Kaiserjäger equipped trail

Difficulty
Equipped trail
Time
3 h 30'
Start
Passo Falzarego
Arrival
Passo Falzarego

During the Great War, the Sentiero dei Kaiserjäger (Kaiserjäger Path) was the communication route between the valley floor and the Austrian positions at altitude on the Lagazuoi, through which food, ammunition and material were transported. Today the path has been restored and can be walked in its entirety, with some exposed stretches but well equipped with fixed ropes.

From the car park of the Lagazuoi cable car, follow a short section of path no. 402, climbing up next to the ski slope. Then turning left onto a new path you cross the scree below the Lagazuoi and arrive at the first remains of Great War emplacements.

The path zigzags steeply up to the start of the cable. 

Following a system of ledges, you reach the famous suspension bridge, about 10 m long and 25 m high. Crossing this bridge, you reach a steep, exposed but well secured ledge. Continue across well-preserved posts, then onto the path. 

From here, the crater of the Austrian mine and, in the background, the Anticima with the entrances to the Italian gallery can be seen very well.

A steep path leads first to the crest, then to the summit of the Piccolo Lagazuoi and finally to the Lagazuoi Refuge.

The itinerary can be covered either uphill (recommended) or downhill, using the cable car, on foot along the Sentiero del Fronte or along the path which crosses the Anticima gallery. 


It is worth making a diversion to the famous Cengia Martini, an Italian village clinging to the rock: the ledge crosses the southern face and was named after Major Martini, who in 1915 led two platoons of Alpini to its conquest by climbing the Val Costeana. The peculiarity of the post is its strategic position between two Austro-Hungarian emplacements: that of Cima del Lagazuoi above and the Vonbank trenches of Sass de Stria. In fact, the Austrians did everything they could to drive out the Italians who, on the contrary, entrenched themselves even further, equipping the ledge with walkways, kitchens, canteen, warehouse, telephone, cable-car station, dressing stations, forge, carpentry, furrier's shop and huts-shelters for 140 men.

Info

Altitude
2778 m
Positive elevation gain
647 m
Negative elevation gain
647 m