Mountain photography is an art in itself, and the sights the camera captures can be anywhere from inviting, colorful and playful, to imposing, misty and dramatic. It is the fuel for many backpackers, as they plan their hiking route and dream out their portfolio in advance. The Pian di Cengia path, which we cover here, is one of these dream-come-true adventures because results rarely disappoint.
In the shadow of the Three Peaks, the light of publicity fades on the other peaks of the Sesto Dolomites. Much less known than the Three Peaks is the hike to the Büllelejoch. Photographically, however, it has perhaps even more to offer.
In addition to a view of the Three Peaks – which involves a slight detour, but is elevated – the great peaks of the Sesto Dolomites await a photographic voyage of discovery. Zwölferkofel (Croda die Toni), Einserkofel, Sextner Rotwand and Dreischusterspitze are quite rarely in the focus of photographers.
Those who climb the mountains here will find considerably more tranquility and at the same time more high-alpine Dolomite flair.
Directions and hiking map for the Pian di Cengia (Büllelejoch) Hike
From the Fischleinboden hut along the road flat into the valley to the Talschluss hut (1548m). Here first slightly right and after about a hundred meters immediately left again and over a small wooden bridge in the direction of Zsigmondy-Comoci hut (trail no. 102, Alpini Steig).
At first steeply uphill, then gently uphill cross a slope to the Zsigmondy-Comici hut (2224m). Here follow the signs on path no. 101 slightly uphill over the Oberbachernjoch (Passo Fiscalino) to the Büllelejoch hut (Rifugio Pian di Cengia, 2528m). Stay on path no. 101 and go downhill from the hut to the Büllelejoch (Forcella Pian di Cengia, 2522m).
From here, continue downhill into the Landrotal valley (photo spot by the lake). At the fork in the road, keep to the right and continue along path no. 102 until you reach the hut at the end of the valley. Along the same and familiar road back to the starting point. The distances of this tour are somewhat longer. We therefore recommend an overnight stay in one of the huts.
This is the best way to capture the splendor of this region photographically.
Photo tips that will make your Instagram pop – prepare your wide-angle lens for Zwölferkofel
Already at the start we are greeted by the picturesque view of the Fischlein valley. A hiker as a picture element
Pro tip: outfit in a complementary color such as red or orange) often has a very harmonious effect here and completes the picture story of an exciting mountain hike.
Our favorite motif on this tour is the Zsigmondy-Comici hut with striking Zwölferkofel in the background of the picture – the view is deceptive here, a wide-angle lens is mandatory to get the entire mountain in one picture.
Also popular is the perspective from slightly above the Büllelejoch hut with mountain lake in the background
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How to get there by public transport: By train or bus to Bressanone, change here and continue by train to San Candido. In the center of the village change to bus 446 and get off at the last stop Fischleinboden.
How to get there by car: Brenner freeway to exit Bressanone/Brixen/Pustertal, continue on the Pustertal road (SS49) via Brunico to San Candido, turn right in the direction of Sesto, at Moos turn right into the Val Fiscalina. There’s parking lot at the end of the road (fee required).
Hike difficulty level: medium – difficult
Start/finish: Fischleinboden hut (coordinates geogr. 46.666595, 12.353944)
Duration/distance: 6h, 15.5km
Highest point/lowest point: 2528m/1450m
Special hazards: Old snow fields
Catering: Talschluss hut, Zsigmondy-Comici hut, Büllelejoch hut.
Further tips: With an overnight stay at the Zsigmondy-Comici or Büllelejoch hut, breathtaking pictures can be achieved here at night or at sunrise and sunset. Some via ferratas nearby (Alpini-Steig, Paternkofel).
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Hi, i am Marius, i love exploring the mountains and nature. Friends say, i know the mountains better than most locals, but actually i get lost all the time while photographing ;). Read more about the Mountain Moments Team.