This is the flagship trip in the Dolomites! Centered around the famous resort town of Cortina d' Ampezzo this trek will take you eye-to-eye to many of the stunning postcard images that the Dolomites are famous for: Fanis, Tofana, Cristallo, Cadini and of course the Tre Cime di Lavaredo!
Like in most of our Alps programs, we will take advantage of the incredible network of alpine huts and mountain lodges high in the mountains and charming, family-run bed & breakfasts in the villages. Home cooked Italian and Tyrolian food, local wines and wheat bears are only one reason why many of our clients keep coming back to the Dolomites.
What makes this trip different from a normal hiking trip is the frequent use of "Via Ferrata" or "Klettersteig" (Exposed trails secured with cables). The Eastern Dolomites are THE Eldorado for Via Ferrata. Many of them where originally put in place during the fierce battles fought here between Austria and Italy during World War I - remnants and stories of which will accompany us every day.
New! Paralel to our Via Ferrata Trek, we offer a "Best around Cortina Trail Hike" along the same itinerary. Thus, our guests will have the daily option to either particpate in a non-technical hike or a via ferrata in order to arrive at the same destination in the evening - the perfect solution for couples with different ambitions!
Can I do it?
This is a rather challenging trip. It involves strenuous trekking with frequent scrambling on via ferratas (see above) for up to 8 hrs. On some days we reach our destination (hut or B&B in a village) by early afternoon and guests have the option between a peak ascent or relaxing with a good book in the afternoon or if in Cortina, stroll along the main street shops.
This trip is ideal for sportive hikers that don't mind the exposure of steep, narrow trails.
New: Now our guests will have a daily option to participate in the itinerary of our "Best Trail Hikes around Cortina". This itinerary will end up at the same destination every evening by using non-technical trails. This will give you a daily choice to stick with a via ferrata trail or notch down a bit and do the trail hike. It also gives couples the option to split up for part of the day and reunite in the afternoon upon arrival at our daily destination.
What are the Huts like? Double Rooms? Showers? Food Choices?
The standard of the huts in the Dolomites differ hugely. While some of the huts that we are using for this trek are rather like mountain lodges that offer double or 4 bed rooms and showers in the hall (Lavarella, Lagazuoi, Drei Zinnen) others have only cold running water and bunk bed sleeping in rooms with up to 10 fellow sleepers (Fonda Savio, Buellelejoch). The food is always delicious and plentiful with lots of choices. Special diets can usually be accommodated.
Meet at our B&B in Cortina. We can assist you with airport transfers to and from Venice.
We gladly assist you in any pre- or post trip lodging reservations.
Climate, Weather, Temperatures:
The Dolomites, being on the "sunny side of the Alps" are usually blessed with lasting high pressure systems in September. However, there is also a chance to see some snow, if a storm hits. Hence, day time temperatures can range from -5C (23F) to 25C (77F).