Lastoni di Formin
LASTONI DI FORMIN m. 2657
A steep and wide face of pure “dolomia” sprouting from the meadows… The Lastoni di Formin are an amazing massif lying on the boundary ridge between Cortina d’Ampezzo and San Vito di Cadore municipalities, in the Eastern Dolomites, Croda da Lago-Cernera Group, nearby Giau Pass m. 2236, one of the highest road pass of the Dolomites,. Their Ladin place-name is “Lastoi de Formin” and the culminating point is named Ponta dei Lastoi. The long and imposing 350 meters high NW face is running very steeply side by side to the Cortina-Passo Giau road; surrounded by a wide extent of woods and meadows, creating a surprising contrast, it terminates over Forcella Giau m. 2360; on the contrary the East side shows a sloping rocky Karst tableland, degrading gently
towards Croda da Lago group and skirting the Formin Valley. Unlike the majority of the Dolomites’peaks, which don’t show a weak side, this particular structure is the reason of Lastoni di Formin easy accessibility on their Eastern side; a simple but absolutely satisfactory and magnificent hike starting from Passo Giau will lead you on the mountain’s highest point at 2657 m.
On the opposite steep and attractive North-West face we can find a great number of beautiful climbing routes Dolomites’s style.
The best starting point is Passo Giau m. 2236, one of the highest pass in the Dolomites, offering a breathtaking view over the majority of the Eastern and Western Dolomites.
Passo Giau is situated at 16 km. from Cortina d’Ampezzo m. 1230 (Belluno province), the main resort in this area. Cortina can be approached from Belluno or from Bolzano:
- Road approach from Belluno: follow the road SS 51 towards North reaching Longarone and Pieve di Cadore; from Pieve the SS51 turns to left, reaching San Vito di Cadore and Cortina d’Ampezzo.
- Road approach from Bolzano: take the Brennero Motorway, exit to Bressanone and then follow the road SS 51 along Pusteria Valley, reaching Brunico and Dobbiaco; from Dobbiaco follow on the right Val di Landro, reaching Carbonin m. 1432. At the fork road in Carbonin turn to right towards Cortina d’Ampezzo.
From Cortina d’Ampezzo m. 1230 to Passo Giau m. 2236
– Follow the road SS48 to Falzarego Pass and in Pocol turn to left following the Road SP638 to Passo Giau (16 km. from Cortina).
A balcony over the Cortina Dolomites
Lastoni di Formin Normal Route from Ponte di Rucurto
- Lastoni di Formin Normal Route from Ponte di Rucurto
Difficulty: Easy Walk
Ascent’s length: 900 m.
Total time: 6 hours
An amazing circular trail leading easily to Punta dei Lastoi, the highest summit of Lastoni di Formin. Here you’ll see one of the best view of the Dolomites. The route’s starting point is situated at Rucurto Bridge m. 1709, along the SP638 from Cortina d’Ampezzo to Passo Giau.
From Ponte di Rucurto (parking) follow the path n. 437 leading to Cason de Formin m. 1875. Turn to right and follow the path n. 435, rising along Val Formin, dominated by the beautiful massif of Croda da Lago. The path is getting to the reddish saddle named Forcella dei Lastoi m. 2462, also named Forcella Rossa (Reddish Saddle). Here you must leave the marked path (descending towards the Alpe Mondeval) and turn to right following at first towards West, then toward NW, a poor trail with several cairns crossing all the rocky Karst tableland and leading to Punta Lastoi, the culminating point of Lastoni di Formin. From the summit follow the same trail towards Forcella dei Lastoi or Forcella Rossa. Here carry on along the path n. 435 descending in the opposite side of the saddle col towards the Alpe Mondeval. The path crosses another path marked with the number 436 coming from Passo Giau: follow it towards Forcella Ambrizzola m. 2277, then turn to left reaching the Palmieri Hut m. 2046. From here a path comes back to Casoni di Formin; again the first part of the itinerary will lead you to the starting point.
Lastoni di Formin Normal Route from Passo Giau
- Lastoni di Formin Normal Route from Passo Giau
Difficulty: Easy Walk
Ascent’s length: 450 m.
Total time: 3,30 hours
Another shorter but amazing route leading to Punta dei Lastoi is starting from Passo Giau, m. 2236.
From the little S.Giovanni Guadalberto chapel on Passo Giau (parking) follow the path n. 436 to Forcella Zonia and Forcella Col Pimbin; after a short descent the path rises at Forcella Giau m. 2360, then a new gentle descent leads to Malga Mondeval di Sopra; the path turn towards left rising towards Forcella Ambrizzola. Before getting to the col leave the path and turn to left following the path n. 462 to Forcella dei Lastoni or Forcella Rossa m. 2462. At the saddle you must leave the main path and follow on the left, at first towards West, then toward NW, a poor trail with several cairns crossing all the rocky Karst tableland and leading to Punta Lastoi, the culminating point of Lastoni di Formin. Descent along the same itinerary.
Main climbing routes on Lastoni di Formin NW faceMain climbing routes on Lastoni di Formin NW face (UIAA Scale)
North West and West face
- Via della Rampa IV+, 270 m.
- Gran Diedro VI (VI-, A0) 280 m.
- Via dei Bolognesi IV, IV+ 280 m.
- Sperone sinistro IV+, 315 m.
- Via del Diedro Nero V+, A0
- Pilastro Sud VI-, A0, 340 m.
Red TapeThere are not particulary restrictions in hiking and climbing, but the whole area had been acknowledged inside UNESCO WORLD ERITAGE list and requires the best care and respect.
When to climb and hikeBest season goes from June to October
Where to stay- Passo Giau Hut m. 2236
RIFUGIO PASSO GIAU
- Gianni Palmieri Hut at Croda da Lago m. 2042
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Guidebooks and Maps
“IV grado in Dolomiti” by Emiliano Zorzi - Ed. Idea Montagna
“Arrampicare a Cortina d’Ampezzo e dintorni – Le vie più belle nelle Dolomiti” by Mauro Bernardi Ed. Athesia
Map: Tabacco 03 – Dolomiti Ampezzane 1:25.000