Alta Via n. 5 hiking trail is dedicated to the artist Titian, who used images of the Marmarole mountain, that is a sub section of the Antelao Mountain Group. to enrich the background of his pictures. A good portion of this trail crosses the Marmarole Mountain, therefore it is a fitting name.
"Titian’s High Route", from Sesto in Pusteria to Pieve di Cadore, can be divided into 3 parts, which corresponds to the main mountain groups you cross; Croda dei Tòni and the Popèra; second, the Marmaròle; third, the Antelao. On the Croda dei Toni and on the Antelao the route follows trails that are not particularly difficult for a trained hiker and that are always well equipped in case of dangerous passages. Instead, however extraordinary and unique, the Marmarole present greater difficulty given by isolation, a great difference in height and fog.
KEY CHECKPOINTS AND RIFUGI OF THE ALTA VIA 5 ROUTE
Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici - Rifugio Giosuè Carducci: Three hours and a half walk. From Sesto (1316 mt) reach by car, (towards San Giuseppe di Moso), Campo Fiscallino (Dolomitenhof - 1454 m). Leave the car and enter the dirt road to Capanna di Fondovalle (Talschlusshütte - 1548m) and, (following the path n. 103), reach Rifugio Zsigmondy Comici (2224 m), at the foot of the northern wall of the Croda dei Toni (Zwölferkofel) and the eastern slope of the Cima Undici (Elferkofel).
Walk along the Lago Ghiacciato, through the scree of the Croda dei Toni, and reach the Rifugio Giosuè Carducci where, in summer it is possible to overnight (34 beds - booking recommended)
For those who desire to stay in on of the two rifugio of this stage, the excursions to Croda dei Tòni Tour (height hours and a half, starting point and arrival Rifugo Zsigmondy Comici) and the Pòpera Tour (13 hours, with overnight possibility at Rifugio al Popèra-Antonio Berti -booking recommended- or at Rifugio Selvapiana-Italo Lunelli; starting point and arrival at Rifugo Zsigmondy Comici or Rifugio Giosuè Carducci)
Rifugio Giosuè Carducci - Ponte da Rin in Val Ansièi Three hours walk. If you want to reach Rifugio Ciareìdo it will take eight hours and a half. This easy stretch allows to visit the nice town of Auronzo di Cadore. Here several structures can offers many overnight possibilities. More trained hikers can link the second o the third stage and reach Rifugio Ciarèido or Rifugio Baiòn-Boni (eight hours and a half from Rifugio Carducci).
Ponte da Rin in Val Ansièi - Rifugio Ciarèido o Rifugio Baion-Boni: Five hours and a half walk. Majestic panorama on the eastern Dolomites and on those beyond Val d'Ansièi. Interesting excursions to the Rifugi per il Monte Agùdo.
Rifugio Ciarèido o Rifugio Baion-Boni - Bivacco Rifugio Tiziano: Six hours and a half walk. In this stage the ferrata "Sentiero degli Alpini" is included (excellently restored ex-novo by the Alpine guides in 1989), and made by a series of metal ropes which lead the excursionist, without any particular difficulties to forcella Giau de la Tana (2650 m). Majestic panorama on the Popèra, Cadìni and the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Also in this stage, expert Alpine guides can suggest many interesting excursions.
Bivacco Rifugio Tiziano - Bivacco Musatti - Bivacco Voltolìna: This stage takes nine hours walk and is proposed in only one stage. However, excursionists can divide it as they like it, considering the bivouacs availability too.
Bivacco Voltolìna - Rifugio San Marco - Rifugio Galassi: Four hours and a half walk. This stage sees an increasing exposure, but the path is good and well equipped in the most binding stretches. Metal ropes and short equipped stretches (often covered with snow) requires a minimum mountaineering experience. Alpine guides, very often give changes which allow to reach the rifugio San Marco and Galassi skipping the Cèngia del Doge. From Rifugio Galassi it is then possible to reach, through a not difficult but long route, the Antelao peak (3264 m). The climb is recommended, but it takes a whole day.
Rifugio Galassi - Rifugio Antelao - Pieve di Cadore: Seven hours and a half walk. Interesting and not tiring excursion which allow to plunge in the heart of the Dolomites.