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Guide to Mountain Huts in the Italian Dolomites

Rifugio in the Civetta Mountain Group

Rifugio in the Civetta Mountain Group

There are lots of trails and climbs in the Civetta Mountain Group and there are plenty of mountain huts throughout the range. Many of the “via normale” ascend through the eastern side, along the trails used by the first climbers, starting at the Rifugio Sonino al Coldai (see below), while other ascents are along the celebrated north-western wall, all reaching either the summit of Monte Civetta itself or the ‘lesser’ peak of Punta Tissi (2,992 m).

Rifugio and Mountain Huts in the Civetta Mountain Group

The Mario Vazzoler Rifugio, at the Col Negro di Pelsa is situated at 1,714 m at the head of the Val Corpassa and at the base of Monte Civetta, in the municipality of Taibon Agordino. It is open only seasonally, but a nearby bivouac is available during the winter season too.

The Capanna Trieste Rifugio, (1,135 m), is one of the most frequented (and easy) access to the hut, through the tarred road that ascends the small valley formed by the Corpassa stream; one can then continue from there on foot along the road that becomes (gravel road); the hut is reached in about 1h30.     

The Vazzoler Rifugio (1,714 m) is located at the entrance of the Val Cantoni, which gives the ascent to the Civetta is possible through a historic alpine path (Alping rating of III; 1,500 m of gradient). Above the hut, the Cantoni di Pelsa open up: these are a real swarm of needles and pinnacles over which many climbing ways have been traced. The most important peaks are the Campanile Pian di Lora, Punta Agordo, Cima dell'Elefante, Cima del Bancòn, and the ‘Torre’ and ‘Gnomo di Babele’. Guarding the Val Cantoni are the two grand towers – of massive appearance and well-known in the mountaineering circles – of Torre Venezia and Torre Trieste.
The Sonino al Coldai Rifugio (2,132 m) is situated in the in Val Ziolere, in the municipality of Zoldo Alto, in the heart of the Civetta group at 2,132 m. The hut can only be accessed on foot through the following trails: from Palafavera in about 2h and from Alleghe in about 3 h.  

The Tissi Rifugio (2,250 m) is an Alpine hut situated on the Col Reàn in the municipality of Alleghe, in the vicinity of the great north-western wall of Monte Civetta, at 2,250 m. The hut was inaugurated in 1963, and it is dedicated to the famous mountaineer from Agordo, Attilio Tissi. It can be reached in 1,30h - 2h from the Rifugio Sonino al Coldai through the Forcella Col Negro; another possibility to reach it is from the Rifugio Vazzolèr in about 2 h.

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