DOLOMITES ALTA VIA HUT TO HUT TREK
Dolomites, Italy - 8 days
Dolomites Alta Via 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 hut to hut guided trek takes you along the best of the Alta Via One, the most famous of the Dolomites treks and the one with most breathtaking views.
Located in the predominately German-speaking area know as the South Tirol, the Dolomites are a hikers paradise. The Dolomites are a culturally fascinating area which is in a predominately German and Ladin speaking area 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.
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 One at the beautiful Lago di Braies and spend the next 7 days traversing the Alta Via. 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. We do not hike with a heavy pack due to the high mountain hut system which provides our bedding, shelter and fine food. 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.
Our Dolomites treks are led by American guides who have extensive experience in this wonderful part of the world.
SKILL & EXPERIENCE LEVEL
Hikers on the Dolomites Alta Via trek should be in very good physical condition and have some 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.
Professional American mountain guides
All ground transportation (airport transfers not included)
All hut and lodging fees (double occupancy)
Breakfasts, lunch and dinners for the duration of the trek
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. We stay in a comfortable 4-star hotel right in the middle of town on the main pedestrian walkway.
We shuttle over the the start of the Alta Via One at Lago de Braies, one of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites. After hiking around the shores of the lake, we ascend to our first hut, the refugio de Braies.
Today we hike over to the Fanes Hut via the Pederau hut where we enjoy a fine lunch. 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.
Today the hike takes us over to Lagazuoi via an exciting and steep pass after which we enjoy a good rest at the beautiful Lago de Lagazuoi before making our ascent to the comortable Lagazuoi hut located at the top of a cable car station. Along the way we will explore WWI tunnels and fortifications and enjoy expansive views of Marmolata, the Dolomites highest peak.
The morning is spent descending into the valley through WWI tunnels and ruins and then we make our way up to a Refugio Scoiatoli for a gourmet lunch. After lunch we continue our ascent to the Nuvolau Hut which is perched almost on top of a peak with more amazing views. Today, we pick up a resupply of fresh clothes from your luggage in Cortina.
A longer day, we begin by descending down to Passo Gaou for a quick cappuccino stop and then begin a rolling traverse eventually making our way to the charming Citta de Fume Hut, an older and more traditional hut.
Another longer day, we hike past farms and ascend towards the famous Dolonites peak Civetta. We make a spectacular traverse under it's North wall to our hut for the night, the Vazzoler Hut.
We hike out from the Vazzoler to eventually finish up at Passo Duran where we meet our shuttle that will take us back to our hotel in Cortina for a final celebratory dinner.
Itinerary subject to change