Italy
Location
June-Sept 19
Dates
7 or 10 days
Duration
Self-Guided
Type

HIGHLIGHTS OF DOLOMITES SELF-GUIDED TREK

  • Hike in one of the most dramatic ranges in all of Europe
  • Immerse yourself in this UNESCO World Heritage Site where Austrian and Italian culture mix
  • Hike some of the best trails in the Dolomites like the iconic Tre Cime
  • Experience 3 natural parks with everchanging landscapes, dramatic limestone towers, lush-green valleys where cows spend the summer, forests and boulder fields.
  • Eat delicious regional food and drink a revitalizing expresso while revelling in the beauty of the surrounding peaks.

DURATION 7 or 10 days
DISTANCE 72 km (7-day), ~110 km (10-day)
AVAILABILITY June 22th – Sept 10th (2019)
START/FINISH Brixen (7-day tour & start of the 10-day tour) & finish Bolzano (10-day tour)
GRADE Moderate to Strenuous
ACCOMMODATION Mix of private & shared (max 8 beds)
PRICES (from) €949 pp
INCLUDED
Detailed route description, & map Unlimited email support pre-tour
Accommodation – mix of private and shared Phone support while on your tour in case of emergency
Breakfasts & dinners (as indicated on each tour page)

TRIP SUMMARY

The Dolomites located in north-eastern Italy, are one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in all of Europe. You’ll trek along the most beautiful trails including the famous Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen in German), the three towering peaks. Your route has been carefully chosen so that you experience three natural parks, exceptional limestone formations, pinnacles and deep valleys. The ever-changing scenery that will have you saying WOW a hundred times a day.

This UNESCO site was designated so in part because The Dolomites are widely regarded as being among the most attractive mountain landscapes in the world. Source: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1237. You’ll find 18 peaks over 3000 m, pinnacles, rock walls that are among the highest in the world, and incredible limestone formations.

In addition, the Dolomites are full of history. They were the front line in WWI between the Italian and the Austro-Hungarian forces. You’ll  see evidence throughout your trek and even have your chance of trying a Via Ferrata which the troops used to scramble over mountains walls during the war.

Your efforts will be rewarded each day with a beer or espresso followed by delectable local cuisine that’s a mix of Austrian and Italian cuisine. You’ll find both schnitzel and polenta on most menus.

This self-guided tour gives you the freedom to hike on your own without the time-consuming hassles of booking accommodation, and spending hours planning your route then questioning if you’re really planning the most scenic route and choosing refuges (mountain huts) that offer the most comfortable accommodation and tasty meals. We do the heavy lifting so that you can focus on having the best trek of your life.

MAP OF THE DOLOMITES TREK

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Hike some of the most beautiful trails in the Dolomites, located in northeastern Italy. It's one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in Europe. Our self-guided tour takes the stress out of the planning and logistics so that you can focus on the incredible scenery.

TOUR INFO

You’ll hike on some of the most spectacular trails in the Dolomites, one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the world, and one that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Expect to hike ~ 6 hours each day w/ ~ 700 -1000 m of elevation gain, ~ 15 – 18 km. Our self-guided tour includes a detailed route description, walking times and a map.

This allows you to experience the freedom of independent hiking without all the headaches of organizing the logistics.

PRICING

€949 pp for a mix of private and shared rooms (with a maximum of eight beds) in refuges located right on or very close to the hiking trails. Includes six breakfasts and six dinners.

Note: It’s not possible to have private rooms every night as not all the refugios have private rooms. The earlier you book, the more likely we can secure more private rooms for you in the refuges that do have this option. Please note that you’ll still be sharing a bathroom even when you have a private room.

1

Day 1: Arrival

Brixen – San Candido – Val Campo di Dentro – Dreischusterhütte

  • You’ll start at ~ 1:00 pm at the Brixen Train Station. You’ll take the train (one transfer) to San Candido. From here, you’ll take two buses to reach St Antonnius, the starting point for your trek. Time: ~ 2.5 -3 hours in total.
  • Today, your hike is short to give you time to reach the Dolomites. It’s an easy and pleasant walk to the Dreischusterhütte. Approx. hiking time : 1/2 hours (D + 110 m, Distance: 1,6 km)
  • Hiking Time: Approx. 30 minutes, 110 m descent. Distance: 1.6 km
2

Day 2

Dreischusterhütte – Refuge Locatelli – Tre Cime
  • Today, you’ll hike up to the famous Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen in German)under the Torre di Toblin. This is the best-known landmark in the Dolomites and has the WOW factor with its three dramatic towers.
  • Once you arrive at the Refuge Locatelli, one of the oldest refuges in the Dolomites, built in 1883 but renovated, you’ll have time for lunch  (or another nearby hut). Then you have the choice to relax, explore the Tre Cime with an optional hight, or do a via ferrata (Paterno or Torre di Toblin) with an Italian Mountain Guide. This is a great adventure and one that we recommend. Note: you need to book this in advance and can do so when you book your tour. You can find more about via ferratas under the FAQ section.
  • Hiking Time: Approx. 3 hours, 850 m ascent, 100 m descent. Distance: 6 km (plus optional hike from refuge).
3

Day 3

Refuge Locatelli – Refuge Pratopiazza
  • You’ll head west with an easy hike down in the wild Val Ribon. Once you arrive at the bottom of the valley, you’ll find a hotel where you can stop for a coffee. Then, you’ll come to a short section with chains. It’s not difficult but if you’re afraid of heights just don’t look down. Then it’s a hike up to Strudelkopfsattel Pass (2200m) under Monte Specie to discover Pratopiazza Valley, a typical pasture of the Dolomites where the cows spend their summers.
  • Hiking Time: Approx 6 hours, 900 m ascent, 1300 m descent. Distance: 16 km.
4

Day 4

Refuge Pratopiazza –Sora Forno Pass – Refuge Sennes
  • You’ll take a short transfer on a local shuttle to Ponticello. Alternatively, you can walk it. It’s 5.6 km. Add ~ 1 1/2 hours to your hiking time. From where you’ll hike up an easy path to the hut Malga Rosalm which makes a great place to stop for lunch. Then, you’ll traverse across beautiful pastures leading to  Cavallo Pass 2287m.
  • You’ll continue on the Alta via Dolomiti n°1 to the Sora Forno Pass (2388m) up a large boulder field. Then you’ll go down to Refuge Biella. From here, you’ll further descend into the valley, passing two charming lakes until you reach Refuge Sennes.
  • Walking Time: Approx 6 hours, 1000 m ascent, 450 m descent. Distance: 11.5 km
5

Day 5

Refuge Sennes – Fodara Vedla – Pederu – Refuge Ucia dles Muntagnoles
  • This shorter day in the middle of the trip gives you time to rest up.  You begin the hike in the direction of Refuge Fodara Vedla on the historical path built by the Autrichian during World War I. You’ll continue down to Refuge Pederu where you’ll find yourself back on the Alta via Dolimite n°1. Then, it’s the last effort through the valley of Fanes to reach the small welcoming Refuge Uci dles Muntagnoles.
  • Walking Time: Approx. 4 hours, 785 m ascent, 900 m descent. Distance: 9 km
6

Day 6

Refuge Ucia dles Muntagnoles – Medesc Pass – Alta Badia – Refuge Gardenaccia
  • This is an unusual hike through the floodplain of Fanes until you reach Medesc Pass (2533 m). Thousands of years ago this plateau was an island with a lagoon. Keep your eyes open, you may find some fossils – but please leave them there for others to enjoy. At Medesc Pass you’ll descend a steep path so tread carefully.
  • It becomes easier as you enter the forest. And you continue down until you reach the ski resort town of Alta Badia. From there, you’ll ascend to reach Refuge Gardenaccia. It offers exceptional views over Fanes and Marmolada the highest peak in the Dolomites.
  • You can shorten the last stretch, reducing your ascent by 300 m by taking an optional lift from Alta Badia.
  • Hiking Time: Approx 7 hours, 1200 m ascent, 1200 m. Distance: 14.5 km
7

Day 7

Refuge Gardenaccia – Passo Gardenaccia – San Silvestro
  • From the refuge, a short hike leads you to Gardenaccia Pass (2543 m). Then it’s an easy but scenic traverse to Refuge Puez. Here, you’ll get another great view Marmolada and other peaks in the Dolomites.
  • From the refuge, the steep path goes down into San Silvestro Valley. Your final hike is along a flat lush pasture until you reach San Silvestro Church and the village of Wolkenstein. You can grab something to eat here before taking the bus to Brixen.  Breakfast only today.
  • Hiking Time: Approx 5 hours, 550m ascent, 1000 m descent. Distance: 13.5 km

INCLUSIONS

  • 6 nights accommodation mixed accommodation in mountain refuges.
  • 6 breakfasts and 6 dinners.
  • Detailed route description, walking times road and map.
  • Emergency hotline available 24/7

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance. (We recommend World Nomads)
  • Transfers on Day 1, 6 and 7 (see below).
  • Drinks.
  • Lunches. You can eat at a refuge along the way on some days. Other days you can order them for the next day from your mountain refugio. Approximate cost €10 – €15. Alternatively, you can bring your own.
  • Snacks and personal items
  • Showers are free in some refugios. Others charge a small fee (~ €3).
  • Accommodation the night before and the last day of your trip.
  • Luggage transfer is available although we 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). Luggage is limited to one case/bag per person 15kg, each, and costs €359 per person. Our carrier requires a minimum of two bags for the luggage transfer. Note: There are two days (day 2 and 6) when it’s not possible to transport your luggage to the refuges because there are no roads. On these days, you’ll carry what you need for the night and the next day in your day pack. Your luggage will be waiting for you the next day.
  • Anything not listed above in the Included section.

TRANSFERS

Day 1: To reach the start of your trek.

From Brixen, you’ll take a train San Candido (changing trains at Fortezza). Cost: €15, ~ 1 1/2 hours. From there you’ll take a bus from San Candido to St Anntonnius (changing buses at  Val Campo Di Dentro. Cost 2  x €3, ~30 minutes. The part from San Candido to St Anntonnius is free if you’ve chosen the luggage transfer option.

Day 6: Optional lift from Alta Badia.

This costs €6.50 and reduces your ascent by 300m.

Day 7: Shuttle bus Wolkenstein – Brixen

This costs ~€3 and takes 35 minutes.

Note: All times, distances and elevations are approximate. On some sections, you have a choice of an easier or more difficult route. You’ll find all this information in your Travel Pack that you’ll receive before your trekking tour. The times indicated above don’t include breaks. Allow more time than you think you’ll need.  

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Hike some of the most beautiful trails in the Dolomites, located in northeastern Italy. It's one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in Europe. Our self-guided tour takes the stress out of the planning and logistics so that you can focus on the incredible scenery.

TOUR INFO

You’ll hike on some of the most spectacular trails in the Dolomites, one of the most dramatic mountain ranges in the world, and one that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Expect to hike ~ 6 hours each day w/ ~ 700 -1000 m elevation gain, ~ 15 – 18 km. Our self-guided tour includes a detailed route description, walking times and a map. This allows you to experience the freedom of independent hiking without all the headaches of organizing the logistics.

PRICING

€1299 pp for a mix of private and shared rooms (with a maximum of six beds) in  8 refuges and 1 hotel located right on or very close to the hiking trails. Include nine breakfasts and nine dinners. Note: It’s not possible to have private rooms every night as not all the mountain refuges have private rooms. The earlier you book, the more likely we can secure more private rooms for you in the refuges that do have this option.

1

Day 1

Brixen – San Candido – Val Campo di Dentro – Dreischusterhütte

  • You’ll start at ~1:00 pm at the Brixen Train Station. You’ll take the train (one transfer) to San Candido. From here, you’ll take two buses to reach St Antonnius, the starting point for your trek. Time: ~ 2.5 -3 hours in total.
  • If you’ve chosen the luggage transfer option, you’ll be picked up in San Candido and transferred to St Antonnius.
  • Today, your hike is short to give you time to reach the Dolomites. It’s an easy and pleasant walk to the Dreischusterhütte. Approx. hiking time : 1/2 hours (D + 110 m, Distance: 1,6 km)
  • Hiking Time: Approx. 30 minutes, 110 m descent. Distance: 1.6 km
2

Day 2

Dreischusterhütte – Refuge Locatelli – Tre Cime
  • Today, you’ll hike up to the famous Tre Cime (Drei Zinnen in German)under the Torre di Toblin. This is the best-known landmark in the Dolomites and has the WOW factor with its three dramatic towers.
  • Once you arrive at the Refuge Locatelli, one of the oldest refuges in the Dolomites, built in 1883 but renovated, you’ll have time for lunch  (or another nearby hut). Then you have the choice to relax, explore the Tre Cime with an optional hight, or do a via ferrata (Paterno or Torre di Toblin) with an Italian Mountain Guide. This is a great adventure and one that we recommend. Note: you need to book this in advance and can do so when yo book your tour. You can find more about via ferratas under the FAQ section.
  • Hiking Time: Approx. 3 hours, 850 m ascent, 100 m descent. Distance: 6 km (plus optional hike from refuge).
3

Day 3

Refuge Locatelli – Refuge Pratopiazza
  • You’ll head west with an easy hike down in the wild Val Ribon. Once you arrive at the bottom of the valley you’ll find a hotel where you can stop for a coffee. Then, you’ll come to a short section with chains. It’s not difficult but if you’re afraid of heights just don’t look down. Then it’s a hike up to Strudelkopfsattel Pass (2200m) under Monte Specie to discover Pratopiazza Valley, a typical pasture of the Dolomites where the cows spend their summers.
  • Hiking Time: Approx 6 hours, 900 m ascent, 1300 m descent. Distance: 16 km
4

Day 4

Refuge Pratopiazza – Lake of Braies – Hotel Lago di Braies
  • You’ll take a short transfer on a local shuttle to Ponticello. Alternatively, you can walk it. It’s 5.6 km. Add ~ 1 1/2 hours to your hiking time. From where you’ll hike up an easy path to the hut Malga Rosalm which makes a great place to stop for lunch. Then, you’ll traverse across beautiful pastures leading to  Cavallo Pass (2287m).
  • From there, you’ll hike down to the stunning Braies Lake.
  • Note: As of Oct 2017 the hiking trail through Gaisellette Pass is still closed from a 2016 rockfall. If it reopens in 2018 we’ll provide a more challenging option.
  • Hiking Time: Approx 5.5 hours, 900 m ascent, 900 m descent. Distance: 12 km
5

Day 5

Hotel Lago di Braies – Sora Forno Pass – Refuge Malga Ra Stua
  • You’ll follow a short path that you took the day before taking the Alta via Dolomiti n°1 to the Sora Forno Pass (2388m) then onto Refuge Biella. From here you’ll descend into the valley, passing two charming lakes. At the bottom of the valley, you’ll find the charming Refuge Malga Ra Stua.
  • Hiking Time: Approx. 5.5 hours, 900 m ascent, 750 m descent. Distance: 12.5 km
6

Day 6

Refuge Malga Ra Stua – Fodara Vedla – Pederu – Refuge Ucia dles Muntagnoles
  • This shorter day in the middle of the trip gives you time to rest up.  You begin the hike in direction of Refuge Fodara Vedla on the historical path built by the Autrichian during World War I. You’ll continue down to Refuge Pederu where you’ll find yourself back on the Alta via Dolimite n°1. Then, it’s the last effort through the valley of Fanes to reach the small welcoming Refuge Uci dles Muntagnoles.
  • Walking Time: Approx. 4 hours, 775 m ascent, 400 m descent. Distance: 11 km
7

Day 7

Refuge Ucia dles Muntagnoles – Medesc Pass – Alta Badia – Refuge Gardenaccia
  • This is an unusual hike through the floodplain of Fanes until you reach Medesc Pass (2533 m). Thousands of years ago this plateau was an island with a lagoon. Keep your eyes open, you may find some fossils – but please leave them there for others to enjoy. At Medesc Pass you’ll descend down a steep path so tread carefully.
  • It becomes easier as you enter the forest. and you continue down until you reach the ski resort town of Alta Badia. From there, you’ll ascend to reach Refuge Gardenaccia. It offers great views over Fanes and Marmolada the highest peak in the Dolomites.
  • You can shorten the last stretch, reducing your ascent by 300 m by taking an optional lift from Alta Badia.
  • Hiking Time: Approx 7 hours, 1200 m ascent, 1200 m. Distance: 14.5 km
8

Day 8

Refuge Gardenaccia – Passo Gardenaccia – San Silvestro –  Sella Pass – Refuge Freidich August
  • From the refuge, a short hike leads you to Gardenaccia Pass (2543 m). Then it’s an easy but scenic traverse to Refuge Puez. Here, you’ll get another great view Marmolada and other peaks in the Dolomites.
  • From the refuge, the steep path goes down into San Silvestro Valley.  You’ll arrive in a flat lush pasture and walk here until you reach San Silvestro Church and the village of Wolkenstein. From here, you’ll take a bus to the famous Sella Pass (2218m) where you’ll find your accommodation for the night.
  • Hiking Time: Approx 5.5 hours, 650m ascent, 1000 m descent. Distance: 15 km
9

Day 9

Refuge Freidich August – Friedich August Path – Refuge Alpe di Tires
  • You’ll start with a long traverse on the Friedich August Path which leads you to di Fassa Pass.  The path continues west up to the Val Duron until you reach Refuge Alpe Di tires at the door of the famous Rosengarten massif.
  • Hiking Time: Approx.  4 hours,  700 m ascent,  500 m descent. Distance: 12km
10

Day 10

Refuge Alpe di tires – Rosengarten – Nova Levante – Bolzano
  • You’ll spend your last day traversing the incredible Rosengarten massif rich with local legends including the curse of the dwarf-king Laurin.  The wild trail leads you to Refuge Passo Principe built right into the mountain.
  • From here, it’s an easy descent to Refuge Valojet. You’ll have 2 options to finish your trip, 1) a shorter and more challenging hike to Coronelle Pass and the refuge of the same name, or 2) a longer but easier path to Refuge Paolina. Both options include taking a lift.
  • Then take a local bus back to Bolzano.
  • Hiking Time: Approx. 5 to 6 hours,  1000 m ascent,  1100 m descent. Distance:  9 to 13 km

Congratulations! You’ve now completed your Dolomites Self-Guided Trek through one of the most stunning mountain ranges in Europe.

INCLUSIONS

  • 9 nights accommodation, in a mix of private and small dormitories in mountain refuges and one hotel.
  • 9 breakfasts and 9 dinners.
  • Detailed route description, walking times road and map.
  • Emergency hotline available 24/7

NOT INCLUDED

  • Travel insurance. (We recommend World Nomads)
  • Transfers on Day 1, 7, 8 and 10 (see below).
  • Drinks.
  • Lunches. You can eat at a refuge along the way on some days. Other days you can order them for the next day from your refuge. Approximate cost €10 – €15. Alternatively, you can bring your own.
  • Snacks and personal items
  • Showers in the refuges. This is included in some refuges, others charge usually €2-3.
  • Accommodation the night before and the last day of your trip.
  • Luggage transfer is available although we 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). Luggage is limited to one case/bag per person 15kg, each, and costs €695 per person. Our carrier requires a minimum of two bags for the luggage transfer. Note: There are two days (day 2 and 6) when it’s not possible to transport your luggage to the refuges because there are no roads. On these days, you’ll carry what you need for the night and the next day in your day pack. Your luggage will be waiting for you the next day.
  • Anything not listed above in the Included section.

TRANSFERS

Day 1: To reach the start of your trek. From Bolzano you’ll take a train San Candido (changing trains at Fortezza). Cost: €15, ~ 2 hours. From there you’ll take a bus from San Candido to St Anntonnius (changing buses at  Val Campo Di Dentro. Cost 2  x €3, ~30 minutes. The part from San Candido to St Anntonnius is free if you’ve chosen the luggage transfer option. Day 7: Optional lift from Alta Badia. This costs €6.50 and reduces your ascent by 300m. Day 8: Shuttle bus Wolkenstein – Sella Pass Cost: €3, 25 minutes. Day 10: Shuttle bus from Nova Levante – Bolzano. Optional lifts for both option 1 and 2. Zero to one change depending on the time. Cost: €6 – 10, 20 to 40 minutes Note: All times, distances and elevations are approximate. On some sections, you have a choice of an easier or more difficult route. You’ll find all this information in your Travel Pack that you’ll receive before your trekking tour. The times indicated above don’t include breaks. Allow more time than you think you’ll need.  

Back to the Top

Hike some of the most beautiful trails in the Dolomites, located in northeastern Italy. It's one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in Europe. Our self-guided tour takes the stress out of the planning and logistics so that you can focus on the incredible scenery.

INFO

Availability

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

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.

Self-Guided Tours

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.

Location

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.

Packing Info

You’ll be provided with a packing list of what to bring. 

Travel Insurance

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.

Fitness Level

You should be in good physical condition and have hiking experience.

Payment Info

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.

General

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.

Extras

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.

TRAVEL

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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Additional Accommodation

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.

MAP

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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Hike some of the most beautiful trails in the Dolomites, located in northeastern Italy. It's one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in Europe. Our self-guided tour takes the stress out of the planning and logistics so that you can focus on the incredible scenery.

FAQ

What fitness level do I need for this Dolomites Trek?

You should be in good physical condition and have hiking experience. You should be able to hike ~4 to 6 hours with 700 – 1000 m of elevation gain per day with a distance of 15 – 18 km.

What happens if I find it too difficult?

Some sections of the trail are easy to skip via lifts or bus transfers. Others would require an expensive taxi ride or it wouldn’t be possible. Note that in either case, you’ll likely have to walk to the nearest road or village – i.e. it’s not usually possible to get picked up right on the trail. Should you find yourself in this situation, you can contact us and we will try to assist you. Note: it’s not possible to refund you for your accommodation. You are responsible for any additional expenses related to new arrangements.

When is this trip available?

The Dolomites Self-Guided Trek is available from June 22th – September 10th, 2019. You choose your start date.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We recommend booking as soon as possible. The Dolomite is one of the most popular hiking and trekking destinations in Europe and has a very short season. Furthermore, it can take several weeks to confirm your accommodation. Upon booking, you’ll receive a confirmation email, but please wait until you receive an email from us telling you that we’ve confirmed your accommodations BEFORE making travel arrangements.

Is this trek suitable for children?

We accept children aged 10+. We require a ratio of 1 child per 2 adults for safety reasons.

How does the luggage transfer work?

You can choose to carry your luggage or use our luggage transportation service. Prices:  €359 per person for the 7-day tour,  or €695 per person for the 10-day trip. Please note that our luggage carrier requires a minimum of two bags and each trekker must check in a bag. Each bag must weigh less than 15 kg (33 lbs). If you choose the luggage transfer you’ll only be required to carry your daypack. Alternatively, upon booking, we can recommend a luggage storage service in Bolzano that costs €15 per bag per day. In all honesty, we prefer this option due to the high-cost luggage transfer in the Dolomites.

I’m worried about getting lost. How easy is the route to navigate?

The route is easy to navigate using the map, and instructions that we provide, in combination with the trail signs and markings. You don’t need to be able to use a GPS, you just need a sense of adventure 🙂

What equipment do I need to bring?

We’ll provide you with a complete packing list prior to your trip.

Where does the trek start and end?  

Your trek starts in St. Antonnius. You can take the trains/bus from either Brixen or Bolzano.

Where is the closest airport to the start of the trek?

The closest airport is Bolzano but international travellers will likely arrive in Venice. From there, you can either take trains/buses to the starting point or we can arrange a private transfer for you at a cost of €495 for two people, €540 for three people, or €550 for four people. There’s a 5% discount available when you book round-trip.

We find the best deals on Skyscanner and book most of my flights through them.

 When should I plan to arrive? 

If you’re flying internationally, you should intend to come at least one day before and spend one night in Venice or Bolzano. If you’re travelling from Europe, it’s fine to arrive the same day as your trek starts but plan to be at the Bolzano train station at 1:00 pm.  Plan to stay for one night in Bolzano, the finish point, after completing your tour.

Please note that your pre-night and post-night accommodation aren’t included in the tour price. I recommend using Booking.com. The tour starts and finishes in France.

Is it possible to do the Dolomites as a solo trekker?

While it’s safer to be in the mountains with at least one other person, we do appreciate that some trekkers want to be alone and have ample experience. We’re working on making this possible for 2018 for July and August.

Will I have a guide on my self-guided tour?

While you won’t have a physical person guiding you, we’ll provide you with a hiking map and details directions. We’re also there before your tour to help you with logistics, practical tips and any questions you may have. You’ll also have a 24/7 phone tour that you can call on your tour in case of an emergency.  Self-guided tours offer the best of both worlds.

Can I customize this tour?

We offer a choice of 7 or 10-day tours.  Beyond this, we are unable to customize your tour any further to maintain our high standards of service.

What if I have special dietary concerns? 

We can guarantee vegetarian food if you notify us in advance but vegan food won’t be possible at all places. If you have other dietary needs please contact us before booking so that we can let you know whether it can be accommodated. Most refugios have limited menus. In any case, please let us know on your booking form so that we can notify the accommodations when we make your reservations.

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Hike some of the most beautiful trails in the Dolomites, located in northeastern Italy. It's one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in Europe. Our self-guided tour takes the stress out of the planning and logistics so that you can focus on the incredible scenery.

Why Book With Us

I started Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel started off as a travel blog in 2010. To my surprise, it has grown to become one of the top adventure travel blogs. After receiving multiple requests from readers asking for help in planning their adventures, I started offering adventure tours in 2016 by becoming a tour operator. I put my 20+ years of travel experience to use in helping you plan your active holidays.

I’m picky about my treks. I mean really picky – that’s what happens you grow up having the Canadian Rocky Mountains in your backyard. That’s good news for you since I test every hike and trek that I offer. Most don’t make the cut. The Dolomites are one of my favourite mountain ranges in the entire world. They’re incredibly dramatic and I find the WWI history and the hardships the soldiers endured fascinating.

I believe the more time we spend in the beauty and healing power of nature, the more likely we are to take steps to save this incredible planet of ours. We’ve created mass destruction but it’s not too late. Each of us can make a difference.  This is why I look forward to Monday mornings. I really love what I do.

By booking your tour with Monkeys and Mountains Adventure Travel, you’re helping to do your part. We’re a small team that works with local tour companies that make a positive impact on the communities that you’ll be visiting.

The best customer service I’ve ever received from booking a trip! – Jim

There can be a lot of anxiety when booking a trek; Am I fit enough to do it? How do I figure out all the logistics? How do I get there? What’s it really like to sleep in a mountain hut?

Our goal is to make your Self-Guided Tour Dolomites Trek the easiest you’ve ever planned.

By booking with us you’ll receive:

  • Unlimited email support. Ask all the questions you need to
  • Practical tips to help make your Dolomites Trek an incredible experience
  • Packing list of what you need
  • 24/7 emergency phone support during your Dolomites Trek

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Hike some of the most beautiful trails in the Dolomites, located in northeastern Italy. It's one of the most dramatic mountain landscapes in Europe. Our self-guided tour takes the stress out of the planning and logistics so that you can focus on the incredible scenery.
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