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Alta Via Stage 2.

Rifugio Sennes to Rifugio Lavarella

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Distance Time Elevation in meters

Km
Elapsed
Hrs-Mins
Moving
Hrs-Mins
Gain Loss Min Max
11.1   3H30 565 830 1,548 2,116

   

   

 

 

 

  • Having climbed upto 2,116m the day before, the first part of Stage 2 sees you lose all the height gain over the first hour and a half as you descend to Rifugio Pederu 1,548m.
  • The rest of the day involves climbing back up again to just over 2,000 m. Unusually this whole stage is over an old WW1 mountain track, or closely beside it, and whilst this does not give the feeling of being in the wilderness it does have the attraction of splendid views. One such view comes into sight as you traverse the many switchbacks en route to Rifugio Pederu, and is a view along the Valle di Rudo, with the Sennes massif to the right and the Fanes massif to the left.
  • Another rifugio, Rifugio Fodara, is off the track some 15 minutes and sits amongst a cluster of old wooden farm buldings.
  • Rifugio Pederu sits next to the road and there are bus services to San Viglio, Brunico and Bressanone. The refugio offers jeep lifts from Pederu to Fanes or Laverella for 8 euro, which an be useful in times of inclement weather.
  • After Rifugio Pederu, the low point, the trail climbs steadily up the Valun di Fanes. There is an option of taking Trail 7 parallel to the road, but the road takes you next to Lago Piciodel, 1,819m.
  • Rifugio Fannes and Rifugio Lavarella both share the same karstic bowl, and are similar in both design and layout.
  • Next to Rifugio Lavarella is a small and pretty chapel, the "Picia Capela de Fanes", built in 2003 by the architect Carljoseph Schaaf and dedicated to the saint of Val Badia Ujöp Freinademez (1852-1908.

 

  • From Refugio Sénnes, take the road marked n.7 and go southwards, firstly slightly downhill via the grassy depressions across the vast Pian della Lasta.
  • Then, after leaving to the left (south-south-east) the path (also marked n.7) for the Rifugio Fodàra Vedla, continue south- west , remaining on the road.
  • Then go into the narrow gorge between the Pici Parëis and the Col di Rü and goes rapidly down the valley in sharp bends to the flat stretch where you will find the Rifugio Pederü, 1548m.
  • 1H30 hours from the Sénnes
  • From the Rifugio Pederü the route continues through the Valùn de Fànes along a fairly boring road, although the surroundings are quite interesting.
  • It is advisable to ask the refuge manager to take you to the Rifugio Fànes in his landrover.
  • If you decide to continue on foot, you can follow either the road or the shortcuts on path n.7, passing through a fascinating, desolate, almost lunar environment . The surrounding peaks are strangely coloured and have a peculiar charm.
  • Once past the beautiful little lake of Le Piciodèl, 1819m, you pass alongside the Rü dal Plan (Torrente del Piano), up some bends, and at an altitude of 1988m, you turn decisively south.
  • At 2022m, leave to the right (south-west) the road for the nearby Rifugio Lavarella, 2042m, go over a little bridge and reach Ücia de Fànes or the Rifugio Fànes, 2060m.
  • 2 hours from the Pederü 3H30 hours from the Rifugio Sennes

 

 

 

The way ahead from Sennes

Approaching Rifugio Pederu

Dropping down to Pederu

 

Rifugio Pederu

Heading towards Fanes

Castel de Fanes

Marmot's Parliament

Approaching Fanes

Picia Capela de Fanes

Rifugio Lavarella