Hiking Puez-Odle National Park

Posted August 17th, 2011 by Touch the Dolomites with No Comments

Dear friends,
Yesterday, the 16th August, me Silvia Kostner and 10 brave guests from the Posta Zirm Hotel, decided to take the challenge to explore the unique lunar landscape of the Puez National Park.
Starting point of the hike was the Passo Gardena that lies just over Corvara. Immediately we started our climb to the top of the Passo Cir. We had to take some breaks during this climb in order to admire the scenery behind us: the terraces of the Sella were a spectacula sight as you can tell from the images below! This first part is characterized by incredibly delicate looking pinnacles. From the top of the Pass we can see the Val Chedúl below us. We had to be a little careful on our short descent around the corner as the path is really narrow and slippery, besides that, there are no iron cables to hold on to. From below we could already see the next steep ascent leading to the highest point of the day: the Passo Crespeina (2529 m.). This is a zigzag up loose stones that ends at the top with a crucifix. The view over the Sassolungo in Val Gardena from here is amazing.
As we continued our hike we made a short stop at the Crespeina Lake, peaceful and crystal clear. From the pictures you can see how beautifully the surrounding peaks and clouds reflected themselves in the water.
We could not rest for too long as the hike is really long and we had to reach the other side of the Valley for our pic-nic.
All guest could not believe that all this wonder was just lying behind the Ciampac and Sassongher, mountains so well known by everyone who has ever been to Alta Badia.
As our pic-nic spot we choose to sit on the grass on one of the exposed natural terraces overlooking the canyon and the Val Lunga in between.
After one hour rest we tackled to 2 hour descent back to the village of Colfosco where we were picked up by Jakov, the porter of the Posta Zirm Hotel. All guests were more than happy after such an inspirational hike but said they will now need a couple of days to recover before the next long tour!

Length: approximately 6 hours
Difficulty level: advanced hiking, steep ascents and descents

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