This trip is available from June 22nd – September 10th, 2019. Please note that early and late in the season you’re more likely to encounter snow.
Booking in Advance
Book as soon as possible to ensure that accommodation is available on your start date. Booking early also increases the likelihood of getting more private rooms or rooms with fewer people.
Luggage transfer is available although we can recommend a storage option in Bolzano that is MUCH cheaper (€15 per day per bag) when you book with us. If you would like the luggage transfer service, we transport your luggage each day (with the exception of two days when it’s not possible). The rates are 7-day tour: €359 per person, 10-day tour: €685 per person.
Please note there is that luggage transfer isn’t available on two days. You’ll pack what you need for the night and your luggage will be transported to your next accommodation. Our carrier requires a minimum of two bags and each bag can’t weigh more than 15 kg (33 pounds).
Grade and Terrain
Grade 4 (challenging). You’ll be hiking ~ 4 – 6 hours a day, 700 – 1000 m ascent. Distance: 15 – 18 km per day.
This trek is a self-guided tour. You get the flexibility and freedom of starting your day when you choose, hiking at your own pace and taking breaks whenever your heart (or lungs) desire.
You avoid time-consuming route planning, questioning if your chosen route is the most scenic, and booking accommodations that only accept bookings via email or telephone.
We’ll take care of booking your accommodation, arrange for daily luggage transfer (if you wish), provide you with a map and instructions in English. We’re there for you prior to your trip, ask all the questions you want and provide an emergency 24/7 phone number for you during your trip. Our goal is to make this the easiest holiday that you’ve ever planned.
Your tour starts at ~1:00 at the BrixenTrain Station. From there, you’ll take train and bus connections to the starting point of St Antonnius. Alternatively, we can arrange a private transfer from you from either the Venice Airport or Train station and take you directly to the starting point.
When your tour is finished, you’ll take a bus back to either Bolzano or Ponte Gardenia. We can arrange a private transfer for you back to Venice from here.
You’ll be provided with a packing list of what to bring.
It’s highly recommended that you have travel insurance that covers you for this tour and includes emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. We recommend World Nomads insurance.
You should be in good physical condition and have hiking experience.
20% of payment is due at the time of booking. As soon as we receive your deposit, we will start making the arrangements for your accommodation.
The remaining balance is due 45 days before the onset of the trip. If you’re booking within 45 days full payment is due at the time of booking.
The distances and ascents/descents are approximations as are the hiking times, which don’t include breaks. The itineraries shown may change slightly based on trail openings/closings.
Transfers (lifts and buses ) if required are not included but will come to less than €30. You’ll take a transfer to arrive and finish your tour. In addition, there’s one transfer on both the 7 and 10-day tour and an optional lift.
Lunches are not included but can be ordered from your mountain hut (refuge) or hotel the night before for an additional fee. You’ll also need to bring your own snacks.
Travel insurance is highly recommended and not included.
How to Reach the Starting Point
Your tour starts with a train ride. You can start from either Bolzano, Ponte Gardena or Brixen (which is the closest and ~ 37-minute train ride from Bolzano). The closest airport is Bolzano but international travellers will likely be arriving in Venice.
Bolzano is ~ 140 km from Venice. It takes 2 1/2 – 3 hours by train. You can use this site to find train and bus options. If you’re flying internationally, we recommend arriving the day before your tour starts and spending the night in either Venice, Bolzano or Brixen. That way, if your flight is delayed, your tour isn’t impacted as we won’t be able to reschedule your accommodation. It fills up really quickly.
Alternatively, we can also arrange a private transfer for you from either the Venice Airport or Train station directly to the starting point of your hike.
From Bolzano, you’ll take a train (one change) and two buses (~ 2.5 hours in total) to reach St. Antonnius, the starting point for your trek. Please note that the last bus runs at 5:40 pm, so allow enough time to each it. Otherwise, you’ll have to walk an additional 8 km.
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We highly recommend that you book accommodation in either Venice, Bolzano or Brixen the night before your trek and book a hotel in Brixen or Bolzano on the last day of your trek.
You’ll likely be tired, but feel fantastic, and the last thing you want to do is have to search for accommodation. If you have extra time, it’s worth spending a day or two in either Brixen or Bolzano. Brixen is the oldest town in Tyrol at 1000 years old and was a popular stop for travelling emperors. It’s the smaller of the two. Bolzano is larger with a medieval city centre and is surrounded by vineyards. We recommend using Booking.com to book additional accommodation.
What’s It Like to Stay in a Refugio (Mountain Hut)
Your accommodation will be in refugios (mountain huts) directly or very close to the hiking trails.Accommodation is simple, yet clean. You’ll stay in a mix of private and shared rooms (maximum eight beds).There’s usually a strict lights-out policy at around 10:00 pm and hikers are up at approximately the same time to eat a light breakfast served between limited hours.
Not all refugios offer private rooms which is why we offer this tour with mixed private and shared accommodation. Bathroom facilities will be shared, even on the nights that you have a private room. Showers are usually available, (unless there’s a water shortage). At some refugios they’re free, others charge a small fee (~€3) and may be timed. Staying in a refugio is a great way to connect with fellow hikers and experience home-cooked regional cuisine.
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