Hike over the high plateau of the Fanes to the Rifugio Fanes

Through the Fanes-Senes-Braies nature park in the heart of the unique mountain world of the Dolomites to the Rifugio Fanes.

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Trip description

From the alpine guest house & Rifugio Pederü up to the high plateau

We start the hike into the legendary realm of the Fanes at the car park of the alpine guesthouse Pederü.. We follow the gravel road, which is closed for traffic, from the car park Pederü in the direction of Rifugio Fanes.Directly behind Pederü, there is a steep ascent with up to 25% gradient in serpentines. The gravel here is well stuck and fine at the beginning, but then becomes coarser and slightly washed out towards the end. Sometimes it is necessary to drive backwards if the grip of the traction device is not sufficient. In between, we can see from a distance the hiking trail No. 7, which will also cross our path again and again.

Over the plateau to the Rifugio Fanes

On the plateau, the wide gravel path with a gradient of only up to 5% leads leisurely over the high plateau and you can enjoy the surrounding mountain world. After about 1.5 km, the road climbs again, this time first with 10%, then slowly getting steeper with up to 20%. The flooring becomes somewhat coarser here due to scree avalanches on the side of the way, so reversing may be necessary as the grip of the traction device might be dwindling away. After about 1 km the terrain becomes flattered again and the path more like a wide hiking trail. With a maximum gradient of 10%, it passes the Ücia Pines Fanes and the Ücia dles Munatgnoles (Ücia is the Ladin Language). At the junction, we can turn left toward Rifugio Fanes and right toward Rifugio Lavarella. The Rifugio Fanes can be reached via a gradient of about 12% and a coarser gravel path with large, smooth stones.

The same way back.

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Trail conditions

Continuously unpaved forest road with fine to coarse gravel. In the summer, there is a lot of traffic. As there are scree avalanches here from time to time, the paths are not always fixed or stuck.


From Brunico through Val Pusteria to St. Lorenzo, into the Val Badia to Longeta/Zwischenwasser, turn left to Al Plan de Mareo/ St. Vigil. Continue to the paid car park at the alpine guest house Pederü (signposted). The last part of the route leads through the nature park and over a toll road. 

Time requirement

In total about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

Difference in altitude

Approx. 500 meters of altitude

Suitable wheelchair

  • Wheelchair with traction device
  • off-road power wheelchairs

Accompanying person

An accompanying person is absolutely necessary due to the slopes and the rough and loose ground. The accompanying person can push the wheelchair on loose ground, but can also assist in reversing, should the traction device lose grip.

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Level of difficulty



The tour includes gradients of more than 20% some sections may have to be driven backwards, depending on the strength and grip of the traction device, which should be four-wheeled if possible. Likewise, coarse gravel makes the floor difficult to drive on, and an accompanying person is necessary for occasional pushing.

Resting facilities

Alpine Gueshouse Pederü, Rifugio Fanes, Rifugio Lavarella


Accessible toilet

In the guest house Pederü there is a wheelchair-accessible toilet. The keys can be obtained from the hosts.

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