Italy – Dolomites – Val Gardenia – loop hike to Rifugio Puez – the Puez-Odle Altopiano

Well – for me, this was hands down the highlight of the entire trip. A 12 mike 6.5 hour hike above the treeline, in which we take a cable car up (saving 700 meters in elevation game). And then we did a long hike with the goal of making it to Rifugio Puez for food and water replenishments. After that it is a 1100 meter descent (killing the knees) back to the B&B. I had read about this ahead of time on a blog post I found (here ) , but it was not decided until we arrived and got expert suggestions from Margareth at our great B&B – Garni Aghel ).

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We started out the hike together (actually Anna and I were mostly behind Sue and Tim – to the point that Tim told some hikers going the other way that they were “kicking our A**’s – ugh). We stayed together until around 1/6 thru, when they decided to take a shorter route back. Anna and I decided to press on and I am ever glad we did. It was amazing… simply awe inspiring in all directions. I was thrilled and happy. Even when the 65 hour hike took 8.5 hours, with a thunderstorm chasing Anna back to the B&B, with 15 Min to spare… J

 

 

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We mostly followed trail 2.

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the intrepid hikers, looking for the Rifigio Puez

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As we got off the cable car, the views were all around us

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The model posing for a shot

 

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The hike was long, but ever changing 

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when we could finally spot Puez, it looked an hour away.  it ended up taking 3 more hours

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An unexpected alpine lake

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some sheep, with our destination valley far below.

 

 

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views and more views

 

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best food ever (and replenished the water supply)

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starting the long trek down

 

 

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more of the trip down. you can see the valley on the left – far below

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and finally, in the home stretch.. with the clouds-comin (whew)

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One Response to Italy – Dolomites – Val Gardenia – loop hike to Rifugio Puez – the Puez-Odle Altopiano

  1. Gorgeous photos! It looks like you had a wonderful day!

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