Haute route in the heart of the Dolomites

It's wild, grandiose and there are few people, so there are many traces to be made. You will discover some of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites: the Palles de San Martino, the Marmolada and the Sella. Here the choice is infinite and it is difficult to choose the descents.
We have concocted for you a mixed programme between sealskins and ski lifts,
which can evolve according to the level of the group. What is certain is that the descents "steep" (several passages at 35-40 degrees) will be on the programme. So sharpen your technique,
to make the most of it. And don't forget the camera.

Region

Italy - Dolomite

Duration

7 Days

Months

February, March

1,850 /personne for 4 people

Difficulties

Ski touring Level 3 - Specialist
  • Competent to ski skiing in all types of snow conditions and in all terrain up to slopes of 45º

  • Be capable of physical effort for 4 to 10 hours

  • Ski with a 6 to 8 kg backpack

  • Have the competence to use the relevant equipment (ski and safety) and alpine techniques (abseiling, belaying, waling in crampons)

  • Be able to climb up to 2000m of elevation

Itinerary

Day 1

Meet with your guide in Chamonix at 10:00am to make a single shared car for the rest of the trip to San Martino di Castrozza (about 6h20 drive). Lunch - Picnic on the way Here we will sleep at the Hotel Regina****. Accommodation for 3 nights on half board basis (dinner, night and breakfast)

Day 2

Morning breakfast. We take the 2 sections of the ski lifts to reach the snow-covered Altiplano of the Pale di San Martino massif at around 2630m. While sliding we reach the Rosetta hut, 2581 m, then we put on the skins to cross the Altiplano towards the east. We climb to the summit of La Fradusta 2939 m. First short descent to Forcella Alta del Ghiacciaio, 2727 m. Now we descend to make the Canali valley, a pure descent. We get picked up by taxi to go back to the hotel, about 50 km for a 1h15 transfer. Another option is the descent into the Val Pradidali corridor from the Col di Ball. 

Difference in altitude: +700m, -2000m for this day of 5 to 6 hours of activity in total.

Day 3

Morning breakfast. We go up the 2 sections of the chairlift and reach the Rosetta hut again and then continue to slide further north to reach the pian di Cantoni at about 2310 m. We put on the skins to reach the paso del Travignolo at 2925 m. From the pass we can leave the skis on (or off) to climb, via an easy ridge, to the Cima della Vezzana at 3192 m. We retrace our steps back to the pass to descend the pass towards the North. Here 2 abseils of 50 meters are waiting for us to reach a very wild north-facing valley. The descent of the Travignolo glacier over 900 metres will be the highlight of the day. A short ascent of less than 100 metres will allow us to cross the Costazza pass to return to the paso Rolle and be picked up by bus by the hotel. 

Difference in altitude: +1000 m, -1550 m, on this day of 6 to 7 hours of activity* in total.

Day 4

Morning breakfast. We go up the 2 sections of the chairlift and reach the Rosetta hut again and then continue to slide further north to reach the pian di Cantoni at about 2310 m. We put on the skins to reach the paso del Travignolo at 2925 m. From the pass we can leave the skis on (or off) to climb, via an easy ridge, to the Cima della Vezzana at 3192 m. We retrace our steps back to the pass to descend the pass towards the North. Here 2 abseils of 50 meters are waiting for us to reach a very wild north-facing valley. The descent of the Travignolo glacier over 900 metres will be the highlight of the day. A short ascent of less than 100 metres will allow us to cross the Costazza pass to return to the paso Rolle and be picked up by bus by the hotel. 

Difference in altitude: +1000 m, -1550 m, on this day of 6 to 7 hours of activity* in total.

Day 5

We have an early breakfast and are dropped off directly on the road to San Pellegrino, at about 1850m by the hostel bus. We climb to Pas de la Cirète at 2683m and begin a first descent towards the Contrin refuge. We stop shortly before the refuge at around 2100m, before climbing due east to Pas d'Ombreta, 2702m, passing through a well marked gorge. At the pass, we can admire the south face of the Marmolada, a mountaineering monument of the Dolomites, from very close up. We will now descend the entire valley below this south face. At around 1850m we will take off our shoes to take a piece of via ferrata with our skis on our backpacks to descend a technical passage. We continue the descent to the village of Malga Ciapela. We take 3 simple lifts to Punta Rocca at the top of the Marmolada glacier and a final descent to the Pian dei Fiacconi refuge at 2626m.

Another option if the weather is bad, we'll pass by the Forca Rossa, 2490 m, more to the east and more direct.

height difference: +1450 m, -2450 m, for a total of 8 to 10 hours of activity*.night on half board (dinner, night and breakfast) at the Pian dei Fiacconi hut.

Day 6

Morning breakfast. We descend from the Pian dei Fiacconi hut, 2626 m, via an off-piste path to the dam on Lake Fedaia at around 2050 m. Several options of couloir for the first run depending on the conditions and the level of the group. We cross the dam and then go up opposite to the Porta Vescovo, 2480 m. We go down to the Pont de Vauz to pick up a ski pass that will allow us to access the Gruppo del Sella massif, the Mecca of couloir skiing. Today the objective is twofold and almost effortless: the descent of the Val de Mesdi. So we go up to the Maria hut, 2950 m, at the top of the lifts. We make a first descent of Val Lasties, Forcella Pordoi or Canale Joel, depending on the conditions. Then we take the lifts to the Boé hut, and finally we have a fantastic descent of more than 1,200 metres to the village of Corvara, in a unique setting. Return by taxi to San Martino to the hotelRegina in 1h30-2h00. Overnight on half board (dinner, night and breakfast) at Hotel Regina.

Difference in altitude: + 640 m, -3000 m, for a total of 6-8 hours of activity*.

Day 7

Débriefing pendant le petit déjeuner. Transfert retour à Chamonix. Déjeuner en route

Séparation du groupe. 

Included

  • Overnight accommodation described in the program
  • Breakfasts, picnics and dinners included in the program
  • The organization and transfers mentioned in the program using rental vehicles
  • The meal at lunchtime for both you and your guide
  • Transport and taxi included in the program
  • A fully qualified and experienced IFMGA guide for the duration of your trip
  • Mandatory off-piste safety equipment (shovel, tranceiver, probe)
  • Mountain rescue radio
  • Free membership to the association for the organization of stays
  • The ticket for the ski lifts
  • Collective equipment necessary for progression and safety

Not included

  • Ski equipment rental (shoes, poles, skis, ...)
  • Personal insurance covering the activity
  • All that is not included in "the price includes".
  • Cancellation insurance (4%), repatriation assistance / search costs - rescue (1.5%)
  • Transportation to the meeting point and from the point of separation
  • Personal expenses: additional drinks, energy bars, souvenirs, tips, etc.

All Ecrins Prestige guides have gained the highest guiding qualification from the IFMGA and are certified to guide anywhere in the world

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