Sellaronda MTB Tour
1. Sellaronda MTB Tour - CLOCKWISE
The Sellaronda MTB Tour clockwise can be started from one of the four valleys around the Sella Massif: from Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba, or Val di Fassa.
The Sellaronda MTB Tour clockwise involves relatively few metres of ascent thanks to the use of lifts that allow the transport of mountain bikes and e-bikes. There are numerous downhill trails, which require average technical preparation. The time required varies according to riding ability: from a minimum of 5 to a maximum of 9 hours, including lunch break.
From Selva di Val Gardena, take the Dantercepies cable car. Just below the top station is the first descent: a single trail leading to Passo Gardena and then on to Colfosco.
From Corvara you take two more lifts before tackling the smooth Alta Via to the Campolongo Pass. From here, take the Campolongo chairlift up and down to Arabba to take the Porta Vescovo cable car. From the top station you can admire the spectacular scenery of the frozen peaks of the Marmolada and the Fedaia artificial lake. The descent to the Fodom lift above Arabba is particularly challenging. From the Pordoi Pass, a long trail leads down to Canazei. Once you reach Campitello with the Col Rodella cable car, you climb up to above the Sella Pass, which can be reached via a short descent. We continue along the Città dei Sassi and then begin the descent along two MTB trails to Plan de Gralba. A path leads back to Selva Gardena.
2. Sellaronda MTB Tour - COUNTERCLOCKWISE
The Sellaronda MTB Tour counterclockwise can be started from one of the four valleys around the Sella Massif: from Val Gardena, Alta Badia, Arabba, or Val di Fassa.
The counterclockwise Sellaronda MTB Tour has a total altitude difference of approx. 1,020 m to ride uphill and descents that vary from single trails to dirt roads. It is therefore suitable for uphill cycling with or without e-bike. The time required varies according to MTB riding ability: from a minimum of 6 to a maximum of 9 hours, including lunch break.
Starting in Arabba, after a short stretch on the asphalt road, we climb through the woods to the hamlet of Cherz and continue from there to the Inzija meadows above the Campolongo Pass. The descent then begins, partly on a trail and partly on a gravel road to Corvara. A not too strenuous climb leads to Colfosco, where the cable car up to the Gardena Pass allows for a little rest and a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains, before the descent to Val Gardena. The Ciampinoi cable car takes you right to the slopes of the Sassolungo, and the first short descent on a path also used by pedestrians. A short descent on a dirt road lead to the Gran Paradiso chairlift, whose mountain station is located at the highest point of the Città dei Sassi. From here, continue to the car park just below the Sella Pass. After the pass, descend along a dirt road, which is steep in places, to Campitello in Val di Fassa. From Canazei, with the help of two lifts, you reach Col dei Rossi, where you can contemplate the Queen of the Dolomites, the Marmolada, and the Fedaia artificial lake. Here begins a single trail to the start of the Fodom lift that leads up to the Pordoi Pass. A very scenic MTB trail leads to Burz, from where a further, more technical single trail leads to Arabba.
This tour promises not only breathtaking Dolomites views, but also unforgettable impressions of the beautiful Lake of Carezza (Karersee). An ebike is recommended in any case, as the tour with a total length of 110 km and almost 4,300 high meters is quite demanding. In order to keep the metres in altitude within limits, several lifts are used. Overall, the tour offers a wonderful mix of thousands of panoramas, single trails, gravel roads, cycle paths, forests and meadows.
The start is in Selva di Val Gardena. Thanks to the Ciampinoi lifts, you save metres in altitude. From Ciampinoi, a path (attention: hiking trail, so please ride respectfully) leads to the Comici Hut. Take the meadow path to the right of the gravel road downhill to the Gran Paradiso chairlift, which takes you to the highest point of the famous Stone City (Città dei Sassi/Steinerne Stadt). Via the Stone City you reach the Sella Pass and after a short ascent you reach the regional border between Val Gardena and the Sella Pass. From here a great natural trail, named Rodelline, leads downhill toward Val di Fassa. First it runs flowing over the ski slope, then briefly left along the gravel road before the natural part begins on the right in the forest. There are two difficulty variants and both lead over roots, sticks and stones to Pian Frataces. From here continue along the Infinity Trail to Canazei. On the beautiful cycle path that connects the entire Val di Fassa, you cycle past the various traditional villages of the Val di Fassa to Predazzo. With the new Gardonè cable car and the following chairlift, you reach Passo Ferdo. Now it's a short ride on the ski slope and then on gravel roads and trails through forests and meadows to Obereggen. Of course, a detour to the beautiful Karersee lake is not to be missed; its beautiful turquoise-green colours make it well worth the trip. The route then descends to Welschnofen. Once again, thanks to a lift, metres in altitude are saved and then it's a leisurely ride along a forest road to the Karer Pass. From the pass there is only the asphalt road back to the Val di Fassa to Pozza. From Pozza we take the cycle path back down into the valley to Campitello and up on the Col Rodella cable car. Now the Icarus Trail and a short way back to the Sella Pass await us. The short section uphill to the top station of the Gran Paradiso chairlift is a must, because the subsequent Paravis and Family flow trails or, for the more daring, the Jump Line to Plan de Gralba, make this biking day perfect. From Plan de Gralba, the trail leads back to the starting point in Selva Gardena.