Panorama of the Viel del Pan hike in Dolomites, Italy

Viel del Pan Marmolada hike

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Sassolungo massif on the left, Sella Towers on the right as seen from the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, ItalySassolungo massif on the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, ItalyMarmolada and it's glaciers from the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, ItalyGlaciers of Marmolada as seen from the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, ItalyViews from the trail of the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, ItalyLake Fedaia and the Marmolada on the right as seen from the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, ItalyTrail of the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, ItalyWider view of the Fedaia lake on the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, ItalyThe path which leads to the Fedaia Lake on the Viel del Pan Marmolada Hike in Dolomites, Italy

Viel del Pan Marmolada hike

Distance: 9.4km
Elevation: 175m
Time: 2-3h

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The Viel del Pan hike treks over a historic path used by the flour and bread merchants to get from one valley to another. Linking Passo Fedaia with Passo Pordoi, this walk has amazing Dolomite landscapes, especially of Marmolada! This is one of the most accessible ways to see big mountain views in the Dolomites.

Viel del Pan Marmolada hike Map

Getting there

From Bolzano, take the SS241 following the signs for Nova Levante and Vigo di Fassa. Once in Vigo di Fassa, take the SS48 and go for Canazei. Find parking near Via Pareda.

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When to do

May to September

Backcountry Campsites

No

Toilets

Yes, in the huts

Family friendly

Yes

Route Signage

Average

Crowd Levels

Moderate

Route Type

One Way


Viel del Pan Marmolada
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Route Description for Viel del Pan Marmolada

From Via Pareda take the Cable Car to Pecol and from there take the Cable Car to Col dei Rossi – Bellavista. The path (Path #601) starts from there.

Once out of the cable car, you will be amazed by the view in front of you: Sassolungo massif, Marmolada, Sella Towers, Pordoi and Catinaccio. It’s a plethora of peaks, all laid out in front of you.

Follow the sign for Viel del Pan. The path is quite flat, with some easy ups and downs. You are heading away from the cable car, initially towards Rifugio Belvedere di Canazei. From here continue along the path to Rifugio Fredarola, which is about 20 minutes from the top of the cable car. The views in all directions are stunning!

Continue on the path and come to another rifugio, this time it’s Rifugio Viel del Pan. As you continue on the path you will start to see your destination, the Lago di Fedaia. Go on until you see a path with wood and earthen steps going down. Go down until you arrive at Lake Fedaia, this stunning lake at the base of Marmolada is incredible. You may recognize this lake from the movie “The Italian Job”.

There are regular buses back to Canazei, though at times the wait can be up to 2 hours. Check the schedule and if you have a wait enjoy a refreshment and the view from Rifugio Castiglioni Marmolada.

Insider Hints

  • Check information in advance about the cable car working hours and the bus hours.

  • Marmots and crows are very common around here. You may also see some shy deer crossing the fields.

  • This path was once used by the flour and bread merchants to go from one valley to another because centuries ago - until late 1800's - the woods were considered to be dangerous places.

  • Marmolada is the highest mountain in Italy, and is referred to as the Queen of the Dolomites. The views are incredible, and we love just enjoying the views.

Comments

Annie Smith 8 months ago

Viel del Pan Marmoladad was an enjoyable morning out hiking in the Dolomites.

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RC-DC 9 months ago

Great walk in the Dolomites. The views were spectacular and this was a pleasant half day out. Don't do it if you can't see, as the views are what make this hike worthwhile.

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