Santner Pass Refuge

Open from 15/06/24 to 13/10/24

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The Santerpass hut is located in one of the most beautiful destinations of South Tyrol, the Dolomites, which belong to the famous UNESCO world heritage.

The location is well-known for its stunning landscape and its breathtaking views, inbetween the Eggental, the Vajolettal and the Fassa valley.

The hut was built in 1956 at an altitude of 2,734 meters above the sea, directly at the Santner Pass on whose peak it proudly enthrones.

Above all, the view presents one the most beautiful sights nearby and far off: from the Latemar group to the Weiss- and Schwarzhorn peaks, further to the Brenta group, the Ortler and finally the Swiss- and Austrian Alps.

Most importantly, the hut will shortly reopen its doors for mountaineers from all over the world.

We cannot wait to welcome you all!

Romina & Michel

  • Ciampedie refuge and Cablecar Catinaccio-Vigo di Fassa (Path nr. 542, 546 and 540) 2,15 hours 
  • Vajolet refuge and Preuss refuge (Path nr. 542) 1,20 hours 
  • Gartlhütte-Re Alberto 1° refuge (Path nr. 542) 20 minutes 
  • Grasleiten-Passo Principe refuge (Path. nr. 542 and 584) 2 hour
  • Grasleiten-Bergamo refuge (Path nr. 542, 584, 554 and 3a) 2,45 hours 
  • Tierseralp-Alpe di Tires refuge (Path nr. 542, 584, 554 - Molignon Pass) 4,00 hours 
  • Antermoia refuge (Path nr. 584) 3,50 hours 
  • Val di Dona refuge (Path nr. 542, 584, 580 and 577) 5,30 hours 
  • Rotwand-Roda de Vael refuge (Path nr. 542, 546 and 541 - Cigolade Pass) 4,30 hours
  • Kolnerhütte-Fronza alle Coronelle refuge and Laurin chairlift-Niger Pass (Path nr. 542, 584, 541 - Tschager Joch and 550) 3,00 hours

Access to the refuge

Basically, there are two ways to reach the Santnerpass hut: one of the ways leads over the Santnerpass via ferrata, the second option allows the hike up from the Fassa Valley via the Vajolet- and Gartlhütte to our refuge.

Via ferrata Santner Pass
From the Frommer Alm (1,743 m) you can take the König-Laurin chairlift to the Kölner hut (Rifugio Fronza alla Coronella, 2,339 m). Alternatively, you can also hike this section (walking time: 1:15 h). From the Kölner hut you ascend eastwards (path no. 550) over an 80m high rocky outcrop, until you reach a boulder plateau. There, the path forks and you follow the left turn-off (path no. 542) to the Santnerpass via ferrata. The entrance to the via ferrata is at the foot of the Rosengarten group at the southwest wall. The via ferrata, which is one of the absolute Dolomite classics, has short climbing passages of grade I difficulty. The prerequisites here are climbing equipment including helmet – saftey comes first! Furthermore, you need to be surefooted, free from fear of heights and dizziness. Look out for the marked points so that you don’t risk ending up in the wrong crack. Finally, the Santnerpass hut is located directly at the exit of the via ferrata.

Walking time in total: 2:20 h

Altitude: 395 m

Across the Val di Fassa

From the village of Vigo di Fassa (1,440 m), take the Vigo-Catinaccio train to reach the Rifugio Ciampedie. Alternatively, from the village of Pera di Fassa (1,300 m) you can take the Vajolet chairlift up to the Vajolet valley. Both possibilities lead further over the Rifugio Gardeccia, the Vajolet and the Preusshütte, to the Gartlhütte. The ascent to the Gartl hut is covered by supportive steel cables that help you to reach the so called ‘Gartl’, where the last 200m directly lead to the Santnerpass hut.

Walking time in total: 3:00h

Altitude: 878 m from Rifugio Ciampiedie

Across the Laurin wallThis journey to the Santnerpass hut is the most sporty and at the same time the most demanding ascent. The alpine climbing route “Similde” runs straight over the Laurinswand. The climbing route provides nine pitches that directly lead to the west wall and end straight at the terrace of the Santnerpass hut. The route was opened in 2008 and is equipped with normal hooks (also at the stands). Here, the climbers will find grippy rock in the VIII difficulty range. The access starts from the Kölnerhütte (walking time: 45min).

Arrival by car or bus

The two starting points, the panoramic road to the Rosengarten and the other one to the Fassa Valley are well connected. You can either travel by car over the Niger Pass to the Frommer Alm or take the bus (line 185) from Bolzano. The Fassa Valley is also quick and easy to reach. In the village of Vigo di Fassa you will find a large number of parking spaces, as well as a bus stop in the immediate vicinity of the cable car.

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