The Seekofel Overnighter

A bikepacking loop that runs through the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, on the border between Trentino-AltoAdige and Veneto regions.
It offers a glimpse on the Dolomites magnificent scenery, dirt roads and chunky trails, tough climbs, spicy descents and possibly a glorious final dip in the famous Braies lake.

The Dolomites are part of the UNESCO World Heritage. Magnificient rocky peaks are surronded by beautiful forests. It’s not surprising that they are overcrowded with tourists during the summer season.

Sometimes adventure is not a matter of where you ride, but also when you ride!

Late fall is the right season to explore these mountains in a decidedly more authentic way. Many facilities are closed, days are shorter and temperatures can be colder. However, the weather is more stable and finding far fewer people around you’ll experience a connection with these precious natural environments in greater tranquillity.

Various linguistic minorities coexist in the South Tyrol region (and throughout the Alps in general). Villages, rivers and mountains often have different Italian, German, and Ladin names.
The loop, designed to explore the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, has the Croda del Becco peak (Seekofel in german) as its centerpiece and offers great views of some of the most famous mountain groups in the South Tyrol/Veneto Dolomites.

The challenging climbs will reward you with unforgettable memories,
the bright yellow of the larches,

the proud gaze of an ibex just a few feet away,

the feeling of flow descending the steep scree before plunging into the cold waters of Braies Lake.

(Seekofel – Sass dla porta) 2810mt
Part of the Croda Rossa d’Ampezzo group it divides the itinerary in half. On the north side, visible from the start, it presents an impressive wall that is mirrored in Lake Braies, from which comes the German name, literally meaning “peak over the lake.” To the south, a scenic backdrop behind the Biella hut, it consisting of sloping, layered slabs where a small community of ibex thrives, hence the Italian name “peak of the (male) goat.” Ladin names, on the other hand, are derived from historical facts and ancient legends.

(Pragser Wildsee) 1496mt.
Among the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites, over the years it has become one of the most visited places in Trentino-Südtirol, losing some of its charm. A paved road leads to the lake where there is also an historic hotel. In summer its shores are invaded by tourists and influencers on the hunt for the perfect selfie. Nevertheless, it offers enchanting views and is definitely worth a visit during the off-season.

Words & photos by Bonvecchio Francesco e Denis Sassudelli.