Route: from Feltre to Bassano along the "Alta Via degli Eroi" (Heroes High Route)
Medium altitude: 1775 m
Lenght: 65/70 km
Medium duration: 4 days
This route, which goes from Feltre to Bassano del Grappa, is also known as "High Route of the Heroes". It starts from the Piave Valley, in the vicinity of Feltre, and ends in the Brenta Valley: two big rivers that remind us of heroic achievements and mark the boundaries of this pre-alpine route.
The peculiar configuration of the mountain enables hikers to avoid hard ascents and descents, except for the first part (Feltre - Mt Tomatico) and the last (Cima Grappa - Bassano).
A long part of the route unwinds along the ridges of Mt Tomatico, Mt Paoda, Mt Santo, Sassumà Peak, Mt Peurna, Mt Paion, Colle Crodarotta, Mt d'Avien, Sasso delle Capre, Mt Fontanasecca. It follows mainly mule-tracks or quite good trails. Sometimes the trail is absent, but there are useful red signals to lead the way.
The route can be divided into four parts (but you can obviously decide otherwise). The only real refuge along the way is the "Bassano alla Cima Grappa", while the other stages offer old romantic alpine cattle sheds where you can stay overnight only if you have a sleeping bag.
Once you have reached the summit of Mt Grappa, you can visit the Shrine of Mt Grappa and the Vittorio Emanuele III Tunnel, the grandest and most amazing wartime work. It was planned and built between January and June 1918, in order to strengthen the defence structures on the mountain.
Porcen (Feltre) - Monte Tomatico - Malga Curto - Malga Pàoda
Porcen is about 4 km far from Feltre and can be reached on foot (1 hour) or by public means of transport. From Porcen square you have to go uphill, on the left, through Via Monte Tomatico and continue till the end of the asphalted road. Now turn left at the farmhouse and enter a large mule track. Follow it till the junction, and then turn left again. Few ahead enter a path on the right that will reach the main mule track above. Run uphill along it, enter the wood and continue uphill till a little season spring, beyond which there is the Sfaldèr. Cross a steep meadow half-way up the hill, at the beginning of the Valle del Fieno. Continue till you will see a little hut. Enter the mule track on the left and run along it, entering a thick wood, below the western wall of Monte Tomatico, towards the casèra dai Tòn. From here climb to the ridge, follow it northwards to malga Tomatico and then to Monte Tomatico peak. Descend from it till the grassy saddle, then continue towards malga Curto and malga Pàoda.
Malga Pàoda - Val Dumèla
From the stone with the signs, which lies about 100 metres above Malga Pàoda, go westwards and descend to a wide valley. Cross it at a hut ruins and then go uphill to a grassy creek, and follow the yellow stones on the right, till the foot of the spur. Run along a narrow path till the Higher Val di Prada. Cross it in the direction of a lone rock, then go towards the rock wall in front of you. Run along it till you reach a wide grassy saddle. Go towards the ruins of Malga Zavàte and then continue westwards to Forcella Alta. Run along it south-westwards and uphill to Forcella Bassa. Run along it till the lowest creek, then turn northwards and follow the path that leads to a wide meadow. Go towards the tree with the red sign. Follow the track heading south-westwards till a grassy plain and then southwards to a little pass between two boulders, below Monte Peùrna. Then climb to the ridge top with a weak track of a path. Pass the spur and arrive to another little pass then continue. You will reach Malga Val Dumèla through Forcella d'Avién and Malga Conte.
Val Dumèla - Rifugio Bassano
about 5.30 hours
From the Malga go southwards to Due Valli. This place is the point where Val Dumèla and Val Cinéspa meet. Follow the right path till the ruins of Malga Cinéspa. Then continue to malga Fontanasecca. From here follow the path which leads to Forcella dei Salaròli, in Monte Salaròl and then, through a quite uneven stretch, to Col dell'Orso. Continue till you reach Monte Casonét peak, Valpore Cross , the Cross of the Lebi and, along a shortly uphill road to Rifugio Bassano.
Rifugio Bassano - Bassano del Grappa
There are three itineraries to descend to Bassano:
a. along the "Strada Cadorna" which leads to Romano Alto degli Ezzelini and then to Bassano (about 6 hours);
b. through Monte Meda and Val di Poìse till you meet the main itinerary (1.30 hours till Val di Poìse);
c. from Rifugio Bassano, through Val delle Foglie, Val dei Lebi, Valle di Santa Felicita, to Bassano del Grappa (about 4.30 hours).