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Photo by Giacomo Pompanin

Kaiserjäger Path

During World War 1 the Kaiserjäger path was the communication way between the bottom of the valley and the high emplacements on Lagazuoi, and was used to supply food, munitions, and war equipment.
The path has now been repaired and can be travelled for its entire length.

Following a system of ledges, you first reach the famous suspension bridge, which is 10 meters long and 25 meters high,  and then a steep and exposed but well protected ledge. Then you go across well preserved emplacements and descend onto the Martini Ledge. Here you can see the big crater of the Austrian mine and the „ Anticima“ emplacement with the entrance to the Italian tunnels  
From here a steep path leads first to the ridge, then to the summit of Piccolo Lagazuoi and finally to the mountain hut Rifugio Lagazuoi.

Even if there are some exposed sections, this itinerary is also suitable for younger hikers because there are well placed fixed cables for support.
The route can be completed both uphill and downhill, using the cable car or on the path 401-402.


Departure point
Falzarego pass, Lagazuoi cable car's parking (SS 48)

Arrival point
Falzarego pass, Lagazuoi cable car's parking (SS 48)

Total duration
3,15 h

Total difference in altitude
647 m

Vertical drop on the ferrata
280 m

Minimum altitude
2.107 m

Maximum altitude
2.778 m

You can reach the starting point, Falzarego pass, from Cortina d'Ampezzo, Arabba or Badia by car or public means of transport.

The initial path, no. 402, begins in front of the station of the Lagazuoi cable car. Follow this path for about 100 metres and then join a new path on the left  which rises west over scree. Zigzagging up the western path you reach the rope route.

Piccolo Lagazuoi

south west and south