Page Type Page Type: Area/Range
Location Lat/Lon: 46.33666°N / 12.26817°E
Activities Activities: Mountaineering, Trad Climbing, Sport Climbing
Seasons Season: Summer, Fall
Additional Information Elevation: 8097 ft / 2468 m
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Overview and history


Bosconero Group


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* Jul 28, 2017 - Ownership switched by andrea
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Very wild and not excessively frequented, the Bosconero Group is an extensive and typical massif of the Cadore Dolomites belonging to the Dolomiti di Zoldo and located in Veneto county, Belluno Province. It's a small but very interesting group, strongly differentiated, showing high and vertical walls and keeping intact the characteristics of the Belluno mountains, with large differences in height in narrow margins of space. This fact means that the sides of the group are cut by deep ravines and gloomy, very steep gullies, which make the whole even wilder and isolated.   

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 the intermediate and lower altitudes. In its Soouthern side the Bosconero includes also the wild Val Tovanella, which 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

3 highest mountains of the group
Sasso di Bosconero and Rocchetta Alta, behind Sasso di Toanella
From left:
Bosconero Group seen from Forcella Ciavazoles


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 finest and most impressive walls. The Bosconero massif is divided into two subgroups:

- Sfornioi-Sassolungo di Cibiana Subgroup

- Bosconero-Rocchette Subgroup 

The Sfornioi-Cibiana subgroup occupies the Northern sector of the group: the main peaks are the Sassolungo di Cibiana 2413 m and the Sfornioi Group, which has 3 different summits (Sfornioi North 2410 m, Sfornioi di Mezzo 2425 m, Sfornioi South 2409 m).

The Bosconero-Rocchette subgroup, in the Southern part, has the Sasso di Bosconero 2468 m as its maximum elevation (the highest peak of the entire massif). Other important peaks are Sasso di Toanella 2430 m and Rocchetta Alta di Bosconero 2412 m.

bosconero group
Bosconero Group seen from
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 1994 m (for the west side of the group) and Forcella Bella 2078 m (for the East side). Otherwise, the approach would be longer. Other two important notches located on the South branch are: the Forcella del Matt 2063 m and Forcella Toanella 2150 m. From the valley of Zoldo, starting  from the hamlet of Pontesei 700 m,  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 group
The West side
The group
The North side
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.
Casera Bosconero and Rocchetta Alta in background
Casera Bosconero and Rocchetta Alta in background
There are some huts situated in this area. They are called casera in the local dialect.  With this name in the region are called the ancient shelters made of wood or stones in the high pastures where milk is produced, 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

The group
The South side
West branch
“Spiz de S.Piero” 2085m
“Cime de la Pala Anziana” 2023m
“Sfornioi nord” 2410m
East branch
“Sfornioi nord” 2410m
“Torre Campestrin” 2241m
“Crode Sora Rustordo” 2199m
“Al Cavaleto” 2131m
“ Sass de Mezdì” 2202m
South branch
“Sfornioi Nord” 2410m
“Sfornioi di Mezzo” 2425m
“Sfornioi Sud” 2409m
“Rocchetta Bassa” 2047m
“Spitz de la Serra” 2140m
“Cima dell’Albero” 2018m
Sfornioi and Sassolungo di Cibiana
Sfornioi and Sassolungo di Cibiana

Getting there

The map

Bosconero map

The group is located in the “Dolomiti di Zoldo” region.
By plane The nearest international airports are "Treviso", used for many low-cost flights, and "Venezia" "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.
By car - 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 take the 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.

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 the same wild, hidden and exposed paths calledViàz 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 andViàz de l’Ors”.

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No fees no permits required. The whole group is part of the Dolomiti Bellunesi, a mountain system included among the nine ones acknowledged as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2009. More info about Dolomiti Unesco World Heritage here:

- in the article by Silvia MazzaniDolomites living mountains
- on the Unesco Official web-site: Unesco
- on the Fondazione Dolomiti Unesco web-site: Fondazione Dolomiti Unesco

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.


Casera Bosconero 1457 m

Open from: 20/06 - 20/09
Telephone: +393383713870
Keeper: Monica Bagatin tel. +393383713870
Property: CAI sez. Valzoldana tel. +39 0437 78100
Places: 28,  winter shelter 4
Approach:  From lake of Pontesei path 485, 2 hours, E - From Passo Cibiana, path 485, 2 hours, EE
The refuge Bosconero
Casera Bosconero
The casera Darè Copada
Casera Darè Copada
- Casera Darè Copada 1856 m

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

Open from: permanenly
Telephone: none
Keeper: none
Property: CAI sez. San Donà di Piave
Places: 12
Approach: from Passo Cibiana, path 483, 2 hours, EE -  From Ospitale di Cadore, path 483, 3,30 hours, E
The casera Campestrin
Casera Campestrin
The bivouac Tovanella
Bivacco "Osvaldo Tovanella"

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


ARPAV Dolomiti Meteo

Guidebooks and maps

Bosconero Group map
"Pelmo e Dolomiti di Zoldo" - Guida dei Monti d'Italia - G.Angelini & P.Sommavilla - 1983
"Il Bosconero" - Tamari edizioni montagna - De Zordo Vittorio
"La Val di Zoldo" - Cierre edizioni - Bonetti Paolo/Lazzarin Paolo - 2009


Other information

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



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