We set off from the hostel Southwards towards the Marmolada, which is the highest mountain in the Dolomites. We had a half an hour walk along a level plateau through fairly unpleasant mist, until we got to the top of the cliff face, and Rifugio Forcela del Pordoi (2829m). We decided to take the cable car down from Rifugio Maria (2950m), just up a little hill, rather than slide 600m down the very steep scree slope to Passo Pordoi (2239m). Seeing the view from the cable car, we were very glad of that.
We the walked around the corner of a hill, and along a long edge of a ridge, with a great view of the Marmolada.
The mist hadn't gone, but it seemed to be trapped on the other side of the ridge.
After following the ridge for quite a distance, we dropped down to Lago di Fedaia, and crossed the dam to the town the other side. The hostel we stayed in is the bright pink building in the next photo.
No sooner had we arrived at the hostel than it started raining quite hard again. When it stopped, some quite pretty clouds drifted up the valley.
The hostel (Rifugio Dolomia, 2054m) was quite excellent. Full board, as much as you can eat great food, good rooms, for just €40 per person. We managed to dry out our boots a little more with the help of the hair dryer.
507m ascent, 613m descent (plus 711m by cable car), 9.5km distance