- Explore hidden valleys and the majestic Dolomites mountains – a recently added UNESCO World Heritage Site
- Hike amidst glorious landscapes of pillars, pinnacles, and colossal rock walls of the Dolomites
- Enjoy the atmosphere of the mountain rifugi, the real mountaineer flair.
Truly a hiker's paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of these jagged mountains, which magically turn from pale gray to gold and pink at dusk. Beginning in the Italian Sud Tirol, the hike leads south along the high route, Alta Via 1, through the Pragser and Tofana mountain groups.
The impressiveness of the scenery and the variety of terrain on this route is matched only by the warmth and hospitality offered by the mountain huts. The unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colors and textures of the mountains and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic hiking, stunning scenery and plenty of pasta.
This linear trip is a great hike highlighted by breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, a sense of excitement of what lies around the next bend or the next pass and the satisfaction of traveling by foot through this beautiful and remote area.
Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants.
Day 1: Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites. Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo and check into your hotel. (Airport transfers available on request.) Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and mountain climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. It is also a destination for the international society set, and offers many year-round social activities, shopping, and dining.
In the afternoon, meet with your guide who will provide a trip briefing and orientation. If you are doing this trip as a self-guided adventure, you will meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps and an Italian mobile phone. 3-star Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Day 2: Prato Piazza. Hike along the spectacular section below the northern face of Croda Rossa Mountain and Prato Piazza, set in an idyllic high alpine pasture valley. This is probably the best vantage point for viewing the Croda Rossa, so called for its blood red rock caused by the presence of iron oxide. Take a short transfer to the Hotel Drei Zinnen Blick and begin hiking along a winding trail to a saddle, and then descend to a friendly rifugio for the night. Here you will enjoy fantastic views of the north face of Croda Rossa Massif (Red Wall in English, Rote Wand in German) and the Cristallo Group of mountains. (3 hours hiking, 515 m/1,689' ascent.) B,D… Rifugio.
Day 3: Traverse Under the Croda Rossa Massif. On this superb hike you'll experience a wonderful range of scenery and habitats, two natural parks – Dolomiti d’Ampezzo and Fanes-Sennes-Braies – and more vistas of the spectacular Croda Rossa mountain group. Hike to a family run rifugio (1,965 m/6,447'), a beautiful place to spend the night with another superb view Croda Rossa – this time of the west face of this incredible massif (7 hours hiking, 450 m/1,476' ascent – 323 m/1,059' descent). B,D… Rifugio.
Day 4: Altopiano di Fanes. You have two options this morning – you can hike to Rifugio Pederù, or, if you prefer a less steep route, we can arrange for a transfer there. From here, continue to hike downhill in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel you’ll hike through a charming landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain tops along the Ru d’Al Plan River. At the fork, continue toward Lago di Limo until you arrive at your rifugio for tonight. Located just beneath the Limo Pass, you’ll have a splendid view of the Tofane Mountains. (4 hours hiking ~7km/4 miles, 417 m/1,368' ascent – 512 m/1,680' descent. Still want more today? There several other beautiful hikes in the area, right from the hut!). B,D… Rifugio.
Day 5: Cime di Fanis & Lagazuoi Massif. Today is a lovely hike through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif. You'll enjoy beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the "Queen of the Dolomites.” From your rifugio, Alta Via 1 continues through the beautiful high meadow and karst formations, climbing to the Forcella del Lago, a narrow and dramatic gap in the mountain with a trail descent through steep talus on the south side. At the base of the slope is the lake called Lago di Lagazuoi whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scottoni. From the lake, the path begins the long, steady climb to your rifugio. Entering open, rocky terrain, you'll come across ruins from the First World War. When you arrive at the Forcella Lagazuoi, a pass that separates Lagazuoi Piccolo from Lagazuoi Grande, you can opt for a short detour through these WWI tunnels and fortifications en route to your rifugio. (6 hours hiking, 692 m/2,270' ascent. B,D… Rifugio.
Day 6: Departure. You have two options this morning – you can travel to Passo Falzarego either on foot or via cable car (a 647 m/2,123' descent). From the Passo Falzarego transfer back to Cortina d'Ampezzo and departure on your own (private transfer on request). B.
- Activity Level: For everybody in good and active physical health.
- Trip Level: Moderate, option to do more challenging hikes
- Moderate trips are active, with full days of hiking and other activities. These trips are perfect for people who want to be active, yet still have some time to explore the cultural and relaxation opportunities of the Dolomites in the afternoon.
- Hikes range from 4 to 6 hours, often lasting all day, with a stop for lunch, and average 10-13 kilometers / 6-8 miles per day. There are also additional walking options on some days.
- Ascents and descents can be up to 300-600 meters/1,000-2,000 feet. Terrain includes on a variety of surfaces, including single-track trails, uneven gravely surfaces, and sometimes steep. Often, one or two steeper climbs to spectacular viewpoints are included.
- This trip includes more nights at a rifugio where you will need to carry a small backpack with your personal belongings for the night (meals and bedding are provided).
- Briefing upon arrival - logistics and map of the area
- 1 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- 4 night shared dormitory (3-8 people) with shared bathroom in charming rifugios
- All breakfasts
- All dinners in rifugios
- Transfers in the area on day 2 and on day 6
- Luggage transfer on day 5
- Local Medical and Evacuation Insurance
- UIAGM/IFMGA professional mountain guide (if guided)
- Italian mobile phone for emergency calls during the trip (for self-guided trip)
- 21% VAT Italian tax.
Note: Option of doing more luggage transfers: price on request.
- In/Out airport transfers
- Lunches, drinks, dinner in Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
- Insurance other than local medical and evacuation insurance
- Anything not mentioned in cost includes.
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