One of the paths that most of all leads to know the remains of the Great War. You can find several remains of trenches and barracks from the First World War and you can see the superb panorama of the Fassa Dolomites, the Vanoi Valley and the Cima d’Asta peak.
It was a very harsh winter in 1915, which saw the Italian and Austrian troops confront each other in the conquest of this symbolic peak. The bitter battles ended only in August 1916, leaving on its slopes galleries, wooden barracks, walkways, stone stairs, gunner posts, barbed wire and guard posts. It is on this historical heritage that the excursion along the "Via Austriaca" develops, a stony mule track sometimes ruined by the falling rocks over the years. The itinerary is quite demanding and long, at the beginning on roads that then become steep paths and passages on porphyritic rocks where you have to pay attention. The summit cross rises between the huge boulders and hollows created by the explosion of the bombs.
There is a source where to refuel water, immediately after Pian delle Maddalene, at an altitude of 1800 meters.
To fully appreciate the excursion and the historical heritage it preserves, it would be advisable to read up on the war events in this area in advance.
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Do not hesitate in going back if you feel too tired
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Please note that the practicability of the itineraries in a mountain environment is strictly linked to the contingent conditions and is therefore influenced by natural phenomena, environmental changes and weather conditions. For this reason, the information contained in this page may have changed. Before leaving for a tour, make sure the path you will approach is still accessible by contacting the owner of the mountain hut, the alpine guides or the visitor centres of the nature parks, the info offices of the local tourist board.
From Rifugio Cauriol (1.600 m) take the forest road (No. 320) which then becomes a mule path and a track leading to Passo Sadole (2.058 m).
From here follow markings for “Via Austriaca” until you reache the summit of Monte Cauriol (2.494 m).
The descent is along the same way, first to Passo Sadole and from there back to Rifugio Cauriol.
The massif is sadly famous for the battles fought between Italian and Austrian forces during World War I (1915-1918). Following heavy shelling, the summit of the mountain was lowered by six metres compared to its pre-war height.
all notes on protected areas
From Ziano di Fiemme drive to Sadole (Rifugio Cauriol and Malga Sadole)
Just before Cauriol hut
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
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Hiking map available in all Val di Fiemme information offices.
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