As told, the best starting point to reach the summits of Larsèc is the basin of Gardeccia. The convenient shuttle service departing from Pera has unfortunately been suspended and so you can reach Gardeccia from Pera di Fassa by the 3 chair lifts leading to Ciampedìe (Vajolet1, Vajolet2, Ciampedìe) and, from there, in about 45' (trail 540) to Gardeccia Hut. Ciampedìe is also reacheable with a cablecar from Vigo di Fassa. You can reach Vigo and Pera di Fassa by car:
- From North: taking A22 motorway until "Bolzano Nord" exit. From there, follow the route SS241 "Grande Strada delle Dolomiti" via Passo Costalunga - Val di Fassa (distance 37km to Vigo, 40Km to Pera)
- From South: taking A22 motorway until "Ora/Egna" exit. From there, follow the route SS48 delle Dolomiti via Passo San Lugano - Val di Fiemme - Val di Fassa (distance 52km to Vigo, 55Km to Pera).
You can reach Vigo and Pera di Fassa also by bus:
From Bolzano/Bozen: click here to see timetable of bus service SAD From Ora/Auer: click here to see timetable of bus service SAD From Trento: click here to see timetable of bus service Trentino Trasporti
Closest railway stations: Bolzano/Bozen, Ora/Auer, Trento. See the Ferrovie dello Stato website for informations and timetables.
The Cime di Scalierèt occupy the NW part of the Larsèc subgroup and and is located adjacent to the sub-group of Antermoia. The main peaks of this arid and desolate sector are:
- Cima di Lausa 2880 m, an easy hiking summit situated nearby Passo d'Antermoia 2769 m, a pass connecting the Antermoia-Molignon subgroup with the Dirupi di Larsèc
- Cima del Larsèc 2889 m, another easy summit located on a rocky crest starting from Passo d'Antermoia
- Cògolo del Larsèc 2679 m, a seclued rocky tower
- Cima Scalieret 2889 m, a massive rocky structure located between Passo Scalierèt and Passo delle Pope.
This sector includes the two highest summits of the Dirupi di Larsèc, Cima Scalierèt and Cima del Larsèc, both 2889 m high.
The small Massiccio delle Pope dominates the Vajolet and Preuss refuges and includes only the three distinct peaks which form the majestic rocky mass of the Cima delle Pope: Cima Nord 2780 m, Cima di Mezzo 2773 m and Cima Sud 2740. Here there are numerous climbing routes, even of high difficulty.
The main sector of Dirupi di Larsèc is located between Forcella delle Pope and Passo dello Scarpello. It is the finest, best known and most frequented sector of the subgroup, so much so that it gives its name to the whole subgroup. It is a complex and intriguing labyrinth of spiers and towers, including numerous peaks. The main summits are:
Palaccia 2602 m
Pala di Mesdì 2758 m
Punta Selvaggia 2670 m
Gran Cront 2778 m
Cront di Mezzo 2693 m
Piccolo Cront 2681 m
Pala della Ghiaccia 2423 m
Campanile Sotcrònt 2480 m
Pala di Socorda 2400 m
Guglia del Rifugio 2290 m
Campanile Gardeccia 2310 m
Pala del Larsè 2730 m
Pala delle Fermade 2400 m. Some of these peaks are rather popular unlike the other sectors of the Larsèc, especially those ones most easily approached from Gardeccia, as Pala di Socorda, Campanile Gardeccia.
The Cime delle Ròe di Ciampiè are located in the NE sector of the Larsèc and include some of the finest peaks of the Larsèc, such as the Spiz delle Ròe di Ciampiè 2609 m and the Torre Rizzi 2485 m.
No particular restrictions in climbing and hiking. The road starting from Pera di Fassa to Gardeccia is open to the private cars as far as the small hamlet of Soial. Private cars beyond Soial are not allowed.
The Dirupi di Larsèc subgroup is located inside the Natural Park Sciliar-Catinaccio and Latemar. This area, shared between the provinces of Bolzano and Trento, is one of the nine mountain systems of the Dolomites acknowledged as UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is one of the most important systems worldwide for the study of the stratigraphy of the Triassic, in reason of the plenty of fossils on Alpe di Siusi, the relationship between carbonate and volcanic sediments, and the fact that the outcrops are easily accessible.
The Catinaccio group forms a series of peaks and sharp needles showing the movement of an island which sank into the sea 240 million years ago. More info about Dolomiti Unesco World Heritage here:
Summertime (from June to the end of September)
The most up-to-date climbing guidebooks are:
"Arrampicare sul Catinaccio e dintorni" by Mauro Bernardi, Ed. Athesia, 2013
“La nuova guida del Catinaccio” by Antonio Bernard, Ed. Mediterranee, 2008 – A wide selection of the Catinaccio group climbing routes
"Arrampicare Dolomiti Nord-Occidentali
"IV grado Dolomiti Occidentali" vol. I by Emiliano Zorzi, ed. Idea Montagna 2011
"IV grado Dolomiti Occidentali" vol. II by Emiliano Zorzi, ed. Idea Montagna
Other climbing guidebooks:
"Dirupi di Larsèc" by Dante Colli - Gino Battisti - Tamari Editori in Bologna, 1981
“Catinaccio” by Dante Colli and Gino Battisti - Tamari Editori in Bologna, 1984
Choosing among all the books regarding Catinaccio group, for information we mention the old classic but long-lost guide:
"Sassolungo, Catinaccio, Latemar", Arturo Tanesini - Guida dei Monti d'Italia, ed. CAI-TCI (1953)
and also a fine hiking guidebook:
"Gruppo del Catinaccio" by Luca Visentini, Ed. Athesia (1979) also in German with the title "Rosengarten"
Another updated and excellent guidebook describing all the hikes and the Normal routes to the hundreds of summits of the whole range, with a lot of pictures, topos and very accurate maps is: "Gruppo del Catinaccio" by Andrea Gabrieli, Luca Visentini Editore (2010)
Rosengarten-Catinaccio Latemar - 1:25.000 sheet - Compass
Val di Fassa e Dolomiti Fassane - 1:25.000 - sheet 06 - Tabacco
Sciliar/Schlern Catinaccio/Rosengarten Latemar-Regglberg - 1:25.000 - sheet 029 - Tabacco