The mountain dairies of the Val di Rabbi

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 The mountain dairies of the Val di Rabbi
  • Location: Piazzola
  • Starting point: Cavallar car park.
  • Starting and finishing altitude: 1,480 m
  • Highest point: 2,054 m.
  • Time required: 6 hours.
  • Length: 9 km.   
  • Difficulty: medium.

NOTE: this route can be shortened by cutting out Malga Paludè Alta and descending instead along the Lago Corvo valley to Malga Paludè Bassa (4 hours). 

From the car park above the village of Cavallar, the route climbs uphill along the summertime road which winds up the hairpin bends in the beautiful larch forest to the wide open spaces of the pastures around the dairies.

Along the way, look out for tracks in the snow and, if you are lucky, quiet and watchful, you may even spot one or two animals in the little snow-free areas around the bottom of the trees. Animals survive the winter by saving energy, which is why it is important not to disturb them unnecessarily. Near to Malga Artisè, the route climbs the pastures up to the dairy (1,890 m) (2.5 hours). From up here, you can enjoy the wonderful panorama over the Val di Rabbi and the surrounding mountains. Take the path to Malga Cespedè (1,892 m) (3 hours) and, following the folds in the side of the mountain, after the broad Lago Corvo valley, you come to Malga Paludè Alta (2,054 m) (4 hours). From here, there is a fantastic view over the Val di Rabbi and the far-off peaks of the Dolomites. If you are lucky, you may spot a golden eagle soaring on the warm air currents rising up these sunny slopes. Head downhill from here, following an old herder’s track to Malga Paludè Bassa (also known as Malga Caldesa Bassa) at 1,835 m. Continue through the forests and clearings to the car park at Cavallar (6 hours).

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