In the heart of the Belluno Dolomites National Park lies an excursion, unknown to most, that leads to the Rifugio VIIà Alpini. The route to reach it unfolds in the valley of the Ardo torrent, which runs along the path between scenic waterfalls and water features.
The finishing point of the route is the Rifugio VII°Alpini.
This route is recommended in the summer period.
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Route for experienced hikers
This route is recommended for experienced hikers, given the high altitude difference (especially in the final section) and the exposure.
Excursion to Rifugio VII°Alpini: the route
The starting point for this itinerary is at the free car park in Case Bortot, which can be reached from Belluno.
From here, follow the dirt road to the right of the car park (path no. 501), which bears signs for Bus del Buson and Rifugio VII°Alpini.
After a few minutes, the road turns into a path, proceeding slightly downhill, with very exposed stretches that allow a glimpse of the valley of the Ardo torrent. After about 1 hour's walk, the path becomes more impervious, until it reaches Ponte Mariano.
After about 2 hours of walking, we reach a scenic spot, where the torrent creates spectacular waterfalls and water games that make the itinerary particularly interesting.
From this point, the path becomes very impervious, so much so that this last stretch is called "Calvary". After crossing a beech forest, the landscape opens up, offering a view of the imposing Schiara group and our coveted destination: the 7th Alpine Refuge.
For the return we follow the same path as the outward journey.
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