The Aided path Kaiserjager al Lagazuoi is a pleasant, aided itinerary that climbs up to Piccolo Lagazuoi without any particular technical difficulties. The itinerary is ideal for getting close to the via ferrata and takes place in a beautiful landscape with so many testimonies of the Great War, which in this side housed the Austrian troops. Medium length and height difference itinerary with the possibility of returning by cable car or via the ferrata inside the war gallery in Lagazuoi.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Passo di Valparola which can be reached on the road that connects Cortina d'Ampezzo with the Val Badia via the Falzarego Pass. From the Falzarego Pass we continue downhill towards San Casciano and after 2 km we reach the Valparola Pass where near a bar restaurant there is a large parking lot. Directions for Google Maps available here.
A valid option is to park in a large clearing between Passo di Valparola and Passo Falzarego where a track joins the approach path however, making us save a quarter of an hour on the outward journey and one on the way back. Directions for Google Maps available here.
From the car park we continue slightly downhill, identifying a path that initially starts on a modest slope and leads to the south walls of the Lagazuoi. After a few minutes the path turns to the right and we continue until we meet the indications of a path to the left which branches off in the direction of Lagazuoi. Looking at the wall, we find the gorge above which there is a suspension bridge. We continue towards the wall following the track until we reach an aided ledge. Start here the Kaiserjager Aided path to the Lagazuoi (45 'from the parking lot).
We continue on the ledge and reach a gully. We go up the gully taking advantage of some wooden traverses that create artificial steps up to reach a series of metal brackets that help us to go up the groove where it is blocked. These brackets do not have a wire rope and possibly it must be ensured to them. After the brackets we continue to go up thelast part of the canal. We are now on one aided ledge which leads us to the right. We continue along the ledge going around the wall and meeting the suspended bridge. We cross the sturdy bridge and on the opposite side we go up first one easy series of rocks then a more decisive vertical leap beyond the which the view opens towards the wall of the Lagazuoi and then continue on the path.
We continue along the comfortable uphill path which is aided in the most exposed and slippery sections. Attention to some points where it is possible to meet tongues of snow even in late season. We continue in the not difficult climb however rather frantic. Above us the final destination of our itinerary appears - the Rifugio Lagazuoi. We continue uphill in a pleasant dolomitic context without encountering particular difficulties. Near the ridge yes fold to the right climbing the last sections of the path now into view of the Lagazuoi summit cross (2778 m - 1h 15 'from the start - 2h from the parking lot).
We begin the descent going down along the ridge in the direction of the very popular Rifugio Lagazuoi (2778 m - 15 'from the summit). From the shelter we will have two return options:
This easy aided path is ideal for beginners and people who want to approach the world of via ferrata. It is sometimes exposed but never technically difficult. Few vertical passages are present. The gallery is long and at times a little rough. Very beautiful itinerary from the point of view of landscape with a remarkable view from the summit of Lagazuoi.
The aided path of the Kaiserjager al Lagazuoi extends in an area rich in aided itineraries. On the opposite side of Passo di Valparola, you can go up to Sass de Stria with the recent one Ferrata Fusetti. Always near the Falzarego Pass it is possible to undertake the Ferrata Tomaselli, the Ferrata of the Alpini Brigade,there Via Ferrata Averau and Ra Gusela. Going down towards Val Badia we meet the Aided Path Tru Dolomieu and the Via Ferrata of Peace in the Dolomites of Fanes.