Pass through rhododendron forests to be greeted by views of Cinque Torri's peaks on the way to Rifugio Nuvolau.
From Cortina, escape into the calm of the mountains. You can take an optional bus, which will skip the first 6 km of the walk if you wish (there are details in your info pack). After passing through the rhododendron forests the peaks of the Cinque Torri come into view and you'll soon reach Rifugio Averau (2413 m). Then it’s a 20 minute climb to the oldest Rifugio in the Dolomites— Nuvolau (2575 m).
It’s a good idea to double-check the bus station in Cortina before you set off again, to check the latest timetables locally, so you are prepared
Rest stopsScoiattoli Refuge
Some of the path is on 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.
Tips and hints
See timetables for Dolomitibus and Cortina Express on the following page http://cortina.dolomiti.org/index.cfm/guide/Getting-around/regional-bus-services/
Fare is payable locally on board (or you can purchase the Cortina Express service in advance online).
From Passo Falzarego, you can take the Chairlift from Rif. Bain de Dones to Rif. Scoiattoli
Operates from the beginning of June to the end of September
Tel: +39 0436 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.
- 6 Waypoints
- 6 Waypoints