The Aided path Olivieri is a pleasant itinerary that starts from the Rifugio Pomedes below Punta Anna and reaches the Rifugio Ra Vales under the Tofana di Mezzo in the Ampezzo Dolomites. The itinerary is easy with a couple of more challenging and exposed steps. This path is often traveled downhill for the return from the demanding via ferrata to Punta Anna or to the Tofana di Mezzo.
The starting point of the itinerary is the Baita Pie Tofana (1675 m) where the chairlift goes up to the Rifugio Duca d'Aosta. From Cortina take the road towards Passo Falzarego. Shortly after exiting the village on the right there are signs for the Tofana cable car. From that point we follow the uphill road turning right at the first intersection until we reach the Baita Pie Tofana. Directions for Google Maps available here.
As with many other Dolomite itineraries, it is possible to take the Olivieri Aided path both uphill and downhill, combining it with other itineraries and using other starting points. Our itinerary imagines the only ascent along the Olivieri Aided path to the Ra Vales Hut and return.
From the parking lot of the hut (1675 m) we are next to the ski lifts with chair lift ascending to the Pomedes Hut or the actual departure of the Olivieri Aided path. To reach it we will have two options:
climb with the path 405 (path of the chamois) that reaches first the Rifugio Duca d'Aosta (2098 m) and then the Rifugio Pomedes (2303 m - 2h) meeting along the way the starts of the two short ferrata to Ra Bujela and at Ra Pegna.
use the chairlift that takes you directly to the Pomedes Hut.
A third option is possible - however inconvenient for the return with this itinerary - starting from the Rifugio Dibona. In this case you could use the chairlift to go back to the Pomedes Hut at the end of the itinerary and then return to the Dibona.
At this point we see a debris valley closed between Tofana di Mezzo to our left and Ra Valles to our right. The winter valley is a very popular ski slope. We will have to go down keeping the right of the valley following the tracks until we reach the Ra Vales hut (2470 m - 15 'from the end of the Aided path Olivieri - 2h from Rifugio Pomedes) intermediate station of the cable car ascending to the Tofana di Mezzo.
We will now have to return to the starting point. There are some options:
The longest option is to re-enter with the path 407. From the Rifugio Ra Vales we descend towards the north towards the Ra Vales saddle (2300 m) where we'll go down a steep canyon. After the first steep sections the slope is gradually reduced and the path 407 becomes a pleasant path that leads us to the path 405 now in view of the valley station of the chairlift near the Baita Pie Tofana (1h 30 'from Rifugio Ra Vales - 3h 30 from the Rifugio Pomedes - 5h 30 'for the round trip without using the chairlift to the outward journey).
The second option is to take the cable car from Ra Vales and quickly descend to the Rifugio Col Druscè (1179 m) where a short path (15 ') leads to the parking lot.
The Olivieri Aided path is often a downhill path as a return path from Ferrata Olivieri in Punta Anna or from the Ferrata Aglio (using the first section of the cable car that descends from the Tofana). For this reason it will be frequent to meet hikers who travel the route in the opposite direction to the review. This can create problems mainly in the stairs and in a couple of vertical passages which nevertheless remain short.
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