Hike to Rifugio Comici – Zsigmondy Hütte

Rate this Adventure 8.1 miles 2559.1 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

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This 2.30h hike takes you to Rifugio Comici - Zsigmondy Hütte, the starting point for many interesting routes though the Natural Park of Sesto Dolomites and is located in a valley rich with historic memories from WW1.

From Sesto drive to the town of Moos, and a few kilometers down the Via Fiscalina you will find directions to Dolomitenhof hotel, there is a parking area to the right just before the hotel. The route starts at 1454 m. altitude walking South across a dirt road through the forest, which then leaves space to wide grasslands, perfect for picnics. The path coasts the bed of what must have been an impetuous river, but now is nothing more than a stream. Human presence is strong, as you arrive to the Rifugio Fondo Valle, it becomes clearer – but, actually, most people stop at this point.

Trails #102 and #103 start at the end of the valley and they lead respectively to Rifugio Comici – Zsigmondy Hϋtte and to Rifugio Locatelli – Dreizinnenhϋtte. Access trail #103 and climb a curvy trail on a safe path that was constructed after a landslide that fell from the Monte Una peak in October of 2007. In this stretch, the vegetation is rich. Soon the path folds south-east and the rock walls of Monte Una that coasted the way open up to an amazing view. In front of you, the impressive walls of the Popera mountain and Cima Undici overlook the surrounding space.

The path becomes steeper and the vegetation sparse. Underneath a water stream makes its way out from some boulders, and then enlarges into a vivacious brook, which sound echoes in the valley.  The last stretch is the toughest one, the ending ramp is just like a rock ladder, but when you see the South Tyrolean flag waving above your heads you know you've reached destination Rifugio Comici-Zsigmondy Hϋtte at 2224 m!

The building is located on a rocky plateau, and had Cima Dodici, Cima Undici, Monte Popera and Croda de Toni in plain sight. This Rifugio is the starting point for many routes: you can reach Rifugio Berti, by crossing Forcella Giralba or if you follow path #101, you can get to Rifugio Pian di Cengia. In addition to these main routes, surroundings are rich with vie ferrate and walls where you can practice rock climbing. The magnificence of this area of the Natural Park of the Sesto Dolomites isn’t due solely to the vastness and impressive panorama, but foremost to its cultural and historic value. During WW1 many fierce battles between the Italian and the Austrian artillery happened here. Both armies escalated the paths lifting heavy items of artillery to conquer the lookout posts. They didn’t have any lifts, pulleys or mechanical aid of any sort – soldiers could only count on their strength and that of the mules dragging this enormous weight. Just imagine how rough it must have been to survive the winter at this altitude, when technical equipment and isolating shelters we have today didn’t exist. It was nothing like the comforts we have today.

The Rifugio offers a wide variety of dishes, that you can enjoy in the warmth of the cozy interiors or on the terrace (which we recommend for the amazing view it offers). Try the daily specials, you might taste something new! (we had nettle soup - as little inviting as it sounds it is actually delicious!).


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