Settsass roundtour

Category
Hiking trail
Difficulty
Medium
Duration
4
Duration in hours
Distance
10.4
Distance in km
Region
Arabba

Details

The "Settsas" massif is a milestone in the history of geology, as it is one of the first explored areas in the Dolomites and is also called the "Richthofen" reef.

The name derives from Baron "Richthofen" who, interested in the geology of the Dolomites, discovered in 1800 that the "Settsas" is nothing other than a coral reef. This mountain is very important from a geological point of view because it preserves the geometry of two reefs from the Triassic period (23 m.a.) with the fossil underwater ramps and the connection with the deep sea deposits that surrounded them, the " S.Cassiano" formation.

At that time they were in tropical latitudes and thanks to plate tectonics they have moved to where we see them now.

The researches of Baron "Richthofen" had fundamental importance, as much as they allowed to give bodies to the tectonics of the plates, according to which the parts of the rocky crust that cover the planet can move, in the geological ages, even of thousands of kilometres from the place where they are formed.

MORE INFO :   

  • "Settsas" became a UNESCO patrimony in 2009 and is part of system n.5   
  • "Settsas" consists of two ancient atolls, "Settsas" and "small Settsas".

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The tour in numbers

10.4
Distance in km
4
Duration in hours
550
Ascent
550
Descent
2055
Lowest point
2385
Highest point

Description

The starting point is the "Valparola" Pass ("Valparola" Mountain Hut), from here follow "CAI" trail no. 24 towards the northern part of the mountain, leaving the "Valparola" Lake on the left. Here the trail leads along paths between rhododendron meadows to the fork where the rocky slopes begin.

From here, continue on the "CAI" path no. 23 and between the rocks you can see the "Col di Lana" mountain more and more clearly.

For the clockwise route, go from the "Valparola" Mountain Hut towards the small lake and take "CAI" trail no. 23 and then return on "CAI" trail no. 24.

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