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Rifugio Casera Tartoi

In a hollow between the peaks

About this place

Rifugio Casera Tartoi is a beautiful, recently renovated facility in a magnificent panoramic position in the Friulian Dolomites. Management is family-oriented. Roberta, Sebastiano and Girolamo are passionate about welcoming visitors and offer home cooking. Everything is prepared by hand, from the main courses to the bread and desserts, some very special. Another highlight for spending a different day than usual is the possibility of reaching the hut by chairlift and then by a walk through the forest.

Why visit


Large area for relaxation

Casera Tartoi stands in an enchanting place, a basin between mountains on which forests alternate with meadows. And it is on the refuge’s large lawn that you can stop to relax in the midst of nature, surrounded by hundreds of butterflies.


The chairlift and the trail

The easiest and shortest way to reach this hut is to take the chairlift from Forni di Sopra to malga Varmost and walk for 45 minutes through a delightful little path in the middle of the forest.


Mtb Trail

This hut is located on the Forni di Sopra Alpine Pastures MTB Trail. Casera Tartoi thus becomes the perfect place for a quick lunch or a refreshing stop for all mountain bikers.


Rifugio Casera Tartoi stands in a magnificent sunny alpine basin between the slopes of Mt. Piova and Mt. Tiarfin. The refuge is framed by the typical reliefs of the Carnic Alps and the view is splendid of the Friulian Dolomites.

The landscape is bucolic, Casera Tartoi rests on a verdant meadow on which hundreds of butterflies hover.

Itineraries and routes

This area is full of trails and paths of different lengths and degrees of difficulty that connect various huts or refuges, e.g., Casera Razzo in 3.30 hours, Lieutenant Fabbro Refuge (via Forcella Naiareit at 2120 m) in 3 hours, Casera Tragonia in 1 hour.

These connections also allow the construction of three special routes:

  • theAlta Via di Forni, a multi-day trekking route that includes the Flaiban-Pacherini refuge, Giaf refuge, Casera Tragonia and Casera Tartoi refuge;
  • TheMountain Hut Ring by mtb, passing by malga Varmost, Casera Tartoi hut, Casera Tragonia hut;
  • the Trail delle malghe, a 16-kilometer competitive race that starts in Forni di Sopra and climbs to Casera Tragonia, Casera Tartoi hut and malga Varmost, then descends back to the valley.


Rifugio Casera Tartoi offers food service with home cooking; it has 20 indoor seats, in an intimate setting with a lit fireplace, and 60 outdoor seats, on the panoramic terrace.

The shelter has 17 beds.

Opening period

Rifugio Casera Tartoi is open daily from early June to early October. In January, February, March, April, October, November and December on weekends only. It should be noted that Casera Tartoi organizes the New Year’s Eve Dinner every year.


The Varmost chairlift is open daily, indicatively from early July to early September; in June and early September only on weekends. Days of operation vary each year; check the actual opening on the chairlift website.
The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on holidays and on all days in the weeks before and after mid-August.

Getting there: the route

By chairlift from Forni di Sopra (short route)

During the summer season, it is possible to take a chairlift up to Varmost malga and then continue along CAI 211 trail. Casera Tartoi can be reached by a walk of about 45 minutes.

On foot from Forni di Sopra (long route)

Follow the CAI 208 forest road, which climbs to the hut in about 2.30 hours with an elevation gain of about 800 m. The trail is also suitable for mountain biking, snowshoeing and ski touring.


The last chairlift ride is at 4:30 pm on weekdays, 5 pm on holidays. It is advisable to calculate the travel time from the hut to the chairlift starting point well, because the walk back to the valley is long and tiring. In addition, it is necessary to check that the chairlift is in operation, as the opening days vary every year.

Rifugio Casera Tartoi can be reached by car on an 8-km forest road only by high-set 4×4 vehicles.

Yes, Casera Tartoi hut has 17 beds.

Contact Refuge Casera Tartoi

Through this section you can contact the Casera Tartoi hut directly. Use it to request information on services, rates, meal and overnight reservations, weather and trail status information, and trails. Remember that with this form you will contact the activity managers directly. Explorer FVG is only an intermediary and does not handle the responses, nor is it responsible for the information exchanged in these conversations.

Contact information:
Refuge Casera Tartoi
Tartoi Location
33024 Forni di Sopra (UD)

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