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Rifugio Fontana to La Pissa Bus Stop

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Embark on the final stage of the Alta Via 1, walking from Rifugio Fontana to La Pissa bus stop.
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Distance 11.6 km
5:30 h
480 m
1,672 m
1,730 m
461 m

Descend the twisting mountain track back into civilisation, find time to reflect on the incredible vistas, wonderful food and wine, and unique characters you’ll have met along the Alta Via 1. The final stage of the walk is on routes 514 and 518 to Rifugio Bianchet (1245 m), through woodland before joining route 503 to meet the road at La Pissa, from where you can take a bus (30 mins) to Belluno. 

Sadly there is no sign that this is the end of the Alta Via 1, except the bus stop that you’ll clearly see when you descend onto the road (it is close to La Pissa). However, you’ll be able to collect your pin at the tourist office in Belluno and celebrate this evening! 

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Minna Harshbarger
Update: September 15, 2022
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Highest point
1,730 m
Lowest point
461 m
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Asphalt 37.15%Forested/wild trail 14.99%Path 47.85%
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4.3 km
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1.7 km
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5.6 km
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Rest stops

Refugio Pian de Fontana

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.

Start

Rifugio Fontana (1,666 m)
Coordinates:
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46.262505, 12.175353
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46°15'45.0"N 12°10'31.3"E
UTM
33T 282321 5127092
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Destination

La Pissa Bus Stop

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

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46.262505, 12.175353
DMS
46°15'45.0"N 12°10'31.3"E
UTM
33T 282321 5127092
w3w 
///decant.cooler.homages
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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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DD Dowden
July 13, 2019 · Community
when you reach the 503 turn off marked with a sign—Autobus, you will find the trail heavily damaged by erosion and downed trees. there are no markings song the last bit of route to encourage you. this decent is steep, but it does eventually dump you out on the road. Turn right to walk to to the bus stop — be very careful of traffic
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Difficulty
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Distance
11.6 km
Duration
5:30 h
Ascent
480 m
Descent
1,672 m
Highest point
1,730 m
Lowest point
461 m
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