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Walk to the Glaciers

The principal force of change in the alpine environment: the glacier

The route begins at Pian Venezia, a plateau which is reached by CAI-SAT path no. 102, starting from the car-park at Malga Mare. On this plateau, you walk along the left-hand side of the slope, up to the Larcher at the Cevedale Hostel (2,608m). Follow path no. 103 for a little while, until you come to a bifurcation, without sign-post, that leads to the bottom of the Vedretta de la Mare Glacier. Then walk back to the hostel and take CAI-SAT path no. 104, passing near Lago Marmotta (Marmot Lake), and finally walk down path no. 146 by Lago Lungo (Long Lake) that will take you back to Pian Venezia.
Length: 6,565 m
Drop: 455 m
Time: 4.50 h

 
Walk to the Glaciers

This route aims to demonstrate to the visitor some characteristics of the principal force of change in the alpine environment: the glacier. From the Pian Venezia Hostel, one has a wide-ranging view of Val Venezia, a typical, U-shaped, glacial valley. The valley was created by the Vedretta de la Mare and other glaciers, which, a long time ago, reached down to this altitude, covering the area with ice and shaping the valley with their enormous mass during their periodic advances and retreats. There is still evidence of this erosive action in the valley: in the form of lateral moraines that were deposited here by various glacial advances covering the valley in the past.
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