Wonderful trekking from the Passo di Monte Croce Carnico to Rifugio Marinelli and night in the hut with my dog | Holidays in Carnia ep. 1

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Two-day trekking with night at the Marinelli refuge with our dog Giorgino immersed in the landscapes of the beautiful Carnic Alps.

^^^ Let’s go! We parked right on the Passo di Monte Croce Carnico and took the CAI 146 path which starts on the left of the parking lot and marks 2 hours and 40 until the Marinelli refuge ^^^

^^^ The path starts almost immediately and you have to earn your way among not very friendly cows ^^^

^^^ In front of us we see Mount Terzo and  Casera Lavareit ^^^

^^^ Go up without too much effort along the path that is sometimes pebbly  ^^^

^^^ Here I am with the beautiful Creta di Collinetta in the background  ^^^

^^^Simone looking towards the Val Grande hoping that the ugly black cloud will remain there ^^^

^^^ Giorgino who as soon as he can launches himself into the water  😀 ^^^

^^^ Beautiful the path at this point  ^^^

^^^ Giorgino seems to say “hurry up!” ^^^

^^^ Tomorrow we will go up there, on the lower green hill ^^^

^^^ While this is the damn Crostis where we went up the day before yesterday and you couldn’t see a damn thing due to a low cloud Grr !! ^^^

^^^ And then you ask me why I don’t leave the dog at home and do more via ferratas that I like so much .. but how do I do?!? Look at Giorgino’s face when he is in the mountains !!! ^^^

^^^In an hour’s walk we can already see the Marinelli refuge in front of us ^^^

^^^Happiness on your first day of vacation ^^^

^^^ Look how easy it is to follow the path with your eyes in this photo ^^^

^^^ We reach the only slightly uncomfortable point, especially for those who have a dog with them, there are some steps and a cable but nothing impossible ^^^

^^^ Here is the part with the cable  ^^^

^^^ The path can be glimpsed between the rocks  “

^^^ Giorgino didn’t really like being tossed up and down the stairs but we did it  😀 ^^^

^^^ Today they bring bad weather so the day is not the clearest  ^^^

^^^ Now we take the CAI 149 and go up towards the Chianevate Valley extending our walk by an hour  ^^^

^^^I recommend this detour to everyone, the view is spectacular !!! ^^^

^^^ We walk under the walls of the “Chianevate Crete” which in this gloomy weather is even more impressive ^^^

^^^ The two highest peaks in the photo on the left mount Terzo 2034 m and on the right the Cimone di Crasulina 2104 m ^^^

^^^Direction Marinelli refuge, you can see the way very well.  ^^^

^^^ Blueberries everywhere! ^^^

^^^This path that can be seen in the photo can also be done by bicycle (even if it’s pretty hard!) ^^^

^^^We are almost there! ^^^

^^^ The view from the Marinelli hut ^^^

^^^ What an enchanting view from up here, we are 2111 meters high  ^^^

^^^And the Marinelli refuge welcomes you like this, with this set of homemade grappas that immediately puts you in the right mood 😀 ^^^

^^^Meanwhile Giorgino makes friends with the other customers of the Marinelli refuge ^^^

^^^ Since it is early and time seems to hold, we decide to go exploring along the way we will do tomorrow.  ^^^

^^^ Giorgino and I and behind us the incredible Mount Coglians ^^^


^^^But now let’s go back to the refuge, we want to take a shower and celebrate the start of our holidays ^^^

^^^Giorgino in the room  if you want to know how it went the night .. go to the post “Night at the Marinelli refuge with the dog: here is our experience”  ^^^

^^^ Aperitif time ^^^

^^^The sun is going down and the atmosphere up here is even more magical .. if you want to read about our evening in the refuge you can find the article HERE while for the walk we did the next day from the Marinelli refuge to Mount Floriz you can find the post by clicking HERE. ^^^


A Tuesday, in August.

We  known that the Marinelli refuge is one of the few that accepts dogs for the night so when we defined our holidays,  we also booked a night to spend int he hut with our dog.


The Marinelli hut reserves only a double room for people with a dog, so it is better to book it in advance if you want to be sure of finding a place.


We park at the Monte Croce Carnico pass in the late morning.

Since they put uncertain weather we brought with us everything necessary for a “wet” trekking in addition to the necessary for the night in the refuge and the set for Giorgino like bowls, food, towel etc.


We take the CAI 146 and start our walk.

The sign shows 2 hours and 40 but in the middle of the walk we decided to take a detour and lengthen the path a bit since time was holding.




The walk begins on a beautiful path where dozens of cows decide to put us in difficulty immediately distributing themselves well along the way.

After an hour we reach a passage in the rock that makes you go down using first a ladder and then cables to help you go down.

For the dog, the only not easy stretch to do is at the point of the steps. For the rest, no problem.


We reach the crossroads and we took the path 149 to lengthen the walk by an hour.

This detour allows you to walk on the slopes of the Chianevate Crete and immerse yourself in the famous furrowed field of the Cjalderate.


It seems to me that I am inside a crater where huge rocks sprout like mushrooms everywhere.

The view is incredible and these slabs that emerge from the ground are perfect for sitting and eating our sandwich “with a view”.




We say goodbye to these monumental rocks and take the CAI 171 which brings us down from the Chianevate Valley and reaches 148 which leads us to the Marinelli refuge in less than an hour.


The arrival at the refuge is fantastic, a table laden with grappas welcomes you while Giorgino prefers to meet a “hairy” friend and do a run.

I make the check in and  we decide to take another walk around before have the shower.

After the walk we are ready for a great aperitif and dinner at the amazing rifugio Marinelli.


Do you want to read about our first night in the refuge with Giorgino?

You can find the second part of this post here -> Night at the Marinelli refuge with the dog, our experience. 



Departure: Parking in the Passo di Monte Croce Carnico, Friuli Venezia Giulia.

Arrival: Rifugio Marinelli hut

Time: 3.30 hours

Path: CAI 146 – CAI 149 – CAI 171 – CAI 148

Difficulty: Easy

Suitable for: easy walking and suitable for everyone. If you are with children you can take path 146 and avoid the climb to the Chianevate valley.




The MAP for this hike: https://amzn.to/30TfcT5

My backpack: https://amzn.to/2IMp2iB

Light backpack: https://amzn.to/2X3ERvn

Hook for reflex for backpack: https://amzn.to/2InGxH5

Simone backpack: https://amzn.to/31GyLPU

Man hiking boots: https://amzn.to/2FlMYIz

Woman hiking boots: https://amzn.to/2IMMKeI

Baby carrier backpack: https://amzn.to/2RyBo1z

GPS watch: https://amzn.to/2FgkcJt

My camera: https://amzn.to/31CewmD

My Power bank: https://amzn.to/2J1Efwv




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