Fradusta Glacier

Ghiacciaio Fradusta
  • The summit of Fradusta (2,934 m asl), recommended by explorers in the late 1800s as mandatory along with the one of Rosetta in order to admire the Pala Group, can be considered a kind of center of the entire group; panoramically it allows one to sweep over all corners of the Dolomite range.
  • The Fradusta Glacier, located on the Pala Group’s plateau, at an altitude of approximately 2,600-2,900 m asl, at the end of the 1800s was ranked as the second biggest glacier of the Dolomites, after the one on the Marmolada.
  • The beginning of the glacier’ agony took place during the extraordinarily hot summer of 2003. In 2003, the mantle of the glacier broke down into two parts, showing both its precariousness and its weakness. At that time, the experts predicted that it would have disappeared by 2015.
  • Not far from the glacier, it is located the famous Busa di Manna, a depression in the heart of the Pale di San Martino plateau. In the middle of the depression, the historically lowest temperature in Italy has been recorded: -49.6 Celsius degrees.