DOLOMITES ALTA VIA HUT TO HUT TREK
Dolomites, Italy - 8 days
Dolomites Alta Via 1 Hut to Hut Trek Overview
The Dolomites of Northern Italy are truly magical and the Alta Via One Hut to Hut trek is the premier high mountain trek of the region. For more serious trekkers, our adventurous hut to hut guided trek takes you along the best of the Alta Via 1, the most famous of the Dolomites treks and the one with most breathtaking views. A high traverse though the heart of the Dolomites, this is the trek to do in the Dolomites. Hiking by idyllic lakes, through beautiful forests and up over high mountain rocky passes, this is European hut to hut trekking at it’s finest.
Located in the German-speaking area of Italy know as the South Tirol and also the Italian area of Veneto, the Dolomites are a hikers paradise. The Dolomites are a culturally fascinating area which is in a predominately German and Ladin speaking area as well as Italian and was on the front lines of WWI. Neither German or Italian, the Ladins of this area are a “micro culture” of the area with their own language that is very close to ancient latin. Along our trek we visit many WWI trenches, tunnels and sites. The area is also renowned for it's unique culinary tradition and we have the opportunity to sample much of the regions best cuisine.
We meet in the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, where we spend the first night in a 4-star hotel. We begin the Alta Via 1 hike at the beautiful Lago di Braies and spend the next 7 days traversing the Alta Via to Passo Duran. We continue along the Alta Via through the Fanes-Sennes-Braies National Park to the Falzorego Pass using the high mountain hut system. We continue through the Cinque Torri and Nuvaloa area before making a spectacular traverse by the famous North wall of Civetta. We are then picked up and taken back to Cortina for the final night at our hotel.
This is a high mountain hut to hut trek for more serious hikers who are looking for adventure. We do not hike with a heavy pack due to the high mountain hut system which provides our bedding, shelter and fine food. Pack weights are usually less than 20 lbs! However, some of the days can be long along high mountain trails with some uneven terrain. The Italian huts are very comfortable with fine food, wine and beer lists and some with showers and even saunas! The accommodations are a combination of dorm style and private rooms. In the middle of the trek we include a stay at a wonderful mountain hotel with a luggage transfer for a well deserved break from hut life. We even include an airport transfer from Venice airport.
Our Italian treks are led by American guides who have extensive experience in this wonderful part of the world. We run our own treks and do not contract out our tours like many larger companies. With over 10 years of guiding experience in the Dolomites, you know you’re in good hands with IAG and ensured a more personal experience. Come join us for Italian hut to hut hiking at it’s finest!
SKILL & EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Hikers on the Dolomites Alta Via trek should be in very good physical condition and have previous overnight hiking experience. The ability to hike up to 10 miles a day with a day pack on some uneven terrain is necessary.
GROUND TRANSPORTATION & LODGING
The Dolomites Alta Via Trek is an inclusive trip with all lodging, food and transport provided. Breakfast is continental, lunch is a pack lunch with occasional hot hut lunches. Dinners are usually traditional fare of the region, which is renowned for it's cuisine.
June 28 - July 4
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Professional American trekking guides highly experienced in the Dolomites
All private ground transportation & lift tickets (airport transport not included)
All hut and lodging fees (double occupancy)
Breakfasts, lunch and dinners for the duration of the trek
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Dolomites Alta Via Hut to Hut Trek Itinerary
We meet in the Bustling small town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, deep in the Italian Dolomites. Cortina is an historical winter sports town that hosted the 1956 winter olympics and will again co-host the 2026 winter games along with Milan. We stay in a comfortable 4-star hotel near the center of town on the main pedestrian walkway. Cortina is an direct 2 hour bus ride from the Venice airport.
We begin the day with a private shuttle ride over the the start of the Alta Via One trek at Lago de Braies, one of the most beautiful lakes in all of the Dolomites. We warm up with a hike around the shores of the lake before ascending steeply into towards our first hut, the rifugio Biella. There is also the opportunity for an optional ascent of the high peak Croda del Becco.
Today we hike on easy trails downhill to the Pederau hut where we enjoy a fine lunch. Then it’s a steady uphill on to the Fanes hut high up in the Dolomiti. The comfort level of the Fanes hut is close to a 3 star hotel and we enjoy private rooms and fine cuisine in a spectacular setting in the Ladin legendary kingdom of Fanes.
A high traverse across the moonscape of the high Dolomites. Today the hike takes us over to Lagazuoi via an exciting and steep pass, the Forcella del Lago, after which we enjoy a good rest at the beautiful Lago de Lagazuoi. We then make our ascent to the comortable Lagazuoi hut located at the top of a cable car station and is situated directly on what was the front line of World War One. Along the way we will see WWI tunnels and fortifications and enjoy expansive views of Marmolata, the Dolomites highest peak. The rifugio Lagazuoi is renown for it’s excellent food.
The morning is spent descending towards Falzorego Pass through the famous preserved WWI tunnels and ruins (which require a headlamp!) A truly fascinating journey for any history buff. Then we make our way up to a Refugio Scoiatoli for a wonderful lunch with views of nearby Cinque Torri. After lunch we will explore another WWI ‘outdoor museum’ with a preserved wartime hospital. We thenm continue our ascent to the Nuvolau Hut which is perched almost on top of a peak with more amazing views. We descend to Passo Giau where we stay in a comfortable mountain hotel with private rooms (at double occupancy) which is a nice break from the hut life. Today, we have a luggage transfer and pick up a resupply of fresh clothes from your luggage in Cortina.
A longer day, we hike through a remote section on the Alta Via over Passo Ambrizolla over wide open grassy mountainsides and then down through forests and pastures. Our destination is the charming Citta de Fume Hut, an older and more traditional hut.
We begin the morning hike passing farms and through forests down to Passo Staulanza. Then it's uphill on relatively easy trails towards the famous Dolomites peak, Civetta. We overnight at the comfortable Rifugio Coldai perched on the side of Civetta
A spectacular day and a fitting end to our journey. We do a grand traverse under the big North Face of Civetta passing through dramatic rocky terrain. We eventually finish up at Passo Duran where we meet our private shuttle that will take us back to our hotel in Cortina for a hot shower and final celebratory dinner.
Itinerary subject to change