Hiking through some of the most scenic mountains of the Dolomites
Trek the Alta Via N.1 of the Dolomites – 9 days, almost 77 kilometers (48 miles), and some of the most breathtaking scenery in these incredible Italian Alps. Hike north to south on this classic high route, watching the spectacular angles of these wondrous mountains change right before your eyes!
● Trek the Alta Via N.1 – one of the famous High Routes of the Dolomites!
● Hike hut-to-hut and enjoy the atmosphere of a different mountain rifugio each night
● Traveling from north to south, see vistas of more than 80% of the Dolomite Mountains – a recently added UNESCO World Heritage Site
Alta Via or Haute Route – so what’s all the fuss about?
Truly a hiker’s paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomite Mountains, and the Alta Via represent the “best of the best.” These routes are multi-day, hut-to-hut alpine tours, and offer some the most breathtaking, challenging, multi-day trails available in this mountainous wonderland.
The Alta Via N.1 is a fantastic trek, 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. This linear trip, traveling north to south through the Italian Alps, begins in the Italian Südtirol, and heads south through different mountain groups. This astoundingly rewarding trek visits the Fanes area, Lagazuoi and many other Cortina mountains, Pelmo, Civetta, Moiazza and the Dolomiti Bellunesi.
Spread across 8 days, the Alta Via 1 reaches a high point of 2,752 meters (9,029′). 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!
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Hike the Dolomites – nine days
Total distance: 80 km
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m) on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining. In the afternoon, you will meet with one of our representatives who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps, and everything necessary for your self-guided adventure. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore Cortina d’Ampezzo’s pedestrian walkway, the Corso Italia, lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques.… Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
From Lago di Braies to Sennes
Starting at a beautiful alpine lake set amidst forest and soaring Dolomite peaks, this is a thrilling opening to Alta Via N.1. It entails a straightforward steady climb to a high altitude plateau with wide reaching vistas.Take a 50 minutes transfer to Lago di Braies (1,494m / 4,901′) and start a 800m / 2,625′ climb on a well-trodden path following a scree river colonized by dwarf mountain pines. Marvelous views open over Val Foresta and its peaks.Enter the Natural Park of Dolomiti d’Ampezzo: the panorama is vast and breathtaking. Reach your home for tonight. There is an optional additional hike to the top of the Col di Lasta (2,997m / 7,536′).(~5 hours hiking, 13,3km / 8,3 miles, 1,179m / 3,871′ ascent, 718m / 2,358′ descent. Additional hike 2 km / 1,2 miles, 210m / 689′ ascent, 33m / 108′ descent one way.)B,D… Rifugio
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 rand 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
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
Departing Passo Staulanza, you’ll hike by several farms and join a popular trail that climbs to the shoulder of Monte Coldai, anchoring one end of the famous Monte Civetta. After stopping for lunch at Lago Coldai, continue to the Col Negro di Coldai that looks over at the towering west face of Monte Civetta. This “wall of walls” extends for over 4 miles (6km)! About midway past this wall you climb to your rifugio, perched on mountaintop with views to the Val Civetta, down the Alleghe Valley and west to the Marmolada Glacier. This overnight stop is unforgettable.(~5,5 hours hiking 10.8km / 6.7 miles, 1,130m / 3,707’ ascent, 644m /2,113’ descent.) B,D…Rifugio
Civetta & Moiazza to 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. Reach Forcella del Camp (1,933m / 6,341’) and you’ll get the breathtaking spectacle of the Moiazza Sud. Continue hiking to the near Rifugio Bruto Carestiato (1,839m / 6,033’). 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 transfer back to Cortina. (~7 hours hiking 15.6km / 8.4 miles, 983m /3,225’ ascent, 1,649m / 5,410‘ descent.) B…Hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo