Passo Padon, Fassa valley from Lake Fedaia
Country - Italy
Region - Dolomites - Val de Fassa
Author - Dolomites Inn, Penia near Canazei
Time - 4.50 hours
Grade - moderate
The start is from the end of Lake Fedaia at the pass (2057 m.), towards Malga Ciapela.
Follow the path up the ski piste to the Passo Padon. Before arriving (1hour) at the Refuge Passo Padon take the path towards the right (No. 636 ). Eventually you will arrive after 45 minutes at an outcrop of rocks. Take time here to explore the Austrian bunkers (2500 m.) and dug outs from the Great War (1914 - 1918 ).
Proceed along the path, which here is not well sign posted. However you can see the difference in the terrain where there once was a track to move the canons in the first World War. Continue to you arrive at the trigonometric point in the middle of the Austrian trenches of Mount Foppa. From here fantastic views towards Cortina and the Eastern Dolomites, the Marmolada glacier ('Queen of the Dolomites'), Civetta ('King of the Dolomites'), Mount Antelao ,Sorapis, Mount Pelmo, Cristallo, Nuvolau, Averau, Falzarego.
To return retrace your tracks along the same route. Keep your eyes open for "King of the Alps" and Marmots which are abundant just above the Lake Fedaia. Also there is the possibility of seeing Chamois and Ibex.
- Val di Fassa e Dolomiti Fassane - 1:25000 scale - sheet 06 published by Tabacco
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