The Moschesin ring is a beautiful excursion that we can tackle in any season and discover a variety of landscapes, colors and unique sensations.
We are located in the northern area of the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, on the border between the Val di Zoldo and the Agordino. Winter is the ideal season to get in touch with the most silent and severe mountains, in the intimacy of nature. On the snow, wild animals leave their tracks, following them or just imagining who they are is a beautiful game. To walk on the deepest and softest snow we must wear a pair of snowshoes (snowshoes or snowshoes); they are easy to use and allow us to explore the winter mountains in a way we never imagined we could. If we find stretches of frozen path, or with very hard snow, it is better to wear crampons that have better grip.
To walk on the snow with snowshoes, it is necessary to equip yourself with technical footwear that guarantees high waterproof and at the same time also manages to keep the foot temperature constant, thanks to materials with high thermal insulation. Dressing properly in winter is a must and the fundamental rule is always to dress like an onion: you start with light, breathable and thermal technical clothing in contact with the skin and then cover yourself with heavier clothing. Do not forget appropriate gloves, socks and cap to protect the parts most exposed to the cold.
Let’s equip ourselves with a technical backpack of about 30 liters, with sturdy external laces to tie snowshoes and poles, large enough to store clothing and spare clothes, as well as food and drinks. Avoiding to bring sandwiches or similar things, which are always cold. Better a small thermos with a simple hot risotto inside and in a second thermos put some hot tea. Check out our tips on how to self-produce food for your hikes (read “Trail food”)..
The departure is from Pian de la Fopa (1180 m), a palce that can be reached by car from Forno di Zoldo only if the road is not frozen, otherwise it is necessary to walk up in just over 1 hour, it is about 4 km (in summer there is the Zoldobus shuttle that takes you where the CAI 540 path starts). For any information on practicability, consult the website www.valdizoldo.net or call the information office.
We take the forest road that leads to the Malga Pramper, just before the hut the entrance to the CAI 540 path is clearly visible, which branches off to the right towards the Moschesin saddle. We follow the CAI 540 path that from the base of the gravelly slopes of the Castle of Moschesin goes up to the head of Val Balanzòla. From here, with a few zigzags, you reach the Moschesin saddle (1940 m), recognizable by the ruins of the Casermetta: a defensive fort from the First World War, from which you can enjoy a very suggestive panorama.
From the saddle we continue our journey towards the east, following the signs for the “panoramic path” which will rejoin the CAI path 543 later on. The path continues to the Sommariva refuge “al Pramperet” (1859 m) which we meet on the small basin Prà de la Vedova. The return takes place in the north, along path 523, up to the Malga Pramper (1540 m) where we find the first leg again (in summer we recommend a stop at the Pramper hut, where you can taste the mountain cheeses).
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