hohe gaisl und cristallo winter
hohe gaisl und cristallo winter

Winter hike across the Prato Piazza

Not only in summer but also in winter the Prato Piazza alpine pasture in the Braies valley is a place of particular beauty.

Here amidst the Dolomites winter shows all its splendour: starting point of our hike is Carbonin at 1,460 m a.s.l. in the Val di Landro (accessible by public bus from Dobbiaco). About 200 metres up the valley the path n° 37 branches off on the right and winds up the hill. The view on the Monte Cristallo and Mt Croda Rossa is gorgeous.

After about 40 minutes the path becomes flatter and the forest thins more and more. The Vallandro mountain hut at 2,030 m a.s.l. is visible, just right to break off for lunch. Looking out on the beautiful cross country ski track we proceed further towards north to the Prato Piazza tavern, there the descent to Braies starts.

Down in the valley at the Brückele tavern (parking space) the bus stop is located, where we take the bus back to Dobbiaco. The very special charm of the snow-white meadows and the mighty Dolomites makes this winter hike a particular adventure.

Author: AT

difficulty: moderate
  • Starting point:
    Carbonin (Schluderbach)
  • Time required:
    03:55 h
  • Track length:
    12,8 km
  • Altitude:
    from 1.457 m to 2.019 m a.m.s.l.
  • Altitude difference:
    +605 m | -578 m
  • Route:
    Carbonin - Rifugio Vallandro - Rifugio Prato Piazza - ristorante Brückele
  • Signposts:
    37
  • Destination:
    Brückele (Ponticello)
  • Recommended time of year:
    Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

If you want to do this hike, we suggest you to check the weather and trail conditions in advance and on site before setting out.

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