The wide grassy saddle that connects the valley of the rio Oregone with the Frohntal and is enclosed between monte Tap de Cadene to the north and monte Oregone to the south.
This is a fascinating journey for the variety of environments. Initially dense centuries-old spruce trees followed by a wild valley dominated by the impressive northern rock-face of monte Peralba and characterized by a splendid alpine flora and, finally, the relaxing high altitude meadows and noteworthy views that push on towards the majestic Antelao. But there's more! Yes, because you do not need to return using the route employed for the ascent. In fact we highly recommend you continue as far as the nearby Sesis pass (with a beautiful panorama on Pic Chiadènis, on the Creta Cacciatori and monte Avanza) and from there down, with equally charming views, to the Calvi refuge and soon to the springs of the Piave (“Sorgenti del Piave”). You will have thus done the Peralba ring. Not to be missed!
Attention: in early summer or after particularly snowy winters, even late in the season, in the middle part of the valley of the Oregone the occasional very steep snowfield may remain and should be approached with caution.
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From the Sorgenti del Piave refuge proceed west (signed) along the cart-track directly to the Col di Caneva which goes into the forest with comfortable turns down for half an hour until you reach a fork at an altitude of 1572 m. Here, turn right (sign) northwards along a narrow, arduous and little-marked path that makes its way around the last rocky outliers of monte Peralba and quickly leads to the recess through which the Oregone stream runs. After crossing it on the boardwalk, the winding path climbs a steep slope covered with dense forest (watch out for signs) reaching another fork (at about 1750 m) where, leaving (signed) the direct track to the “Strada delle Malghe” to the left, continue along the one that, through the forest that begins to thin out, enters eastwards into the valley of the Oregone. The path, quite thin in some places, climbs for a good while across a mountainside with low vegetation but maintains a modest and regular climb along the right bank of the river up to the grassland hollows that precede the pass.
To avoid monotony and enjoy new sights it is recommended that from the high and panoramic saddle, the walker should continue along a wide track (signed) until the nearby passo del Castello and from there to the Sesis pass, from which, with a short descent, you arrive at the Calvi refuge. Now nothing more remains than to follow the easy unsurfaced road that points towards the springs of the Piave. At a wide bend a sign indicating the “rifugio Sorgenti del Piave” engraved on a marble slab invites you to turn right onto a narrow path that, with a diagonal to the west, rapidly leads to the refuge.
From the dell'Oregone pass to the “Sorgenti del Piave” refuge takes 1:15-1:30 hours.
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