Sass Pordoi

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Sass Pordoi cable car – Photo © JohnBurke
Sass Pordoi cable car – Photo © JohnBurke

The Sass Pordoi cable car takes you in few minutes from the Pordoi Pass to the summit of Sass Pordoi, where a beautiful view of all the Dolomites is available all around you.

You can get to the summit, perhaps eating at the restaurant, and descend again with the cable car, or you can descend by foot along one of the three following itineraries.

If you descend by foot from Saas Pordoi, plan your trip with one of the many public transportation available, as your arrival point will not be at the Pordoi Pass, but somewhere else.

The Sass Pordoi is an ideal starting point for hikes to Piz Boe, to the mountain passes Gardena and Campolongo and to Colfosco through the Val Mezdi.

For example you may start from the top of the cable car and walk towards the forcella (gulley) Pordoi (2.829m.) and just after the gulley, at the point where the footpaths cross, turn right to ascend the south west crest to the top of Piz Boe (3152m.). From here the easy return to the refuge Maria where you may rest and eat before descending to the Pordoi pass. Time required approximately 3 hours.

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SASS PORDOI . PIZ BOE’ . CAMPOLONGO PASS (red itinerary)

Path.       Percorso                            partial time    total time
cablecar  Pass Pordoi – Sass Pordoi
627-638  Sass Pordoi – Piz Boe                 Ih 30′         Ih 30′
638        Piz Boe – Lago Gelato                    30′              2h
638        Lago Gelato. Rifugio Valian              Ih              3h
638        Rlfugio Valian – Passo Campolongo    Ih              4h

From the arrival at the cable car station at Saas Pordoi one proceeds to the Forcella (gulley) Pordoi (2.829 m.). From the footpaths crossing at 2.902 m. take the right turn then ascend the easy south west crest of the Piz Boe (3.152 m.). From Piz Boe the path continues downwards along the north crest, Cresta Strenta (narrow crest), The pass of Lago Gelato (frozen lake 2.833 m.), lake Boe’ (2.250m.), the Crep dI Mont (2.152 m.), possibility then descend the Corvara in Badia by cable car or on foot to Campolongo Pass (1.87S m.) across the fields. Time required 4 hours.

Gardena Pass – Photo © blog.travelpost.com
Gardena Pass – Photo © blog.travelpost.com

SASS PORDOI . PASSO GARDENA (green itinerary)

Path.       Percorso                            partial time    total time
               Pass Pordoi – Sass Pordoi
 627         Sass Pordol- Rifugio Boe              Ih             1h
 647 – 666 Rifugio Boe – Rifugio Pisciadu      Ih 30′          2h 30′
 666         Rifugio Pisciadu – Passo Gardena Ih 30′          4h

Leaving the cable car station one proceeds to the Forcella (gulley) Pordoi (2.829 m.) then on to the footpaths crossing at 2.902 m. From here you must proceed to the left towards the Boe’ refuge (2.871 m.).

After proceed towards the turn to the Antersass (2.830 m.) then follow the footpath which rises along the sides of the Sass de Mezdi through the Val di Tita to arrive at-the Pisciadu refuge (2.585 m.). To arrive to the Gardena Pass we advise to take the route along the Val Setus. a steep valley between the Sass de Luesa and the western Masores of Pisciadu. Time required 4 hours.

SASS PORDOI . RIFUGIO BOE’ . VAL LASTIES . CANAZEI (blue itinerary)

Path.       Percorso                            partial time    total time
            Passo Pordoi – Sass Pordoi              
627       Sass Pordoi – Rifugio Boe                Ih             1h
647       Rifugio Boe – Pian de Schiavaneis     2h             3h
647-685 Pian de Schiavaneis – Canazei         Ih              4h

From the arrival at the cable car station at Saas Pordoi one proceeds to the Forcella (gulley) Pordoi (2.829 m.). From the footpaths crossing at 2.902 m. take the path to the left to the Boe’ refuge (2.871 m.). From here proceed to the crossing of Antersass and then turn left along the path number 647 which descends the Lasties valley till Pian de Schlavaneis (1.850 m. ca.). From here proceed on towards Canazei (footpaths numbers 647 an” 685). Time required 4 hours.
Text in part courtesy of Societa Incremento Turistico Canazei