The Aided path of the Ladders is the most direct option that leads from the Gardeccia Hut to the austere valleys of the Larsec and Laussa. The itinerary does not present particular technical difficulties and can also be followed by newcomers to the aided routes. Attention must be paid to the weather if you decide to continue the hike in the two valleys at high altitude.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Gardeccia Hut in the Val del Vajolet, valley parallel to the Val di Fassa - province of Trento - but forbidden to private traffic.
To reach the hut there are some options:
use the cable car from Vigo di Fassa to the Ciampedie Hut and via a comfortable path you can reach it in about 45 minutes
reach the hut by shuttle bus from Pozza di Fassa (20'). The shuttle bus generally leaves from Piazza San Nicolò in the center of Pozza, however it is advisable to check the departure point and departure times with the local tourist office before leaving (please note that some years the shuttle is not provided). Directions for Google Maps available here.
Once at the Gardeccia Hut (1949 m) we will have to follow the path CAI 583 which, keeping to the hillside, passes under the cliffs of the Larsec and continues in an easterly direction until it gets around the impressive rocky ramparts and continues northwards in a more marked ascent. We come to a stretch where a sign indicates that we should continue keeping the left on a new track that replaces an old track that was subjected to a landslide (1h from Rifugio Gardeccia).
Once you reach the Passo delle Scalette you have to consider which option to choose for the return. We present 3 among the various alternatives present:
The relatively more traveled option is to travel the desolate Larsec Valley along the path that without particular worries in a austere and beautiful environment leads us to the Pope Pass (2720 m). From this point we will descend with the steep path Don Guido which leads us to the Hut Vajolet (2243 m) and from here along the Vajolet Valley we return to the Gardeccia Hut (1950 m - 5h 30 ').
The longest option is to stay on the CAI 583 and take the austere Valle di Laussa up to the homonymous pass (2700 m) where we can go down to Hut of Antermoia (2497 m) near the homonymous glacial lake or keeping the left reach the Passo Principe. From Rifugio Antermoia you can reach the Passo Principe along the Ferrata to the Catinaccio of Antermoia. From Passo Principe all the way down Valle del Vajolet until you reach the Gardeccia hut (5h 30 'without reaching the Antermoia Lake and not following the Ferrata to the Catinaccio d'Antermoia - 8h reaching the Antermoia Lake and following the Ferrata Catinaccio of Antermoia).
The shortest but least satisfying option is to walk back the path traveled on the outward journey (3h 30 'total).
The Aided path of the Ladders does not present any particular technical difficulties in its development except for the difference in level to be covered which requires a good physical condition. A worthy note of merit concerns the continuation of the itinerary in the detrital valleys of the Larsec or Laussa. These valleys are devoid of support points and in case of continuation under a thunderstorm they could be more prohibitive than in normal conditions so plan the trip with an eye to the weather.
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Weather Aided path of the Scalette in Vigo di Fassa (Trento).