Between huts and valleys on a snowshoe hike up to Jof de Melei

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Imagine a huge white blanket and the dull plod of snowshoes along a path through snow-capped Dolomite peaks. This is what awaits you on the snowshoe hike to the Jof de Melei at the Giau pass.

Let’s start from the Fedare Refuge and put on our snowshoes. The first steps feel a bit clumsy, but we move forward following the tracks in the snow that lead us up to traditional wooden mountain huts. Immediately we find ourselves in a mystical dimension. The noise of cars going up the Giau pass fades away and all that remains around us is the muffled silence of the snow. The worries and thoughts about your daily routine are a distant memory as we embrace the cold white landscape, with shortness of breath each step creates a cloud of condensation.

About an hour into the hike we reach the Jof de Melei, today’s destination. This step in fact acts as a boundary between the Fodom valley, with Andraz on one side and the Giau pass, with Fedare on the other. From here we can admire the peaks of Averau, Nuvolau, catching a glimpse of the Marmolada, the Pelmo and the Sella Group further away. It’s truly a unique panorama! We take our thermos from our rucksack and warm ourselves with a few sips of hot tea. Happiness is made of moments like this: we are really lucky to be able to enjoy all of this.

We then resume the downhill track to retrace our steps in this snowy expanse. Going down the steepest stretches we almost seem to slide down and for a moment we feel like kids!

Upon arrival at the Fedare Refuge, the Troi family home cooking awaits us for a well-deserved lunch!

Only for the more experienced and if the weather and snow conditions allow it, you can extend the excursion, reaching the top of Mount Pore in about an hour from Jof de Melei.
In the summer months, on the other hand, the entire excursion can be traveled by all without problems.


Photo credits: Heart of the Dolomites