HIKING THE FRADUSTA GLACIER | PALE DI SAN MARTINO MOUNTAINS

Hike Italian Dolomite's, Fradusta Glacier

The Fradusta Glacier and a small lake with the same name, is located in the desert of the Pale di San Martino Dolomite's. There is very little left of the glacier and is it now more of a snow patch that seems to continue to disappear. This is a great day hike for all levels, but be sure to have all the appropriate layers for any weather since it can change in during your walk.

  • Mountain Group: Pale di San Martino Dolomites
  • Starting point: Upper station of the ropeway Rosetta (San Martino di Castrozza)
  • Trail numbers: SAT n. 707 toward “Fradusta”
  • Time of Year:  15 June to 15 Sept. depending on snow fall
  • Trail length: 4 km each way
  • Walking time: 1.5 to 2 hours each way
  • Elevation Gain: 480 m ascent, 300 m descent (one way)
  • Max Elevation: 2700
  • Additional Information: Tourism Board San Martino di Castrozza, Phone: +39 0439 768 867

GETTING THERE:

The closest train stations:

Feltre (Padua-Belluno-Calalzo train line)
Bus connections to Primiero (30 km) and San Martino di Castrozza (45 km): Trentino Trasporti Company buses leave from just outside the train station (tickets are sold at the train station ticket office or on board).
 
Trento (Verona-Brennero train line)
Bus connections to Primiero (95 km) and San Martino di Castrozza (110 km): train (Trento - Borgo Valsugana stretch) + bus (Borgo Valsugana - Primiero/San Martino di Castrozza) with a single ticket; there is also a direct bus line covering the whole trip from Trento to Primiero - San Martino (leaving from the bus station).

Ora (Verona-Brennero train line)
Bus connections (only on working days) to San Martino (70 km) and Primiero (85 km) via Passo Rolle: Trentino Trasporti Company direct bus or SAD Company bus to Predazzo, then continue with a Trentino Trasporti Company bus.

ROUTE NOTES:

You will take the cable car at Colverde up to reach the summit Rosetta (2.650 m). An easy path to the left as you arrive will take you near the refuge Rosetta where you can get snacks, water, and a cafe prior to your walk.  The walk takes you through the unique landscape plateau and into the hearth of the Pale di San Martino mountain Group. Follow the signpost 707 and the white and red marks on the stones, without them the path is not very visible.

This is an easy Alpine hike from an altitude of 2.650 metres to 2.700 metres, but the actual elevation gain and lost during the trip will be about 700 meters, and the up and down walking is through stones, so make sure you have good footwear. 

Walking time will be around 2 hours to reach the small lake. Some hikers like to continue to the summit of Fradusta (2.900 m),  on a clear day this is a great extra walk to add on. Or just have a picnic at the lake and then return to the Rosetta Hut along the same train. 

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