From the Monte Pana High Plateau to the Vicenza al Sassolungo mountain hut, along the rocky trail at the foot of Mt Sassolungo.
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The starting point of our hiking tour to the Vicenza mountain hut, the Monte Pana High Plateau, can be reached from Santa Cristina in the Val Gardena either by car or by lift. From the high plateau, we follow the forest road n° 30 towards south, which leads us gently upwards through the forest of Santa Cristina. At the fork we take the J. Santer Path (n° 525), turning left.
Soon we arrive at the Piani di Confine, very beautiful mountain meadows at the foot of Mt Sassolungo. Continuing our tour we are getting closer and closer to the impressive rocks of Mt Sassolungo and Mt Sasso Piatto in the Sassolungo Group. After an exhausting ascent we arrive at another fork, where we continue our tour on trail n° 525. Arriving at the Vicenza al Sassolungo mountain hut at 2,253 m asl, or simply Rifugio Vicenza, we enjoy the fresh mountain air and the fantastic view of the surrounding mountains.
After a very pleasant rest at the mountain hut we start our way back to our starting point. After a short descent from the hut we follow a small trail, which leads us to trail n° 526. Hiking over rocky ground we arrive at Col Ciaulonch, the mountain ridge between Mt Piz Ciaulonch and Mt Sassolungo. From here, we continue our tour on trail n° 526B, leading to Mont de Seura. Hiking towards south we cross a forest before we turn left at the next fork. Trail n° 528 leads us directly back to our starting point, the Monte Pana High Plateau.
Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!
Starting point: Santa Cristina, Monte Pana lift
Route: Monte Pana High Plateau - Piani di Confine - Vicenza al Sassolungo mountain hut - Mont de Seura mountain hut - Monte Pana High Plateau
Signpost: 30, 525, 526, 526B, 528
Walking time: approx. 3.5 hours
Altitude difference: 740 m
Altitude level: between 1,600 and 2,253 m asl