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Cortina to Rifugio Nuvolau

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Pass through rhododendron forests to be greeted by views of Cinque Torri's peaks on the way to Rifugio Nuvolau.

difficult
Distance 12.6 km
6:15 h
1,339 m
16 m
2,536 m
1,197 m

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).

Author’s recommendation

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 

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Callum Broad
Update: September 15, 2022
Difficulty
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Highest point
2,536 m
Lowest point
1,197 m
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Track types

Asphalt 22.41%Dirt road 21.52%Forested/wild trail 23.33%Path 13.25%Road 19.37%Via ferrata 0.09%
Asphalt
2.8 km
Dirt road
2.7 km
Forested/wild trail
2.9 km
Path
1.7 km
Road
2.4 km
Via ferrata
0 km
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Rest stops

Scoiattoli Refuge
Rifugio Nuvolau

Safety information

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

Transport 

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

See timetable at http://www.dolomiti.org/ita/Cortina/laga5torri/info/5%20Torri%20PREZZI%202015-2016.pdf  

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

 

 

 

 

Start

Cortina (1,212 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.538325, 12.134905
DMS
46°32'18.0"N 12°08'05.7"E
UTM
33T 280315 5157850
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Destination

Rifugio Nuvolau

Turn-by-turn directions

These maps and routes are designed to be used in conjunction with our traditional documentation. We have recently embarked on a conversion initiative to bring the two elements together, and this itinerary will be covered in due course.

In the meantime, using the two elements alongside each other should go a long way to ensure you have a safe, enjoyable and problem free day.

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all notes on protected areas

Coordinates

DD
46.538325, 12.134905
DMS
46°32'18.0"N 12°08'05.7"E
UTM
33T 280315 5157850
w3w 
///playdate.gloomier.plated
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Equipment

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.


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Rating

3.5
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Martin Dreher 
August 16, 2021 · Community
I suggest not always to rely the trail Integrieren map schon guides you in some parts along normal streets. On a Sunday this tour is very touristic. The last 4km offer beautiful views. We stayed in the refugio Averau which is highly recommended. Great service and nice environment.
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When did you do this route? August 15, 2021
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Photo: Dreher Martin, Community
Photo: Dreher Martin, Community
Photo: Dreher Martin, Community
DD Dowden
July 11, 2019 · Community
A note to walkers: the MACS GPS app is not at all help on this segment. You will have to use your map after you take the bus to Passo Falzarego. From there you take 441 to Rif. Averau, and then up slope to Rif Novolau. The MACS notes don't detail any distances or features. Onward, he MACS GPS shows the trail from Rif. Novolau going due south over the Via Ferrata. While the notes recommend NOT going this way, the GPS does not show the alternative route. We found it difficult to locate (below Averau). The alternative trail is quite steep and requires care. Again, there are NO trail notes provided and the GPS is not useful until you reach Passo Giau.
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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
12.6 km
Duration
6:15 h
Ascent
1,339 m
Descent
16 m
Highest point
2,536 m
Lowest point
1,197 m
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