The journey starts with a cable ride from Passo Falzarego [west of Cortina] to the top of the mountain. Before setting off you should hire helmets and torches from a booth next to the cable car station. Both are essential. On the way up you will see the effects of the 33,000 kg of explosives the Italians detonated to try and blow the Austrians off the mountain.
The refuge at the top of the cable car system is one of the best in the Dolomites. The restaurant is very good and the refuge is an excellent place to stay overnight. It has some nice 2 or 3 person rooms, and cheaper dormitory type accommodation. There are superb views over the Dolomites as the sun goes down. There are some nice walks nearby if you want to spend longer in the area.
We left our car in the large car park next to the lift station, spent the night in the refuge and then walked down next morning.
The path to the mouth of the tunnel is much easier than it looks.
The entrance to the tunnel is at the end of the ridge.
Looking back at the cable car station.
On the way down the tunnels there are lots of side galleries and features to explore.
Looking through a tunnel 'window' at Passo Falzarego, the lift base station and the car park.
The tunnel exits part way down the mountain, and you then follow paths 402 and 20 back to the pass.
The 402 and 20 paths are steep and uneven. I found a walking pole useful for keeping my balance.
The booth by the foot of the cable car sells a nice print of the tunnel system inside the mountain. I have a framed copy on my wall.
They also sell "The Great War on the Little Lagazuoi" which covers all the military actions in the area, including those around the fort at Tre Sassi.
There are two other WW1 tunnel systems nearby.
The first is Galleria del Castelletto which is eastwards along the mountain side from Lagazuoi. This tunnel is 500m long and is accessed by a path from Refuge I. Dibona. The Galleria leads through the mountain to the Via Ferrata Giovanni Lipella.
|Climbing to the gallery entrance
There is a large open air WW1 museum [trenches etc] nearby at Tre Cima.
Strada delle Gallerie
Map of walks and via ferrata