Fanes Sennes Runde
Fanes Sennes Runde

Fanes-Senes MTB round tour

This tour through the beautiful Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park is one of the most impressive mountain bike tours in the Alps.

(Normal) starting point of this round tour is the Pederü mountain inn at 1,548 m asl, reachable by car from San Vigilio di Marebbe. We decide to start from the village of San Vigilio and cycle throgh the beautiful Valle di Tamores (4 degrees C on this July morning). We reach Pederü, and after an exhausting ascent on a well maintained gravel road with many sharp turns we can relax for some time on a less steep section before the track leads steadily upwards to the Fanes mountain hut (2,060 m asl). We continue our tour on the very steep section up to Passo Limo (2,170 m asl). This is the first, but not the last time we have to push our bikes!

However, the wonderful panorama of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park is really worth the effort. After a short rest at the Passo Limo we start our exciting descent through the Fanes valley, passing the emerald green Lake Limo. This descent on a wide track with gravel and stones is 10 km long with an altitude difference of 800 m and exhibits some quite steep and slippery sections. Attention: this descent requires some cycling experience and a good cycling technique! A must is the stop at the dizzying Ponte Alto bridge (1,380 m asl).

After the third bridge (or 28 km from San Vigilio) we turn left and prepare ourselves for the second ascent on a gravel path. After some 100 m we reach a parking space and continue our tour on an asphalted road limited to traffic towards the Ra Stüa mountain hut (1,668 m asl).

After a short rest at the hut we begin the last but hardest ascent of our tour with an altitude difference of 450 m up to the Senes mountain hut (2,126 m asl). Very steep and stony sections force us to push our bike for quite some time until we finally reach the mountain hut. After a very tasty lunch we continue our tour back to Pederü, passing the Fodara Vedla huts and finally cycling downhill on a military street built in WWI. Attention: this descent reaches gradients up to 21%! Finally we reach Pederü and then San Vigilio di Marebbe.

Please note: this cycle tour leads through the wonderful landscape of the Fanes-Senes-Braies Nature Park and the Ampezzo Dolomites Nature Park and exhibits breathtaking views, impressive rock walls, beautiful meadows and streams. However, it is a very difficult tour requiring a very good physical condition and cycling technique!

Author: BS

Important: if you want to do this cycle tour, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: San Vigilio di Marebbe, or parking space near the Pederü mountain inn (12 km from San Vigilio)
Route: San Vigilio - Valle di Tamores - Pederü - Fanes mountain hut - Passo Limo - Lake Limo - Fanes valley - Ponte Alto bridge - Ra Stüa mountain hut - Senes mountain hut - Fodara Vedla huts - Pederü - San Vigilio
Signpost: 10/11, Rifugio Fanes, Rifugio Ra Stüa, Rifugio Senes
Distance: 33 km
Cycling time: 4 - 5 hours (from Pederü), 1 more hour from San Vigilio
Altitude difference: 1,450 m (from Pederü), 1,780 m (from San Vigilio)
Altitude level: between 1,201 (San Vigilio, Pederü: 1,548 m) and 2,170 m asl (Passo Limo)
Level of difficulty: very difficult
Experienced in: July 2009
Further information: San Vigilio di Marebbe tourist board, phone: +39 0474 501037

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