Sentiero dei Kaiserjäger – Piccolo Lagazuoi (2778m)

On the paths and tunnels of WWI

General information: This peak tour is more of a challenging hike than a via ferrata. The ascent is mostly on reconstructed climbs of the World War I. The tour is highly frequented. The small Lagazoi is very popular because of the unique view.

Access: From the car park at the Falzarego Pass, one shortly follows path no. 402 uphill alongside the ski slope and turns left onto a new path, crossing the scree cone below the Lagazuoi. The path leads steeply upwards in a zigzag to the beginning of the safety installations.

Characteristics: Beautiful and relatively easy summit tour in the middle of the Dolomites. All exposed places along the ascent are well secured.  Along the ascent and descent one repeatedly encounters relics from the First World War.

Descent: The descent through the tunnel built by Italian soldiers is a unique experience (with flashlight). You hike down from the Rifugio Lagazuoi to the cable car station. Directly behind the station, the secured descent begins, which leads through trenches to the entrance of the tunnel, which leads steeply down the mountain to path no. 402. Following this path you will reach the starting point of the tour again. Alternatively, the descent can be made by cable car, saving about 1.5 hours. 

Starting point: valley station of the Falzarego Pass cable car

Total time: 3:45h | ascent time: 0:45 | time on the via ferrata: 1:30 | descent time: 1:30

Vertical ascent: 680m

Route: 15% steel rope, 75% path and walking terrain, a short suspension bridge

Difficulty: medium

Landscape: ****

Source: Klettersteigatlas Südtirol - Dolomiten - Gardasee, Thomas Zelger

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