A beautiful long tour around the Sassolungo Group, namely the Sassopiatto and Sassolungo. This is a technically straightforward but quite long hike requiring good stamina and fitness, even though it is not particularly steep.
You reach the starting point with the gondola from Canazei which brings you to the Col Rodella. Start the route clockwise, first take the Friedrich August way, where you have nice views on the sorrounding valleys with the Catinaccio/Rosengarten Group in the background. Íou have ample opportunity to stop by for refreshment either at the Friedrich August Hütte, the Rifugio Pertini or the Rifugio Sasso Piatto.
From here onwards, both the people and the rifugios start disappearing, the nature getsa bit wilder, you have karstic stones, dolines everywhere. You meet several cows, horses, and if you are lucky and silent, you can meet with marmots too. You have wonderful views on the Seiser Almplateu on your left.
As you reach the northern wall of the Langkofel (Sasslungo), the environment drastically changes. Rocky terrain leads you just nearby the northern face of the mountain, and you bump into a small glacier as well. After you reach Rifugio Comici, have a refreshment stop. From here on, its mosty slow descend to the Sella Pass, with beautiful views of the Sasso Lungo group and the breathtaking view of the neighbouring valleys of Val Gardena andthe Sella Group.
From Rifugio Salei it is a last massive uphill hike, but if you are running late in time (which is probable) to reach the last gondola back to Canazei, take the chairlift to Col Rodella. You won't regret it.
Completed: 19 August 2019
Skip the Langkofelhütte (Rifugio Vicenza) if you are not extremely hungry, as the ascend is pretty steep and you will need your energy later on the tour.
Rifugio Comici is very fany, take the self-service bar outide instead of waiting a lot inside and spending a fortune for calamari.