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31 FORCELLA FRANZA from the Val Sesis - Sappada

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Alte Dolomiti - Sappada Val Comelico
  • Forcella Franza e l'omonimo monte visti dal Col di Caneva
    / Forcella Franza e l'omonimo monte visti dal Col di Caneva
    Photo: © Giovanni Borella, © Giovanni Borella
  • Sulla lunga diagonale verso forcella Franza con bella veduta sull'omonimo monte
    / Sulla lunga diagonale verso forcella Franza con bella veduta sull'omonimo monte
    Photo: © Giovanni Borella, © Giovanni Borella
  • Forcella Franza e in secondo piano il maestoso monte Peralba
    / Forcella Franza e in secondo piano il maestoso monte Peralba
    Photo: © Giovanni Borella, © Giovanni Borella
  • Forcella Franza e l'omonimo monte
    / Forcella Franza e l'omonimo monte
    Photo: © Davide Borella, © Davide Borella
Map / 31 FORCELLA FRANZA from the Val Sesis - Sappada
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A large grassy saddle located between the mountain of the same name to the north and the south ridge of monte Righile. Like the Mulo pass it is used as a crossing point between the Olbe basin and valleys Visdende and Sesis.
medium
4.1 km
2:00 h
384 m
49 m
This is an interesting proposition both for the silence that you can enjoy (it is, in fact, a section of the so-called ““Alta via dei silenzi”) as well as the inspiring and isolated setting. There are great views of the val Visdende below, the green border ridge, the mountains of the val Comelico and the immense rock faces to the south of the Peralba. The route is varied and neither very tiring nor particularly difficult except for the final stretch below the saddle. The hike will be even more satisfying if completed with the ascent to the nearby Mulo pass (see itinerary n. 32). Below the screes of the looming monte Lastroni the original path no longer exists because of a large landslide and it therefore proceeds along a rather uncomfortable by-pass.
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Author
Giovanni Borella
Updated: 2018-09-08

Difficulty
medium
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Altitude
2173 m
1789 m
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Safety information

Difficulty: E with a short stretch of EE

Turn-by-turn directions

From the car park at the junction to the Calvi refuge, continue up the road leading to the springs of the Piave for two hundred metres. On the left (signed) take a mule track that, first on the flat then with some ups and downs, reaches the wide saddle of the Roccolo pass. Here you go straight on slightly uphill (signed) on a typical cart track of red earth that winds along the grassy ridge that forms the watershed between the val Sesis and the val Visdende. Where it becomes a path continue through the meadows up to a small saddle (with bench and table), where you should be careful when identifying and following the track that turns briskly right (westwards) and, after an arduous stretch characterized by large boulders, stones and low vegetation, begins a long stretch across the mountain-side with detritus-filled gullies and patches of mugo pine to a point almost below monte Franza. At this point the path climbs again with several steep turns through a landslide-filled little valley characterized by well-packed debris (attention: this stretch requires caution, especially downhill) as far as the meadows of the pleasant, green saddle.

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Difficulty
medium
Distance
4.1 km
Duration
2:00 h
Ascent
384 m
Descent
49 m

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