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!
Rest stopsRefugio Pian de Fontana
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.
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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