Tour around Sassolungo and Sassopiatto
6-7 hours - medium-difficult trekking
From the station of the Ciampinoi cable car (2256 m) we take the path number 21 and go down to the grassy Sella de Tieja (2096 m), then continuing uphill around the Piz Sella to reach the Comici Refugee (2153 m) on the slopes of Sassolungo. Then we move on path 526/528 through the undulating meadows at the foot of the north-east wall (1800 m high) of the Sassolungo, rising vertically over the pastures. The path windes in the labyrinth of rocky boulders called "the city of stones" to reach the Sella Pass Refugee (2160 m). From behind the little church we follow sign n. 4 and take the famous Frederick Augustus trail that connects Passo Sella to the Alpe di Siusi, named after the King of Saxony, a lover of mountaineering and climbing, that in the years preceding the outbreak of World War I stayed several times in South Tyrol. We proceed past the Salei Refugee (2222 m) going up to the Forcella di Rodella (2318 m) via a wide grassland crossed by chairlifts. From here we proceed towards the west, passing near the Frederick Augustus Refugee and take a path that descends into a canyon of dark earth between rocks of tuff. Without large gradients the trail passes through the steep grassy slopes on the south side of Sassolungo, crossed by canals, and reaches the Sandro Pertini Refugee (2300 m, from Sella Pass 2 h). From here the trail continues between short rocky stretches toward the Sasso Piatto Refugee (2297 m, 1 h). We then follow the path to the Alpe di Siusi until the junction where we take the trail n. 527 to the Vicenza Refugee, which leads through a beautiful landscape. We proceed on a grassy plateau strewn with stone pine at the foot of the wild peaks of Sassopiatto and then across a scree until we get to the Vallone del Sassolungo. From the intersection with the path that leads to Vicenza Refugee we take the trail n. 526 that goes first halfway up under the wall of Sassolungo and then with 2 steep hairpin bends leads us to the Col de Mesdi. We keep on path n. 526 through a grassy plateau and then descend to the Plan de Sasslonch until the crossroads at which we take a left on the trail/road that descends in the Val d'Ampezzan reaching the farm Ciaslat. Here we cross the track, that in winter is the Ski World Cup downhill slope, to reach the hamlet of La Selva and following the path parallel to the road we return to Selva.