Behind the Sassongher, the Puez

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Behind the Sassongher, the Puez

From Corvara, the impressive view of the Sassongher is so majestic that not even we envisage what lies beyond. Yet behind the Sassongher is one of the most fabulous views of the Dolomites, the Puez Group dominated by the three peaks of the Piz de Puez (2,918 m) and the majestic “pyramid” of Piz Duledes (2,908 m).

The Puez Group – majesty and charm

When we think of the Dolomites, we think of the heart, the majestic territory of the Sella Group.

World events take place here, attracting thousands of athletes from all over the world each year, such as the Maratona Dles Dolomites. Here you will find spectacular ski trails such as the famous Circuito dei 4 Passi (4 Passes Circuit).
Great thrills in direct contact with the emblematic landscapes of the Dolomites. Yet the Puez-Odle is no less emotive, even if not suitable for skiing or biking, but perfect for those who love to walk: hikers and trekkers.
The Puez Group is one of the most majestic and fascinating areas in the Dolomites, part of the Puez-Odle Dolomites System, which also includes the Sassongher.

Reaching the Puez

There are various routes to reach the plateau.
The closest one to Corvara starts out from Colfosco, along path number 4 that leads to the Lech de Ciampai. Perhaps the least strenuous route is the that leading from below Colfosco with the Frara cableway to the Jimmy Hütte mountain hut, from where we continue along the Alta Via delle Dolomiti no. 2.
Of course, the Hotel Sassongher can help you with maps of the area and specific information. Once having reached a high altitude, we head to the centre of the plateau to the Rifugio Puez, managed for over 70 years by the Costa family, at the intersection of the Alte Vie no. 2 and no. 8. This is the ideal access point for hiking and mountain tours on the plateau.

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The Puez, a book of earth’s history

Upon reaching the plateau, we are surrounded by a sense of wonder and amazement. The panorama extends for kilometres rich in colour and magnificence. Right at the top, we can see why this Puez-Odle Nature Park, consisting of over 7,900 hectares, is recognised as a true “Libro di Storia della Terra” (“Book of Earth’s History”).

The geological phenomena of this grandiose limestone plateau are impressive. Here, we find all the successive geological strata that have formed the Dolomites over some 200 million years, from the Permian period to the Cretaceous period. The territory recounts the geological evolution since the time when the Dolomites were atolls and tropical cliffs.
The landscape varies considerably, ranging from hard dolostone walls to gentle undulating slopes. Here, we find all types of mineral, from the porphyries of the volcanic group of the Permian period in the province of Adige, to the rocks from the carbonate platform, with undulations composed of soft and dark rocks rich in ammonites typical of the Cretaceous period. There are also very evident forms linked to the thaw cycles, with debris cones and extensive aquifers.

The Puez, halfway between reality and a dream

It is a landscape that evokes dreams and images of the existence of fantastic creatures.
Like many mountains in the Dolomites, the Puez also has its legends populated by knights, dragons, maidens, magicians, wild women and lost loves, such as the must-read “Donna Dindia”, one of the most beautiful legends of South Tyrol. But that’s another story.

What is indisputable is that the nature of the Puez has no equal, a fairy-tale landscape, often draped in that morning mist that evokes primordial memories. An impressive hike, not to be put off for those who love the mountains.

The Puez, the wonder behind the Sassongher

An excursion to the Puez is an unforgettable experience able to fill the heart with the sense of glory of nature, a life experience that “elevates” the spirit.
The conquest? An enchanted, grandiose landscape, surrounded by some of the most dominated peaks of the Dolomites, such as Sass di Putia (2,865 m), Sass Rigais and the Furchetta (both reaching 3,025 m) and the Sassongher, the “mythical” mountain behind our Hotel.


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