Snowshoeing at Passo delle Erbe

Some consider snowshoeing the best way to explore some of the most beautiful spots in the area, especially if you are looking for pristine nature away from ski slopes, lifts and walking trails.

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Endless hiking on snow-covered paths to explore the surroundings of Passo delle Erbe

An integral part of the history and culture of nomads, explorers and traders, snowshoes originated as a tool for survival in colder and harsher climates and environments. Made of materials such as wood, rope or woven animal skins, they enabled movement through fresh snow without sinking.

Also commonly called snowshoes, the term 'ciaspes' has Ladin origins and replaced the Italian version after the success of the 'Ciaspolada', a famous race in Val di Non.

Today, snowshoes serve only a recreational purpose, giving the opportunity to spend incredible days of fun in the snow.

Suitable for everyone, as they do not require any particular technical skills or experience, they are a perfect way to immerse oneself in the nature of the Dolomites, covered in a white blanket of snow that muffles sounds, creating a surreal silence. In short, a sporting activity that reconciles physical and mental well-being.

Why choose snowshoes during the winter holidays? Well, they are undoubtedly a practical and fun way to explore these places during the winter, while keeping an eye on sustainability. In fact, snowshoeing has no impact on the environment of our mountains.

Although you can also move off-piste with snowshoes, please do it carefully. These are the habitats of many animal species that become much more sensitive to noise and stress during winter. Therefore, stay on designated trails and paths.

In open space, it is compulsory in Italy to carry an avalanche emergency kit. This consists of an avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe.

So put on your snowshoes and set off to explore the snowy paths around Passo delle Erbe! A tip for the first outings is to rely on a guide or opt for the many guided tours offered by the local tourism board.

Recall that by law, even for hiking activities, it is mandatory to carry avalanche safety equipment (ARTVA, shovel and probe)


Snowshoeing at Passo delle Erbe and surroundings

Here are some suggested snowshoeing trails that start directly from Passo delle Erbe or from neighbouring villages, such as Longiarù, Rina or San Vigilio di Marebbe, all of which are easily reachable by car. The first three trails will allow you to comfortably set off on foot from Ütia de Börz.

  • Passo delle Erbe - Monte Muro

Directly from the Ütia de Börz hut, take the downhill path to the Pè de Börz car park. From here, follow a forest path to the Monte Muro hut (closed in winter). Continue to the right along a wide ridge to the summit, which offers a fabulous view (2,332 metres a.s.l.).

Distance: 9 km approx.

Walking time: 3 h 20 min approx.

  • Passo delle Erbe - Göma Hut – Göma Pass

Path no. 8a, which starts directly in front of the Ütia de Börz hut, climbs pleasantly towards Sass de Pütia and continues slightly uphill to Munt de Fornela, a small alpine hut at 2,067 m altitude. Continue to the left over snow-covered alpine meadows to two very conspicuous stone blocks. From here, the path marked no. 8 leads through the Swiss stone pine forest to the vast meadows of the Göma alpine hut at 2,030 m, from where you can enjoy a splendid panoramic view of the surrounding peaks. If you feel like, you can continue and follow the path to get to the Göma Pass. The way back follows the same trail.

Distance: approx. 6 km

Walking time: 2 ½ h

Difficulty level: easy/medium

  • Passo delle Erbe - Forcella de Pütia - Costaces

Trail no. 8A leads from the Ütia de Börz hut, first on level ground and then slightly uphill to the Prati di Campaccio and the Fornella hut. The route dominated by the imposing Sass de Pütia then continues to the right across treeless slopes to a pass at 2,050m, at the end of the hiking trail. It is recommended not to follow the summer hiking trail, but to first go down through the meadows and then climb up through the small valley to the Pass.  Returning to the Passo delle Erbe and the Ütia de Börz hut, a path leads upwards to the Costaces viewpoint at 2,120m. Retrace the same path back to the starting point.

Distance: 7 km

Walking time: 2 h 30 min

Difficulty level: for experts

  • Longiarù - Goma Pass

From the car park near the locality of Vì in Longiarù, follow trail no. 9 uphill on an easy forest road. Through snow-covered woods, you reach the Ütia Vaciara hut (closed in winter). From there, continue on to the Göma pass.

Distance: 6 km

Walking time: approx. 4 h

Difficulty level: medium

  • From Longiarù to the Ciampcios hut

Start at the "Pares" car park, which is a 5-minute drive from the village centre of Longiarù. From here, continue on trail no. 5 through magnificent natural scenery. After about 15 minutes, at the crossroads, you can decide whether to continue on the easier, flatter path or to proceed on the steeper, shorter variant. Through forests and fabulous mountain meadows, after about an hour and a half you reach the Ciampcios hut at an altitude of 2,027m, in the midst of the winter peace of the Puez-Odle Nature Park. The descent is on trail 5A, which leads directly back to the starting point.

Distance: 8.4 km

Walking time: 2.45h

Difficulty: easy

  • Lé de Munt de Rina

This easy trail starts in the village of Rina, at the sports field to be more precise. From here, you follow a beautiful, marked trail that leads after approx. 1 - 1 ½ hours to the Ücia Munt da Rina hut (open in winter). Continuing on, you reach Col dal Lè and finally arrive at the picturesque Lé de Munt da Rina, which offers a splendid view of Sass de Pütia. Return along the same route.

Distance: 11.2 km

Walking time: 3 h 42 min

Difficulty level: medium

  • Pederü - Fodara Vedla - Senes

This route of medium difficulty leads directly into the Sennes Natural Park. Leave your car in the car park at the Pederü alpine hut, approximately 11 km from the centre of San Vigilio di Marebbe. From here, take the path climbing up to the right, the access road to the Fodara and Sennes huts (at an altitude of approximately 2,100 m).

Distance: 4.6 km

Walking time: 2 h 04 min

Difficulty level: medium

  • San Vigilio - Tamersc - Pederü

A long but easy trail that runs through the entire Tamersc valley. The walk begins at the end of Str. Fanes. Passing by the playground, you walk along the beaten path alongside the cross-country ski track. Take the path through the forest, passing to the left of the sports field and continuing to the Ciamaor bridge, where you turn left again. Continue along a well-trodden path to the Lè dla Creda. After the Lé dla Creda, follow the road that first leads to the Tamersc hut and after approx. 3 km to the Pederü hut.

Distance: 11.4 km

Walking time: 6 h 30 min

Difficulty: easy

  • Snowshoe hike to the Fanes alpine hut

Starting from the car park of the Pederü alpine hut, this route leads through the enchanting landscapes of the Natural Park Fanes - Sennes - Braies. The Fanes and Lavarella mountain huts are also open in winter.

Distance: 6.5 km

Walking time: 2 h 30 min

Difficulty level: medium

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