Another beautiful day in the Dolomites took Haus Valentin and Angelo guests to the Falzarego pass. From here, they ventured up towards the Lagazuoi tunnels to walk a route known as the Col dei Bos – a stunning moderate stroll around the peak itself.
Not a cloud in the sky, hardly a breath of wind and a van full of excitable guests, it was already the beginning of a memorable day in the mountains. We set off from the car park as I pointed out the route heading up above us, directing eyes to the Lagazuoi tunnels whilst sharing my most recent WW1 knowledge with the group (thanks to both Isabel and John, our much appreciated World War One enthusiasts who join Collett’s for the summer). The first section of our walk consisted of 550m of ascent, so stopping frequently and turning round to enjoy the view was a real necessity, especially with the Marmolada glistening so wonderfully under the sunshine.
As we reached the col, the Val Travenanzes came into view. The sheer size of the Tofana de Rozes, a 3000m standing peak, became more and more obvious as we wandered towards it and created a picture perfect scene against the orange-coloured rocks along the valley. A gently traversing path meant the group stayed close together, exchanging trekking stories and stopping frequently to enjoy the view. Before long, we all decided on an early lunch and found a great spot next to some of the trenches from the war. Perched up against a rock under the midday sun, it was difficult not to drift off for a little siesta!
After an exploration of the ruins, we carried on along the path as it wound its way round the mountain, opening up views across to Cinque Torri, Averau and down the valley to Cortina. We came across a small tunnel dating back to 1971, an impressive example of the engineering in the area. Col dei Bos is also home to a Via Ferrata and being graded as a 3B, it is very popular with visitors in the area. Today proved quieter than usual without a single person on the wire, but we soon spotted sport climbers on the Falzarego towers just next door. Following on from that the old hospital ruins, with a surprising amount of bricks still standing, deemed an interesting attraction for our guests as it was something some of them had been looking forward to seeing towards the end of day.
Having taken our time and after enjoying a leisurely lunch, we still managed to get back to the car park in the early afternoon. Seeing as the weather had held up beautifully all day, it only seemed right that we spent some extra time enjoying a coffee and a slice of cake. Today proved that even late in the season, the weather can be kind – and the only company we found along our route was one Chamois and a Marmot!