The centuries-old forests of Valle del Biois and the high-altitude meadows of the surrounding mountains are the star attractions of the Alta Via dei Pastori.
Along this 6-stage hiking trail, you will walk on gentle trails that are never too challenging. You will see huts and shelters testifying to the livestock herding occupation that has distinguished this area for centuries.
This Alta Via starts from the hamlet of Bogo, climbs through one of the most picturesque stretches among the valleys of San Lucano and Gares, running firstly beside Malga Dei Caoz and then Malga Campignat.
Continuing to Capanna Cima Comelle hut, it is worth a detour to Pape Peak which, though exhausting, is worthwhile to enjoy the spectacular view on the most well-known Dolomite peaks.
From Pian de le Giare through the built-up area and the Gares waterfalls, it climbs in altitude towards Forcella Stia to arrive at the Mulaz mountain shelter.
Pastures, dairy farms, and hay making huts line the route through the Valés Bas and Valés Alto mountain huts to Valles Pass and continues to San Pellegrino Pass. It continues through Malga dei Zinghen Alti, Malga Zinghen Bas to Flora Alpina mountain shelter, then up through Pian de la Schita to the scenic stretch over Forca Rossa.
After passing dell’Auta Peaks and Col Mont mountain hut, the most challenging stretch of the trail begins that requires good preparation. The path is suggestive but impervious, climbs to Forcella Negher and then descends again to Forcella delle Fontane, crossing the slopes of the Pezza group. It ascends in the direction of Forcella Sciota to arrive at Sasso Bianco mountain shelter, with an exclusive view of the south face of Marmolada. Descending to the hamlets of Costoia and Canacede, the Alta Via ends in Vallada Agordina at the hermitage of San Simon.