Dolomites - a name that stands for unsurpassed scenic contrasts: Stunning limestone towers above quaint mountain villages and green valleys. Its location on the sunny side of the Alps and the beautiful fall colors of the mountain forests make it an ideal location for a hiking trip in the late season. Although part of Italy, this region is were Austrian and Italian cultures overlap, which makes for a riches in history and culture.Since all the huts chosen for this traverse offer excellent and authentic food as well as blankets in the dormitories, your backpack will remain manageable.
This trip has two separate parts of 7 days each, which can also be booked individually. The first part of the trip takes us to the heavily glaciated Ortler Range. Based in the mountain village of Sulden, always eye to eye with the Ortler, at 3950m (=13000 ft.) the highest peak in the eastern Alps. Besides hiking on regular trails, this part of the trip will introduce you to easy glacier travel.
The second part is centered in the Val Gardena (Valley) in the western Dolomites. Beautiful hiking trails, sometimes exposed and equipped with cables and ladders (so called “Via Ferratas”) are waiting for us on our hut to hut tour through the Sella, Odles, Sassolungo and Catanacio Ranges.
If you love the mountains in crisp fall light, challenging hut to hut trekking combined with Italian or Tyrolian cuisine and a good bottle of wine in the evening - this trip is for you!
Can I do it?
A pleasant mix of wide, low angle trails through green meadows and more strenuous trekking on sometimes steep and narrow trails in rocky or glaciated terrain. Expect to be on your feet up to 7 hours on most days (except for travel days).
Part 1 of the trip (Ortler range) involves lower angle glacier travel for two days. You will be introduced to using crampons and ice axe and you'll be tied into a rope when travelling on a glacier.
Part 2 in the Western Dolomites (Val Gardena) is mainly a trek on trails, however we will also introduce you to some easy to moderate Via Ferrata (steep and sometimes exposed trails with cable protection and ladders)
This trip is ideal for sportive hikers who want to get beyond the double track hiking trails and explore more rocky terrain and glaciers. The itinerary offers a lot of flexibility for adjustments to different challenge levels, according to the priorities of the group en route.
The trip starts in Munich. If you arrive on the first day of the trip, we will pick you up at the Munich airport. Pick ups can also be arranged in Innsbruck. 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).