We have arrived later in the evening to the base of Marmolada and we booked a room in Marmolada Refuge at 2000m altitude. We set down at the table to have a warm meal. We found great food once again, just to discover that this cook was Romanian too.
We asked advice from the owner of the place to understand the best way to climb Marmolada. He was really kind and gave us a map for free, showed us the trail, from where to book all the gear we needed in order to achieve our goal.
We were really pumped up for this one.
Went to sleep early to wake up early in order to follow the plan.
In the morning, big surprise. There was a 10cm snow outside and a -5C – whaaat? this is insane! It is August – how is this possible? We were not prepared to continue the journey, I only had short pants with me and a few trousers which were already soaked wet. At the base we got -5C but on the summit it was -23C.
Decided to roam around in the snow a little bit and take the first buss to Verona and enjoy a bit more sun before the we end our trip in Italy.
Originally we thought about spending one day hiking from Refuge Vajolet till Antermoia and descend the following day, but we have arrived quite early to Refuge Antermoia and decided to continue descending in the same day to Mazzin – a town at the base of the Dolomite’s and go to Marmolada. Spend the night at the base and the second day to do the summit 3343m.
This means about a 5h journey to the one of the refuge on Marmolada, stay over night there and the following day early in the morning to walk up via ferrata. It sounded like a perfect plan!
We started descending from Antermoia to the town and only after 30-40 min walk the gray cliffs and rocks changed into beautiful green fields and joyful marmot sounds. The marmots are the cutest things I have ever seen, they ran away from us up the hill, barely dragging their fat rear.
The journey down to the town shortly became never ending – it took us approximately 3 to 4 hours to the base. We walked down through a beautiful valley which might be the most incredible thing I have experience in my hikes. A really cool river stream flowing down the pathway, strong green vegetation everywhere you looked, mind-blowing mountain peaks in the far distance and really cool caves.
Once we finally arrived to Mazzin it started to rain, so I think it was a good decision to walk down from the mountains as soon as possible.
Next Stop – Marmolada.
Passo Antermoia – 2770m altitude – the most beautiful view I have seen so far in my hikes and it is the highest altitude I have ever got so far. It feels good!
I can visibly see how the mist is rising from the base, it is coming fast so we are unable to spend more time in this place, so slowly started descending to lake Antermoia.
As we walk down we discover more amazing places, the valley is absolutely stunning. Everything looks gray and without too much live in it, yet it is so satisfying to watch.
We are tempted rush down the the valley, but it can turn out wrong if we rush this. Descending is pretty dangerous, in specially with weight on your back. The entire weight is held by the knees, so we need to be careful as it can get damage it.
Probably in less then 2 hours we arrive to the lake with the most amazing blue water I have ever seen. In some of its corners we can still find loads of snow. We threw down our bags and took a break to admire the view.
Antermoia refuge is just a few steps from the lake so we stopped there to eat something and plan further our descend and the plan for our next chain of mountains.
Day 2 in the Dolomites.
7am, clear sky, perfect time to continue hiking till our next destination: Passo Principe 2601m. We quickly had a snack before start climbing, prepared our backpack, threw it on our back and went out to touch the summit of Vajolet Valley.
If you think about it there is only a 500m altitude difference till Passo Principe, yet it is really far and requires a lot of energy to reach it. Being surrounded by massive cliffs, rocks and small seashell fossils, it takes my imagination back in time to its creation. The tectonic plates colliding into a huge explosion and the mountains rising up. The same mountains, the same cliffs, rocks are still present in this place. I am walking on the pages of history written by the mountains themselves.
After a few hours hiking we reached the Passo Principe Refuge at 2601m altitude. We had no rain, chill weather, perfect for hiking. We took a brake to have something to eat, some fruits and water. It was the perfect place to fly my drone too and take some nice photos. We did not have time to go into the refuge, but the it looked really cool from the outside and placed into a perfect place, right into the cliff.
The mist is quickly rising up, the forecast is announcing rain for the afternoon so we decided to keep walking until Passo Antermoia at 2770m and than slowly descend to Lake Antermoia and decide how to proceed further from there.
You can find bellow a short video with some stunning drone videos of the cliffs and Principe Valley. Enjoy!
Fassa Valley – The beginning of our journey to the Dolomites. After a good night sleep at Mariannas house we woke up early in the morning to do some shopping for our trip and hit the road from Trento to Fassa Valley.
After a few hours journey we arrived around 12 pm to Fassa Valley. We are only at the base of the mountains at around 1400m altitude yet the view is already amazing. The plan is to have a quick stop and have something to eat and then see weather we will go up to Campedie refuge by foot or take the cable car.
While we were eating it started to rain, so we decided to take the cable-car up to the refuge.
Campedie refuge – 2000m altitude.
Walking through the forest of Vajolet we see some amazing views over the cliffs of the Dolomites. The rain is keeping up and by the time we got to the refuge Gardecia we were soaked wet.
We stopped for a quick brake to have a tea and warm up. In the meantime the rain stopped, so we took advantage of it and quickly went up to refuge Vajolet at 2240m. As high as we get the more difficult it gets, the rain is getting worst and worst, but after a few hours we arrive to the refuge and seek for a warm room to rest and warm up.
The rain created beautiful waterfalls falling off the cliffs and small streams flowing down the walking paths.
We found a tiny double bed room and a hot shower, all we needed.
Check out the video bellow from Fassa Valley up to Vajolet Refuge. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE to the channel.
I have planned a trip to Italy for a long time. I believe it was just after my trip to the Alps in Slovenia that we decided with Dragos to visit the Dolomites. We didn’t think too much about it as always and booked our ticket to Italy.
Day 1 – Venice in a day
After a few hours flight, I have arrived to Venice, Italy. Took the bus from the airport straight to the island of Venice and once more I had to find Dragos without any internet connection or credit on my phone.
While searching for Dragos, I walked through the narrow streets of the city and admire it beauty. There are tens of narrow streets and over a hundred islands connected through many bridges.
We have tried pizza, pasta and didn’t had too much luck with the food. Because it is such a touristy city, there are way to many places where you can sit down to eat, but probably the best choice to have some sea food which is their specialty.
Later on in the evening we met with Mariana who is a colleague from university and took us to her home to have a good night sleep.
The next day we will continue our journey to Fassa Valley and start our ascent to the Dolomites.
It’s been some time since I had some quality time spent with my brother, so we both decided to go to lake Varsolt and spend a night talking at fishing.
I have packed all my camera gear, my tent, put in a back pack, get on the bike and cycle till the lake. If I think about it now, I am not sure if this was that good of an idea, to cycle there. It is about a 20km ride with some nasty hills. It was really though getting there with bike, because I didn’t have too much practice.
I have arrived there by the time was going down, so had a really cool sunset over the lake. Didn’t have too much luck fishing, so we decided to take the fishing rod with the drone as far as we can. We it didn’t help, we were catching some small size fish which we threw back, but other than that it was a really cool evening talking with my brother.
We woke up to a stunning sunset, slowly packed and it was time for me to ride back home. Ughh!
I have started exploring the sights in Maramures this year and discovered some really beautiful places. Yet, there are still many more places to explorer. This time I have took my parents to a place called Mara.
It is an amazing place to go and relax at the out swimming pool with a stunning view or chill and enjoy some great food at the Pastravaria Alex restaurant.
You have a really cool waterfall just next to the restaurant and even better the lake with fishes is under the restaurant so you can chose your own fish to eat.
In one of the evenings after work I wound out with my friends to explore the Meses Mountains and specifically to find what once was the Salamander water stream ( “Izvorul Salamandrelor”.)
We started our journey from the Bradet park where you can easily find the trail as it is marked with the yellow circle. After an approximately 1h30 min walk we arrived to the place but couldn’t find the water stream. The place is destroyed by endless fallen trees all over the place caused by the strong storms, but also due to deforestation.
After a lot of search we almost gave up when suddenly we found a sign tight to a tree. We went into the pile of cut down trees and we spotted the water stream. We decided to take the sign and make it more visible and cleared out a little bit the path to the water stream.
Continued our journey back home, witnessing a stunning sunset, but then we ended up discovering the Scholar Wooden Cabins from the 1940’s. The place it looks like a post apocalyptic place, with the plants growing through the foundation of the cabin.
This place holds around 5 wooden cabins, a bigger hotel and a bowling alley. There is also a football field and many other interesting structures.
Here is a short video exploring the place. Enjoy.