Kaiserjäger path and Tunnels

 
 

Kaiserjäger Path

During World War 1 the Kaiserjäger path was the communication way between the bottom of the valley and the high emplacements on Lagazuoi, and was used to supply food, munitions, and war equipment.
The path has now been repaired and can be travelled for its entire length.

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ACCESS
You can reach the starting point, Falzarego pass, from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Arabba or Badia by car or public means of transport.

APPROACH
The initial path, no. 402, begins in front of the station of the Lagazuoi cable car. Follow this path for about 100 metres and then join a new path on the left  which rises west over scree. Zigzagging up the western path you reach the rope route.

DESCRIPTION
Following a system of ledges, you first reach the famous suspension bridge, which is 10 meters long and 25 meters high,  and then a steep and exposed but well protected ledge. Then you go across well preserved emplacements and descend onto the Martini Ledge. Here you can see the big crater of the Austrian mine and the „ Anticima“ emplacement with the entrance to the Italian tunnels  
From here a steep path leads first to the ridge, then to the summit of Piccolo Lagazuoi and finally to the mountain hut Rifugio Lagazuoi.

DESCENT
From Lagazuoi refuge descend to the top station of the cable car and here, on the right, take the path that winds though the Austrian trenches and takes you to the Italian tunnel which runs through Berrino Point (in the tunnel you need a torch).
You come out onto the Martini Ledge and after a further section on the ledge, descend to Falzarego pass on path no. 402.  

TECHNICAL INFORMATION

  • Peak: Piccolo Lagazuoi
  • Departure and arrival point: Falzarego pass, Lagazuoi cable car's parking (SS 48)
  • Minimum quota: 2107 m
  • Maximum quota:  2778 m
  • Difficulty: K1/A
  • Orientation: south west and south
  • Total duration: 2,15 hrs. (2 with cable car)
    - approach: 0,45 hrs.
    - ferrata: 2 hrs.
    - descent from the exit of the tunnel: 0,30 h.
  • Total difference in altitude: 647 m  
  • Vertical drop on the ferrata: 280 m

NOTES
Even if there are some exposed sections, this itinerary is also suitable for younger hikers because there are well placed fixed cables for support.

The route can be completed both uphill and downhill, using the cable car or on the path 401-402.

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Photo by Stefano Zardini
 
 

Galleria of the Piccolo Lagazuoi

The Lagazuoi tunnel is an atypical, suggestive via ferrata, quite different from any other protected climbing route.

It is without a doubt highly interesting and unique and allows the hiker to experience the enormous hardship and suffering endured by the troops fighting in the Dolomites on both sides during World War 1.

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Photo by Stefano Zardini

GETTING THERE
You can reach the starting point, Falzarego pass, from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Arabba or Badia by car or public means of transport. There you take the Lagazuoi cable car that brings you up to the top station, which is very close to Lagazuoi refuge, in a few minutes.  
Alternatively, you can reach the top by walking along path no. 402-401 in 2 hrs. with 630 m high gain.

DESCRIPTION
Given the steepness, the tunnel is usually descented.
From Lagazuoi refuge you can easily each the tunnel entrance on a signposted path.
With a torch, ideally a head torch, go through the winding tunnel dug through the Piccolo Lagazuoi by the Italian soldiers during the First World War.  
The tunnel is very steep but completely equipped with cables. Its dark and damp environment is only rarely broken by a few spectacular windows cut out of the rock, before it opens out below at Cengia Martini and the military remnants.
From Cengia Martini follow the marked path to quickly reach path no.402 which leads back to Falzarego pass.

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Peak: Piccolo Lagazuoi
Difficulty:  medium - easy
Altitude:  2778 m
Departure and arrival point: Falzarego pass, Lagazuoi cable car's parking (SS 48)
Total duration:  2,30 – 3 hrs.
Vertical drop on the ferrata: 350 m
Gear: normal via ferrata kit, a torch (ideally head torch).  A pair of gloves  is recommended.

NOTES
This itinerary is an excellent choice when the weather is poor

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Mine Tunnel

The Italian mine tunnel blown up on 20th June 1917 has been completely restored and today it enables visitors to see one of the most dramatic battle zones of the First World War.
Currently, the mine gallery is an elaborated tangle of tunnels, the most daring gallery system ever realised during the Great War.

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TECHNICAL DETAILS

  • Start and arrival: Falzarego pass, downhill station of the cable car Lagazuoi
  • Lenght: 5,12 km
  • Duration:3 h
  • Minimum quota: 2107 mt
  • Maximum quota: 2752 mt
  • Height difference uphill: 639  mt
  • Height difference downhill: 701  mt
  • Signpost n.: 402,401
  • Difficulty: easy

The gear you need includes an appropriate footwear, gloves, a headlamp and a helmet

GETTING THERE:
You can reach the starting point, Falzarego pass, from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Arabba or Badia by car or public means of transport.

DESCRIPTION
Take path no. 402 next to the valley station of the Lagazuoi cable car at the Falzarego Pass (2107 m) aand reach the Martini ledge and the entrance to the Mine Tunnel.
The mine tunnel ends on the “Anticima” emplacement on the peak of the Piccolo Lagazuoi. From there a hiking trail leads to the top station of the Lagazuoi cable car and to the mountain hut Rifugio Lagazuoi (2752 m).
Before reaching the top station, you cross an impressive system of trenches, once a look-out post for the Austrian army.
Walk back on the path  no. 401, which runs close to the saddle Forcella Lagazuoi.

You can also go through the mine tunnel in the opposite direction. In this case, take the cable car up to Mout Lagazuoi and walk down through the tunnel.

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Photo by Giacomo Pompanin