La Villa - Gherdenacia
From La Villa to the Ütia Gardenacia Hut
Overview: The Ütia Gardenacia Hut is at 2000 metres, at the eastern end of the Puez-Odle Nature Park, in the middle of green meadows dotted with larches. It offers a spectacular view out over the whole of Alta Badia and its mountains, such as the Conturines and Lavarela, while in the distance the Tofane, the Pelmo, the Civetta and the Marmolada can be discerned.
Starting point: La Villa (1427 m) - Gardenaccia chairlift
Itinerary: From the chairlift station, above the Ütia Sponata Hut, head north, then go uphill on the left, following trail nr. 5, becoming ever steeper as it winds its way through mugo pines. You will then reach a hop on/off ski lift under the face of Gherdenacia, before finally arriving at the plateau and the Ütia Gardenacia Hut (2051 m) (50min.).
The refuge is an excellent starting point for a number of different walks towards Puez, or Prè Janin and Somamunt, to admire the peace and quiet that still reigns in this area.
To return take trail nr. 11 from the refuge towards the south-east, descending into a tightly winding gorge then, keeping tilted to the left (safety cable) continue until you reach a junction. Trail nr. 11/B leads to the chairlift station (10min.). On the right, trail nr. 11 to La Villa descends through the wood to the church and the town of La Villa.
End point: La Villa – town centre
Refreshments: Ütia Gardenacia
Level of difficulty: medium walk
LeType of trail: simple but steep path