You won’t find many non-Italian information about Monte Pore. This is the kind of mountain forgotten by foreign hikers who hikes the most famous spots of the area and don’t really explore the less known ones. However the view you will get from the top of this mountain really worth the hike, at least as much as many other famous mountains around.
The hike to Monte Pore starts at the Rifugio Fedare car park. It is not easy to park there at day time but if you hike on the second part of the day you will probably find an empty space for your car. From there, it takes something like two hours to reach the top and one hour to go down (see the end for more information).
The track to Monte Pore is easy to find and to follow because you see the mount almost all the time from the begining to the end. The trail is supposed to be the n°463 but there are some alternative paths if you want to change some parts on your way back.
The first part of the ascent follow an old track for animals or for small farm vehicules. On a warm august day like it was for us it is the less enjoyable part as you don’t really feel the wind around there. After something like 45 minutes you will reach a kind of plateau where the view starts to be very interesting when looking back (you can see it from above on the second picture).
After this windy but pleasant “flat” part the path goes steep to the Monte Pore. In the middle of the ascent (or maybe at one third I don’t remember well) you will find a bench and a memorial to celebrate the memory of a priest who died there while hiking.
On that day everybody was exhausted so Claire and our kids decided to stop there and to go back after a rest. The view from the bench is already really breathtaking and the weather was starting to become more and more cloudy so we were not sure to be able to see the top clear anyway.
I decided to finish the hike to reach the top alone with the dog. The last part was very steep but what a pleasure to be alone in the mountain with no other hiker around. Unfortunately I was caught by the fog once on the top so I don’t have a lot of pictures of the view.
Anyway what I saw during few seconds was really amazing : from Monte Pore you can see a lot of snow capped peaks and famous mountains of the Dolomites !
We stayed there a while with the dog – trying to cacth a nice picture or two – but the fog was getting too much dense so we went back without being able to have a picture that gives justice to the view.
On my way back I got caught by a thunderstorm so I won’t tell you many things about the descent except I did it faster than usual 😉
Anyway if we go back in the area in the futur for sure I will do again this hike. I’m pretty sure I won’t do Cinque Torri or other famous one again, but this one will be in my bucket list for two reasons : first because I want to see on a clearest day the view, and second because I want the kids to do it too. It is a perfect track for a family mountain hike.
- Departure : Rifugio Fedare (Passo Giau area)
- Altitudes : 2000m (Rifugio Fedare), 2405m (Monte Pore)
- Elevation gain : 405m
- Duration : 3 hours round trip (approx)
- Date : august 2019
- Mountain range : Dolomites
- Outside any park
[ Note : I really remember well this hike and the path to Monte Pore but don’t take for granted the hiking time I describe below. Two years have passed since our time there and my memory is not clear on that point, especially because we did it with our four year old daughter so maybe it is a little bit faster than what I tell]