Alpine Path of the Dolomites no. 4

The Alpine Path of the Dolomites no. 4, called "of Grohmann", is dedicated to the Austrian alpinist Paul Grohmann who first climbed some of the most important peaks of the Dolomites in the mid-800s, such as Tre Scarperi, Croda dei Baranci, Cima Grande di Lavaredo, Cristallo, the Sorapiss and the Antelao, and connects the Three Peaks area with the Belluno area. Starting point is San Candido and arrival Pieve di Cadore.

This crossing, developed along a distance of about 85 km, which can be reached in 6 stages, enters the high mountains of the Dolomites through paths and mule tracks that are not particularly tiring and in good condition, made evident by the signs; only the itinerary that provides for the ascent to the Vandelli-Bivacco Còmici hut requires a certain mountaineering experience.

Technical data

Start Location: San Candido
End Location: Pieve di Cadore
Crossing Time: 6 days
Trail Length: about 85 Km
Shelters on the main route: 11
Bivouacs on the main route: 1
Restoration areas on the road: 2
Longest leg: from Galassi hut to Antelao hut and Pieve di Cadore - VI stage – 7.30 hours
Shortest leg: from Vandelli hut to Comici Bivouac – IV stage – 4 hours
Total crossing time: almost 36 hours
Difficulty: medium and high
Total altitude difference uphill: 4500 m
Total altitude difference downhill: about 4800 m
Maximum trail altitude: 2624 m, Forcella della Neve
Minimum trail altitude: 880 m, Pieve di Cadore
Dolomite groups along the way: 8
Opening period of the shelters: from June to September
Recommended period: from the end of June to the end of September
Signs: adequate everywhere

Recommended topographic maps

Tabacco maps 1:25.000
- n.010 “Sesto Dolomites”: from San Candido to “Fratelli Fonda Savio” hut
- n.017 “Dolomites of Auronzo and Comelico”: from “Fratelli Fonda Savio” hut to Tre Croci Pass
- n.03 “Cortina d’Ampezzo and Ampezzane Dolomites”: from Tre Croci Pass to “Pietro Galassi” hut
- n.016 “Dolomites of Centro Cadore”: from “Pietro Galassi” hut to Pieve di Cadore


Stage 1: San Candido - Three Peaks of Lavaredo-Locatelli hut - Auronzo hut
Hiking time: 6 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no. SS52, n.105, 10 e 11, 105, 102

- Alternative Route 1: from Dobbiaco-Toblach to Three Peaks of Lavaredo hut and Auronzo hut
- Alternative Route 2: from Sesto-Sexten to Three Peaks of Lavaredo hut and Auronzo hut

Stage 2: Auronzo hut - Fratelli Fonda Savio hut - Città di Carpi hut
Hiking time: from 4 hours and 30 minutes until 6 hours and 30 minutes, it depends from the trail you choose
Signs: no. 117, 112; 117, 116

Stage 3: Città di Carpi hut - Vandelli hut
Hiking time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no. 120, SS 48b, SS 48, 215

Stage 4: Vandelli hut - Comici Bivouac
Hiking time: 4 hours
Signs: no. 243

Stage 5: Comici Bivouac - San Marco hut - Galassi hut
Hiking time: 5 hours and 30 minutes
Signs: no. 243 or 243, 226 poi 227

Stage 6: Galassi hut - Antelao hut - Pieve di Cadore
Hiking time: from 7 hours to 7 hours and 30 minutes, it depends from the trail you choose
Signs: no. 250, 258, 250, 250/253

N.B. Before starting the itinerary, it is advisable to find out about the weather and verify the opening of the shelters and their availability.

Difficulty: Degree EE = experienced hikers
Length: 85 km
Duration: 01:00 hours

Hotel San Candido and environs