from Rifugio Passo Sella
This classic tour may be classified as a walk, if it were not for the length, approximately 8 Km, and for some stretches of path, steep at some point, in some other moderately exposed.
It is a loop path, thanks to which you can circumnavigate the whole Langkofel / Sassolungo, enjoying continuously different sceneries and panoramas, always spectacular, while you proceed.
About a kilometer from Passo Sella, in the direction of Wolkenstein / Selva di Val Gardena, is located the Rifugio Passo Sella. Next to the shelter, there is ample parking.
From the parking, take the path 525 to Rifugio Demetz, or the cableway. This way you get to Langkofelscharte / Forcella Sassolungo, where the Rifugio Demetz is located.
From there you descend along the inner valley of the group, called Dantersasc, towards Rifugio Vicenza:
You reach it in less than an hour:
You continue, and on the left you can see the north face of Plattkofel / Sassopiatto, and the valley that leads to the Ferrata Oskar Schuster:
You keep on going, mostly downhill, on the mountainside, keeping to the right at every fork in the trail, actually turning around the base of Lankgofel / Sassolungo:
From this side, the most evident view is towards the plateau of Seiseralm / Alpe di Siusi and the Schlern / Sciliar:
By continuing the tour, you gradually move to the north-west side. There the view is mostly aimed towards the group of Odle and Mount Stevia:
Then, continuing the walk, you move gradually towards the north side:
Until you reach the Rifugio Comici:
Here you can watch on one side the massive Sella group:
and on the other the imposing north face of Langkofel / Sassolungo:
You continue on, on lawns:
You cross the Città dei Sassi (city of boulders), which is an expanse of boulders fallen from the mountains of the group at the end of the last ice age; and after that you find yourself back at the starting point.
■ gb, 2013-08-29