Route: Pralongia

Area: Alta Badia, Dolomites, Italy

Date of walk: 17th June 2018

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance: 4.8 miles

Ascent: 600 feet

Weather: Sunshine and blue skies

One of the great advantages of walking in a skiing area is the existence of a network of chair lifts and cable cars, which means that a walk can be started at high altitude with a minimum of effort. For today’s walk we took advantage of the Pralongia chairlift, situated at Planac above Corvara. There is a road leading to Planac, but we decided instead to walk there from our hotel which took about 15 minutes

The chair lift whisked us up to a height of 6,600 feet and from the station we headed up to the Ütia Pralongià Hut. This brought us to the top of the plateau and from here we followed the waymarked path along the ridge, with fabulous views in all directions. Unlike yesterday’s quite strenuous walk it was easy going all the way, with wide and well maintained tracks and good waymarking

When we arrived at the Ütia Piz Arlara this signified the end of the ridge walk for us, and after slaking our thirst at the excellent hut we started the descent back to Corvara. This was a gentle affair, with more magnificent views along the way, and a sea of wildflowers in the meadows on both sides of the path

Anyone following this fantastic walk would probably return to the foot of the chairlift station, but we made a deviation along an alternative path near the end of the descent, as this took us straight back to our hotel. The maps page reflects the route we walked, but it can easily be adapted to suit individual circumstances

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