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Alta Via 1 Hiking Tour (Self-Guided)

TOUR OVERVIEW

8-DAY SOUTHERN ITINERARY

8-DAY NORTHERN ITINERARY

FULL ALTA VIA 1 11-DAY ITINERARY

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HIKING ALTA VIA 1 IN THE DOLOMITES OVERVIEW

Alta Via 1 is the most famous hiking/trekking High Route in the Dolomites and one of the top three in the Alps overall -the other two are the Tour du Mont Blanc and the Haute Route

Also called The Dolomite High Route 1, the 150 km long hiking route goes from Braies Lake in South Tyrol to the town of Belluno at the southern edge of the Dolomites. This multi-day trekking route links several well-known landmarks of the Dolomite Mountains including Braies Lake, Lagazuoi Massif, Cinque Torri group, Monte Pelmo, and the Civetta and Moiazza massifs. These are the true highlights of the Dolomite Alps and with so many high points it’s no wonder that the Alta Via 1 is so popular. 

We offer you three unique options for hiking the Alta Via 1. 1) Choose between the complete 11-day Alta Via 1 trek, or choose only the 2) northern section, the most popular section with hikers or 3) the southern section. We offer 8-day tours for both the northern and southern section.

While the hiking isn’t technical on the Alta Via 1, you should be a regular hiker who’s comfortable with doing large ascents and hiking for 5 – 7 hours, not including lunch or breaks. As it’s one of the most popular “haute routes” in the Alps, the trails are well-marked and easy to find. Another consideration is that in a few places there are “land bridges” with steep dropoffs on either side. If you’re not comfortable with heights, please contact us before booking to make sure this is the right tour for you. 

Space in the mountain huts (refugios) is very limited and often booked out months in advance so we recommend booking as soon as possible.  


HIGHLIGHTS OF YOUR ALTA VIA 1 SELF-GUIDED HIKING TOUR IN ITALY

✔ Hike one of the most famous Haute Routes (High Routes) in all of the Alps

✔ Cross off the most famous hut-to-hut trek in the Dolomites connecting its best-known landmarks from your bucket list

Have your hiking itinerary planned by local experts to avoid via-ferratas

✔ Make new friends in the friendly atmosphere of the alpine huts set in scenic locations

Sleep in comfortable manned mountain huts (refugios) with a possibility of private rooms and enjoy good meals – that someone else has cooked for you

✔ Climb to the Lagazuoi Massif for the most famous view of the Dolomites (Only for the 8-Day Northern Trek and 11-Day Full Trek) 

✔ Hike the least travelled trails on the Alta Via 1 (Only on the 8-Day Southern Trek and 11-Day Full Trek)

✔ Revel in the beauty of Lake Braies and hike to Croda del Becco Summit for a spectacular 360-degree panoramic view   (Only on the 8-Day Northern trek and 11-Day Full Trek)


HIKING DOLMITES: ALTA VIA 1 11-DAY ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo or Toblach

You’ll arrive in Toblach or Cortina d’Ampezzo on your own, check in at the basecamp hotel and rest up before your hike begins tomorrow. We offer two different basecamp positions for this hike because Cortina is larger and more famous and located closer to Venice airport. It also hosts a variety of cultural and sporting events throughout the summer season.

The Toblach resort is considerably smaller, situated in the German-speaking province of South Tyrol. Its main advantage is that’s located closer to the start point of the route – just 30 minutes versus the 1:20 hour if you choose Cortina.  If you’re arriving by air, were recommend Cortina because the airports are much closer. 

  • Accommodation: Hotel, your choice of Toblach Resort or Cortina d’Ampezzo Resort

Day 2: Hike from Lake Braies

After you’ve taken a public bus from either Cortina or Toblach, it’s time to start hiking! Your route starts at Lake Braies. This is a true pearl of the Dolomites and South Tyrol and is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the Dolomites at 1.2 km long, and 36 m deep. Lake Braies was formed as a result of a landslide that blocked the flow of the mountain stream. It’s a very popular destination in the Dolomites because of its exceptional beauty. The clear water takes on a rich emerald hue in sunny weather and it’s surrounded on three sides by the Dolomite massifs, and the south side of the lake looks out onto Croda del Becco Peak, showing the direction of the Alta Via 1 route.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 960 m. Descent 300 m. Distance 10 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 3: Hike in Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park

Today, you’ll hike through the gorgeous Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park. The latter encompasses several massifs of the Dolomites, known for their distinctive karst topography. You’ll find caves in this area as well, including the remains of a cave bear that inhabited these areas 40,000 – 60,000 years ago. The Alta Via 1 Route is full of surprises!

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 550 m. Descent 650 m. Distance 11 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 4: Hike From Fanes-Snnes-Braies Nature Park to the Lagazuoi Massif

From the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, your Alta Via 1 trekking route leads you to the impressive Lagazuoi Massif which reaches almost 3000 m. It’s famous for its Observation Platform offering a 360-degree panorama of the Dolomites.

From its peak, you can see the Nuvolau, Croda da Lago and Monte Pelmo mountains groups. In the distant horizon, you’ll get glimpses of the Marmolada – the highest mountain in the Dolomites at 3343 m, the Sella Group, Sassolungo, and Pale di San Martino.

The Lagazuoi Massif is of great historical significance and known for its war tunnels. During  World War I, the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies fought here. The excavations and explosions in enemy tunnels altered the original appearance of the massif to a degree, leaving craters and deep splits. The military tunnels are ~ 1.1 km long but most are impassable. In order to access many of them, you must do a via-ferrata for which experience is required (and not included on this tour). 

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 1050 m. Descent 440 m. Distance 13 km. Hiking time 6 hours.

Day 5: Hike to the Cinque Torri

You'll hike to Rifugio Nuvolau on the Alta Via 1 which has some of the best views of the Dolomites found anywhereThe Cinque Torri massif, which translates “five towers” in Italian is one of the most famous locations on the Alta Via No. 1. It’s also perhaps the most unusual group in the Dolomites. It was formed when a single massif fragmented into five parts during the formation of the modern Alps. The towers of the Cinque Torri stand proud at more than 100 m over the alpine meadows below.  Each of the five tours of the Cinque Torri has a unique shape and its own name.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 510 m. Descent 960 m. Distance 12 km. Hiking time 6 hours.

Day 6: Monte Pelmo

You'll hike to Rifugio Nuvolau on the Alta Via 1 which has some of the best views of the Dolomites found anywhereToday, the route approaches the next of the Dolomites’ landmarks: The Monte Pelmo massif. From the south-eastern side, Monte Pelmo has a unique trapezoidal shape. There are no trails ascending Monte Pelmo; this massif is only accessible to mountain climbers. The Alta Via 1 route passes under the vertical faces of Monte Pelmo, along trails that boast stunning views. In addition, petrified dinosaur footprints from the Triassic period can be seen here, dating from around 200 – 250 million years ago. The day comes to a close at the north end of the Civetta group in a conveniently located hut that provides a beautiful panoramic view of Monte Pelmo and other massifs at sunset.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 450 m. Descent 930 m. Distance 13 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 7: Civetta and Lake Coldai

Day 7_ Cool off at Lake Coldai which you'll pass when hiking the Alta Via 1The following morning, the route departs from the picturesque Lake Coldai, which is located in a shallow hollow in the north of the Civetta group. Views of the lake against a backdrop of Civetta’s steep rocks can often be seen in alpine calendars. The group is famous for its 5-kilometre west face, which reaches more than 1 km in height. Around 100-300 meters in total separates the trail from the mountain face at this point, making this section of the Alta Via 1 one of its most impressive hiking paths.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 950 m. Descent 470 m. Distance 11 km. Hiking time 5 hours

Day 8: Moiazza Group

Today, the path bends around the Moiazza massif, which forms one common mountain group with Civetta, and one of the largest groups in the Dolomites. At this point, the hiking route passes through a beautiful and serene landscape, slightly higher than the border of the forest belt, and gradually descending into the coniferous forest. At the beginning of the path, from the uplands that are opposite the north face of Civetta, you can take in the panoramic vista of the Dolomites to the east, encompassing the Marmolada and Sella groups. The Moiazza massif features the same sharp formations that were observed yesterday evening while passing along the north face of Civetta, but here the vertical cliffs seemingly “grow” from the level of the forest, something that creates impressive and contrasting images of classic alpine landscapes.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 1020 m. Descent 1450 m. Distance 14 km. Hiking time 7 hours.

Day 9: San Sebastiano and Pramper Groups

The route gradually leaves this area behind for more secluded spots. On the path for today are the San Sebastiano and Pramper groups, but less than a quarter of the hikers who set off from Lake Braies reach this far. For exactly this reason, these mountains are famed for their less-frequented trails and wild, undisturbed natural environment. The slopes here are steeper than those of the mountain groups in the north of the Alta Via 1. There are, therefore, fewer hiking tracks here, and the higher altitude routes away from the main Alta Via 1 trail are via-ferratas, some of which are not even marked on maps. Here, you can see peaks that soar dramatically into the heavens, and, if you set out on the early enough, even wild animals, including chamois and roe deer.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 550 m. Descent 500 m. Distance 13 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 10: Schiara Group

On the last day of your journey, you will pass through the moraines that are typical of the southern Dolomites, as well as across the lunar landscape of the Schiara group’s highlands. Due to the fact that the mountain slopes are very steep in this part of the Dolomites, the scree that is found as you approach the mountain passes is also steep. The Schiara group are the most barren mountains on the Alta Via 1 route and practically no one ventures beyond the route itself. The path ahead is a via-ferrata, and so this is the last day of the hike; for the second half of the day, the trail descends to the foot of the Schiara group.

  • Accommodation: Basecamp Hotel
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 600 m. Descent 1880 m. Distance 14 km. Hiking time 7 hours.

Day 11: Departure from Longarone

Your Alta Via N.1 hike is over. After breakfast at the basecamp hotel, you can start your way back to the airport.

PRICE

€1280 – 11-Day Full Tour (2 nights in basecamp hotel accommodation, 9 nights in dormitory accommodation. Private rooms in the huts (shared bathroom) are available for 8 nights of the accommodation but are very limited in supply. The cost is €15  per person for each night in a room of 2-4 beds. 


HIKING DOLMITES: ALTA VIA 1 8-DAY NORTHERN TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival in Cortina d’Ampezzo

The base camp hotels for this trek are in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a small town that can boast a long tradition in the world of tourism and events. Cortina is surrounded by the world famous Dolomite mountain groups like Monte Cristallo (Mount Crystal), the Cinque Torri (the Five Towers) and the Tofane. On Corso Italia, the main street of Cortina, where culture and entertainment come together, you can admire historic buildings, high-end boutiques and drink a cup of coffee in one of the many elegant cafés in the evening before the trek.

  • Accommodation: Basecamp Hotel

Day 2: Lake Braies

The Northern Trek starts at Lake Braies in the extreme north of the Dolomites. Being surrounded by the beautiful Dolomite peaks, Lake Braies is one of the most scenic lakes in the Alps. It was formed by a landslide that blocked the Braies Stream causing it to overflow and to form a natural basin called Lake Braies. Today, you will walk through the tree belt and reach the alpine meadows at an altitude of 2000 – 2300 meters. As one of the optional sidewalks, we suggest the uphill climb to the Croda del Becco, where you can admire a 360-degree view of the Sennes Plateau. Or alternatively, a very interesting hike to Muntejela di Sennes which offers stunning panoramic views of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 960 m. Descent 300 m. Distance 10 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 3: Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park

On your third day’s walk you will be immersed in the 25 thousand hectares of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park, one of the biggest in South Tyrol. Here you will find very varied landscapes ranging from pastures and meadows full of flowers and herbs to waterfalls, colors and life. You will also be impressed by the beauty of the karst landscape which is a defining feature of this area. Caves, grooves, shafts, cavities, basins and other typical karst formations of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park hide numerous fossilized plants, insects and shells of the Jurassic period.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 550 m. Descent 650 m. Distance 11 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 4: Lagazuoi Massif

From the Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park you will move to the Lagazuoi area which is remarkable both from a natural and historical point of view. It’s a naturalistic oasis boasting an impressive panorama of the Dolomites – one of the symbols of the Alps. Approaching the Lagazuoi massif, at an altitude of 2182 meters you will find the Lagazuoi Lake nestled between the rocks fed by the underground springs. Its crystal-clear water changes color depending on the light and the mountains reflecting in its waters create a breathtaking landscape. You will see groups of fish of different species splashing in the water. The important historical information of the Lagazuoi massif is linked to the First World War. In fact, it was here that the Italians fought transforming the Lagazuoi into a fortress. The mountain is still a real rock castle, where you can visit the tunnels, trenches, military stations which have been recently renovated.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 1050 m. Descent 440 m. Distance 13 km. Hiking time 6 hours.

Day 5: Cinque Torri

You are going to leave Lagazuoi behind you and make your way to the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) group. It gets its name from its shape made up of five towers, formed by a crack in the original mountain. On the way towards the Forcella Averau, we recommend taking a regenerating pause at Lake Limides, a small alpine lake of emerald waters. During the days of summer, the surrounding mountains reflect on the water of the lake creating a beautiful symmetry. As you continue along the path you can see the peak of Monte Nuvolau. The climb to the top of the mountain is optional, but it is from here that you can admire a 360-degree view of the Antelao, Marmolada and Tofane mountains as far as the Austrian glaciers.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 510 m. Descent 960 m. Distance 12 km. Hiking time 6 hours.

Day 6: Croda da Lago

Today you are walking along the trails of the Croda da Lago group and continue towards Monte Pelmo. Its trapezoidal shape made up of 2 peaks, Pelmo and Palmetto, makes it stand out. It looks like a giant throne and seen from the west side the visual impact is truly impressive. The only way to reach the summit of Mount Pelmo is by climbing up as there are no paths to lead you to the top. If you are still up for a walk at the end of the day you can try the pleasant hike up to Mount Crot from where you can enjoy the view of Civetta, Pelmo, Sella and Marmolada.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 450 m. Descent 930 m. Distance 13 km. Hiking time 5 hours

Day 7: Around Monte Pelmo

The day begins with a hike of Monte Pelmo from where you can admire all the features of its different sides. You will be able to see the imposing southern side, the green basin on the eastern side, the gravelly gullies in the north east and the difficult north west side. Along the path, you will see a variety of landscapes ranging from dense woods and pastures to a rocky area. Just above the main path, you can choose the optional visit of the dinosaur footprints on a dolomite boulder that broke off from the mountain. You will descend to the valley and return to Cortina d’Ampezzo in the afternoon.

  • Accommodation: Basecamp Hotel
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 300 m. Descent 1140m. Distance 15 km. Hiking time 6 hours.

Day 8: Departure from Cortina d’Ampezzo

Your hike along the High Route No.1 North has come to an end. After you have checked out of the hotel it will be time to leave the Dolomites.

PRICE

€860 – 8-Day North

2 nights in basecamp hotel accommodation, 5 nights in dormitory accommodation.
OPTIONAL: Private rooms in the huts (shared bathroom) are available for 5 nights of the tour but are very limited in supply. The cost is €15 per person for each night in a room of 2-4 beds.


HIKING DOLMITES: ALTA VIA 1 8-DAY SOUTHERN TREK ITINERARY

Day 1: Cortina d’Ampezzo

You arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo on your own and check in to the basecamp hotel. The evening is best spent resting in preparation for the hike. Cortina is situated at an altitude of about 1200 meters and is surrounded by several stunning Dolomite massifs. In Cortina, you will be able to spend a leisurely evening strolling through the pedestrianized town center. It is worth admiring the remarkable orange hue, that the neighboring mountain peaks take on at sunset.

  • Accommodation: Basecamp Hotel

Day 2: Cinque Torri and Lake Federa

The Southern Trek commences in the Passo Falzarego area and heads southwards. If you wish, you can take a detour away from the pass to the area around the Lagazuoi peak. The itinerary for today’s hike can easily accommodate this. The main attraction along the path is the “Five Towers” or the Cinque Torri. This mountain group was formed from a monolith that split into five fragments and is one of the defining symbols of the Dolomites. Another location on today’s trail that is no less beautiful is Lake Federa. It is situated on the border between the forest belt and the alpine meadows that stretch in front of the jagged peaks of Becco di Mezzodì. This translates as “Midday Peak” since the mountaintop is almost exactly south of the lake and serves as a natural solar clock.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 740 m. Descent 800 m. Distance 11 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 3: Monte Pelmo

In the morning, soon after departing from the mountain hut, you will be able to see the next mountain group on the Alta Via 1 route – Monte Pelmo. This group cannot be confused with any other in the Dolomites, due to its rare trapezoidal shape with very steep slopes, which extend one kilometre almost vertically skywards. The trail between mountain huts will take up the first half of the day. Then, after lunch, it is worth embarking upon the easy additional hike to the top of Monte Crot. This stands opposite Pelmo and boasts a spectacular panoramic view of the Dolomite Mountains.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 440 m. Descent 710 m. Distance 10 km. Hiking time 4 hours.

Day 4: Civetta and Lake Coldai

Today the route reaches the Civetta group, where you will immediately be presented with two of the Alta Via 1 itinerary’s most impressive sights. At the northern end of Civetta, you will pass Lake Coldai. On a clear day, Coldai takes on a turquoise hue, which, along with the lake’s enchanting surroundings, makes this one of Civetta’s showpieces. Beyond the lake, the trail passes along the four-kilometre-long west face of Civetta, which reaches over a kilometre high. This is no more than 300m from the path itself, and many consider this track to be the most fascinating of the whole of Alta Via 1.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 950 m. Descent 470 m. Distance 11 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 5: Moiazza

Civetta is one of the largest mountain groups in the Dolomite Alps. A closer inspection reveals that it actually consists of two massifs: Civetta and Moiazza. Today, the path leads along the Moiazza massif. For most of the day, you will be passing through highland meadows and woodland. In the morning, you will be able to view a panorama of the Dolomites to the east of Civetta. Of these, the Marmolada group is the most distinct, with its vertical south face. The trail gradually descends from the forests and passes along the foot of Moiazza’s steep white cliffs.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 1020 m. Descent 1450 m. Distance 14 km. Hiking time 7 hours.

Day 6: San Sebastiano and Pramper

As you progress along the Alta Via 1 route southwards, you will notice that the trail becomes less and less busy. The path goes deep into wild mountain areas, where there are very few trails and mountain huts, and no roads, let alone ski lifts. This is a completely different experience of the Dolomites. Here, you will be able to feel the natural atmosphere of the mountains, spend some time enjoying the silence, and catch a glimpse of wild animals. The mountains themselves are also different from the northern Dolomites. In this region, they are characterized by steeper slopes, narrow gorges and numerous scree slopes.

  • Accommodation: Mountain Hut (Refugio)
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 550 m. Descent 500 m. Distance 13 km. Hiking time 5 hours.

Day 7: National Park Dolomiti Bellunesi

The final trail on the route passes through the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, across landscapes not found along other stretches of Alta Via 1. Here, you will climb the scree slopes and traverse Schiara’s desolate, rocky highlands. Today, you will be descending into the valley to finish the hike. This will be a long, but easy descent, due to the fact that it is on a gentle slope.

  • Accommodation: Basecamp Hotel
  • Hiking Details: Ascent 600 m. Descent 1880 m. Distance 14 km. Walking time 7 hours.

Day 8: Departure from Longarone

This completes your hike. You leave the Dolomites with vivid impressions and a collection of scenic panoramas in our cameras.

  • €830 – 8-Day South
    2 nights in basecamp hotel accommodation, 5 nights in dormitory accommodation.
    OPTIONAL: Private rooms in the huts (shared bathroom) are available for 4 nights of the tour and one night a room with 4 people but are very limited in supply. The cost is €15 per person for each night in a room of 2-4 beds.

GETTING TO ITALY

The nearest airport is Venice. From Venice, it’s a 2:10 minute bus ride to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

Price:

  • €1280 – 11-Day Full Tour
    2 nights in basecamp hotel accommodation, 9 nights in dormitory accommodation. OPTIONAL: Private rooms in the huts (shared bathroom) are available for 8 nights of the tour but are very limited in supply. The cost is €15  per person for each night in a room of 2-4 beds.
  • €860 – 8-Day North
    2 nights in basecamp hotel accommodation, 5 nights in dormitory accommodation.
    OPTIONAL: Private rooms in the huts (shared bathroom) are available for 5 nights of the tour but are very limited in supply. The cost is €15 per person for each night in a room of 2-4 beds.
  • €830 – 8-Day South
    2 nights in basecamp hotel accommodation, 5 nights in dormitory accommodation.
    OPTIONAL: Private rooms in the huts (shared bathroom) are available for 4 nights of the tour and one night a room with 4 people but are very limited in supply. The cost is €15 per person for each night in a room of 2-4 beds.

(Single supplement of €90 for each of the tours. This includes a private room in both of your base camp hotels.)

Accommodation

The first and last nights of your trip are in one of our basecamp hotels. While hiking, you will stay overnight in the mountain huts. You can count on the following services in the mountain huts: a bed in a shared room or in a private room (must be booked in advance), a shower with hot water, toilets, meals, and a possibility to buy take away water and snacks such as sandwiches and chocolate. Shared rooms are equipped with bunk beds with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Bed linen is not provided in shared bedrooms: you must have a sleeping bag liner with you. Typically, it is a light cotton bag. A warm sleeping bag is unnecessary since there are blankets in the bedrooms. In private rooms you are often offered bed linen, thus a sleeping bag liner is not required. If you book private rooms, we inform you whether you need to bring a sleeping bag liner. Most huts have a heating system, but it is normally not required in the summer months. You will need clean footwear for the huts: light slides are an ideal solution.

Clothing and Gear

Proper hiking boots are a must for the mountains. We recommend high boots because they support the ankle better than any low boots and provide better stability on rocky terrain. Even in the middle of the summer in the Dolomites, you must bring some warm clothes with you: a waterproof and windproof jacket, fleece jacket, long trekking pants and a cap. A raincoat, poncho or another type of rainwear is necessary. Other necessary items are the toiletries, light clean footwear to use in the huts, sunglasses and at least 2 one-litre bottles for water. You’ll receive a detailed packing list specifically for your trip at the booking. We ask all participants to read it carefully and be well prepared for the hiking trip.

Meals

In hut-to-hut hiking tours, you are served breakfast and dinner in the huts and mountain hotels on the route.

Normally, breakfast is served from 7am to 9am. It usually includes an unlimited quantity of coffee and tea, bread, butter, jam, honey and chocolate spread. In addition, some huts offer ham, cheese and muesli for breakfast. After breakfast we recommend filling your thermos with hot water or tea: ask the staff, and it will be for free in most huts.

The dinner time in the mountain huts is 7pm or 7:30pm for all guests. A typical dinner in a hut is very rich and includes a starter, the first course (such as pasta, risotto, dumplings), the second course (meat with a side dish) and a dessert. Any drinks at dinner (water, wine, beer, tea, coffee) are not free and should be ordered and paid separately.

Lunch. It is possible to stop for lunch in the mountain huts on the route. The lunch menu in the huts is similar to the dinner menu. Typically, there is a choice of pasta for 7 – 10 euros. Second dishes cost 9 – 16 euros.

Safety Considerations

Our guided hiking tours are led by professional guides, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience and with a passion for mountains. They permanently work in the region of the exact hiking tour, have professional licenses, are experts in emergency situations, regularly upgrade their qualifications and work in accordance with national regulations.

For self-guided hiking, it is necessary to be properly dressed, follow the safety rules and make realistic time calculations for day crossings – preferably according to the hiking schedule that we provide. Our self-guided hiking trips are planned so that they do not require specific skills or gear unless it is clearly specified in the tour description. You can expect well-maintained trails equipped with direction signs. Exposed sections of the trail are secured on the self-guided routes: it makes them safe provided that you follow the basic safety rules for hiking in the mountains.

Mountains are a natural environment with a high level of risk, so we insistently ask all participants to read the safety rules and emergency procedures.

Insurance and Visa

Insurance: It is important to have appropriate insurance that covers the hiking activity. You don’t need to include the climbing activity in your insurance unless you are planning to climb during the hike.

Visa: We will provide you with a booking confirmation for all days of your trip. If you need the Italian visa, you can enclose this document with your visa application.

Weather in the Dolomites

The most stable weather conditions in the Dolomites are statistically from the second week of July till the middle of September. This period in the Dolomites is characterized by warm sunny weather and modest rainfall. Earlier in June, the weather is normally favorable, but it is less reliable, and the mountain passes may be blocked by snow remaining from the winter. In June we may have to change the route depending on the snow situation on the passes. The second half of September in the Dolomites is a beautiful period, but the weather is again less predictable: the probability of incessant rain increases, and it may snow at an altitude above 2,000 meters.

It is never hot in the Dolomites at the elevation of 2,000 m (6,560 ft) and above where most of the hiking routes pass. On a sunny day in August, the temperature at 2,000 m can reach 20° C (68° F) during the warmest hours of the day. It is comfortable for hiking. On a cold cloudy day, the temperature can stay at around 10° C (34° F) during the entire day. It is always chilly at night and early in the morning. Thunderstorms, often with hail, are typical for the warmest months (July and August). In the Dolomites valleys at the altitudes of 1,000 – 1,500 m (3,280 – 4,920 ft) the day temperature can reach 27° C (80° F). It is fresh in the valleys in the morning and evening, and it is not stuffy at night even in the hottest weeks of the summer.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

✔ Accommodation in mountain huts: 6 – 8 nights depending on the itinerary, shared room.

✔ Accommodation in 3-star base camp hotels or B&Bs: first and final nights of the trip.

✔ Breakfast and dinner in the mountain huts.

✔ Accommodation in 3-star base camp hotels or B&Bs: first and final nights of the trip.

✔ Breakfast in the basecamp hotel.

✔ Instructions and assistance with logistics.

✔ 24-hour on-call support.

✔ Itinerary and hiking schedule for your self-guided trip.

✔ Specialized hiking maps 1:25000: 1 set of maps per booking

✔ Transport of luggage between the base camp hotels (11-day trek and southern trek only). Note: you need to carry what you need for the duration of your trip. This is if you’re travelling and have extra luggage.

✔ Complimentary for the duration of your trip: digital maps for your phone with the satellite navigation and safety service (Android or Apple phone required)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance that covers you for this tour and includes pandemic, emergency evacuation and hospital care in the unlikely incident that you get injured. World Nomads insurance covers this which is why we recommend it
  • Drinks at dinner
  • Use of hot shower in the mountain huts: € 3 – 5
  • Public bus on the first walking: € 5 – 10 
  • Public bus and/or train on the final walking day: € 3 – 6 
  • Tourist tax in the lodging establishments where applicable

BOOK YOUR SELF-GUIDED HIKING TOUR IN THE DOLOMITES: ALTA VIA 1 NOW 

Thank you for your interest in booking this tour. You’ve made a good choice. Our Hiking the Alta Via 1 Self-Guided Tour is absolutely stunning and you can reward yourselves after hiking with stunning mountain views and Italian hospitality.

Please contact us to book this tour. Let us know what date you’d like to start, how many people and we’ll start the booking process.



+ YOU’LL GET THE FOLLOWING BONUSES WHEN YOU BOOK:

✔ BONUS 1:Trekking Tips Online Course (value $97)

so that you get the most from your amazing trek

✔ BONUS 2: Hiking & Trekking Gear Online Course (value $47)

so that you bring everything you need and nothing you don’t

✔ BONUS 3: Soft Copy of our Hiking Logbook (value $9)

so that you can remember your incredible hiking trip to the Dolomites.

 

 

 

TOTAL VALUE: $153 FREE as a thank you for your booking and to have an incredible vacation.


PHOTOS OF ALTA VIA 1 HIKING TOUR