Two weeks hiking in the Dolomites, Italy

On the 1st of July, I went on a hiking trip to the Dolomites with my two friends Daniel and Ruth for two weeks.

Day seven - Monday 7th July

Meals were a little sparse at Rifugio Boè, and the only drinking water was bottled, at €2.50 for a half litre. We did dip a little into the Ritter Sport around this time.

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.
Rifugio Vièl dal Pan and the mist

The mist behind a gap in the ridge

the mist behind a gap in the ridge

Lago di Fedaia under Marmolada

Pine cones in the making

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.
Lago di Fedaia

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.
Clouds in the valley

Clouds in 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