Please note that if you are staying in Rifugio Valparola then from Falzarego Pass follow this route for the last 2.4kms of your walk to take you to this hut. For the first stretch of the route, depending on which hut you are starting from, you will need to use either 'Rifugio Scotoni to Rifugio Nuvolau/Rifugio Averau' or 'Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Nuvolau/Rifugio Averau' up to the Falzarego Pass.
To leave the hut tomorrow follow this same route back to Falzarego Pass to re-join the route. From here follow 'Rifugio Nuvolau/Rifugio Averau to Rifugio Croda da Lago Palmieri', 'Rifugio Nuvolau/Rifugio Averau to Rifugio Citta di Fiume' or 'Rifugio Nuvolau/Rifugio Averau to Rifugio Passo Staulanza' depending which hut you are booked into tonight.
Some of the paths are along rocky steps; be careful as these may be slippery, especially when wet.
There are some exposed edges; be sure to read instructions carefully, stick to the main path, and don’t wander close to the edge. Use handrails where provided.
In early spring/summer there may still be patches of snow. Walk around where it is possible, and otherwise place your feet carefully and use walking poles if you have them.
This route is above 2,500 metres so bear in mind you may feel a shortness of breath and additional muscle fatigue associated with the altitude.
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Your guidebook recommends exploring the tunnels beneath Lagazuoi, however, this is only for those experienced via ferrata and with the proper equipment (head torch, helmet, ropes).
It's best to take a picnic lunch with you today.
If required, you can catch a bus from Passo Falzarego to Cortina (Cortina Express, or Dolomitibus line 31/30 – 40 mins duration, departs approx. 09:20, 09:55, 11:00, 12:20, 13:20, 14:35, 17:05, 19:00 from June to mid-September).
Cable Car from Lagazuoi to Passo Falzareggo
Please see the notes for the previous day regarding the cable car from Lagazuoi down to Passo Falzareggo.
Chairlift from Rif. Bain de Dones to Rif. Scoiattoli
See timetable at http://www.dolomiti.org/dengl/Cortina/laga5torri/info/impianti.html Operates from the beginning of June to the end of September
Tel: +39 (0) 436 4010
Departs very regularly, first run departs at 09:00, last run (uphill and downhill) departs 17:00
Such is the way of Alpine hiking that you need to be prepared for all seasons and weathers; sturdy hiking boots, warm clothes and a waterproof/wind-break layer are all required, as is plenty of sun cream and a healthy respect for the sun.
Walking poles will be a big advantage on some of these ascents and descents.
Ensure your phone is fully charged; if you doubt the battery will last throughout the hike it might be beneficial to bring a power bank.
This walk is isolated with few opportunities to buy food or water so be sure to bring enough with you.