A classical trail for MTB lovers, around Latemar by mountain bike, in Trentino-Alto Adige. The loop around Dolomite's group that stands between Val di Fiemme and high Ega valley is a path that is suitable for people with a little fit, if you use Latemar's lifts and becomes an experts tour if you intend to use only your own forces! The strengths of this route are the views from Pampeago and Costalunga passes in addition to the magnificent amphitheater of Carezza lake at the foot of the Latemar group.
Trentino - Dolomites - Val di Fiemme
Latemar tour - track
The trail around Latemar by mountain bike
that we describe today, involves the use of lifts of the Ski Center Latemar
to reach Pampeago and Feudo passes. Staying at the beautiful Hotel Scoiattolo
, we get up three kilometers on a road closed to the traffic, until Pampeago pass
and then we start a super-fast downhill to Obereggen. After reaching the main road (parking) that would lead to the Lavazè pass, we keep on the right on a dirt road still downhill. Continuing on the dirt road, after a sharp fall in the final stretch, we take the right, turning again right immediately later, for a short climb under the Latemar group
From Pampeago pass to Carezza lake
From this point, between wide meadows and forest passages, we reach, without too much effort, the beautiful Carezza lake, in a fantastic location at the foot of the Latemar group, clearly visible in the background. After a deserved rest, we take the main road (the fittest can climb up to the dirt road that branches off to the right at the beginning of the lake) to reach after three kilometers the Costalunga pass.
Descent to Val di Fassa
Shortly after the pass, we take a right turn on paved road that soon becomes dirt. Paying attention to the many people that comes up the path with a mountain bike or on foot, we start a foolish downhill towards Moena, in Fassa valley. To avoid getting into the center of Moena, we turn right at the second cross, not following the route signs Dolomiti Lagorai bike to Moena and Predazzo and heading towards Malga Panna, which we reach a little further at the end of a quite technical descent. The remaining part of the route will be all on asphalt, at the beginning descending sharply to reach the valley, and then, turning right again, lowering regular on the tour cycle path of Val di Fassa that links the villages of Canazei and Predazzo. After about seven kilometers of cycle road we meet on the left the lifts of the Ski Center Latemar on which we load the bikes to first reach Gardonè and then, with the second section, the Feudo pass, goal of another exciting bike tour. From Feudo pass we enjoy our last downhill (the road is opposite the hut, to the left when you reach the top with the chairlift) to the Pampeago pass, closing the loop in a few minutes.
If the effort does not overwhelm you and you want to complete the ring around the Latemar riding your bike you can start from Predazzo and follow the uphill path described in the Feudo pass itinerary before falling to Pampeago pass and follow from this point the route described above. In this case the elevation gain rises up to about 1900m and the climb is very hard. Another alternative is to follow the paved road uphill from Tesero to Pampeago imitating the deeds of the champions of Giro d'Italia.
In summer the Ski Center Latemar maintains operation of its installations from mid June to mid-September. In particular, for the described tour, you will need to go through the cable car from Predazzo Stalimen-Gardonè and then use the lift Gardonè-Feudo pass. The total cost one way for adults is 11 € (6.50 € + 4.50 €) and transport of bicycles is free. The hours are from 8.30 to 13.15 and from 14.30 to 17.30. If you want to avoid even the climb from Pampeago to Pampeago pass, the lift in this case costs 4 € and hours are from 8.30 to 12.30 and from 14.30 to 18.00.
The Pampeago pass was paved during the passage of the Giro d'Italia 2012 and is now closed to traffic. This mythical climb where won champions like Pantani and Simoni, today is also suitable for cyclists who want to climb some of the toughest ramps covered by professionals: with these three kilometers of asphalt reaching the pass, from now on it will be possible to close the loop starting from Tesero, climbing the Alpe di Pampeago, jumping down in South Tyrol and returning to Fiemme: the chance for fans of bike touring here are two. Turning left at Obereggen you can get up Lavazè pass and then down to Cavalese; turning right, you will rise to Costalunga pass and then descend into Val di Fassa and from there reach the starting point. Another opportunity to get on Pampeago in summer and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this area devoted since now mainly to winter tourism.