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"Bosconero" Group is a typical massif of the Dolomites belonging to the Dolomiti di Zoldo, located in Veneto, Belluno Province. It is a small but very interesting group, very articulated and showing high and vertical walls, divided into two subgroups: Sfornioi-Sassolungo di Cibiana Subgroup and Bosconero-Rocchette Subgroup. The massif doesn't overcome the altitude of 2500 meters slm, being Sasso di Bosconero 2468 m the highest summit, and hasn’t the size of the more famous Dolomites groups, but amongst the less known massifs it’s probably the one with the more beautiful and impressive walls. The Bosconero mountain range is bordered by the Piave Valley to the East, the Boite Valley to the North-East, the Zoldo Valley to the South and West, the Cervegana River Valley to the North-West and the River Rite to the North. The peaks are surrounded by steep valleys thickly covered by carpets of Pino Mugo or Barancio (dwarf pine) on upper altitudes and from Coniferous and Beech woods in intermediate and lower altitudes. The Bosconero group includes the wild Val Tovanella in its territory, since 1971 become a Natural reserve with an extension of 1040 hectares. The world “Bosconero” means “dark wood” or “dense wood” and has very ancient origin. Very close there are the more famous mountains Monte Pelmo and Monte Antelao.
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.
On the north side of the E/W branches there is a road pass called Passo Cibiana 1530 m. It connects the valleys “Zoldo” and “Piave”. It is the most confortable starting point and allows 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 located on the South branch are: the "Forcella del Matt" 2063m and "Forcella Toanella" 2150m. From the valley of Zoldo, starting from the hamlet of “Pontesei” 700m, 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 climbing interest 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.
Same huts are placed in the area. They are called “casera” in the local dialect. 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. An important landmark for hikers and climbers in this area is the Casera Bosconero, a hut that is reached from the Pontesei resort in the Mae Valley.
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
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".
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 – Agordo – Passo Duran – Zoldo.
The nearest international airports are "Treviso", used for many low-cost flights, and "Venice" "Marco Polo".
The nearest railway station is Longarone; Belluno station can also be used as the DolomitiBus service leaves from there for Longarone/Pecol.
Various buses of the DolomitiBus service leave from the Belluno bus station (opposite the railway station) and reach Val Zoldana in approx. 1hour.
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 the same wild, hidden and exposed paths called “Viàz” crossing 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 Ball" 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 as 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”.
Open from: 20/06 - 20/09 Telephone: +393383713870 Keeper: Monica Bagatin tel.+393383713870 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
- Casera Darè Copada 1856 m
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
- Casera Campestrin 1649 m
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
- Bivacco Osvaldo Tovanella 1688 m
Open from: permanenly Telephone: none Keeper: none Property: CAI sez. Longarone tel +39 0437 576561 Places: 8
From Podenzoi 600m, 3 hours T
Nature and climate
The Bosconero group includes the wild Val Tovanella in its territory, since 1971 become a Natural reserve with an extension of 1040 hectares. This forest is the ideal habitat for deer, chamois, roe deer, lynx, royal eagle, cedar rooster.