Da Cortina per la SS 48; in prossimità di Pocol, a sinistra si prende la SS 638 per il Passo Giau.
Dal Ponte di Rocurto, dove all’andata si sarà lasciata una seconda macchina, si rientra al parcheggio di partenza risalendo la SS 638.
From the car park head SE to immediately catch sight of the first stage of the itinerary, Forcella Giau. Usually there is an obvious line of ski mountaineering tracks to follow, easily at first, then more steeply to beneath the col proper (path no. 436). The view from here is fantastic: Monte Pelmo straight ahead, Civetta on the right and, stretching out deep below, the entire Mondeval plateau. Traverse beneath the immense “Lastoi de Formin” walls following path no. 436 and, heading towards the Becco de Mezodi, reach Forcella Ambrizzola (2277m). This is another outstanding viewpoint: the Ampezzo valley extends below while the Croda da Lago walls, towering high above the tiny refuge, reflect in the waters of Lago dell’Edera (or Lago da Lago). Head sharply north along path no. 434, signposted for “Rocurto”, down to the refuge (open throughout winter). Walk alongside the right-hand side of the lake to then continue along Val Negra. An initial flat section is followed by a decidedly steep slope at the end of the rocky outcrop “Ciadenes”. Negotiate this slope carefully to reach Casone di Formin at 1885m. From here take care in finding path no. 437 which crosses the river “Ru Formin” on the left; do not be misled by the tracks left by skiers who continue north towards Pezziè de Parù. The path now winds its way west, losing height slowly, to reach the bridge at Rocurto and then the main road.
Lago D' Ajal Mountain Hut, Croda Da lago Mountain Hut
ACCESS: At a hairpin bend at 2025m park on the right.
Rifugio Croda Da Lago
Normal equipment for winter walking, snowshoes and poles, lightweight crampons. Given the length of the itinerary take plenty to drink.