Roda di Vael - Rotwand refuge

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OPENING: from end of June until middle of October

From our hut to the...
  • Chairlift Paolina-Karer Pass (Path nr. 549) 30 minutes 
  • Kolnerhütte-Fronza alle Coronelle refuge and chairlift Laurin-Niger Pass (Path nr. 549) 2,00 hours
  • Ciampedie refuge and Cablecar Catinaccio-Vigo di Fassa (Path nr. 549 e 545b - vial delle feide) 2,00 hours  
  • Chairlift Pian Pecei-Pera di Fassa (Path nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass and 550) 3,15 hours
  • Gardeccia refuge and Stella Alpina Spiz Piaz refuge (Path nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass and 550) 2,30 hours  
  • Gardeccia refuge and Stella Alpina Spiz Piaz refuge (Path nr. 549 and 550 Coronelle-Tschager Joch Pass) 3,00 hours 
  • Vajolet refuge and Preuss refuge (Path nr. 549 and 541 - Coronelle-Tschager Joch Pass) 3,30 hours  
  • Vajolet refuge and Preuss refuge (Path nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass) 3,00 hours  
  • Grasleitenpaß-Passo Principe refuge (Path nr. 549, 541 - Coronelle-Tschager Joch Pass and 584) 4,30 hours  
  • Grasleitenpaß-Passo Principe refuge (Path. nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass and 584) 4,00 hours
  • Grasleiten-Bergamo refuge (Path nr. 549, 550, 541 - Coronelle-Tschager Joch Pass, 584, 554 and 3a) 5,15 hours  
  • Grasleiten-Bergamo refuge (Path nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass, 584, 554 and 3a) 4,45 hours
  • Tierseralp-Alpe di Tires refuge (Path nr. 549, 550, 541 - Coronelle-Tschager Joch Pass, 584 and 554 - Molignon Pass) 6,00 hours
  • Tierseralp-Alpe di Tires refuge (Path nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass, 584 and 554 - Molignon Pass) 5,30 hours 
  • Antermoia refuge (Path nr. 549, 550, 541 - Coronelle-Tschager Joch Pass, and 584) 6,00 hours  
  • Antermoia refuge (Path nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass, and 584) 5,30 hours  
  • Gartlhütte-Re Alberto 1° refuge (Path nr. 549, 550, 541 - Coronelle-Tschager Joch Pass and 542) 4,30 hours  
  • Gartlhütte-Re Alberto 1° refuge (Path nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass and 542) 4,00 hours  
  • Santnerpaß-Passo Santner refuge (Path nr. 549, 550, 541 - Coronelle-Tschager Joch Pass and 542) 4,50 hours
  • Santnerpaß-Passo Santner refuge (Path nr. 541 - Cigolade Pass and 542) 4,20 hours 

 

 

Description

"A corner of paradise in Catinaccio"

The refuge, which is owned by the S.A.T. (Società Alpinisti Trentini [Trentino Mountaineering Society]) and was completely refurbished in 2008, appears on the southern slopes of the Catinaccio (Rosengarten) on the Sella del Ciampaz, at the foot of the Croz di S. Giuliana at 2,283 m in altitude.

It is a typical alpine refuge, which is not directly accessible by cable car or chairlift and so is still able to offer the appeal of adventure that makes getting there such a unique experience.

It enjoys an enviable position with breathtaking views, extending from the Lagorai, to the Pale di S. Martino, across to the Marmolada, the Sella and ending at the Cigolade.

It can be accessed via easy routes and is an ideal departure point both for those who want to experience the mountain by climbing or undertaking long hikes, or those who simply want to enjoy a pleasant walk immersed in the unique scenery. The refuge is surrounded by numerous mountain paths with varying levels of difficulty.

Prepare to be delighted by the divine cooking that is also AFC-certified[LE1] .

The refuge management aims to immerse you in the very essence of these mountains and offers everyone the opportunity to experience this enchanting world that is the Catinaccio Group.

The refuge has 50 beds.



Benefits

    This family-run refuge offers a warm and friendly welcome.

    Traditional Tyrolean cooking and a rich choice of homemade cakes, as well as a wide-ranging menu, including gluten-free dishes.

    An optimum position for enjoying the stunning view that takes in almost the entire Dolomites, encompassing the Val di Fassa.



Access to the refuge

From Passo di Costalunga (Costalunga Pass):

1.  Path no. 548

    • Difference in elevation, 530 m.

    • Journey time, around 1.5 hours.

    • Distance 3.5 km.        

Set off from Passo di Costalunga, 1,745 in altitude, path no. 548 - 1.5 hours.

Set off near the Passo di Costalunga, just above the Passo nel versante Fassano (Pass on the Fassano slope) (you will see the entrance to the path around 200 m away near a lay-by/gravel parking area).

Set off, taking the trail through the forest (path no.548 – signposted [LE1]  Roda di Vael), and just after you will join at the crossroads with path no. 552. Leaving path no. 552 on the left, continue along an area with rubble, then through a valloncello, or passageway [LE2] (construction), then the village of Paschè 2,005 m in altitude. Continue on the vallone [LE3] (footpath). As you gain in altitude the view opens up across the Sella del Ciampàz, with the nearby belvedere (panoramic viewpoint) at Ciampàz.                                                                               

2. First take path no. 539 and then path no. 549, ascending until you reach the Rifugio Paolina by the chairlift of the same name.

    • Difference in elevation, 150 m.

    • Journey time, around 45 minutes.

    • Distance 2 km.                                 

You will find the Paolina chairlift just above the Passo di Costalunga on the slope that ascends towards Nova Levante. It takes you up in no time and offers breathtaking views over the Rifugio Paolina.

This leads up to path no. 539, which starts just a few metres opposite the arrival point for the chairlift. The path starts immediately on your right.

The pastures below the Punta del Masarè start to appear, visible to your left, while on your right you will see the Latemar Group with the large landslides visible on its slopes.

You will then arrive at the monument to Theodor Christomannos, a pioneer of tourism in the Dolomites, in the form of a large bronze eagle erected at an altitude of 2,349 m. At this point the majority of the change in elevation is almost over!

Continue left on path no. 549 (Sentierò del Masarè), which is in the open countryside and takes in a beautiful view across the valley floor. Within a short time you will reach the pass for the Rifugio Roda di Vaèl, 2,283 m in altitude (45 minutes from the Rifugio Paolina).

From Vigo di Fassa:

1. First take path no. 547, then path no. 545

    • Difference in elevation 900 m

    • Journey time, around 3 hours

    • Distance 5 km                                                                               

Set off from Vigo di Fassa, 1,382 m in altitude, in the hamlet of Valle. From here, follow path no. 547 which intersects the forest trail that goes up to the Malga Vael mountain lodge. This will take you to join path no. 545, which leads to the refuge in around 3 hours and covers a significant difference in elevation.

Path no. 547 suffered a major landslide at the start of 2014, just above the hamlet of Vigo di Fassa. Therefore, it is necessary to obtain local information about the access point, conditions and current level of difficulty before setting off.                                                                                                                 

2. Take path no. 545, ascending all the way to Ciampedie by the cable car of the same name.

    • Difference in elevation 300 m.

    • Journey time, around 1.5 hours

    • Distance 4.5 km.                                                                                

From the centre of Vigo, take the cable car that goes to Ciampedie (parking area near the cable car).

After arriving by the Ciampedie cable car at an altitude of 1,950 m, continue climbing up through the green pastures towards Prà Martin and then take path no. 545 which goes through the long vallone (footpath) to Malga Vael mountain lodge, then the steep overhang to the Rifugio Roda di Vael. Ciampedie, around 1.5 hours - 1 hour, 40 minutes.                                                                                                               

3. ”Vial de le feide” (Sentiero delle Pecore) path, ascending all the way to Ciampedie on the cable car of the same name.

    • Difference in elevation 300 m.

    • Journey time, around 1.5 hours

    • Distance 4.5 km.                                                                                

From the centre of Vigo, take the cable car that goes to Ciampedie (parking area near the cable car).

On arrival at Ciampedie, at an altitude of 1,950 m, continue ascending through the green pastures to Prà Martin and then take the “Troi o Vial de le Feide” (Sentiero delle Pecore) path at the foot of the Cigolade and the Pale Rabbiose.

Having joined the Buja de Vael trail, you meet path no. 541 which bears round to the left and is an easy climb up to the Rifugio Roda de Vael. From Ciampedie, 1.5 hours to 1 hour, 40 minutes.




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