The “Kaiserjager war path” is a recently open path, that follows the paths that the Austro-Hungarian WWI soldiers climbed from the Valparola pass to the top of the mount Lagazuoi (2,778 m). This area was the scene of violent clashes with the Italian Alpine troops in the period 1916-1918. It starts from Falzarego pass (2,100 m).
It is a ring trip that includes the descent from the top of Lagazuoi to Col dei Bos returning to the Falzarego pass. This hike allows you to visit both Italian and Austrian war locations. From the top of Lagazuoi you could visit the wonderful Galleries of the Piccolo Lagazuoi, which I do not consider in this description as it is a “via ferrata” and not a hiking path. Also the path of the Kaiserjager has some short sections equipped with fixed wire rope and must therefore be done with a helmet and safety cord even if they are short and of modest difficulty.
The “Kaiserjager path” to the top of mount Lagazuoi from Falzarego pass is about 600+ meters altitude and it is a very various and beautiful path, which includes the passage for a suspension bridge perfectly secured with wire ropes and rebuilt on the same position as an austrian war bridge. The path often climbs very steeply between the rocks, so it is necessary to have a good training and a safe step. This is a high mountain hike, I do not recommend bringing children on this route if you are not used to walking on exposed stretches.
The path ends on the top of Lagazuoi at 2,778 meters above sea level. From here you can enjoy one of the greatest Dolomite panoramas, with all the over 3,000 m mountains (Tofane, Marmolada, Civetta, Sella, and more) a little wasted only by the numerous tourists who arrive in 15 minutes at the top from the arrival of the Lagazuoi cable car (which, however, can also allow a quick return to the valley in case of bad weather therefore it’s an option to definitely consider).
The descent on the path go quickly towards the Travenanzes Fork where it is possible to find further war positions and then along the path that runs alongside the winter ski slope and without particular difficulties (except for the drop in altitude that can put a strain on the legs and knees of the less young people like me 🙂 return to the parking lot of Passo Falzarego (2,100 m).
Another option is to reach Dibona Hut (2,100 m) instead of Passo Falzarego. It could be a great path below Tofana di Rozes, but you would need a second car at the hut. Follow indications here for this solution (only final part of the hike, from Col dei Bos to Dibona hut).
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Falzarego Pass 2,100 m (30′ from Cortina d’Ampezzo)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Recommended not after 10:00 AM.|
|LENGHT OF HIKE||Approximately 4-5 hrs.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing (according with the weather), hiking boots, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen. Windy weather very likely on the mountain top. Via Ferrata security kit with harness also needed.|
|ELEVATION GAIN||+678 mt.|
|DANGEROUS POINTS||Very careful on the metal rope that sometimes you find on this hike. In case of foggy/rainy weather do not start this hike. Risk of lightinhg and dangerous slippery path.|
|SEASON||From July to September. Check with the Huts before starting if the tunnels are free from snow residuals that can be dangerous.|