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Bosconero group

Page Type: Area/Range

Location: Belluno, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.33413°N / 12.26984°E

Object Title: Bosconero group

Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing

Elevation: 8097 ft / 2468 m


Page By: AlbertoRampini

Created/Edited: Jun 24, 2012 / Jul 21, 2014

Object ID: 796714

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Overview and history

group is a typical dolomite massif located into the "Dolomiti di Zoldo” region. It’s enclosed between the "Zoldo valley" and the “Piave river valley”. Very close are the more famous mountains Monte Pelmo and Monte Antelao.

It hasn’t the size of the biggest Dolomites mountains, but amongst the less known massifs, it’s probably the one with the more beautiful and impressive walls; however the peaks do not reach the altitude of 2500m.

Casera Bosconero
Refuge Bosconero and Rocchetta Alta in the background 

3 highest mountains of the group
View from Rifugio Coldai to W walls of Sasso di Bosconero and Rocchetta Alta. Behind Rocchetta Alta you can see the top of Sasso di Toanela. These mountains are not so famous like neighbouring Pelmo or Civetta, but for me this is one of the most beautiful triad in the Dolomites.

The structure of the group looks like a letter T. The south branch, starts from the "Sfornioi" chain with 3 different summits (N. 2410m, mid. 2425m, S. 2409m) and culminates with a triad of different peaks: "Sasso di Toanella" 2430m, "Rocchetta Alta" 2412m and the highest point of the group, "Sasso di Bosconero" 2468m.
The east branch, starts from "Spiz de S. Piero” 2084m, untill the "Sfornioi nord”.
The east branch starts from "Sfornioi north" and hosts the "Sassolungo di Cibiana" 2413m and the “Sass de Mezdì" 2202m.

The group
The south side

On the north side of the E/W branches, there is a road pass called “Passo Cibiana” 1530m. It connects the valleys “Zoldo” and “Piave”. It is the most confortable sarting point, and it permits to reach easily the huts, crossing the notches “forcella Ciavazoles” 1994m (for the west side of the group) and “forcella Bella” 2078m (for the east side). Otherwise, the approach would be longer.
Other two important notches placed on the south branch are: the "Forcella del Matt" 2063m and "Forcella Toanella" 2150m.

From the valley of Zoldo, start from the hamlet of “Pontesei” 700m and the path n. 485 goes up along the “Bosconero valley”.
From the valley of Piave, from the village of “Ospitale di Cadore” (train) the path n. 483 goes across the “Val Bona”.

The world “Bosconero” means “dark wood” or “dense wood” and has very ancient origin.

The group
The north side

The climbing interest is started in the end of the 19th century, with two english guidebooks: “The Dolomite Mountains” 1864 and “Untrodded peaks and unfrequented valleys” 1873.
But the first real rock climb routes were opened only in the 60’s, thanks to climbers like: Albino Michielli (also known as "Strobel"), Pietro Sommavilla, C.Angelini, Giuseppe da Damos, the polish Andrzey Mirga and Krzysztof Zurek, and many more.

The group
The west side

Same huts are placed in the area. They are called in dialect “casera”. Casera in this region are called the ancient shelters for animals made of wood or stones, reused today as bivouacs with beds, and fireplace. Most of them are open permanently. Few of them required keys to get previously from the owner.

Major and minor peaks of the group:

West branch:
“Spiz de S.Piero” 2085m
“Cime de la Pala Anziana” 2023m
“Sfornioi nord” 2410m

East branch:
“Sfornioi nord” 2410m
“Torre Campestrin” 2241m
“Sassolungo di Cibiana” 2413m
“Crode Sora Rustordo” 2199m
“Al Cavaleto” 2131m
“ Sass de Mezdì” 2202m

South branch:
“Sfornioi nord” 2410m
“Sfornioi di mezzo” 2425m
“Sfornioi sud” 2409m
“Sasso di Bosconero” 2468m
“Sasso di Toanella” 2430m
“Rocchetta alta” 2412m
“Rocchetta bassa” 2047m
“Spitz de la Serra” 2140m
“Cima dell’Albero” 2018m

Getting there

The group is located into the “Dolomiti di Zoldo” region. For who came from “Pianura Padana”, the fastest way is reach the village of "Longarone". Not far from the city of "Belluno".

The map
Bosconero map

From Turin or Milan or Venice: motorway A4 - Mestre - motorway A27.

Otherwise, reach the village of "Zoldo". It isn't the easiest way but very panoramic.
From "Feltre" or "Belluno": road n.203 – AgordoPasso DuranZoldo.

By plane
The nearest international airports are "Treviso", used for many low-cost flights, and "Venice" "Marco Polo".

By train
The nearest railway station is Longarone; Belluno station can also be used as the DolomitiBus service leaves from there for Longarone/Pecol.

By bus
Various buses of the DolomitiBus service leave from the Belluno bus station (opposite the railway station) and reach Val Zoldana in approx. 1hour.

Tourist Office/Ufficio Turistico Provinciale di Zoldo Alto
Viale Dolomiti, 4
32010 Zoldo Alto (BL)
Tel. 0437 789145
Fax 0437 788878

The "Viàz"


The first explorers of the massif were the local hunters of chamois. Most of the paths get the origin from that ancient chases. Even today, above the common tourist routes, there are same wild, hidden and exposed paths called “Viàz” that traverse the ledges of these characteristic mountains. 

Routes across the ledges are typical of the Dolomites as much as the ledges are typical chacteristic of the structure of these famous mountains. (for example the "cengia Grohman" of Monte Pelmo or the "cengia Gabriella" in the Dolomiti di Sesto). 
But the local dialect term "Viàz" is only used around the Zoldo range.

 “Viàz” was the name how the local hunters used to call those routes. Bosconero group hosts two of these “Viàz”; they are called “Viàz del Fonch” and “Viàz de l’Ors”.


The refuge  Bosconero

Casera di Bosconero 1457m

Open from: 20/06 - 20/09
Telephone: +39 0437 787346
Keeper: Monica Bagatin tel. +39 0437 787664
Property: CAI sez. Valzoldana tel. +39 0437 78100
Places: 28 winter 4
From lake of Pontesei 858m, path 485, 2 hours E
From Passo Cibiana, path 485, 2 hours EE

The casera  Darè Copada

Casera Darè Copada 1856m

Open from: permanently
Telephone: none
Keeper: none
Places: 8
From Passo Cibiana, path 483, 1 hour E
From Lake of Pontesei, path 485, 3 hours EE

The casera  Campestrin

Casera Campestrin 1649m

Open from: permanenly
Telephone: none
Keeper: none
Property: CAI sez. San Donà di Piave
Places: 12
From Passo Cibiana, path 483, 2 hours EE
From Ospitale di Cadore, path 483, 3,30 hours E

The bivouac  Tovanella

Bivacco Osvaldo Tovanella 1688m

Open from: permanenly
Telephone: none
Keeper: none
Property: CAI sez. Longarone tel +39 0437 576561
Places: 8
From Podenzoi 600m, 3 hours T

Guide books


"Pelmo e Dolomiti di Zoldo" - Guida dei Monti d'Italia - G.Angelini & P.Sommavilla - (the book wherefrom I've got the informations for this page) - 1983

"Il Bosconero" - Tamara edizioni montagna - De Zordo Vittorio

"La Val di Zoldo" - Cierre edizioni - Bonetti Paolo/Lazzarin Paolo - 2009