Col di Luna from Domadore

Domadore – Malga Cavallera - Bivaco Menegazzi – Casera de Camp - Col di Luna - Valle dei Molini

Agordino,Mis Valley

nava • 30/09/2019

Details

Sport
Hike
Rating
Difficulty
Intermediate
Duration
05:00 hrs
Length
14.0 km
Vertigo
A little
Min. elevation
1340 m
Max. elevation
1790 m
Elevation gain
800 m
Elevation loss
800 m
Car park
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Terrain
  • 45%
  • 55%
  •  Forest
  •  Grass
Seasons
  • jan
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  • apr
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  • dec
Signposts

Description

The hike that from Domadore arrives on the summit of Col di Luna is an incredibly charming hike on the bottom of the south-east block of the Pale di San Martino (called Pale Orientali), that starts immediately beyond the Cereda Pass, in the territory of the mountain community of Agordo. For this hike, no special skills are required, other than being used for long distances.

The route starts at the location of Domadore di Saresin, belonging to the Municipality of Gosaldo (Province of Belluno). Arriving from Cereda Pass along the main road (SS347), the way to Domadore is not easy to spot: you have to get to the parking lot in front of the Saresin bar and then go back a hundred meters to the signs on the right side of the road, where the narrow road leading to Domadore starts.

The hike begins by taking the gravel road that climbs E, along the Signpost No. 720 towards Forcella delle Mughe / Malga Cavallera. After about 15 minutes, you reach the crossing at the location called Pra’ de la Forca (1,418 m asl), where you leave the gravel road while taking the path on the left side, which, in about an hour, leads to the pastures of the hut of Malga Cavallera.

From Malga Cavallera (1,679 m asl), the view starts opening up, with the Pale Orientali (eastern Pala Group) upstream, with the peaks of Feltraio and Agnèr, and the peak of Piz the Sagron and the Dolomites of Belluno downstream. The view will keep you company throughout the whole itinerary.

The path continues upstream of the hamlet. During this stretch, the trail is not clearly visible, but after a few tens of meters, at the edge of the forest, by the location called Pian Lònch, the signpost for the bivouac called Bivacco Menegazzi appears. The bivouac can be reached in about ten minutes. From Bivacco Menegazzi, the trail continues in a straight line through the lawn, following the Signpost No. 773 which will take you to the hut of Malga Camp in about an hour. The path is rather easy; however, it must be approached carefully, especially in early spring and late autumn, since it can be quite slippery. As mentioned, this stretch might present some issues, including the crossing of the gully of Valle Sprit.

Once arrived at Malga Camp, continue along the Signpost No. 773 towards Passo di Col di Luna (1,718 m asl) at the foot of the peak of Croda Granda, where you climb the right slope (Signpost No. 733) and in twenty minutes you reach the top of Col di Luna with its cross (1,766 m.). From the cross, there is a wide view over the valley of Agordo with its small villages, while looking north, the white of the Rifugio Scarpa-Gurekian stands out. If the sky is particularly clear, you can also distinguish the red of the Bivacco Biasìn by the peak of Monte Agnèr (2,872 m asl).

The way back start first by getting back to Casera de Camp, retracing the stretch of the outward journey; then it continues along the gravel road which, starting from below the cottage, descends in a short time and arrives at the crossroads in the location of Pian del Gal (1,530 m asl). From the crossroads, the itinerary proceeds on the road to the right and, after crossing the two streams of the Valle dei Molini, continues uphill toward Casera Ortiga for a little more than a kilometer, and then resumes the descent that – in a couple of kilometers – returns directly to the starting point, at Domadore.

Paths

  • From Domadore (Municipality of Gosaldo), at 1,340 mt of altitude, follow the Signpost No. 720 towards Malga Cavallera [0h 50],
  • Once arrived by the hut of Malga Cavallera (1,679 m asl), take the Signpost No. 720 towards the bivouac called Bivacco Menegazzi [1h 00], 
  • From Bivacco Menegazzi al Pianlònch (1,737 m asl), follow the Signpost No. 773 towards Casera de Camp / Col di Luna [2h 00], 
  • From the hut of Casera de Camp (1,750 m asl), keep walking along the Signpost No. 773 / Signpost No. 733 towards Col di Luna, approaching the mountain gap of Col di Luna (1,718 m asl) [3h 00], 
  • Once arrived on the summit of Col di Luna (1,747 m asl), head back to Casera de Camp following the same path (i.e. Signpost No. 733 / Signpost No. 773) [3h 45],
  • From Casera de Camp, follow the gravel road marked with the Signpost No. 6 passing by the hut of Casera Ortiga (1,592 m asl), until reaching the starting point by the location of Domadore [5h 00]. ✓