: merely crossing the plateau on which the Puez Hut is located represents a unique experience for mountaineers without vast geological knowledge, with bizarre rock formations that only a whim of nature could create. On the Col Alt plateau, it feels like being in the midst of an arena, as a lone walker-gladiator watched by the countless peaks, walls, pinnacles, spires and jagged teeth. Even the largest glacier in the Dolomites, on the icy north face of the Marmolada, is there among the spectators.
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There are numerous paths signposted from the Puez Hut. We take Path no. 2, also marked as Dolomites Alta Via no. 2, and head for the Ciampei saddle. The path forks directly after the hut, where we keep left. Past another fork where we again keep right (GEOSTOP L) and follow Dolomites Alta Via no. 2 to the gap. From the saddle take Path no. 4 (signposted Colfosco/Kolfuschg) towards Col Pradat (cable car top station). We pass the small lake of Lech de Ciampai and reach the signposted turnoff to Sassongher, which we ignore. At the next fork (path down to Colfosco) go straight on (Path no. 4A) towards the top station of the cable car. Before the trail joins the access road to the chairlift, turn left onto the signposted descent to Corvara. Path no. 4A leads down to the hamlet of Pescosta above Corvara and then on to the main road. We cross this then turn left. The Col Alt Hotel is located just off the main road. The marked path (Path no. 2B) up to the Col Alt begins from the car park directly behind the hotel. Go past the top station of the lift to reach the first bend in the dirt road, which we follow until the fourth bend where several paths lead off. Go straight ahead on Path no. 23 through meadows and up through the forest until the path joins the dirt road up to the Piz Arlara (top station of lift), which we follow past the buildings and along the road until a narrow gravel road turns off to the right. Take this to the junction with the Tru Panoramich (Path no. 23), which in turn leads via the plateau towards the Pralongiá Hut. Shortly before Pralongiá, leave the road (signposted) and take the path (still the Tru Panoramich) for the Pralongiá Hut. We pass the hut and continue to the next marked turn (Path no. 24) to Armentarola and GEOSTOP M.
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Coming from Innsbruck: take the A 13 and the A 22 toll motorway and exit at Bressanone/Brixen, following the signs to Brunico/Bruneck along the Val Pusteria/Pustertal road as far as San Lorenzo/St.Lorenzen. Follow the signs to Val Badia/Gadertal
Coming from Verona-Bolzano: take the A 22, exit at Bressanone/Brixen and continue as above
The nearest train stations are:
Brunico - 37 Km
Bolzano (via Passo Gardena) - 72 Km (via Brunico) – 100 Km
Connection train station – Alta Badia by the local bus SAD: www.sad.it
Innsbruck - 130 km
Munich – 330 km
Venice Treviso / Venice Marco Polo – 180 / 200 km
Verona – 213 km
Milan Bergamo / Milan Malpensa - 310 /400 km
Information airport transfer: www.suedtirolbus.it - www.cortinaexpress.it
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