The mountain rises above the knee of Piave river, there, where it comes down from Belluno, and below Feltre cuts its way through the last hills towards the Po river plane. So, according to the Italian classification it belongs to a broad group of Prealpi Venete e Trentine.
My special weird rationale to ascend Monte Cesen
When Jasmina first read it's name on the map, she immediately wanted to visit the mountain. It's name sounds so funny, in Slovenian language česen means garlic. And, in addition, it is also the name in our family, my mother's maiden name. So, Cesen had to be visited.
From Valdobbiadene main square a mountain road uphills Monte Cesen starts. Via San Floriano first reaches the church of San Floriano (nice view on the town), then Via San Francesco goes up on Pianezze. From there, a more narrow, but still good mountain road goes first far to the west, then back far to the east and reaches Malga Barbaria, above which there are communication towers. Then the road continues towards the NE to the hut below Monte Mariech and over the saddle, where the road starts descending towards the north.
In winter 2009 the road from above Pianezze was closed but as it was cleaned and the ramp was lifted, we were able to drive up to some 500 meters before Malga Barbaria. In summer the road is certainly good for driving, but I don't know if it's officially opened for public traffic.
From the north, a narrow road brings you up to Malga Garda, just below Monte Garda, 1333 m. There you can start a hiking or biking tour to Monte Cesen. The other option is to use a narrow road wgich detours Monte Garda and reaches Capitel del Garda, 1208 m, a saddle even closer to Monte Cesen.
The Summit Ascent
Our Funny January Tour
Monte Garda and its North Ridge
In spring (mid May) this is a fantastic, panoramic hiking or biking tour. I believe that in the Prealps of Belluno this grassy ridge is one of the most beautiful countrysides of the province.
Monte Garda is a grassy summit of only 1333 m. It rises on a ridge, extending from Monte Cesen towards the north. Just a few meters below its summit there is Malga Garda, a group of houses where you can find "agriturismo" and can be reached also by car. The destination is very popular, especially in spring when narcissus fields below Monte Garda are in full blossom, creating an impression that snow fell on those hills again. The easy tour can be done of course any time of a year.
In one hour and half you can do some 5 km of walk up and gain some 250 m of elevation. Along the ridge a narrow road goes, allowed also for public traffic. But even if you can reach Malga Garda with car, it is advisable to go on foot or with a bike. The tour can be prolongated at wish. You can start it even down in Colderù, or you can continue from Malga Garda just up on Monte Cesen. All hiking options are easy, while continuing from Malga Garda on Monte Cesen you will encounter a few steep sections.
It is best to park at Baita Sci Club Lentiai (1.050 m, Monte Artent). Coordinates are:: N.46°00'28.8" E.12°01'24.0".
From the valley of Piave river you drive up on the ridge from Lentiai town, a few kilometers NE of Feltre. From Lentiai you proceed to a higher lying village of Colderù and then continue by an already well marked road towards Malga Garda.
No real description is needed, as itinerary is simple and you can all the time follow the mountain road. From Baita Sci Club Lentiai you go all the time towards the S-SW. The terrain is open and on the gentle ridge there are nice meadows, in spring densely covered with narcissus and other flowers. The views towards the north offer a great background to the scenes. There the sharp mountains of Dolomiti Belunese and more towards the west Vette Feltrine stretch. Along the road there are some exceptionally beautiful shepherds hamlets and huts, either being sheltered in a shadow of magnificent trees, or perched high on rounded grassy hills. The elevations on the ridge are mostly avoided by the road, but are worth ascending, especially if they are covered with narcissus. Their names are: Monte Arten, 1183 m, Col Moscher, 1238 m, Col dei Piatti, 1256 m, and Monte Garda, 1333 m.
Just before reaching Malga Garda, a side road deters to the left, detouring the hill of Monte Garda. By that road you can reach Capitel del Garda, 1208 m, the saddle between Monte Garda and the main massif of Monte Cesen. Capitel del Garda can be reached by bike also from Malga Garda, descending those 100 meters. On that saddle other hiking and biking options in Monte Cesen massif open.
Other InformationAgriturismo Malga Mariech, 1504 m. It is opened from June to September, from October to Mai only on weekends. E-mail: email@example.com. Tel.: 338-5619434.
External LinksBesides other web pages, some useful information can be found here.
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