Mountaineering route in the Dolomites, Cengia Veronesi

Proceeding along the Cengia Veronesi ledge, you will pass through two different nature parks: the Ampezzo Dolomites Nature Park (Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti Ampezzane) in the first part of your excursion, and the Fanes, Sennes and Braies Dolomites Nature Park (Parco naturale delle dolomiti di Fanes, Sennes e Braies) in the second part.

The Cengia Veronesi mountaineering route in the Dolomites goes along the walls of the Fanis peaks and reaches the Gran Portale, the amazing mountain saddle that lies between the Fanis peaks and Cima Scotoni, a lesser renowned spot that is definitely worth discovering.

This mountaineering itinerary in the Dolomites is suitable for experienced and well-trained climbers, who lso have a good knowledge of the mountain environment.

Information about the mountaineering route in the Dolomites on the Cengia Veronesi

From the mountain saddle Passo del Falzarego, take the Lagazuoi cable car. Then, from its uphill terminal, descend on the ski slope and reach the saddle called Forcella Lagazuoi.

Following the signs towards the Via Ferrata Tomaselli, proceed along the long west face of the Grande Lagazuoi peak on an old military trail, until you reach the large terrace of Fanis.

There are two possible itineraries for reaching the Cengia Veronesi ledge:

  • the first one is more challenging and technically demanding, and includes the ascent of the first part of the Via Ferrata Tomaselli,
  • the second one is easier: it follows the pebbly trail that leads up to the Forcella Quaire saddle and then turns left on a wide, sloping ledge.

The Cengia Veronesi is well equipped with protections on all of the runouts and on the most difficult points, even so, it is recommended to keep a high focus and proceed cautiously.

When you are at the end of the ledge, continue straight northwards on the steep trail towards the saddle Forcella del Lago, from where it is possible to reach the amazing lake Scotoni. Proceeding along the vertical south face of Cima Scotoni, you will ascend again to the Forcella Lagazuoi saddle and then descend to reach the cable car terminal, on the ski slope. 

If you are not willing to ascend again to Forcella Lagazuoi, you can descend on the trail and reach the mountain hut Capanna Alpina, from where you can take a taxi for going back to the starting point, Passo Falzarego.

The mountaineering excursion overall duration time is 6/7 hours approximately. You will not find any water along the way.

The mountain huts along the path and nearby offering facilities and food are the following:

  • Funivia Lagazuoi
  • Rifugio Lagazuoi
  • Rifugio Scotoni
  • Capanna Alpina

To view and book the scheduled dates of the via ferrata group excursions consult our program, go to: Group Excursions in Cortina


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