Dolomite Alps – Trek part of the Alta Via N.1

On this classic high route of the Dolomites, enjoy 5 days of hiking through some of the most breathtaking scenery in these incredible Italian Alps. This is the perfect quick trip for those looking for a classic trek but who are short on time!

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Mixed - Hotel and B&B
  • Start/Finish: Starts Alta Badia Ends Cortina d'Ampezz
  • Distance: 3-7 hours each day
  • Duration: 6 Nights - 7 Days
  • Availability: June to mid September
  • Altitude:

This tour has an 6 night 7 day itinerary.

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your Hotel. Located in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is truly the “heart of the Dolomites.” Geographically in the South Tyrol (Südtirol), this area was part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find unique mountain scenery with villages rich in natural beauties and ancient traditions, witness the simple everyday life of the local people (the “Ladini”), as well as the customs and traditions of the ancient Ladin culture. You’ll notice the street signs are written in three languages – first in Ladino (a language comes from the Romansh language), then in German, and lastly in Italian. The mixed culture is very well marked not only in the language, but also in the architecture and cuisine. You will surely enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region!
D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ Lagazuoi Massif
In the morning, 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 everything necessary for your self-guided adventure.

Take a short transfer to Capanna Alpina (1,726m / 5,663’), a restaurant built at the edge of the Natural Park, in an incredible setting. Start hiking uphill on path n.20 to Rifugio Scotoni (1,985m / 6,512’), a perfect spot for a break.
Continue uphill to a 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 Scotoni. From the lake, the path continues the long, steady climb to the Rifugio Lagazuoi, entering open, rocky terrain where you'll come across ruins from the First World War. You'll arrive at the Forcella Lagazuoi, a pass that separates Lagazuoi Piccolo from Lagazuoi Grande after which you can take a short detour through WWI tunnels and fortifications, to reach a cozy rifugio, your home for tonight. (~3-4 hours hiking 5.6km / 3.4 miles, 1,090m / 3,570’ ascent, 63m / 207' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Cinque Torri
This stage is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. Hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442'), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225') and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648') and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego, cross it and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area and its rifugios. From here the incredible vistas around, including the Pale di San Martino, Civetta, Monti del Sole and the Marmolada with its shrinking glacier. Take some time to relax, and in the afternoon descend to the south to Passo Giau and reach your rifugio for the night (2,236m / 7,336').
(~6-7 hours hiking 17.7km / 10.9 miles, 1,103m / 3,621' ascent, 1,541m / 5,058' descent. Option for a shorter hike, using the Lagazuoi cable car, not included.)
B,D… Rifugio


 

Day 4 ~ Pelmo and Civetta Massifs
After breakfast, from your rifugio, pass a chapel, and begin to hike uphill to the rear of grassy Col Piombin, that takes its name from a past mining activity. The trail leads over the Forcella Giau (2,360m / 7,742’) with plenty of ups and downs; here the views of the Tofana and Monte Cavallo are inspiring, not to mention the mountains on display to the south: Monte Fromin, Cernera, Pelmo and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. Along the hike you’ll have great views of the majestic Sorapiss, the unmistakable pyramid of Antelao and far off the Cadore Dolomites. All of a sudden the Pelmo (3,168m / 10,394') will be incredibly close, and at this range it’s easy to understand why it was dubbed ‘Throne of the Gods’. The last part of the day leads below Pelmo’s north face, (which is 1,006m / 3,300' straight up to the top) to your comfortable mountain Rifugio at Passo Staulanza  (1,783m / 5,850'), your home for tonight.
(~5 hours hiking 12,5km / 7,8 miles, 487m / 1,597' ascent, 946m / 3,105' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Civetta & Moiazza
From Passo Staulanza, you hike by several farms, join a popular trail and climb to the shoulder of Monte Coldai. Shaped like an enormous trident and linkened to a set of  organ pipes, it rises majestically between the deep-cut Cordevole river valley and the smiling pasture of Val Zoldana. After stopping for lunch at Rifugio Coldai (2,132 m / 6,995’) near the beautiful Lago Coldai, you continue on to the Col Negro di Coldai that looks over at the towering west face of Monte Civetta. This “wall of walls” extends for over 6km / 4 miles! About midway past this wall you climb steeply to your rifugio for tonight (2,250m / 7,382’). This overnight stop is memorable.
(~5.5 hours hiking 10.8km / 6.7 miles, 1,130m / 3,707’ ascent, 644m / 2,113’ descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Passo Duran
From the rifugio, descend to the Val Civetta over the Col Rean, through beautiful, open, green meadows to the narrow valley of Val Corpassa. The route takes you right below the sheer rock faces of the Torre Venezia (2,337m / 7,667') and the Torre Trieste (2,458m / 8,064'), both rising some 600 meters (2,000') vertically from the valley floor. You may even get to see some climbers ascending these impressive towers!
Pass by the Rifugio Vazzoler and ascend steeply through a dense forest to Forcella de l’Orso and alongside Monte Moiazza’s southern flank to Rifugio Bruto Cartestiato. Continue to Rifugio San Sebastiano, following a clear white gravel lane across pasture clearings and light wood (~40 minute hike). From Rifugio San Sebastiano you’ll have your private transfer back to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Celebrate the conclusion of your trek along the Alta Via 1..Though a strenuous day over rugged terrain, this may be one of the prettiest and most varied hikes of your trip.
(~7 hours hiking 15.6km / 8.4 miles, 983m /3,225’ ascent, 1,649m / 5,410‘ descent.)
B… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 7 ~ Depart
After breakfast departure on your own (private transfer available on request).

Key Details:

  • When enquiring about this tour, please ask about a possible high season surcharge.
  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour starts in Niederdorf/Toblach and ends in Sexten.
  • Daily walking time is approximately 3 - 7 hours each day

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your walking holiday in Italy including:

  • Italian Dolomites
  • Nature Parks
  • Sexten Mountain Range
  • Lake Pragser Wildsee

Getting to Italy:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Italy.

By Car – Italy can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Italy and a number of airports including Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and Verona Airport.

For more information on getting to Italy please visit the Italian Tourism website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Transfers, trains and cable cars as mentioned in the program
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack 
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Lunch
  • Any visitors taxes
  • Transport to and from Italy

This tour has an 6 night 7 day itinerary.

Day 1 ~ Arrive in Alta Badia, Dolomites
Arrive in Alta Badia on your own (private transfer available on request) and check into your Hotel. Located in a large valley surrounded all around by the gorgeous peaks of the Dolomites, Alta Badia is truly the “heart of the Dolomites.” Geographically in the South Tyrol (Südtirol), this area was part of Austria prior to the First World War. Here you’ll find unique mountain scenery with villages rich in natural beauties and ancient traditions, witness the simple everyday life of the local people (the “Ladini”), as well as the customs and traditions of the ancient Ladin culture. You’ll notice the street signs are written in three languages – first in Ladino (a language comes from the Romansh language), then in German, and lastly in Italian. The mixed culture is very well marked not only in the language, but also in the architecture and cuisine. You will surely enjoy hearty meals that are representative of the incredible diversity of this region!
D… Hotel in Alta Badia


Day 2 ~ Lagazuoi Massif
In the morning, 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 everything necessary for your self-guided adventure.

Take a short transfer to Capanna Alpina (1,726m / 5,663’), a restaurant built at the edge of the Natural Park, in an incredible setting. Start hiking uphill on path n.20 to Rifugio Scotoni (1,985m / 6,512’), a perfect spot for a break.
Continue uphill to a 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 Scotoni. From the lake, the path continues the long, steady climb to the Rifugio Lagazuoi, entering open, rocky terrain where you'll come across ruins from the First World War. You'll arrive at the Forcella Lagazuoi, a pass that separates Lagazuoi Piccolo from Lagazuoi Grande after which you can take a short detour through WWI tunnels and fortifications, to reach a cozy rifugio, your home for tonight. (~3-4 hours hiking 5.6km / 3.4 miles, 1,090m / 3,570’ ascent, 63m / 207' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 3 ~ Cinque Torri
This stage is of great interest for both the spectacular mountains around and the abundance of reminders of the terrible years of WWI, due to the vicinity of the former border between the long-dismantled Hapsburg Empire and Italy. Hike a memorable traverse below the awesome Tofana di Rozes, ascending Forcella Lagazuoi (2,573m / 8,442'), Forcella Travenanzes (2,507m / 8,225') and Forcella Col dei Bos (2,331m / 7,648') and gradually descend along the line of trenches. Reach the main road that goes from Cortina to Passo Falzarego, cross it and climb through forests to the fascinating, renowned Cinque Torri area and its rifugios. From here the incredible vistas around, including the Pale di San Martino, Civetta, Monti del Sole and the Marmolada with its shrinking glacier. Take some time to relax, and in the afternoon descend to the south to Passo Giau and reach your rifugio for the night (2,236m / 7,336').
(~6-7 hours hiking 17.7km / 10.9 miles, 1,103m / 3,621' ascent, 1,541m / 5,058' descent. Option for a shorter hike, using the Lagazuoi cable car, not included.)
B,D… Rifugio


 

Day 4 ~ Pelmo and Civetta Massifs
After breakfast, from your rifugio, pass a chapel, and begin to hike uphill to the rear of grassy Col Piombin, that takes its name from a past mining activity. The trail leads over the Forcella Giau (2,360m / 7,742’) with plenty of ups and downs; here the views of the Tofana and Monte Cavallo are inspiring, not to mention the mountains on display to the south: Monte Fromin, Cernera, Pelmo and the upswept flank of Monte Mondeval. Along the hike you’ll have great views of the majestic Sorapiss, the unmistakable pyramid of Antelao and far off the Cadore Dolomites. All of a sudden the Pelmo (3,168m / 10,394') will be incredibly close, and at this range it’s easy to understand why it was dubbed ‘Throne of the Gods’. The last part of the day leads below Pelmo’s north face, (which is 1,006m / 3,300' straight up to the top) to your comfortable mountain Rifugio at Passo Staulanza  (1,783m / 5,850'), your home for tonight.
(~5 hours hiking 12,5km / 7,8 miles, 487m / 1,597' ascent, 946m / 3,105' descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 5 ~ Civetta & Moiazza
From Passo Staulanza, you hike by several farms, join a popular trail and climb to the shoulder of Monte Coldai. Shaped like an enormous trident and linkened to a set of  organ pipes, it rises majestically between the deep-cut Cordevole river valley and the smiling pasture of Val Zoldana. After stopping for lunch at Rifugio Coldai (2,132 m / 6,995’) near the beautiful Lago Coldai, you continue on to the Col Negro di Coldai that looks over at the towering west face of Monte Civetta. This “wall of walls” extends for over 6km / 4 miles! About midway past this wall you climb steeply to your rifugio for tonight (2,250m / 7,382’). This overnight stop is memorable.
(~5.5 hours hiking 10.8km / 6.7 miles, 1,130m / 3,707’ ascent, 644m / 2,113’ descent.)
B,D… Rifugio


Day 6 ~ Passo Duran
From the rifugio, descend to the Val Civetta over the Col Rean, through beautiful, open, green meadows to the narrow valley of Val Corpassa. The route takes you right below the sheer rock faces of the Torre Venezia (2,337m / 7,667') and the Torre Trieste (2,458m / 8,064'), both rising some 600 meters (2,000') vertically from the valley floor. You may even get to see some climbers ascending these impressive towers!
Pass by the Rifugio Vazzoler and ascend steeply through a dense forest to Forcella de l’Orso and alongside Monte Moiazza’s southern flank to Rifugio Bruto Cartestiato. Continue to Rifugio San Sebastiano, following a clear white gravel lane across pasture clearings and light wood (~40 minute hike). From Rifugio San Sebastiano you’ll have your private transfer back to Cortina d'Ampezzo. Celebrate the conclusion of your trek along the Alta Via 1..Though a strenuous day over rugged terrain, this may be one of the prettiest and most varied hikes of your trip.
(~7 hours hiking 15.6km / 8.4 miles, 983m /3,225’ ascent, 1,649m / 5,410‘ descent.)
B… Hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


Day 7 ~ Depart
After breakfast departure on your own (private transfer available on request).

Key Details:

  • When enquiring about this tour, please ask about a possible high season surcharge.
  • Eight day, seven night itinerary.
  • This tour starts in Niederdorf/Toblach and ends in Sexten.
  • Daily walking time is approximately 3 - 7 hours each day

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your walking holiday in Italy including:

  • Italian Dolomites
  • Nature Parks
  • Sexten Mountain Range
  • Lake Pragser Wildsee

Getting to Italy:

By Rail/Bus – There are a number of public transport operating in Italy.

By Car – Italy can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Italy and a number of airports including Leonardo da Vinci International Airport and Verona Airport.

For more information on getting to Italy please visit the Italian Tourism website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Half Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Transfers, trains and cable cars as mentioned in the program
  • Fully comprehensive tour pack 
  • Emergency Telephone Assistance
Excluded
  • Lunch
  • Any visitors taxes
  • Transport to and from Italy

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