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Concetta Bonaldi Sunday, 26 October 2014

Excursion to the Ice Cave

The excursion to the Ice Cave is not very difficult and suitable for all the family. Start from Pedraces village, taking the 'La Crusc' chair lift. Once you've reached the top (1,820 m), follow the Stations of the Cross until the 'Santa Croce' pilgrim's hospice. A small church with precious frescos is just a stone's throw away.
Excursion to the Ice Cave
 
 
 
‘The Armentara meadows and the view on the Marmolada, the Boè Group, the Sassongher, Gardenaccia and Pütia make this a unique landscape.’
The excursion to the Ice Cave is not very difficult and suitable for all the family. Start from Pedraces village, taking the 'La Crusc' chair lift. Once you've reached the top (1,820 m), follow the Stations of the Cross until the 'Santa Croce' pilgrim's hospice. A small church with precious frescos is just a stone's throw away. 
Continue uphill following trail 15 B, head northward until you reach a pass. Take a rest and enjoy this stupendous view. The Marmolada  glacier and the Boé Group to the South and the Sassongher, Gardenaccia and Putia to the West. 
Continue downwards to a vast scree and a snow field. Follow the slightly uphill route and you will arrive right beneath the Ice Cave: just admire the cave chiselled into the snow and ice by a river. 
Return on trail 15B until you reach a dirt road, then go downhill into the woods until you reach the Armentara meadowswhich are part of the Fanes- Sennes-Braies Nature Park. 
Keep to your left, walking towards 'Fornacia' and following trail mark 15; walk downhill until you find the 'Range da André' sign. You will then reach a mountain hut, its various animals milling about. Why not stop for a bit and taste a typical Ladin dish? 
he walk continues towards Pedraces-San Leonardo and, after having crossed the fields, you will reach 'Razuns-Valgiarai'; you will then have to choose whether to follow the trail until San Leonardo or turn left- always heading towards San Leonardo- and coasting the ancient huts of 'Cialaruns' and e 'Ruac' until arriving at Pedraces' church. Follow the road and you will then reach the big parking space of the chair lift. 
This walk lasts approximately four hours and has a total elevation gain of 700 m.

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