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What’s the best way to reach the Valparola pass?

The Valparola pass (2168  m a.s.l. -  Ladin Ju de Valparola, Italian Passo di Valparola) is located in the province of Belluno near the border with South Tyrol and connects the South Tyrolean village of Val Badia with Belluno (Veneto). 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 is without a car: that’s because on foot, by bike, via the cable car or public transport, you can conquer the passes in a sustainable manner whilst enjoying the superlative backdrop  of the Dolomites

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 Valparola 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 Armentarola/Alta Badia:
Duration: 2 h, altitude difference: 550 m ↑, length: 9 km
From Armentarola, hike via the Eisenöfen Alm Alpine farm (Malga Valparola) along trail no. 18 to the pass.

From the Falzarego pass:
Duration: 20 minutes, altitude difference: 60 m ↓, length: 2 km
From the Falzarego pass, head past the "Museum Forte Tre Sassi” fortress and the Valparolasee lake, following trail no. 424.

The most scenic hikes

The Valparola pass is accessible via both comfortable and more challenging hiking trails. Magnificent panoramic views of the Sas de Stria, Col di Lana, Sassongher and Pütia Conturines mountains as well as the Marmolata glacier and the surrounding Dolomite massifs are guaranteed! 

From Passo Valparola to Pralongiá and down to San Cassiano

From Passo Valparola to Pralongiá and down to San Cassiano

Reaching the Valparola pass by bike

Easily reach the Campolongopass 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.

Well equipped & fully charged

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

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From Armentarola/Alta Badia:
Duration: 2 h, altitude difference: 630 m ↑, length: 12 km, degree of difficulty: hard (m. biking)
Start: Armentarola - San Ćiascian/San Cassiano. From the village of Armentarola, the mountain-biking route leads along trail no. 18 past the Eisenöfen Alm Alpine farm (Malga Valparola) and to the Valparola mountain hut not far from the Valparola pass.

From San Ćiascian/San Cassiano - Alta Badia:
Dolomites Bike Tour (Road bike):

Duration: 1 hour, altitude difference: 630 m ↑, length: 9 km, degree of difficulty: medium
Start: San Ćiascian. From Alta Badia, the tour follows provincial road SP24 (clockwise) to the Valparola pass.
The total route has a length of 51 km and leads over three legendary passes significant in the history of the Giro d’Italia race. Along the way, first reach the Valparola pass from Alta Badia, followed by the Falzarego pass and the Campolongo pass.

Arriving to the Valparola pass by bus

Using the Mobilcard or the regional Guest Cards (e.g. Eggental Guest Pass), 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. 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 Valparola pass can be reached from Corvara with bus line no. 465 (Corvara - Stern - San Ćiascian - Falzarego pass). Buses run every hour, with additional trips during rush hour.

From Bruneck/Brunico, the pass can be reached via bus line no. 460 (Bruneck - Val Badia), with a change in La Ila/La Villa to the above bus line no. 465.

Reaching the Valparola pass by private vehicle

Although it is permitted to drive to the Valparola pass in summer by private 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.  

In South Tyrol, sustainable transportation is a top priority. For this reason, it is recommended that visitors use sustainable forms of transport whenever possible and use public transport to get to the desired starting points for hikes or other activities.

Question: Are there public toilets at the Valparola pass?
Answer: There are no public toilets on the Valparola pass. However, toilets can be used at the Valparola mountain hut at the top of the pass when consuming something. Additionally, there are facilities (huts, bars and restaurants) along the hiking and biking trails.

Question: When is the best time to visit the Valparola pass?
Answer: Due to the large crowds  especially during the summer months , we recommend visiting the Valparola pass outside of core hours (9:00 am - 11:00 pm).

Question:  Where can I get more information about the Valparola pass and the surrounding area?
Answer:  In the responsible tourist office: 
-Tourist Info Alta Badia: Tel. +39 0471 836176, info@altabadia.org, www.altabadia.org

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