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"4 Passes" Tour

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  • Giro dei 4 Passi
    Giro dei 4 Passi
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Panoramic and very suggestive route around the imposing massif of the "Sella" Group.
moderate
Distance 51.9 km
0:50 h
1,681 m
1,681 m
2,245 m
1,522 m

This car tour winds through the countless hairpin bends and peaks of the Dolomites' Passes around the wonderful and unique "Sella" Group, the huge mountain range that dominates the valleys of "Fodom" in the province of Belluno, "Badia" and "Gardena" in the autonomous province of Bolzano and "Fassa" in the autonomous province of Trento.

These valleys are all inhabited by people who speak the Ladin language, which belongs to the group of Romance languages and derives from Vulgar Latin.

The people in these areas are known to be strongly connected to the traditions of the past, so much so that they still pass them on today: alpine farming with cows and goats, mowing the meadows and pastures for the hay harvest, making cheese and dairy products, and forestry work to prepare wood for the long winters.

But also many village festivals linked to the calendar of the past, marked by the seasons and the rhythms of work: the patronal festival, the Ladin festival that brings together all four valleys, the summer festival, the autumn festival, solemn ceremonies for festivals such as Christmas and Easter.

The Passes concerned are: "Campolongo", "Gardena", "Sella" and "Pordoi".

Author’s recommendation

The peaks of all four passes offer a breathtaking 360° view of the "Sella" Group in the first instance, but also of the "Sassolungo" Group, "Sassongher", "Odle" and finally "Pelmo", "Civetta" and "Marmolada".
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Arabba Fodom Turismo
Update: August 05, 2021
Difficulty
moderate
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Landscape
Highest point
2,245 m
Lowest point
1,522 m
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Track types

Forested/wild trail 0.27%Road 99.72%
Forested/wild trail
0.1 km
Road
51.8 km
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Safety information

Choose a speed that respects the road traffic regulations and traffic and that corresponds to your driving skills.

Please, rispect other drivers.

Always let someone know where you are going and the approximate duration of the hike and avoid going alone.

The telephone number in case of emergency is 112 or 118 (ambulance).

Start

Center of "Arabba" (1,599 m)
Coordinates:
DD
46.497353, 11.874507
DMS
46°29'50.5"N 11°52'28.2"E
UTM
32T 720572 5153324
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Destination

Center of "Arabba"

Turn-by-turn directions

Clockwise tour: from the centre of "Arabba", take the road to the "Pordoi"Pass; about halfway up, turn right and start the climb to the "Sella" Pass. The summit is worth a stop to admire the breathtaking walls of the "Sella" Group and the Sassolungo. Continue on the road until you reach "Pian De Gralba", where you will find the junction for the Gardena Pass, which will take you to "Corvara" in the "Gader" Valley. From here you go past the village centre and up the hairpin bends of the "Campolongo" Pass to "Arabba".

Anticlockwise tour: From the centre of "Arabba", take the pleasant climb over the "Campolongo" Pass to "Corvara". After passing the centre of the village, turn left at the crossroads, pass the village of "Colfosco" and reach the top of the Gardena Pass. Here you stop to admire the incredible gorges of "Val Mesdì" and "Val Setuss", a winter paradise for freeride fans. On the descent you reach "Pian de Gralba", where you meet the junction for the Sella Pass, whose summit is ideal for another short break to photograph the immense walls of the "Sella" Group and the Sassolungo. At the top, descend along the towers until you reach the junction where you turn left and take the "Pordoi" Pass, which will bring you back to "Arabba" with its 33 hairpin bends.

Note


all notes on protected areas

Getting there

By car
  • From Innsbruck A22 Brennero highway to the Bressanone tool booth, continue through the Pusteria Valley, Badia Valley and the Campolongo Pass
  • From Verona/Milan A22 Brennero highway up to Egna Ora tool booth, continue for Fiemme Valley, Fassa Valley, Pordoi Pass, Arabba
  • From Venice A27 highwayway tool booth Belluno follow the Agordina 203 to Agordo, Caprile e Arabba.

By train

Nearest railway stations

  • Belluno - 70 km
  • Brunico - 48 km
  • Ponte Gardena - 51 km

By bus

By plane

  • Venice Treviso/Venice Marco Polo - 160/170 km
  • Innsbruck - 140 km
  • Verona - 270 km
  • Milan Bergamo/Milan Malpensa - 310/400 km

Parking

There is ample parking in the centre of "Corvara" and countless open spaces and pitches on the passes.

Coordinates

DD
46.497353, 11.874507
DMS
46°29'50.5"N 11°52'28.2"E
UTM
32T 720572 5153324
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Difficulty
moderate
Distance
51.9 km
Duration
0:50 h
Ascent
1,681 m
Descent
1,681 m
Highest point
2,245 m
Lowest point
1,522 m
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