This easy-going Alpe di Siusi day hike begins with the Mont Sëuc gondola ascent from the village of Ortisei in Val Gardena to Alpe di Siusi/Seiser Alm, in the Italian Dolomites. You’ll hike across Europe’s largest mountain plateau to Saltria and then slowly descend to Monte Pana and ultimately the village of Santa Cristina in Val Gardena. This half-day hike isn’t rigorous and only takes 3:30 hours.
Alpe di Siusi Day Hike: Mont Sëuc – Saltria – Monte Pana- Santa Cristina
- Trailhead: Mont Sëuc / Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi Gondola mountain station
- Type of Hike: Point-to-point
- Distance: 12.8 km
- Elevation Gain/Loss: 200 meters ascending, 790 meters descending
- Difficulty: Easy-Moderate
- Time Needed: 3:30 hours
- Trails: 9 and 30
- Route: Mont Sëuc (2005 m) – Saltria (1850 m) – Monte Pana (1636 m) – Santa Cristina (1500 m)
- Where to Eat: Schgaguler Schwaige, Radauer Schwaige, or Saltner Schwaige
- Where to Stay: Ortisei or Santa Cristina in Val Gardena, South Tyrol
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When to hike across Alpe di Siusi
Getting to Alpe di Siusi
If you’re staying in Ortisei, you can walk to the Monte Sëuc Gondola valley station.
If you’re driving to Ortisei, there’s a parking lot directly at the valley station, which costs 0.50 EUR/hour.
If you’re staying in Santa Cristina or Selva di Val Gardena, take the bus to Ortisei. There’s no need to pay for parking when transit is free (for guests staying in the valley).
When you arrive at the Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi gondola valley station, purchase a one-way ticket only.
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Alpe di Siusi to Monte Pana Trail Directions
Mont Sëuc to Saltria (1 hour)
After exiting the Mont Sëuc ropeway mountain station, head left, following trail 9 to Saltria. You’ll initially descend along a road for 10 minutes to Schgaguler Schwaige alpine pasture hut/restaurant. Soon after passing the hut, turn left at the intersection, again following trail 9 to Saltria, signed 50 minutes.
The trail wraps around Sporthotel Sonne, and then continues south towards the Catinaccio/Rosengarten range. You’ll descend ever-so-gently to a stream. Once you cross the stream, the trail ascends several meters before leveling out.
Trail 9 is absolutely spellbinding. As you traverse the Alpe di Siusi meadows along a narrow fenced-in path, you’ll have consistent views of Sassolungo/Langkofel on your left, the Catinaccio/Rosengarten mountains straight ahead, and Sciliar/Schlern on your right. Glancing over your left shoulder, you’ll also see Monte Pic, Seceda and the Geisler Group, from a less formidable vantage point.
When the trail intersects with a road/bike path (#19), keep heading straight on trail 9.
Saltria is the best destination along this route for lunch. We recommend eating at either Radauer Schwaige or Saltner Hütte (Malga Saltner).
Saltria to Monte Pana (1 hour 30 minutes)
After an enjoyable lunch in Saltria, follow trail 30 to Monte Pana. Trail 30 is a dirt road, which doubles as a bike path. There’s no motor vehicle traffic along the trail aside from an infrequent bus and some forest trucks. When we hiked here in early October, there were only a few cyclists along the trail. However, it’s probably a lot busier earlier in the season.
Heading east, you’ll continue to see Sassolungo and Sasso Piatto, as you weave in and out of forest. On your left, the Puez-Odle mountains are clearly visible.
The trail descends to the Monte Pana plateau.
Monte Pana to Santa Cristina (40 minutes)
The Monte Pana High Plateau (Pana Alp) rises above Val Gardena, reaching an elevation of 1600-1800 meters. In winter, it’s a cross-country ski center.
From the plateau, it’s a 40-minute descent along trail 30 to Santa Cristina.
If you’re hiking here in high season (late June until late September), you can descend to Santa Cristina via the Santa Cristina-Monte Pana chairlift. The chairlift operates between 8:30 am and 12:15 pm and again from 13:15 pm to 17:30 pm. Check the chairlift operating status and dates on the Val Gardena website.
Getting Back to Ortisei
If you’re staying in Santa Cristina, you can walk to your accommodation. We highly recommend Dorfhotel Beludei. You can find out why in our round-up of Best Hotels in the Dolomites.
If you’re staying in Ortisei, head to the Santa Cristina bus stop, which is located on the main Val Gardena road (SS242). See the map below for the exact location. Buses between Ortisei and Santa Cristina are quite frequent.
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Where to Stay in Val Gardena
We stayed at Hotel Angelo Engel, which is located in Ortisei village. From the hotel, you can walk to the Ortisei-Alpe di Siusi gondola valley station as well as the Ortisei-Furnes-Seceda cableway and Resciesa funicular valley stations.
Alternatively, you can stay in Santa Cristina in Val Gardena, where this trail ends. Our favorite hotel in Santa Cristina is Dorfhotel Beludei. Find out why in our round-up of Best Hotels in the Dolomites.
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