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R29 Seekofelhütte / Rifugio Biella » St. Martin in Gsies / S. Martino in Casies
  |   4h10   |   26.5 km   |   54 m   |   1146 m

Climb downhill eastward over the Törlscharte ridge near the Seekofel Hut (2,327m) to the "Nabiges Loch“ valley floor. Then continue to the Pragser Wildsee lake at approx. 1,500m; this brings you to a section of the dolomites high altitude trail no. 1. Now, follow a 12km route over the level terrain of the Pragser valley to Welsberg. From here, you can take the regular bus into the Gsieser Tal Valley.

Point Segment
Name Services Information Marking
Seekofelhütte / Rifugio Biella
2327 m
| D  3.5 km / 1h30
Pragser Wildsee / Lago di Braies
1494 m
| ABCD  6 km / 1h20
Schmieden / Ferrara
1222 m
| ABC  6 km / 1h20
Welsberg / Monguelfo
1087 m
|   11 km / 0h00
St. Martin in Gsies / S. Martino in Casies
1276 m
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Other long-distance trails and alternative routes
The dolomites high altitude trail no. 1 leads from the Pragser Wildsee lake in 8 daily stages to Belluno (marked with a blue triangle bearing the number 1), also taking in the Seekofel mountains. We take the trail section in the opposite direction, i.e. from the Seekofel Hut over the pass down to the Nabiges Loch and on until reaching the northern end of the Pragser Wildsee.
Useful topographic maps
  • Nr. 57 Bruneck - Toblach ~ Kompass (1:50.000)
  • Nr. 031 und Nr. 032 ~ 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
    (2) The app AllTrails has 32km and 1000m elevation gain for R29 -- it seems to divert to hiking trails, including a significant climb (in the direction of R30) after Welsberg; it should be possible to rather than complete R29 and descend to St. Martin switch to (some kilometers into) R30. (St. Martin seems a perfectly arbitrary stage between two sections.) See the app for bypassing St. Martin even when following the Via Alpina GPS data. If walking R29 from Prasg Wildsee roughly in accordance with the GPS coordinates, then enter "Karbach" or "Galfall Alm" into to avoid a couple of kilometers of detour to St Martin (and a corresponding road walk).

    In case of bad weather: The app has a low-level route suggestion, mostly off-road, for a 33km walk from Welsberg to the Talstation in R33 (or a 38km walk with an ascent towards the end of R33).
  • Carsten - 2022-01-10
    (1) No water on the alternative approach to the Seekofelhuette for the last hour, none at the Seekofelhuette, none on the regular descent, none at the Prags Wildsee. First water c. 30min after Prags Wildsee, 5 meters from the trail, passing a parking lot behind an older large hotel: The typical pipe continuously dispensing water into a trough. Three such outlets in Schmieden, several in Welsberg.

    Resupply: Schmieden has a Despar, Welsberg a Coop. (Both were closed on Sunday.)

    The app displays the detailed way to St. Martin (25km from Prags Wildsee). Trail 1 to Schmieden, 2A continuing to Welsberg, then the Talblickweg to St. Martin; all except the first are bicycle paths, typically but not always asphalt.

    I enjoyed getting a feeling for the distance between the Dolomites and what comes next, but would, on second thought, seriously consider taking the bus from Prags Wildsee (every 30min) to Welsberg, followed by a bus to St. Martin.
  • Lolo - 2019-07-24
    J'ai pris le bus 441 à Monguelfo (2€50, toutes les heures rondes) pour finir cette étape à St Martin pour éviter les 12 derniers km.
    Hotel Kircherwirt 60€ 1/2 pension. Très bien.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    I took the 441 bus to Monguelfo (2 € 50, all round hours) to finish this stage in St Martin to avoid the last 12 km. Hotel Kircherwirt 60 € 1/2 board. Very well.
  • Potos marcheurs - 2018-08-05
    Cette étape me parait irréaliste. Il faut descendre de Biella avant d'entamer les 27 km de plat avec pas mal de macadam jusqu'à saint Martin. Prendre le bus à lago deBraies ou couper l'étape en dormant à Smiedden.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    This step seems to me unrealistic. It is necessary to go down from Biella before starting the 27 km of flat with a lot of macadam until Saint Martin. Take the bus to Lago de Braies or cut the stage while sleeping in Smiedden.
  • POPEYE GG - 2018-06-13
    4 juiillet 2017
    Du Rifugio Biella, je suis parti sur Cocodain, que j'avais raté hier, et je ne regrette pas, c'est minéral à souhait!
    Je suis donc repassé par une même partie de chemin que la veille, puis descente sur Lago di Braies, aménagée. On retrouve au lac beaucoup de monde!
    Descente jusqu'à Monfuelgo, puis bus pendant les 11 derniers km, pour échapper à la route.
    Difficulté de trouver un hébergement à San Martino in Casies, où pourtant il y a plusieurs hôtels.
    Finalement, trouvé au superbe hôtel Waldruhe (qui porte bien son nom, c'est calme!), à recommander, et eux au moins acceptent la carte Visa!
    Automatic translation [Google]
    4 july 2017 From Rifugio Biella, I left on Cocodain, that I had missed yesterday, and I do not regret, it's mineral wish! So I was ironed by the same part of the way that the day before, then down on Lago di Braies, arranged. There are many people in the lake! Descent to Monfuelgo, then bus for the last 11 km to escape the road. Difficult to find accommodation in San Martino in Casies, where however there are several hotels. Finally, found at the beautiful hotel Waldruhe (which is aptly named, it's quiet!), To recommend, and they at least accept the Visa card!
  • Eva - 2017-09-15
    followed the Talblickweg between Welsberg and Kargruben (near S.Martino), the GPS track is just a straight line between Welsberg and S. Martino and this hiking/biking path avoids walking on a busy road.
  • Hannes - 2016-11-22
    Habe halt im Gsiesertal gemacht. Habe in der Mountain Residence Montana gewohnt. Wurde in St. Martin am Ende der Wanderung abgeholt und am nächsten morgen wieder zum Ausgangspunkt der nächsten Wanderung gebracht. Die Residence kann man Empfehlen.

    Mountain Residence Montana
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Have just made in the Gsiesertal. I stayed at the Mountain Residence Montana. Was picked up in St. Martin at the end of the hike and the next morning brought back to the starting point of the next hike. The Residence can be recommended. Mountain Residence Montana
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    Church clocks here are confusing: Small hands show the minutes, big hands show the hours!
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    In St Martin, behind the church there are two Gasthofen. I stayed at the Kircherwirt (E43 HP pp) which I can recommend. While you eat your 4-dishes dinner on the terrace you can have a last look at the Dolomites, which now seem so far away... Opposite to the bus-stop there is a tourist office. I was told that around August everything in and around St Martin is full.
  • Daniel - 2013-09-15
    From the Pragser Wildsee to Schmieden the track leads through forests. Along the way are interesting information panels about the Dolimites. From Schmieden the track follows an asphalted cycle-road that I found very boring. I recommend tot take the hourly bus from Schmieden to Wellsberg. Then take another hourly bus from Wellsberg tot St Martin (20 mins ride). The busride is interesting because in circles through all the villages in the valley.
  • Elisabeth - 2012-12-09
    Ici on parle du lac de Braiès plutôt que Prags. Après le le lac, le sentier n° 1 est dévié (travaux routiers) au niveau de St-Veit où il faut suivre la route. Il y a un arrêt de bus à St-Veit. Le bus dessert Niederdorf où il vaut mieux prendre le train pour Welsberg. A la gare de Welsberg, le bus du matin pour S. Martino in Casies part à 9h.
    Automatic translation [Google]
    Here we speak of the lake rather than breeches Prags. After the lake, trail no one is deflected (roadworks) at St. Veit which must follow the road. There is a bus stop in St-Veit. The bus service Niederdorf where better to take the train to Welsberg. A station Welsberg the morning bus to S. Martino in Casies hand at 9am.
  • Jean-Louis GIRAUD - 2012-03-29
    Arrivé à SAN MARTINO VAL CASIES, au terme de l'étape R29, j'ai trouvé un hotel à proximité de la vallée de Karbachtal dont la montée, demain, fera l'essentiel de l'étape ...
    Accueil trés agréable dans un bel établissement avec des prestations de grande qualité et un prix trés abordable...Aprés négociations ! En ce début juillet 2011 l'hotel était trés peu rempli. Se lever tot et prendre le temps d'apprecier le buffet...
    Tel 00 39 (0)474 978 403
    Fax 00 39 (0)474 978 451
    Email :
    Automatic translation [Google]
    VAL SAN MARTINO arrived Casies, after step R29, I found a hotel near the valley Karbachtal whose rise tomorrow will be the essential step ... Very pleasant home in a beautiful facility with high quality services and very affordable price ... After negotiations! In early July 2011 the hotel was very very full. Get up early and take the time to appreciate the buffet ... Hotel Waldruhe Fam. SCHALLER I-39030 VAL SAN MARTINO Casies Tel 00 39 (0) 474 978 403 Fax 00 39 (0) 474 978 451 Email:
Last update : 2019-12-15