This hike through the alms take place in Val Visdende, an unbelievable and amazing valley located in the Eastern area of Dolomites, at the border between the Regions of Veneto and Friuli Venezia Giulia. The access to this large valley is strictly controlled, and cars have to pay to enter in the valley (5,00 EUR full day parking), but just during Summer (high season). The road to the valley is well recognizable on your left after the village of San Pietro di Cadore (direction to Sappada, the last Veneto village). Close to the bridge on the Piave creek that brings you into the road to the valley, you can see a signboard that sounds like this “Val Visdende, Temple of God the Creator” and it really is. After about 10 minutes by car, you can access to the open area of Val Visdende, a greeny meadow full of woods, grass, cows and with a unusual absence of humanity. The valley is entirley delimited by a ridge of mountains that sign the border between Italy and Austria. No villages are there, just some isolated house, hut and alms.
This hike is long, mind your departure time. The path starts at Casera Pra Marino, an alm on the left side of the valley, where the path number 167 starts. Soon you will meet a crossroad. Keep the right and take path 170. Here you have a short but steep rising portion that brings you to the alm Malga Dignas, at 1.676 mt. This is the first of 7 alms you will meet in this hike. The alm is a recently restored farmhouse with typical alpine products. Now, taking the path on the right, you will reach the second alm, often closed, Casera Campobon (mt. 1941). The ascent is almost done, and the path goes on without any difficult in a fantastic natural scenery, at the orizont dominated by Mount Peralba (2.694 mt), the highest peak of this area. The subsequent alms are Casera Cecido and Malga Manzon. The path 170 goes on to other alms among the famous “Traversata Carnica”, a long track between Italy and Austria (more days needed to do it), so it is better to take the steep path (mind your knees!) that in around 1 hour takes you back to the bottom of the valley and to the starting point.
|DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION||Casera Pra Marino, Val Visdende (2h from Venice – 1h from Cortina d’Ampezzo)|
|DEPARTURE TIME||Recommended not after 9:30 AM.|
|LENGHT OF HIKE||Approximately 6-8 hrs.|
|WEAR||Comfortable athletic clothing (according with the weather), hiking boots, hat, rain jacket and sunscreen.|
|ELEVATION GAIN||+750 mt.|
|DANGEROUS POINTS||No one in particular. Caution must always be used, especially with bad weather conditions. Mind your step in the steep descent.|
|SEASON||From May to October. Check which alms are open before start.|
|WHY TO DO IT||Val Visdende does not offer spectacular Dolomite peaks, except Mount Peralba, but offers a dip in the pristine nature with charming views of woods and meadows.|
Casera Pra Marino, Ready to Start
Casera Pra Marino, End of the Hike
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