Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello
Walk 6089

Country - Italy

Region - Dolomites - Val de Fassa

Author - Lou Johnson

Ascent - 200 metres / 660 feet

Descent - 900 metres / 2970 feet

Time - 5.00 hours

Photo from the walk - Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Photo from the walk - Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Photo from the walk - Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Photo from the walk - Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Photo from the walk - Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Photo from the walk - Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello 
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This balcony walk takes you across the southern flanks of the Sassopiato and Sassolungo limestone massifs with their towering crags and spires. The route offers superb views across the Val Duron to the spectacularly wild limestone area containing Antermoa. The start is in the attractive village of Campitello which lies on the main Val di Fassa road. Locate the Rodela cablecar valley station (1448 m.) where ample parking is available. (Note there are a variety of special fares available on the cablecars for those needing more than one ride.)

Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello Rifugio Sasso Plato, Pas de Duron and the Val Duron from Campitello 
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Take the cablecar up to Rodela (2387 m.) from where there is an excellent view to the Sassopiato and Sassolungo which lie just to the north of the cablecar station. Follow path 529 to Forc Rodela (2318 m.) and then fork left onto path 557 to Rifugio Friedrich August (2298 m.), which is instantly recognisable from the with large bull outside. Continue on path 557 to Rifugio Sandro Pertini (2300 m.) along the flanks of Sasso Piatto. The views to your left are very good on this section.

Continue on path 557 to the Rifugio Sasso Piatto (2300 m.). Despite the similar altitudes there are some ups and downs so do not expect completely flat walking! Like all balcony paths you get plenty of views for relatively little effort and this path is no exception. There are a couple of sections where you might have to use your hands and there are two places where cables provide extra security.

From the Rifugio Sasso Piatto, walk ahead on path 594 to the Passo de Duron (2168 m.). Here turn left on path 532 where a gradual descent on clear paths and tracks leads through the beautiful upper reaches of the Val Duron and the Rifugio Malga Micheluzzi (1860 m.) where more refreshments await. The return to Campitello is completed by following the road, which offers a straightforward and pleasant descent back to the start despite some sections being steeply graded.

In season there is a shared taxi service operating down the valley from Rifugio Malga Micheluzzi. Times and fares are displayed on a notice board adjacent to the Rifugio.

See walk 6088 for a shorter version of this route

Suggested Maps

- Val di Fassa e Dolomiti Fassane - 1:25000 scale - sheet 06 published by Tabacco

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