Snowshoes excursion to the Rocchetta di Prendera in the Dolomites

The Rocchette mark the limit between the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo and San Vito di Cadore.

On the south side stands a great rocky wall starting at the Becco di Mezzodì and continuing up to the last rocky buttress, called the Becolongo at 1727 m.

The north side facing Cortina is more gradual and less rocky, ideal for nice and pleasant excursions on snowshoes. At 2289 m.

The Rocchetta di Prendera is the highest. Eventually, we can climb the Rocchetta di Sorau at 2409 m. and the Rocchetta di Ciampolongo, the most difficult one, at 2289 m.

Information on the snowshoes excursion to the Rocchetta di Prendera in the Dolomites

This pleasant snowshoe excursion to the top of the Rocchetta di Prendera in the Dolomites starts from Malga Federa, which is open also in winter and can be reached by snowmobile in 25 minutes.

From the lodge we follow the trail taking to Croda da Lago for about 30 minutes; then we turn to the left following a trail in the woods reaching an open meadow with no trees and a small hunter's cabin, called Codesciarenei.

Then we climb, taking a southern direction towards the Becco di Mezzodi'; when we reach 1990 m. we leave the forest, getting to a wide and beautiful plateau gently leading to the Rocchetta di Prendera.

On the summit we get view of the powerful north face of Monte Pelmo, the second highest peak in the Dolomites (3143 m). From the top of the Rocchetta di Prendera we enjoy a precious view of the Ampezzo Valley and surrounding mountains.

The descent on snowshoes follows mostly the uphill trail but we can pick other fun routes leading us back to Malga Federa.

Technical information on the snowshoe excursion to the Rocchetta di Prendera in the Dolomites:

  • Reference: Croda da Lago
  • Support Point: Malga Federa, Rifugio Croda da Lago
  • Exposure: North
  • Level of difficulty: Easy
  • Elevation Gain: about 600 m. both ways
  • Total climbing time: about three and a half hours
  • Total descent time: about two hours
  • Cellular Coverage: Good


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