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Long distance hiking trail Stage 2

Dolomites World Heritage Geotrail II - stage 2: from the Lavazèjoch Pass to the Karer Pass

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  • Il Latemar dal Corno bianco
    / Il Latemar dal Corno bianco
    Photo: Christjan Ladurner, Eggental Tourismus Genossenschaft
  • / Stage 2
    Photo: Tappeiner, Eggental Tourismus Genossenschaft
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Distance 21.4 km
6:24 h
842 m
879 m

In this second stage of the Dolomites World Heritage Geotrail II you reach the mountain massif, that is left as a remnant of a former Triassic atoll: the Latemar. This second stage leads to the western flank of the former atoll and gives the impression of walking on the seabed of the underwater slope that once rose upwards to the surface of the water.

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Highest point
2,170 m
Lowest point
1,497 m
Best time of year


46.354542, 11.492666
46°21'16.4"N 11°29'33.6"E
32T 691773 5136460

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Passo Lavazè, first follow the road for about 400 metres towards Rauth/Novale (northwards) then, opposite the signpost for Lavazè, turn off on path [9] (Perlenweg/sentiero delle Perle – sign for Reiterjoch/Passo di Pampeago). Soon you reach the forest and proceed slightly uphill to the Passo di Pampeago. At the pass, take a left onto the Perlenweg/sentiero delle Perle and follow the road to the next junction. Keep right there and head towards Mayrl hut (path [23]). Just before the Mayrl hut there is another fork in the road; take a right (path [23A]) and follow the dirt road for a short distance until you reach a right turn. Path [22] turns off to the left below the Latemar massif. At the next two junctions stay on path [22] and finally enter the large debris crater that leads up to the Erzlahnscharte/Forcella del Forcellone (GEOSTOP C). Then comes a short descent to the junction with a forest road (signposted) and you continue on path [22] (cart track) through the sparse trees down to the junction with a dirt road. Follow the road to the right along path [22] until path [21A] branches off to the left. Follow this, then turn right onto path [9] and continue on path [8] (Templ path) towards Lake Carezza (GEOSTOPP D). (Attention: on the geotrail map and in the geotrail descriptions, trail [14] is indicated from Obereggen to Lake Carezza - but this is not an official hiking trail anymore, so the right trail is the Templ path [8]). The trail [8] leads directly to Lake Carezza. At the crossroads, briefly follow the circular path around the lake to the right until the next fork in the path. Follow the natural street path [12] until it joins the Mittersee path. Take a right on path [12] around the little Lake Mittersee (this lake is located in a forest clearing and is only to be found between May and June) and continue until you reach a dirt road close to the main road up to the Passo Costalunga. Turn right towards the Passo Costalunga on path [10] (dirt road). At the next fork bear left then continue on path [13], which subsequently becomes path [21], and up to the day’s destination – the Passo Costalunga.


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Getting there

On the Brenner (A 22 Brenner autobahn – toll), take the Bozen Nord/Eggental (Eggen Valley) autobahn exit and proceed approx. 0.5 km towards Bozen/Bolzano. At the roundabout, turn left into the Eggen Valley (SS 241). Continue along the Dolomites Road until you come to Birchabruck. There, turn right and follow the signposts for the Lavazè Pass (40 - 50 minutes from the Bozen Nord/Eggental autobahn exit).

With the public bus line 184; bus stop: Passo Lavazè; online bus timetables:

Parking at Passo Lavazè.


46.354542, 11.492666
46°21'16.4"N 11°29'33.6"E
32T 691773 5136460
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
  • Blister kit
  • 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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21.4 km
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879 m


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