The Great Wall of Sassolungo - High-Altitude Trail in the Dolomites

The Great Wall of Sassolungo – High-Altitude Circular Trail in the Dolomites

What goes around, comes around on this high-altitude backpacking trip on the imposing Sassolungo group. Thousands of meters high, in the heart of the Dolomites, nature once again provides us with luxury as the Sassolungo wall towers over Gardena Valley, giving us the incentive to photograph until our trigger finger starts to hurt. If you would like to join us, find out everything you need about this route here, from stops visualized on a map and directions, to photography tips.

Photographers know the Sassolungo group especially from the viewpoint of the Alpe di Siusi. The two main peaks of the Sassolungo group, Sassopiatto, and Sassolungo (Plattkofel and Langkofel, 2958m and 3181m), form the contrasting focal point that magically draws all eyes to it. Here the gentle high alpine pasture, there the vertical rock faces. 

Long, but not boring are the typical Dolomite high-altitude trails. Easy, but not too easy, they lead through the classic high mountain landscape formations. Sometimes it goes through a scree field, sometimes along under a massive rock face. Then again you stroll on narrow paths through green alpine meadows.

In addition to many views on this high-altitude trail, there are several starting and ending points to choose from. Once again, the nature provides us with luxury.
In addition to many views on this high-altitude trail, there are several starting and ending points to choose from. This beautiful and dignified hike goes around the imposing Sassolungo group and, placed in the center of the Dolomites, is not short of impressive views of the surrounding area. This promiment photo location (we guess its the most often photographed palce at Alpe di Suisi). See our Dolomite photo guide to not miss this hike as well as hiking around the Sassolungo.

Route description! This is how your Sassolungo adventure looks like on a map

Start at the Passo Sella (Sella Pass) and walk clockwise. The tour can be walked in both directions from here on. Starting at the Sella Pass parking lot/bus stop. Follow the signs for the “Stone City” and take path 526. 

Under steep rock walls you go in a slight up and down past the Emilio Comici hut. Descend again a bit into a valley basin and along the larch and Swiss stone pine forests into the Sassulungo chute. At the turnoff to the Sassolungo Hut (2253m) follow trail number 527 towards the Sassolungo Hut (2300m). 

Through sparse forests and varied trail sections you reach the hut after a total of about four hours. Continue for about two hours at the same altitude following the Friedrich August path (no. 557) in the direction of the Sella Pass. At Col Rodella keep to the left. After a few hundred meters you reach the starting point. 

The alternative starting points for this tour are cable cars: the Selva Ciampinoi cable car, the Piz Sella/Piz Seteur cable cars in Plan de Gralba, the Florioan lift in Saltria, the Col Rodella cable car in Campitello di Fassa. In addition, the ascent of the Sassopiatto or the Sassolungo chute is worthwhile. This 16-kilometer hiking route can be finished in six hours and is medium on a difficulty scale.
The alternative starting points for this tour are cable cars: the Selva Ciampinoi cable car, the Piz Sella/Piz Seteur cable cars in Plan de Gralba, the Florioan lift in Saltria, the Col Rodella cable car in Campitello di Fassa. In addition, the ascent of the Sassopiatto or the Sassolungo chute is worthwhile. This 16-kilometer hiking route can be finished in six hours and is medium on a difficulty scale

Photo tips that will make your Instagram pop – Sassolungo valley and the 360° panoramic views

A telephoto lens is worthwhile to get a closer look at the mountain group in addition to the classic panoramic perspective. If you’re lucky, you’ll find some wafting residual clouds in the north walls on the north side when looking toward the Sassolungo valley. Usually a close-up with a telephoto lens works best here as well.

This circular hike lives from its 360° panoramic view of the Dolomites. To the north the Puez-Odle group, to the west the Schlern-Catinaccio (Rosengarten) massif, to the east the Sella towers and to the south the Pala group.
This circular hike lives from its 360° panoramic view of the Dolomites. To the north the Puez-Odle group, to the west the Schlern-Catinaccio (Rosengarten) massif, to the east the Sella towers, and to the south the Pala group. Here at Mountain Moments, we can guide you to your next mountain photography adventure in the Dolomites.

Mountain Moments Photo Workshops provide Photo Tours for everybody, Alpine Experience for beginners and intermediate-level photographers with 3 to 6-hour routes, as well as Summit Experience for more advanced photographers and hikers. We have private workshops and group classes.

More information about your Sassolungo adventure in the Dolomites

How to get there by public transport: From Brixen or Bozen to Ortisei. From the end of June to the beginning of October buses run from here to the Sella Pass. 

How to get there by car: From the Brennero freeway take the exit Gardena Valley (Val Gardena). Follow the provincial road to the Sella Pass.

Hike difficulty level: medium

Start/finish: Sella Pass (bus stop and parking lot) (coordinates: geogr. 46.509233,11.757367)

Duration/distance: 6h/ 16km

Ascent/descent: 635m/635m

Highest point/lowest point: 2360m/1950m

Special hazards: –

Meals: Emilio Comici hut, Sassopiatto hut, Sando Pertini hut, Friedrich August hut.

Further tips: Start and finish points can be linked individually. Whether from the Val di Fassa or Val Gardena, directly from the Sella Pass by bus or car, or even by cable car. Sure-footed hikers can additionally climb the Plattkofel with a smooth 800 extra meters of altitude. Climbers, on the other hand, usually choose the Sassolungo as their goal. Experienced climbers even venture directly into the massive north face.

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The Sassolungo Massif from birds eye view in clouds during an epic sunset photo session. Expect the hike to take you 6 hours (without breaks), there are plenty of huts with refreshments. Photo: Bekir Cevikel (Mountain Moments Community)

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