August 3 -10, 2024

The unknown Dolomites in Friuli are enticing us to go on a week long tour – limited number of participants due to refuge capacity!

The Annello Dolomiti Friulane is a circular trail that connects 4 different refuges in the Friulan Dolomites. Here it is quiet, pristine and wild – no comparison to the German-speaking valleys further west. Even though the nearest valleys are never far away in terms of kilometers – it feels very far away from civilization. Total switch off – Internet? Reception? Often non-existent.

We hike mainly on moderately difficult (red) trails, occasionally also pathless (depending on the ability of the group) and exposed. As always in the Dolomites, many ascents and descents are gravelly, occasionally there may be erosion gullies to cross. On two days we have 1,000 – 1,100 meters of ascent, otherwise we are below that. Overall, this is a tour that I can fully recommend to mountain hikers with some experience and solid condition.

On the first day there will be a familiarization tour with equipment check in the region of Sauris (about 850 meters of ascent and descent). Sauris is a German language enclave in Friuli and impresses with its historic village center and its original flair. We will then return once again to our starting point, from where we will start the next day.  

From experience, the journey to Sauris (overnight stays in the valley) and the onward journey to Forni di Sopra to the start of the actual tour by public transport is tedious. We therefore offer a shuttle arrangement: from Carnia or Villach for the outward journey on 3.8. as well as for the return journey on 9.8. The shuttle is already included in the price. Villlach and Carnia are both very easy to reach by train.

How was it last time? Read on in the blog.

Trip schedule:

Saturday: Arrival of the participants to Sauris – shuttle from Villach or Carnia, overnight stay in Sauris in a simple hotel in a shared room.

Sunday: introductory tour in the region around Sauris – over the ridges and crests all around, overnight stay in Sauris

Monday: Transfer to Forni di Sopra – via Passo Mauria – to Rifugio Giaf

Tuesday: Rifugio Giaf – Rifugio Flaiban

Wednesday: Rifugio Flaiban – Rifugio Pordenone

Thursday: Rifugio Pordenone – Rifugio Padova

Friday: Rifugio Padova – Rifugio Giaf – Forni di Sopra, transfer to Villach, overnight stay in middle class hotel (double room)

Number of participants: 3 – 5

Guide: Karen Schulz-Kiske

Price: 795 € p.p. in shared rooms, shuttle and lift (where necessary) included

This is included in the price: 6 x nights with half board, of which two nights in shared rooms in simple hotels and four in CAI mountain huts, 1 x night in a mid-range hotel without meals (Villach), shared shuttle to and from Carnia or Villach; planning, organization and tour guide.

This is extra: 1x dinner and breakfast, personal meals on the road, arrival and departure.

Registration deadline: June 28, 2024

Info event: online, May 19, 2024, 6 p.m.

Requirements: surefootedness, no fear of heights, fitness for daily hikes up to about 6 hours walking time and 1,100 meters of ascent.

Difficulty: technique 2, fitness 3

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