Country: Italy

Location: Dolomites

Round trip: 8 -14 km

Start elevation: 2239 m

Final elevation: 2400

-2500 m

Map: Tabacco 07 1:25,000

Contributor: David Sellars

getting there

Drive west from Arabba to the Passo Pordoi.  The trail heads due south from the parking lot.

featured plant

Eritrichium nanum

partial plant list

Saxifraga oppositifolia

Eritrichium nanum

Pulsatilla vernalis

Pulsatilla alpina apiifolia

Nigitella nigra

Androsace alpina

Ranunculus glacialis

Clematis alpina

Saxifraga paniculata

Saxifraga exarata

Linaria alpina

Primula halleris

Primula elatior

Gentiana acaulis


The Bindelweg was made famous in Reginald Farrer’s 1913 book, The Dolomites.   The path forms part of the Viel del Pan which was used in the Middle Ages for grain smuggling to avoid taxes imposed by the Venetian Republic.

The path from Passo Pordoi climbs up to the ridge which is composed of black volcanic rocks in contrast to the surrounding mountains.  The route traverses east through steep meadows on the south side of the ridge with good views of Gran Vernel, Lago di Fedaia and Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites.   

The meadows contain a variety of flowers including many primulas and the yellow Pulsatilla alpina apiifolia which only grows on acidic soils.  To the right of the trail are some rock outcrops which contain Eritrichium nanum and Saxifraga paniculata.

If you have enough time we recommend walking past the top of the gondola at Porta Vescovo and climbing partly up the shattered rocks on the ridge of the Bec da Mesdi.  There are fine specimens of Eritrichium nanum and the white form of Androsace alpina on the ridge.

On the return to Passo Pordoi it is possible to follow a narrow path along the top of the Padon Ridge with more Eritrichium nanum, Clematis alpina, Ranunculus glacialis and Linaria alpina.

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