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R28 Dürrensteinhütte / Rifugio Vallandro » Seekofelhütte / Rifugio Biella
  |   4h35   |   12 km   |   404 m   |   52 m

From the Plätzwiese meadow (approx. 2,000m), a path (no. 3a) leads on a gentle incline to the Gumpalboden. Following the signs for trail 3, Via Alpina winds around the flanks and debris-covered peak of the Hohe Gaisl to the upper Roßalm meadow (2,142m). Then a dirt road heads to the "Ofen“, turning off southward to the Cocodain ridge and along the nature park border to the stage destination.

Easier alternative route (difficulty )

Head down from the Plätzwiese to the North West through the Stolla Valley. At around the Brückele inn, turn to the left and climb up the 600m in altitude to the Obere Roß Hut (Via Alpina - location).

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Dürrensteinhütte / Rifugio Vallandro
2028 m
| B  2 km / 0h30
Plätzwiese / Prato Piazza
1991 m
| D  6 km / 3h00
Ross Alm
2142 m
| CD  2.5 km / 0h45
Cocodain Scharte
2332 m
| D  1.5 km / 0h20
Seekofelhütte / Rifugio Biella
2327 m
Detailed route description
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
During this stage, Via Alpina crosses high altitude dolomites trails 1 and 3. It is best to start out from the Seekofel Hut to climb the Seekofel (2,810m, 1 hour, only for experience hikers).
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 57 Bruneck - Toblach ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 031 Pragser Dolomiten ~ Tabacco (1:25.000)
Useful guidebooks
  • Lexikon 57 Bruneck - Toblach ~ Kompass (ISBN 3-85491-064-9)
  • Wanderführer Dolomiten 5 ~ Rother (ISBN 3-7633-4199-4)
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  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    The Seekofelhuette, the pass after it, and the descent are boring and with the alternative I did (R27) it would have made sense to divert to the Sennes Alm about an hour before reaching the Seekofelhuette, and probably before actually reaching the Sennes Alm to head to the Seitenbachscharte (pass) from where a trail leads down to Wildsee, i.e. bypassing the Seekofelhuette / pass descent altogether. 20 min before reaching the Seekofelhuette another trail to Seitenbachscharte is signposted.

    The regular descent from Seekofelhuette is unpleasant with on a late Sunday morning about 300 people stumbling through the narrow passages (and clogging up the trail for lengthy periods). The descent includes 2 secured passages of 50 and 20m; in R23 such passages were not secured. Here one could get by without the cables.
  • Veronique et Bruno - 2018-09-23
    Après le refuge Biella nous sommes descendus jusqu'au lac Prags Wildsee. Le prix de le demi pension à l'hôtel Pragser Wildsee,est comparable à celui des refuges d'altitude avec en prime une vue magnifique sur le lac.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    After the Biella hut we went down to Prags Wildsee lake. The price of half-board at the Pragser Wildsee hotel is comparable to that of the mountain huts with a wonderful view of the lake.
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    3 juillet 2017
    C'est étape est théoriquement courte: ça tombe bien, car je la débute à partir de Höhlensteintal. Superbe étape, tant de la fin de la R27, que de cette R28, surtout avec ce beau temps!
    A partir du Rifugio Vallandro, le chemin a été détourné, suite à la montagne qui s'était effondrée en juillet 2016: il faut prendre un bus qui nous amène 500m plus bas, puis prendre un chemin carrossable qui monte jusqu'à Rossalm: c'est lors de cette montée que je rencontrerai mes premiers français depuis le début de la randonnée, soit 27 jours! Là, spectacle sublime sur la montagne effondrée (Crossa Rossa).
    A Rossalm, pas d'hébergement possible, seulement repas le midi.
    J'ai donc continué jusque Rifugio Biella, ambiance très sympathique.
    Une belle journée bien remplie avec ses 1900m de montée et 500m de descente (en plus des 500m en bus), d'autant que j'ai raté la direction de Cocodain et suis arrivé au refuge par un détour: pas grave, le cadre était si beau!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    July 3, 2017 This stage is theoretically short: it's good because I start from Höhlensteintal. Superb stage, both from the end of the R27, than this R28, especially with this beautiful weather! From the Rifugio Vallandro, the path was diverted, following the mountain that had collapsed in July 2016: we must take a bus that takes us 500m lower, then take a road that goes up to Rossalm: c is during this climb that I will meet my first French since the beginning of the hike, 27 days! There, sublime show on the collapsed mountain (Crossa Rossa). In Rossalm, no accommodation possible, only lunch. So I continued to Rifugio Biella, very friendly atmosphere. A busy day with its 1900m climb and 500m descent (in addition to 500m bus), especially since I missed the direction of Cocodain and arrived at the refuge by a detour: no big deal, the frame was so beautiful!
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    Route number 3 between Ross Alm and the Dürrrensteinerhüte is officially closed, because of the risk of falling stones. The red "wall" comes down when it rains. There's a big landslide that washed the hiking trail away. They made a little detour, when I passed, it was allright, but not much later I heard a lot of noise when other hikers passed this part. That was really scary. Especially because at night there was an big storm that caused a lot of damage. A few kilometres further a road has been destroyed, just like the hiking trail, an huge landslide has "washed" away the road. This made me realize that official warnings and closed paths/roads are to be taken serious.
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    Incredible scenery!
  • tof - 2014-12-25
    Trieste-Monaco le 22/7/14

    De Vallandro à Pragserwilsee sans passer par Bielsa. Ensuite bifurcation vers la vallée de Rasun di Sotto. Itinéraire hors Vialpina sur 3 jours.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trieste-Monaco on 22/7/14 From Vallandro to Pragserwilsee bypassing Bielsa. Then bifurcation to Rasun di Sotto Valley. Vialpina route out over 3 days.
  • Erharterh - 2014-11-05
    Wanderweg Dürnsteinhütte-Seekofflhütte
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Trail Dürnsteinhütte-Seekofflhütte
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    Water in the Seekofelhutte is stored in a tank, and is not drinkable. So bring up your own or buy water in bottles. Italian type of toilets!
  • Alpinisten - 2012-09-24
    Können die Gehzeit von Jean-Louis Giraud ab Dürrensteinhütte bis Seekofelhütte bestätigen: 5h muß man dafür einplanen!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Can walk from Jean-Louis Giraud from Dürrenstein hut to confirm Biella: 5h must allow you to
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2012-03-28

    L'étape est magnifique, parfois au mileu des pins cembro mais le plus souvent dans un environnement minéral et désertique ...Un livre ouvert sur l'origine des Dolomites et une vraie lecon de géologie !
    Attention aux indications du Topo-guide ! Il y a manifestement une erreur sur la distance et sur les dénivelés ! La durée de l'étape R 28 vers le Refuge BIELLA est plutot de 5/6 h .Temps communiqué par le gardien du refuge VALLANDRO.
    Faire des bises de ma part à la responsable du refuge BIELLA ou je suis arrivé avec un certain retard...
    Automatic translation [Google]
    The stage is beautiful, sometimes in the middle of Arolla pine but more often in a mineral desert ... An open book on the origin of the Dolomites and a real lesson in geology! Attention to the indications of the Guidebook! There is clearly an error on the distance and elevation changes! The duration of the step to the R 28 BIELLA Refuge is rather 5/6 h. Communicated by the time keeper Vallandro refuge. Make kisses from me to the head of refuge or BIELLA I arrived with some delay ...
  • Pierre - 2009-08-15
    Ici encore l'l'indication de dénivellé est erronée et nettement supérieure (environ 800 m), la distance est surement plus importante. Ce point mis à part, il y a des passages en balcons qui offrent une vue superbe.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Here again the difference in level indication is incorrect and much higher (about 800 m), the distance is probably more important. That point aside, there are passages in balconies with stunning views.
Last update : 2019-12-15