Italy, South Tyrol, Dolomites:
a 2 day hiking tour in the Fanes National Park with an overnight stay at Rifugio Fanes.
Discover a hidden gem away from the extremely frequented Dolomite highlight areas. In the Fanes Sennes National Park you will find serene landscapes, crystal clear mountain lakes, beautiful traditional mountain huts and delicious food. Furthermore, you don’t have to fear being run over by millions of Korean tourists.
Day 1: Pederü (1.548 m) – Rifugio Fanes (2060 m | 2.00 h) – Lavarella (2042 m | 2.15 h) – round trip on path no. 12 and no. 7 (2591 m) – Rifugio Fanes (2060 m | 5.00 h)
Day 2: Rifugio Fanes (2060 m) – Limosee (2164 m) – Col Bechei (2794 m | 4.00 h) – Pederü (1.548 m | 6.00 h)
Level of difficulty: technically easy. You wanna be free from giddiness for the last meters before you reach the peak of Col Bechei.
Duration day 1: 5 hours
Duration day 2: 6 hours
Fitness level: high
Altitude difference: 1250 m
Equipment: usual hiking gear
Map: Tabacco 07
Starting point: Pederü, Strada Val dai Tamersc, Enneberg, Bozen, Italy
How to get there
From the Brenner Highway A22 leading southwards to Bozen take the exit to “Bressanone-Val Pusteria” (toll charge). Follow street SS244 for another 50 km until you reach the parking lot of Hotel Pederü.
Address for GPS: Pederü, Strada Val dai Tamersc, Enneberg, Bozen, Italy
If you want to do the full tour and stay overnight, make a reservation either at Rifugio Fanes or at Lavarella hut. Pack what you need for two days. Anyway, make sure you don’t carry too much – remember you have to take it all up the mountain. Climbing equipment or a helmet is not required for this tour. Bring hiking poles and proper shoes, as always. See my packing checklist for further recommendations.
I stayed at the Fanes hut and I was more than happy with the staff, cleanliness and the food. They even have a hair dryer in the bathroom and many vegetarian and gluten-free meals on their menu. They grow their own salads! On a meadow in front of the hut there are some deck chairs for relaxed, sunny afternoons. They offer free WiFi in one spot in the house. In short: a pretty chilled and luxurious alpine hut.
Day 1: Ascent
From the Pederü Hotel a trail (no.7) leads over the meadows southwards. Do not take the broad path to your left, it is packed with mountain bikers and not nearly as nice. After a short while the trail becomes steeper and you’ll find yourself walking on serpentines onto the plateau. The landscape is very diverse – enjoy views onto rocky mountains, rivers, waterfalls as well as lush green meadows.
The path meanders over the plateau before it becomes steep again and you reach a fork: Rifugio Fanes to the left side and Lavarella hut to your right side.
Check in, take a rest if you wish and, most importantly, leave all unnecessary belongings in your room. With less weight you can then continue to a wonderful round trip in the National Park.
Directly behind Lavarella hut, follow path no.12 to the left. Through the forest a steep path leads upwards to the South. After an exhausting hour you will reach a higher plateau with an appealing, moon-like, barren landscape. At a fork take a turn to the right and continue on trail no. 7 that leads straight back to Lavarella and Rifugio Fanes. This tour might not include a peak yet incredibly beautiful and manifold views.
Day 2: Ascent
Directly at Rifugio Fanes a broad trail leads upwards to the East. Follow this trail for approximately 30 minutes until you reach “Limosee” lake. Directly at he lake you’ll find a sign leading you the way to Col Bechei.
Approximately 700 steep altitude meters and 1,5 hours later you reach the peak. The trail is clearly marked, no chance to be missed. The last meters of the trail are full of broken stones so watch your step!
In any case, the earlier you start, the more peaceful your peak experience will be.
There is no round trip possibility here, so take the same way back.
At Rifugio Fanes you can eat a snack or drink something before you descend on yesterday’s route back to Pederü (approximately 2 hours).
Tip: on the last meters of the mountain biking route at the very end close to Pederü there is a really nice waterfall (on your left side). Maybe you wanna take the chance to cool your feet after the long hike.