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What’s the best way to reach the Campolongo Pass?


The Campolongo Pass (1,875 m a.s.l. - Ladin: Ju de Ćiaulunch, Italian: Passo di Campolongo) is located between the Sella Massif and the Fanes Group and connects the Val Badia valley in South Tyrol with the Buchensteintal valley in Belluno. It is a popular destination and starting point for those keen to experience the unique landscape of the UNESCO World Heritage Dolomites. The best way to do so is without a car: You can explore the passes in a sustainable way by walking, cycling, taking the cable car or public transport and enjoy the Dolomites for many years to come.

Wild camping is prohibited on the Dolomite passes in South Tyrol and throughout the rest of Italy. There are, however, many RV parks where you can stay for up to 72 hours. They serve as a stopover, offering essential amenities such as electricity connections and supply and disposal facilities. For stays exceeding 72 hours, we highly recommend booking a pitch on a campsite. Campsites provide a wide range of amenities and facilities that will improve your experience.

Reaching the Campolongo Pass on foot

One foot after the other is the best way to reach the pass. In addition to sporting activities in the breathtaking landscape of the Dolomites, hikers can also experience the  flora and fauna  of this fascinating mountain world up close and personal.

Tip: Before setting off, inform yourself about safety in the mountains, the current weather conditions and whether the hiking trail of your choice is open.

From Alta Badia/Val Badia:
From Corvara:
duration: 2 h, altitude difference: 320 m ↑, length: 5 km
Start: Corvara village centre. Follow the hiking trail via trail markers no. 24, no. 26, no. 26 A and no. 3 to the pass.

From Planac:
duration: 1 hour, altitude difference: 150 m ↑, length: 4 km
Start: Planac parking lot. The route to the pass is via trail markers no. 26 and no. 26 A.

From Arabba:
Variant A) duration 1:30 h, altitude difference: 275 m ↑, length: 2 km
Start: Opposite the butcher's shop in Arabba. From Arabba the hiking trail no. 638 leads to the pass.

Variant B) duration: 2:30 h, altitude difference: approx. 558 m ↑, length: 4 km
Start: Next to the valley station of the Arabba-Monte Burz chairlift. Follow hiking trail no. 637 and then trail marker no. 640 to the pass.

From Alta Badia/Val Badia:
From Corvara:
duration: 50 minutes, elevation gain: 300 m ↓, length: 2 km
With the Boè  cable car to the mountain station, then hike to the pass via trail marker no. 638.

From Planac:
duration: 1:30 h, elevation gain: 200 m ↓, length: 4 km
Take the Pralongiá chairlift, head up to the mountain station, then descend to the pass via trail markers no. 3 A and no. 3.

From Arabba:
duration: 2 h, altitude difference: 230 m ↑, length: 4 km
From Arabba, take the Arabba Monte Burz chairlift. From the mountain station, hike along trails no. 637 and no. 640 to the pass.

Tickets for the cable cars & lifts can be purchased directly on site. In addition to one-way tickets, the following advantage cards are available:

  •  Alta Badia Summer Card: With the Summer Card, enjoy unlimited use of all cable cars and chair lifts in Alta Badia for the purchased days (day pass/3 to 4 days/5 to 7 days/12 to 14 days).
  • The Arabba Marmolada Summer Pass: With the pass in hand, use the cable cars in Arabba on 3 out of 4 days or on 5 out of 7 days.
  • The Supersummer Card: take advantage of 120 cable cars and lifts in the Dolomites (day ticket/3 to 4 days/5 to 7 days).

Note: You may not use the lifts with guest cards (e.g. Holidaypass). Dogs can be transported only when muzzled.

The most scenic hikes to Campolongo Pass

Reaching the Campolongo Pass by bike

Easily reach the Campolongo Pass via racing bike,  mountain bike or  e-bike . We recommend finding out in advance if the route of your choice is open in addition to the current weather. Also, please obey fair and safe cycling practices. According to the local road code, the pass is passable via bike using the provincial road (SS244) without restrictions.

  • Please note: It is not possible to take bicycles on public transport around the Dolomite passes.

Biking + cable car combination

From Planac/Corvara:
duration: 40 minutes, elevation gain: 134 m ↓, length: 3 km, degree of difficulty: medium (MTB)
Start: Prolongià chairlift in Planac. From Planac, take the Pralongià chairlift to the mountain station, then cycle downhill along the Bike Beats - Flé Trail to the Ütia La Marmotta hut, then continue through the woods along  path no. 3 to the Campolongo Pass.

From Calfosch/Colfosco-Corvara:
Sellaronda mountain-biking route (section Calfosch - Campolongo Pass):
Length: 8 km, altitude difference: 500 m ↑, duration: 40 minutes, degree of difficulty: easy
Start:  Col Alto and Braia Fraida cable cars. Take the cable car to the mountain station, then follow the orange Sellaronda mountain-biking route signs.

MTB Sellaronda clockwise:
Length: 56.6 km, elevation gain: 440 m↑, 4060 m ↓, duration: 6-7 h, degree of difficulty: medium
Start: Col Alto and Braia Fraida cable cars. Take the cable car to the mountain station, then follow the orange Sellaronda mountain-biking route signs.

Sellaronda mountain-biking route counterclockwise: 
Length: 57.3 km, altitude difference: 1120 m ↑, 3670 m ↓, duration: 6-7 h, degree of difficulty: hard
Start:  Plans lift - Frara cable car. Take the cable car to the mountain station, then follow the green Sellaronda mountain-biking route signs.

From Arabba:
Sellaronda mountain biking route clockwise
: Length: 59.7 km, altitude difference: 440 m ↑, 4130 m ↓, duration: 6-7 hours, degree of difficulty: medium
Start:   Funifor Arabba-Porta Vescovo cable car. Take the lift to the mountain station, then follow the  orange Sellaronda mountain biking signs .

Sellaronda mountain-biking route counterclockwise:
Length: 56.7 km, altitude difference: 1020 m ↑, 3660 m ↓, duration: 6-7 hours, degree of difficulty: hard
Start:   Arabba-Monte Burz chairlift. Take the lift  to the mountain station, then follow the  green Sellaronda mountain biking signs .

Tickets for the cable cars and lifts can be purchased directly on site or from the Tourist Info offices. 5€/bike will be charged if not already included with the cable-car ticket. In addition to one-way tickets, there are:

  • The Supersummer Card:120 cable cars & lifts in the Dolomites can be used with the Supersummer Card (day pass/3 out of 4 days/5 out of 7 days/season pass), including bike transport. The ticket is valid for all cable cars & lifts on the aforementioned Sellaronda tours.

Some lifts cannot transport bicycles,  i.e. in Alta Badia the Boè cable car does not permit the transport of bicycles. You may not use the lifts with guest cards (e.g. Holidaypass).

The most scenic bike tours to Campolongo Pass

Are you keen to pedal on the mountain pass road,  or would you prefer a flowing mountain-bike trail? There are many route variants for bikes.

Well equipped & fully charged

To make sure that nothing gets in the way of your cycling experience to the Campolongopass, there are numerous bike rental shops and e-bike charging stations nearby.

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Arriving to the Campolongo Pass by bus

Using the Mobilcard or the regional Guest Cards  (e.g. Holidaypass, Val Gardena Mobil Card), guests can travel by bus free of charge (validation required at the beginning of each journey). Alternatively, tickets can be purchased directly on the bus or in Arabba at the La Stampa kiosk. Children younger than 6 do not need a ticket.
Dogs must be kept on a leash and muzzled if necessary. Small dogs travel free of charge. 

The Campolongo pass can be reached from Corvara/Val Badia and from Arabba with bus no. 472 (Corvara - Campolongo pass - Arabba - Pordoi). The buses run every hour.

Reaching the Campolongo Pass by private vehicle

Although it is permitted to drive to the Campolongo pass in summer byprivate vehicle, we advise against it due to road congestion and for reasons of sustainability. Parking spots at the pass are limited and subject to fee (coin-operated). Parking on the side of the road is sanctioned by law enforcement officers according to the road code.
PLEASE NOTE:Traffic jams and other inconveniences can be expected at any time during the summer months. For the current traffic situation or possible pass closures, we recommend consulting the traffic information centre.  

Question: Are there public toilets at the Campolongo Pass?
Answer: There are no public toilets on the pass, but there are several places to stop at the top of the pass and along the hiking and biking trails (huts, bars and restaurants) where toilets can be used by those who make a purchase. 

Question: When is the best time to visit the Campolongo Pass?
Answer: Due to the large crowds especially during the summer months (mid July and August), we recommend visiting the pass outside of core hours (10:00 am - 12:00 pm).

Question: Where can I get more information about the Campolongo Pass and the surrounding area?
Answer:  In the relevant Tourist Infos: 
-Tourist Info Alta Badia: Tel. +39 0471 836176, info@altabadia.org, www.altabadia.org
-Tourist Info Arabba: Tel. +39 0436 79130, info@arabba.it, www.arabba.it

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