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Torre Lagazuoi

Torre Lagazuoi

Torre Lagazuoi

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Belluno, Italy, Europe

Lat/Lon: 46.52663°N / 12.02282°E

Object Title: Torre Lagazuoi

County: Veneto

Activities: Trad Climbing

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 9121 ft / 2780 m


Page By: Silvia Mazzani

Created/Edited: Dec 12, 2011 / Jan 31, 2017

Object ID: 765256

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Geographical classification: Eastern Alps > Dolomites > Fanis Group > Torre Lagazuoi

Torre Lagazuoi m. 2789

Torre Lagazuoi is a slender rocky tower in Fanis Group’s southern sector nearby Lagazuoi Grande. This peak overlooks Travenanzes Col from NW and it’s situated just in front of Tofana di Rozes Western face; its steep and sunny South edge offers a very nice and classic climbing route on pure and sharp “dolomia” leading to a beautiful and secluded summit. The route was realized in 1944 by E. Costantini, L. Ghedina, M. Astaldi and U. Samaja.

Climbing a corner on Costantini-Ghedina
Climbing a corner on Costantini-Ghedina
The starting rocks
The starting rocks

Getting There


Starting point is Falzarego Pass mt. 2105, situated 16 km. West from Cortina d’Ampezzo ( mt. 1211)
Northern access - From Bolzano- Bozen follow Brennero Motorway, exit to Bressanone, then follow Pusteria Valley (SS49) towards Brunico. The shortest way to reach Falzarego Pass from Pusteria Valley is rising along Badia Valley straightforward to the pass: once at San Lorenzo di Sebato – 3,8 km. before Brunico - leave SS 49 (Pusteria Valley) and turn to right, following SS 244 ( Badia Valley) as far as La Villa. Here leave SS 49, turning to left to San Cassiano, Valparola Pass and Falzarego Pass.
Southern access - Falzarego Pass can be approached also from Belluno via Longarone, Boite Valley, Cortina d’Ampezzo and SS 48 to Falzarego Pass (16 kms. from Cortina d’Ampezzo).

A war gallery near Piccolo Lagazuoi
A war gallery near Piccolo Lagazuoi
Tofane seen from Forcella Travenanzes
Tofane seen from Forcella Travenanzes
Torre Lagazuoi summit view over Tofane Group
Torre Lagazuoi summit view over Tofane Group


From Falzarego Pass take the air cableway to Little Lagazuoi mt. 2752. From the upper station follow a good path going down towards Lagazuoi Col mt. 2572.
This Eastern Dolomites’ sector, being situated in the middle of the war’s operations between Italian alpine troops in Southern side and Austrian ones in Northern side during the First World War, shows several interesting galleries and war buildings, especially in Tofane and Lagazuoi subgroups.
Once getting to the saddle (wooden marks), turn to right following the path n. 401 to Travenanzes Col. A bit before reaching the Col, leave the main path rising steeply on your left-hand side along a scree, leading to the starting point of the route (0,50 minutes from Little Lagazuoi).

South Ridge Costantini-Ghedina

A ledge on Torre Lagazuoi
Torre Lagazuoi Costantini-Ghedina Route

Costantini-Ghedina report

Summit Altitude: mt. 2780
D inf., max UIAA IV+
Climbing length: 160 mt.
Exposure: S
First ascent: E. Costantini, L. Ghedina, M. Astaldi and U. Samaja 8-9-1944.
Starting point: Falzarego Pass mt. 2105

A fine and very satisfactory route offering a steep climb with spectacular views on Tofana di Rozes and Cinque Torri Groups; dolomia is very good and sharp. Sufficient equipment. Friends 2,5 – 3 advisable.

P1 – Climb a steep corner, then traverse left towards the airy edge, climb it (one hole) reaching a stance below a chimney. Friends 2,5-3 useful. IV, IV+, 22 mt.
P2 – Up along the chimney – a bad big iron peg - then climb an overhang leading towards left to a little pillar. Climb it, reaching a stance inside a cave. IV, IV+, 25 mt.
P3 – Easier rocks lead to a ledge; traverse left towards the edge. Climb the edge, then a slab reaching a stance below a yellow overhanging zone. Hole. III, IV, 25 mt.
P4 Slants to right avoiding the yellow overhangs, then traverse left towards the edge and climb straight to another stance. IV, 20 mt.
P5 – A long pitch straight along the edge; finally head to right on yellow rock to a good stance below a chimney-crack. IV-, 37 mt.
P6 – Climb the chimney-crack, avoiding at least an overhang on the left and reaching the summit. IV, 22 mt.

Descent: attention is required while scramble down from the summit to reach the lower abseils’ ledge. From the summit scramble down 40 mt. towards East (red marks) along detrital ground, then head towards South reaching a huge flake (cairn). Go down along an easy gully towards SW, then head towards right following the cairns and reaching a ledge. On its left end is situated an equipped abseil. After the first 25 mt. abseil, heads toward West reaching another equipped stance, leading to a gully. Scramble the gully to the starting point (1 hour from the summit).

Essential Gear

Rope 2 x 50 mt., helmet, ribbons, friends 2,5 – 3, ten expresses

Red Tape

Abseiling Torre Lagazuoi
Torre Lagazuoi -The abseils

There are not particular restrictions in climbing or hiking; Fanis Group had been acknowledged inside UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE natural sites' list and requires the best care and respect.
Here you can find more info about Dolomiti Unesco World Heritage:

Dolomites living mountains

Dolomiti Unesco

When to climb

Best season goes from middle June to middle October.




ARPAV DOLOMITI METEO Phone +390436780007 fax +390436780008
CENTRO VALANGHE DI ARABBA Phone +390436755711 fax 043679319 e-mail cva@arpa.veneto.it

Guidebooks and maps

Fanis Group map

“Arrampicare a Cortina d’Ampezzo e dintorni – Le vie più belle nelle Dolomiti” by Mauro Bernardi Athesia Editore

“Dolomiti Orientali” Vol. I Parte I by Antonio Berti – Guide dei Monti d’Italia CAI-TCI

External Links



Cinque Torri GroupLagazuoi Tower (Fanis Group)Lagazuoi - A war gallery near Little Lagazuoi Torre Lagazuoi Costantini RouteDolomiti Orientali GuidebookDolomiti GuidebookTorre Lagazuoi Costantini-Ghedina Route
A ledge on Torre LagazuoiTofana di Rozes West face Torre LagazuoiAbseiling Torre Lagazuoi Torre Lagazuoi: over the top with Tofana di Rozes behindTofana di Rozes and Tofana di FuoriClimbing Lagazuoi Tower South Edge (Fanis Group)
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