STAGE 6 - FROM RIFUGIO COL GALLINA TO RIFUGIO CRODA DA LAGO
6 h 30'
Rifugio Col Gallina
Rifugio Croda da Lago
On the sixth day, start from Rifugio Col Gallina and take track n° 419 towards Rifugio Averau, walking along the lovely alpine Lake Lìmedes. When you have reached Rifugio Averau, continue along track n° 452 to the Giau Pass. At the pass, cross the road and take track n° 436 until you reach the gully Forcella Ambrizzola. From here, take track n° 434 which brings you to the mountain lodge Rifugio Croda da Lago where you can spend the last night. Alternatively, continue on track n° 432 until you reach Malga Federa mountain hut and stay there for the night. By now you have walked for a total of 110 km.
Approximate hiking times:
From Rifugio Col Gallina (2,034 m) to Rifugio Averau (2,413 m), about 40 minutes
From Rifugio Averau (2,413 m) to Berghotel Passo Giau (2,236 m), about 1 h 30
From Berghotel Passo Giau (2,236 m) to Rifugio Croda da Lago (2,046 m), about 3 h
From Rifugio Croda da Lago (2,046 m) to Malga Federa (1,861 m), about 30 minutes
Rifugio Col Gallina, Rifugio Averau, Albergo Alpino Passo Giau, Rifugio Croda da Lago, Malga Federa
(Continuing Variant B of Stage 5). From Rifugio Dibona, set off towards the mountain lodges Rifugio 5 Torri, Rifugio Scoiattoli and Rifugio Averau. If you spent the night at Rifugio Giussani, go downhill on track n° 403 until you reach Rifugio Dibona, and here, cross the car park on the left of the mountain lodge and take the steep track n° 421 up to the panoramic Rifugio Pomedes. Then follow track n° 420 downhill to Rifugio Duca d’Aosta, from which you can see the famous Schuss piste that features in World Cup skiing events. Continue on track n° 405 until you reach the intersection with track n° 403, which you follow until you get to the junction with track n° 406. Turn right onto track n° 406 towards Malga Pezié de Parù mountain hut, and follow it until you reach track n° 424 on the left, which will take you to the Malga. After passing the Malga, carry on along track n° 424 uphill until you reach the intersection with track n° 439. Take this, and go uphill to reach Rifugio Cinque Torri, where you can spend the night. Alternatively, carry further on to Rifugio Scoiattoli, which provides another possibility of spending the night in the vicinity of the Cinque Torri peaks. The fittest walkers can continue uphill on track n° 439 until you reach Rifugio Averau, or you can go further on track n° 464 which leads to Rifugio Fedare, or track n° 452 which takes you to Berghotel Passo Giau, where you can spend the night. Another possibility is to take track n° 443 and then n° 444 which brings you to Malga Giau, where you can stay overnight, enjoying the superb views of the mountains Lastoi de Formin and Croda da Lago. (Continue with Variant B of Stage 7).