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The feeling of a relatively easy day from Malga Ciapela in Alleghe is not given so much by the splendid view of the eastern side of the imposing Marmolada, which rises almost 1,500 meters above the village; nor is it the beautiful path that descends along the opposite side of the valley.
They are rather the Serrai di Sottoguda.
A natural gorge, sometimes characterized by only a few meters wide, with rock walls up to 200 meters high.
Below, near the Pettorina stream, a slightly uphill asphalted road leads to Malga Ciapela, closed to cars and only accessible on foot or by bicycle (Bike uphill only). The tour starts in the parking lot of the Alleghe ice stadium to get an idea of the lake and its surroundings and follows the road along the lake towards Masarè with great precision.
Here you turn right to go around the lake on an easy-to-follow paved road.
After a short climb, you reach the village of Saviner along the gravel path, with a slight descent which then becomes flat along the Cordevole river up to Santa Maria delle Grazie.
From Saviner continue on the gravel and asphalt cycle path to the entrance to the gorge in Sottoguda.
Shortly after leaving the gorge you reach Malga Ciapela.
For the return before the tunnel, turn left onto the forest road, which winds through the forest, but with very exposed sections.
Further on, the path is narrow and steep, but completely smooth, until you get back to Sottoguda.
Take the road back to Saviner di Laste following the cycle path to the left of the Cordevole torrent that leads to Alleghe.