Valparola - Setsas - Pralongià - San Cassiano
From the Passo Valparola to the Pralongià and back to San Cassiano
Overview: Hike at altitude from the Passo Valparola, through all the Setsas up to the Pralongià, with impressive views over the entire Alta Badia backdrop of mountains, with a close-up of Lagazuoi and the majestic peaks of Conturines and Lavarela. There are no challenging climbs here. If you wish to extend your itinerary and climb a real mountain, then you can take on the Setsas mountain (2571 m) (barely an hour from the Pudres Valley, with the trail marked out).
Starting point: Passo Valparola (2169 m)
Itinerary: From the Passo Valparola, take trail nr. 24, which in a westward direction leads to the Pralongià. The narrow trail which descends and runs alongside Lêch de Valparola, goes up again, over grassy slopes to a hollow down at Piz Ćiampëi. At this point, the trail moves to Setsas’ north side, which it crosses. The trail crosses initially in short rising and falling sections along the rocky overhangs; then it descends gently towards a stream, passing through lovely larch and pine woods up to Vallone Pudres. From the hollow, the ascent is steep, and passing the junction that leads to the summit (2158 m), from where you continue, still on trail nr. 24, which crosses a short stretch under the rocky overhang and then goes west over the Störes meadows. At the junction, go straight on, just beneath the grassy ridge, taking the time to enjoy the marvellous sight of the profusion of meadows, before arriving at the Ütia Pralongià Hut (2h). Pausing briefly, continue northwards, following trail nr. 23 to begin with, until reaching the next junction. From here, keeping right, follow the signs marked nr. 22, through the meadows to the Ütia Saraghes Hut (50min.). Still on trail nr. 22, which slopes slightly downwards, walk through woods and pasture to San Cassiano, the end point of your itinerary.
End point: San Cassiano (1524 m)
Stop-off points: Ütia Pralongià, Ütia Malga Saraghes
Level of difficulty: medium walk
Type of trail: simple then large path