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 The Fanes' places: the Alps of Sennes/Fosses


They are a large karstic plateau, at altitudes between 2000 and 2300 metres, stretching from mount Sella di Sennes, West, to the Croda Rossa group, East. Their northern side is bordered by a sequence of tops, between which the Croda del Becco stands out, that dominate the val Foresta and the lake of Braies; their southern side declines steeply over the Tamersc valley, valley of Rudo and Pederù.

Limestone plateaus (the Main Dolomite is covered by Liassic limestones), barren, covered by humps and dolines; Sennes almost completely waterless, Fosses with some small lakes; several caves and sinkholes are present. Orienteering, specially in case of fog, may be a problem.

Support points : Biella Hut m 2327, Sennes Hut m 2122, Fodara Vedla Hut m 1972.

The Croda del Becco m 2810 (German Seekofl, Ladinian Sass dla Porta), showing characteristically oblique strata, can be reached with no climbing difficulties from the Biella Hut (first ascertained climb, Grohmann and Vileit, 1874).

Excursions: a rather exhaustive recognition of the features of the terrain can be performed along the following itinerary: Pederù m 1540; Fodara Vedla hut m 1972, 1 1/4 hs.; Sennes hut m 2122 3/4 hs.; Biella hut m 2327 1 h.; pass of Sennes m 2519 1 1/4 hs.; Sennes hut 1 h.; Pederù 1 h.
As an alternative starting point, instead of Pederù it is possible to start from the Ra Stua Hut m 1668, in the upper Boite valley.

Alpe di Fosses from the Biella Hut
(Photo Flavio Dall'Agnol -


Climbs: advisable, the climb from the Biella hut to the Croda del Becco m 2810, elementary, 1 h; from the pass of Sennes, to mount Sella di Sennes m 2787, elementary, 45 min.