Month: August 2021

Monte Mulaz – A long quiet walk to high altitude

If you are looking for a mountain at high altitudes in Val Venegia, Dolomites and less frequented by tourists, Monte Mulaz (2906m) is one of the high mountains that will make your hiking day unforgettable.

Monte Mulaz belongs to the Pale di San Martino Group which is is the largest massif of the Dolomites, with about 240 km² of surface, located between Trentino and Veneto. Unlike other mountain peaks of the group, Monte Mulaz is reachable by normal hiking trail without particular technical difficulties (e.g via ferrata). 

The hike to Monte Mulaz (2906m) can be accessed from Passo Rolle (1980m) or from Malga Venegia (1750m). In our case, we find it more convenient to start from Passo Rolle because we can easily reach it by public transportation.  

Personal advice

Since the difference in altitude is about 1400m from Passo Rolle to Monte Mulaz and the route is quite long, it requires good physical training before the hiking date. In addition, some rocky paths are little narrow and equipped with metal cords for safety reason. If someone suffers from heights, they should start with other easier hikes to train themselves and get used to it before considering Monte Mulaz.

I used to have fear of heights when walking on the top of mountains without trees. After I did some training and practice, I am gradually improving my situation and I am now pretty free to enjoy excursions at high altitudes.

Now let’s explore this place together. 

Excursion information
  1. Starting point: Passo Rolle (1980 m)
  2. Destination: Monte Mulaz (2906 m)
  3. Altitude difference: 1400m
  4. Length: 15 km
  5. Duration: 6h (going and return), excluded break time
  6. Difficulty level: EE
  7. Best time for hiking: Jun-Sep
  8.  Hiking paths: Passo Rolle (1980 m) > Baita Segantini (2174 m) > Sentiero 710>  Passo del Mulaz (2619 m) > Monte Mulaz (2906 m) and return with the same route.
from Passo Rolle (point A) to Monte Mulaz and return
How to get there by public transportation

From Trento, you can take bus nr. B102 or B104 to Cavalese. After arriving in Cavalese, change to bus nr. B101 (direction Penia) and get off at bus station Predazzo. Here you will see many people waiting for the same bus in the direction of Passo Rolle or S. Martino Castrozza, or Primiero. You should take bus B122 going to one of those directions and get off at Passo Rolle. 

For the bus timetable, you can check it at the trentino public transportation website trentinotransporti

Hiking itineraries

From the bus stop at Passo Rolle, you will immediately see this signage. Following the directions to Rif. Mulaz or Baita Segantini to start your hike.

Passo Rolle and the bus stop

The Cimon della Palla (3184m) is one the main peaks of the Palle di San Martino group. At this angle, it looks like a ‘beak’ of a bird. 

Parking plot at Passo Role and Cimon della Pala (3184m)

From this position, the shape of the Cimon della Palla (located to the most right)  is most likely to ‘the lighting tip of a candle’.

Some of main peaks of the Palle di San Martino group

After 10-15 minutes walking, you will arrive to this place and just continue walking to direction indicated by the name of Rifugio Mulaz or Baita Segantini. 

On the left hand side, it is Cima Castellazzo well-known by another name Cristo Pensante

Occasionally on the route, a mountain signage is presented to help people navigate better where they are going. To reach Monte Mulaz, we follow the trail nr. 710, passing by Baita Segantini. 

Taking trail n.710 to Monte Mulaz

The stunning view of the Pale di San Martino is one of the most beautiful landscape in the Dolomites.

Baita Segantini

Once you pass Baita Segantini and head Monte Mulaz, the trail becomes rigid and more strenuous. And from this point and on, the route is much less crowded.

The hiking route to Monte Mulaz is too rocky and rigid. Therefore, it is better you wear more structured hiking boots that provide you better support and stability on the rocky terrain.

Baita Segantini

The hiking route is very long and takes us to approximately 1400 m difference in altitude. For this reason, it requires lots of physical efforts as well as patience.

I sometimes felt that I could not continue to the end because the trail is too long and the scree slope hurt my knees occasionally. However, all of these efforts will get paid off when arriving to the top: the breath-taking landscape of the Dolomite mountains. That’s one of the most beautiful gift that Mother of Nature offers to humans. I hope we recognize better the importance of the nature and learn to live in harmony with them.

To return, we did the descent on an unnamed route which is shorter and particularly more comfortable for our knees. You will see the deviation path in the gps map. Then, we rejoined the normal trail back to our starting point Passo Rolle. 

About the author

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Nguyen has studied in Italy since 2012. She  is very passionate in learning Italian by exploring Italy’s rich culture, nature and local products. She finds herself fortunated to study and live in a beautiful country in the middle of the Mediterranean sea where it shares many similarities in culture with her homeland. She, therefore, launched this educational blog semprelearn.com to share her experience in studying Italian and other things.

Rifugio Torre di Pisa – The Rocky Landscape of the Latemar, Dolomities

Rifugio Torre di Pisa

The Rifugio Torre di Pisa is the only refuge built on the Latemar group, one of the mountain ranges in the Dolomite Alps.

Its name is taken from the oblique pinnacle that is approximately twenty meters high located behind the refuge. The pinnacle particularly has a similar leaning shape as the famous Pisa tower. 

The rifugio has been renovated some times ago. Today it has the first floor in wooden for accommodation and the ground floor served for bar and restaurant activities. 

You can get there hiking directly from the autobus station Alpe Pampeago (1990m) which is near to the Latemar chairlift station. 

Now let’s explore this place together. 

Excursion information
  1. Starting point: Alpe Pampeago (1990m)
  2. Destination: Rifugio Torre di Pisa (2671)
  3. Altitude difference: 680m
  4. Duration: 4h (going and return), excluded 1h break 
  5. Difficulty level: E
  6. Best time for hiking: Jul-Sep
Rifugio Torre di Pisa (2671m)
How to get there by public transportation

From Trento, you can take bus to Alpe Pampeago in Val di Fiemme. The most convenient way is to take a bus from Trento autobus station to Cavalese station. Then, from Cavalese, there is a bus arriving directly to Alpe Pampeago, which is also its last stop. For the bus timetable, you can check it at the trentino public transportation website trentinotransporti

Alpe Pampeago
Alpe Pampeago bus stop
Hiking itineraries

For going, we turned left at the Latemar chairlift station (1990m), and followed the skiing track to go up hill. 

Latemar chairlift station
Latemar chairlift station
Turn left and follow the path until you see the skiing track

Continue walking along the skiing track, we arrive to Zischgalm restaurant. Behind this restaurant, there is a mountain signage showing a route to Passo Feudo. 

Zischgalm restaurant and bar (2010m)

After reaching the Passo Feudo (2121m),  you will see this mountain signage. To the rifugio Torre di Pisa, take the hiking route n. 516. 

To the rifugio Torre di Pisa, take the hiking route n. 516.

On both side of the hiking route, the Gentiana or “La Genziana” in Italian) were blooming spontaneously. 

La genziana

The final path of the hiking route is too rocky and rigid. Therefore, it is better you wear more structured hiking boots that provide you better support and stability on the rocky terrain.

As soon as arrived to the refuge, the rocky landscape of the Latemar group and the rest of the Dolomite Apls have took us to heaven. 

For return, we went down up to the Zischgalm restaurant and followed an unknown path, walking nicely in the wood, to return to Alpe Pampeago bus stop.

About the author

Nguyen-cv-04

Nguyen has studied in Italy since 2012. She  is very passionate in learning Italian by exploring Italy’s rich culture, nature and local products. She finds herself fortunated to study and live in a beautiful country in the middle of the Mediterranean sea where it shares many similarities in culture with her homeland. She, therefore, launched this educational blog semprelearn.com to share her experience in studying Italian and other things.