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Tour del Pelmo, Dolomites

Tour del Pelmo

The best place to start the Tour del Pelmo is Forcella Staulanza.
Start by climbing along the ancient Tríòl dei Cavai (path no. 472). This leads out of the forest beneath Pelmetto’s western arête (a path leads off from here to a large boulder with dinosaur footprints). It continues on beneath the mountain’s southern flank and the Fisura saddle.

The wide Le Mandre pastures are soon reached. Panoramic and sunny, they offer classic views typically associated with the Dolomites. An area called I Lach is then crossed before continuing beneath the SE crest and a peculiar overhanging pedestal.

From here the Campi di Rutorto pastures lead swiftly to the De Luca refuge, built in 1892 by the Venetian section of the Italian Alpine Club and now commonly referred to as Rifugio Venezia.

Getting there: the Valzoldana is easily reached via the A27 motorway. From its end continue towards Cortina and turn left at Longarone for Valzoldana. Drive up the valley along the SS251 to Forcella Staulanza 1766 m. Park here.
Height gain: about 700m from Forcella Staulanza 1766 m to Forcella Val d’Arcia 2474 m.
Time: about 6 hours
Difficulty: an itinerary for fit walkers. One short, not particularly difficult section has fixed cables that lead to Forcella Val d’Arcia.
Best time of year: from June to October
Maps: Tabacco sheet 025 (scale 1:25.000) "Dolomiti di Zoldo, Cadorine e Agordine".

Monte Pelmo book

This article was made in collaboration with the publishing house Cierre Edizioni di Verona. It was adapted from "Escursioni - Val di Zoldo" by P. Lazzarin and P. Bonetti.

Dolomiti, Monte Pelmo map
Monte Pelmo The most tiring section of the trek begins from here, where the views over Cadore, Ampezzo and the colossal Antelao and Sorapiss are spectacular. The steep and strenuous Forcella di Vai d'Arcia (2476m) leads into the northern section of the route via a semi-equipped path (steel cable) at the base of the Forca Rossa.

Once the north face is reached the route continues either directly down to Rifugio Fiume and back, but along no. 472, or along an unmarked path which cuts diagonally across the rubble beneath Pelmo’s north face. A landslide in 1994 devastated much of the scree beneath the Pelmetto, but its rubble is easily overcome and Forcella Staulanza, the starting point, is quickly reached.

Monte Pelmo and the classic cloud above it.
photo: Tremolada
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