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Rifugio Croda da Lago Palmieri to Cortina

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  • Rifugio Croda di Lago Palmieri
    Rifugio Croda di Lago Palmieri
    Photo: Minna Harshbarger, Macs Adventure
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Walk from Rifugio Croda da Lago Palmieri to Cortina through peaceful pastures before returning to civilisation. 

difficult
Distance 8.4 km
3:00 h
145 m
971 m
2,043 m
1,124 m

Descend into civilisation on tranquil tracks on route 432 to Chalet Pianoze, then follow minor roads into Cortina itself. You’ll pass through gentle pastureland and small villages, enjoying views across to the mountain ranges that encircle Cortina within a natural amphitheatre - to the east the Sorpis group, Fanes to the west, and Cristallo rising majestically behind the town.

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Author
Minna Harshbarger
Update: July 20, 2022
Difficulty
difficult
Technique
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
2,043 m
Lowest point
1,124 m
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Track types

Asphalt 29.14%Dirt road 3.66%Forested/wild trail 64.61%Road 2.57%
Asphalt
2.4 km
Dirt road
0.3 km
Forested/wild trail
5.4 km
Road
0.2 km
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Rest stops

Croda Da Lago Rifugio

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

This route appears in the following itineraries:

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Start

Rifugio Croda da Lago Palmieri (2,039 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.486455, 12.105674
DMS
46°29'11.2"N 12°06'20.4"E
UTM
33T 277862 5152169
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Destination

Cortina

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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Coordinates

DD
46.486455, 12.105674
DMS
46°29'11.2"N 12°06'20.4"E
UTM
33T 277862 5152169
w3w 
///unseated.wafts.mammoths
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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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Difficulty
difficult
Distance
8.4 km
Duration
3:00 h
Ascent
145 m
Descent
971 m
Highest point
2,043 m
Lowest point
1,124 m
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