ANTELAO MOUNTAIN GROUP | DOLOMITES

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The Antelao Mountain Group (‘Nantelòu’ in the dialect of Cadore), is located in the Belluno Province of the Veneto Region and is known as the ‘King of the Dolomites’. It has the second highest summit after the Marmolada Mountain Group, peaking at 3,264 m. It is the first, though, if you consider the elevation gain between its height and it's base, thus forming one of the foremost groups of the Dolomites.

The group is formed by a central mountain group dominated by Monte Antelao, which is flanked by a further series of peaks aligned West to East, such as Punta Menini (3,177 m), Punta Chiggiato (3,163 m) and Cima Fanton (3,142 m). The other two internal mountains that make up this group are the Sorapiss and Marmalole.

Despite its substantial individuality when viewed from a distance, the mountain takes on unique ‘faces’ from different angles, as you approach the base. When viewing from Centro Cadore Antelao has the appearance of a bulky, powerful castle, while from the central section of the Boite valley it looks more decidedly like a pyramid. From Cortina the Antelao is a neat triangular shape in the distance, with a little rectangular 'house' on the top that towers above the valley.

However, the Antelao is not just the highest peak in Cadore and its symbol of the area, it is also a massive complex, articulated in gorges, canyons and pinnacles on all sides. This mountain group conceals two small glaciers, the Upper or Superiore, ‘Orientale’ (Eastern), second for its extension in the Dolomites, and the Lower (Inferiore; also called ‘Occidentale’, Western). The two are separated by a rocky crag that protrudes towards the Val d'Oten, which culminates on the ridge of the Cime Cadin.

The southern aspect of the mountain is characterized by the very steep Valón dell'Antelao, which is visible from Monte Rite; the western aspect, on the contrary, is defined by a massive rocky bank known as ‘Le Laste’. Two longer valleys descend on the Northeast side the Val d'Oten and Val Antelao.

The Antelao summit, even on clear days, is often shrouded by a crown of clouds, which has given a saying in the in the Cadore  valley that  the Antelao is ‘smoking the pipe’. The Mararole mountain group is located in the Veneto region of Italy and is part of the UNESCO national park.

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 Travel Planning for the Antelao Mountian Group

TOWNS NEAR THE ANTELAO DOLOMITES

  • Cortina

PRIMARY PEAKS OF THE ANTELAO MOUNTAIN GROUP

BIKE TOUR ROUTES IN ANTELAO MOUNTAIN GROUP

  • Passo Tre Croce
  • Dolomite Bike Path from Cortina

VIE FERRATE OF THE ANTELAO DOLOMITES

  • via ferrata Francesco Berti
  • via Carlo Minazio
  • via ferrata A. Candelli

WHERE TO STAY

Rifugi and Bivacchi in the Antelao Mountain Group

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