Alpine walk round the Catinaccio

An Alpine walk in the realm of king Laurin.

The weather is just fabulous and there is no cloud in the sky, so we decide to do a walk round the Catinaccio mountain range. We start at the mountain station of the Laurin lift facility and walk to the Rif. Fronza alle Coronelle (2,337 m). On the path no. 550 we proceed to the “Pas de le Coronele” (Tschagerjoch) at 2,630 m. The way up to the first pass is rather exhausting and you need to be sure-footed, there are securing ropes.

Once we reach the top, we can enjoy a fabulous view on the Catinaccio and the Val di Fassa in the Trentino valley, that make us forget all the efforts. After a short break we continue the way down on a steep slope up to a crossing of the ways. We keep left on the path no. 541 leading to the Rif. Vajolet mountain hut. Even if the signposts indicates 30 minutes, we needed 45 minutes to reach this mountain hut. The path to the mountain hut stretches at the foot of the southern faces of the mighty peaks of the Catinaccio.

Once we reach the 2,354 m high Vajolet mountain hut and a little refreshment, we continue steeply the way up: The Rif. Re Albert mountain hut underneath the famous Vajolet towers and the north face of the Catinaccio is our next destination. Across rough rocks secured by ropes we reach this mountain hut at 2,627 m. Exhausted we decide to make lunch break. Next to the mountain hut, there is a little lake where we eat our packed lunch.

However, the highest point is not yet reached. After our break we continue our walk towards the Passo Santner at 2,734 m. The view is just amazin, from the Sciliar to the Oetztal Alps, the Ortles and the Latemar mountain range, the mountains in the surroundings catch our sight. In order to reach our starting point we need to do the fixed rope route “Santner”, wich is of medium difficulty.

Indication: the parking space at the Laurin lift facility is free of charge and is spacious. If you want to you can do the first stage up to the mountain station also on foot. A path that is not too steep leads the way up to the mountain station.

Author: ED

If you would like to do this tour, please inform yourselves about the current conditions on site.

Starting point: lower terminus Laurin Lift, Passo Nigra
Character: circular tour round the Catinaccio starting at the Rif. Fronza alle Coronele
Path no.: 550, 541, 542, fixed rope route “Santner”
Walking time: about 6 - 7 hours (without break)
Experienced: end of July 2009
Suitable for kids? Yes, but only with kids who are used to walking and who are free from dizziness and sure-footed. Be sure to bring adequate equipment
Further information: tourist office Nova Ponente - Passo Carezza, tel. +39 0471 613126, Email: info@welschnofen.com

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