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Friuli Venezia Giulia / self-guided +

CIRCULAR TRAIL OF FRIULIAN DOLOMITES

MaroWays durata 5 days/ 4 nights
MaroWays lunghezza 43 km in 4 days
MaroWays difficoltà hard

Book your trail from 360,00 €

Enjoy five high-altitude days in the wildest parts of the Dolomites, exploring the breathtaking valleys of the Pramaggiore, Monfalconi, Spalti di Toro and Cridola mountain groups. Leave the crowds behind and discover an unspoilt region where you can admire rich flora and enjoy frequent encounters with local wildlife. A hut-to-hut trek for experienced hikers in which you’ll lose track of time and enjoy a real authentic mountain experience!

MaroWays Plateau with the cheese factory Valmenon on the Circular trail of Friulian Dolomites
MaroWays Panoramic view of Friulian Dolomites

The ‘Hidden Dolomites’

The Natural Park of Friulian Dolomites was created in 1996 to protect and promote the natural heritage of the Dolomite group enclosed between the Piave, the upper Tagliamento and the Tramontina and Cellina valleys. The region boasts beautiful unspoilt landscapes: beech woods, high-altitude meadows and endless scree slopes, golden eagles soaring slowly far above. On these mountains, you can still feel like an intrepid explorer, and enjoy warm hospitality at the traditional family-run huts, where you will be welcomed with open arms.

Route and details of the trail

MaroWays ritrovoStarting point Forni di Sopra
MaroWays ritrovoFinish of the trail Forni di Sopra
Duration 5 days/ 4 nights
Distance 43 km in 4 days
Difficulty hard / self-assessment hiking form
Note self-guided
Availability from mid-June to the end of September with departures every day

Self-guided program

Day 1

Meals and accommodation

Meals included dinner
Accommodation mountain hut in multi-bed rooms with shared bathroom

Daily hiking information

Distance 2 km
Elevation + 359 m; - 9 m
Walking hours 1:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty easy

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Beautiful hut Giaf on the circular trail of Friulian Dolomites
Arrival at Rifugio Giaf (1.400 m)

Self-organised transfer to Forni di Sopra, a well-known tourist town situated at the foot of the splendid peaks of the Eastern Friulian Dolomites. Follow the main road towards the Mauria pass until you reach the hamlet of Chiandarens (962 m), from where a small tarmac road branches off to the left, signposted ‘Rifugio Giaf’. This road is accessible by car as far as the bridge over the Giaf stream. Park your car and continue on foot for about an hour, following the CAI 346 path as it winds its way through beech and spruce woods, until you reach the plateau where the hut is located. Already, on this first high-altitude evening, you will feel immersed in the magical atmosphere of the Dolomites, enjoying an unforgettable sense of tranquillity and serenity. Dinner and overnight at the hut.

Day 2

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation mountain hut in multi-bed rooms with shared bathroom

Daily hiking information

Distance 12 km
Elevation + 1.069 m; – 892 m
Walking hours 6:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Spectacular hut Flaiban-Pacherini on the circular trail of Friulian Dolomites
From Rifugio Giaf to Rifugio Flaiban-Pacherini (1.587 m)

Today’s trek to Rifugio Flaiban-Pacherini follows the enchanting Truoi dai sclops, the so-called path of gentians, a series of landscapes which highlight many of the most interesting characteristics of the Friulian Dolomites. Along the way, you can enjoy breathtaking views: the contrast of sharp white peaks against peaceful alpine meadows. This is the realm of ibexes, chamois and rare high-altitude flowers. This spectacular route passes through the Urtisiel saddle, over a wide plateau where we can find the Valmenon cheese factory, continuing to the Canpuros (a fairytale alpine meadow which in summer is transformed by blossom into a wonderful place to rest), past the Brica and Inferno saddles, before finally descending into the upper Suola valley. Dinner and overnight at Rifugio Flaiban-Pacherini.

Day 3

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation mountain hut in multi-bed rooms with shared bathroom

Daily hiking information

Distance route a) 10,3 km
route b) 7,5 km
Elevation route a) +762 m; -1.114 m
route b) +576 m; -918 m
Walking hours route a) 6:00 h (stops excluded)
route b) 4:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty route a) hard
route b) hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays One of many saddles on the circular trail of Friulian Dolomites
Dal Rifugio Flaiban-Pacherini al Rifugio Pordenone (1.249 m)

On your third day, you can choose between two equally exciting routes.

ROUTE A) The first option, which is a little longer, climbs up to the Suola pass, passing by the Rua Alta and Pramaggiore saddles, and then goes down the opposite side before reaching the prairies of the upper slopes of the Inferno valley. From here, descending through the woods of the Postegae valley, you will reach the scree valley floor that flows into the wider Meluzzo valley and the final section of the Cimoliana valley.

MaroWays Panoramic view of Postegae valley in the Friulian Dolomites

ROUTE B) Alternatively, you have the option of climbing from Rifugio Flaiban-Pacherini to Passo del Mus and descending into the beautiful Guerra valley, enclosed between the rugged walls of the surrounding peaks. After passing by a pleasant natural spring, you will rejoin option “a” in the Postegae valley, continuing on to the Meluzzo valley.

Both routes end at Rifugio Pordenone, which is located at the confluence of the Montanaia and Meluzzo valleys, and enjoys a spectacular setting on a wooded knoll in the Spalti di Toro – Monfalconi mountain group. Dinner and overnight at the hut.

Day 4

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast, dinner
Accommodation mountain hut in multi-bed rooms with shared bathroom

Daily hiking information

Distance 10 km
Elevation + 1.063 m; - 1.022 m
Walking hours 5:00 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays The Friulian Dolomites with the spectacular shelter Perugini
From Rifugio Pordenone to Rifugio Padova (1.300 m)

This stage is demanding, but it rewards us with magnificent landscapes! The trek to Rifugio Padova passes through Montanaia valley via either the Montanaia saddle or the Segnata saddle, passing by the foot of the extraordinary Campanile of the Montanaia valley, the “howl of stone” notorious among mountaineers all over Europe. Starting from Rifugio Pordenone, you will climb up the gravelly slopes of the Montanaia valley, reaching first the foot of the famous Campanile and then shelter Perugini (2.060 m). Continue climbing until you reach the Montanaia saddle and then descend the north side of the pass to the Val d’Arade below. Next, you will descend through the valley before reaching a splendid clearing at the foot of the Monfalconi and Spalti di Toro mountain chains, where you will find Rifugio Padova. (If you wish to avoid climbing the steep Montanaia saddle, you can take an alternative route by climbing up through the Val Monfalcon di Cimoliana and from there descending from Val d’Arade to the Monfalcon di Forni saddle). Dinner and overnight at the hut.

Day 5

Meals and accommodation

Meals included breakfast

Daily hiking information

Distance 8 km
Elevation +766 m; - 985 m
Walking hours 3:40 h (stops excluded)
Difficulty hard

Highlights of the day

MaroWays Breath-taking view of Friulian Dolomites
From Rifugio Padova to Rifugio Giaf and Forni di Sopra

The final day of the walk is shorter, allowing you to take your time as return home, in the spirit of the serenity that you have found, high up in the mountains. Leaving Rifugio Padova behind, you will climb through a beautiful Dolomite landscape up to the Scodovacca saddle (2.043 m), passing under the Ago and then under the Tacca del Cridola. Having reached the saddle, you will descend the wide Coston di Giaf valley down to the Rifugio Giaf, where you spent the first night. From here, it’s a short hike along the CAI 346 path back to the bridge over the Giaf stream, the starting and finishing point of this unforgettable trek through the wildest parts of the Dolomites.

What we love about this trail

See the ibex among the rocks

Enjoy a Friulian frico at the end of the day

The scent of alpine flowers

The spectacular views of the Dolomites

Dive yourself in unspoiled nature

MaroWays prezzi tour

Price per person

360,00 €

MaroWays partecipanti tour

Group size

Minimum 1

Price includes

4 accommodation in mountain hut in multi-bed rooms with shared bathroom; scheduled meals: 4 breakfasts and 4 dinners (drinks not included); map of the itinerary (Tabacco n.02); GPX files for all the stages; helpline during the tour.

Price excludes

Travel to/from Forni di Sopra; meals not mentioned above (4 lunches); medical insurance; tourist taxes to be paid directly on site; tips, expenses and personal extras; anything not expressly mentioned above.

Information

Important information

→ For this circular trail you need to have an adequate physical condition to support 6 walking hours per day with sure footing and because you have to climb up to 1000 m height difference in a single day carrying your backpack. By making the trail as proposed, you do not need mountaineering or via ferrata equipment, but you need to walk with security on narrow paths, steep rocky slopes and scree (easier variants are possible); only recommended for children aged 12 and over.
→ Please disclose any food intolerances at the time of booking.
→ The huts do not have Wifi and telephone coverage is not always present.

What to bring

Backpack with rain cover; good hiking boots; water; sunscreen; appropriate clothing (sun hat, cagoule, waterproof jacket, etc.); water bottle; travel sleeping bag; towel and slippers for the hut; camera.

Mobility

This tour is not suitable for those with reduced mobility.

Booking

30% of the total amount must be paid at the time of booking. The balance is due 30 days before departure. In the case of a reservation being made within 30 days of the departure date, payment of the full amount is required. Payment can be made by bank transfer or credit card.

Cancellation policy

In the case of cancellation by the client, the following fees will be applied:
→ more than 30 days prior to departure: 30 % of the cost of the trip (non refundable deposit)
→ 29 to 15 days prior to departure: 50 % of the cost of the trip
→ 14 to 7 days prior to departure: 75 % of the cost of the trip
→ less than 6 days prior to departure: 100% of the cost of the trip

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