Do you want to explore the Dolomites, but you are short on time?
Don't worry, Holimites has the key to an unforgettable short hiking holiday.
This 4-days trekking tour from hut to hut gives you the opportunity to discover the best of the Dolomites in a short time.
From the soft meadows to the rocky landscape of 5 Torri, hiking trough the area of Lagazuoi/Valparola, where WWI was fought. The tour ends in the cozy town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, also known as "the pearl of the Dolomites".
Length 4 nights
Arrival in Alta Badia: Meet and greet in the hotel and briefing with a Holimites trail expert.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
1st day: approx. 13 km (8 miles) / +810 m (2657 feet) elevation gain; -10m (33 feet) elevation loss
We start from the small village of Badia and reach San Cassiano either on foot or by public transport. From there, we continue towards the green expanses of Störes and Pralongià. These places, with their flowery meadows and spectacular views, are a highlight for all hikers.
Dinner and overnight stay in hut.
2nd day: approx. 13,5 km (8,4 miles) / +670 m (2198 feet) e.g.; -400 m (1312 feet) e.l.
After a delightful breakfast, we will head towards Passo Valparola, a symbol of the First World War. Our route will take us through ancient forts and trenches until we reach the enchanting area of the Cinque Torri.
Dinner and overnight stay in hut.
3rd day: approx. 12,5 km (7,8 miles) / +105 m (345 feet) e.g.; -1.300 m (4265 feet) e.l.
Leaving the Cinque Torri behind us, we proceed on our path towards Lake Aial, a hidden gem nestled among the trees. From here, our journey continues with a descent to the illustrious town of Cortina d'Ampezzo, slated to be the host of the 2026 Olympic Games.
Overnight stay in hotel; dinner not included.
4th day: Departure.
You have the possibility to do this tour with one of our local tour experts, or, if you prefer, a self-guided tour.
What are the advantages of an escorted tour – a tour with a local expert?
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Do you want to reserve one of our guided tours exclusively for you and your group of friends? Choose any tour that you like, contact us and remember to tell us how many people are in your group. We will send you a personalized quote based on the number of participants.
from mid June to the beginning of October
If you opt for the self-guided tour, you can choose your preferred travel time. Send us your estimated dates of arrival/departure and we will send you a detailed offer.
Holimites is keen to help you plan and organize your arrival and departure.
Together we will find the best travel solution, and we will help you to book bus or train tickets, arrange the car rental, or book a private transfer service.
We recommend arriving in the Dolomites one/two days prior to your tour departure to acclimatize and adjust to the time change.
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Is some training necessary before participating in this trekking tour?
Yes, it is highly recommended. Sore legs, blisters, or other ailments related to walking after the first stage can possibly ruin the entire week for someone. The Alta Via is suited for people that are already strong walkers that can manage treks with fully packed backpacks.
Participating in a trekking group requires having to keep up a certain pace in order to finish the scheduled stages. If your legs are shutting down or your physical preparedness is constraining the rest of the group to slow down and making group compatibility problematic, your tour escort may decide you need to tone down, leaving the pack. Your alternatives in this case are:
a) to shuttle throughout the day on the service van, each day, to the next hut or
b) to take a shuttle 'bump up' to the last hotel, where you can finish your vacation doing some great day hikes.
Are there minimum skills requested?
It is absolutely necessary to have some trekking experience on mountain trails and exposed sections. A good ability to read maps and use a compass is a must. If a partecipant should have difficulty to be able to finish the stages, the guide can decide whether it makes sense to continue the tour (alternatives) or break of the tour.
What happens in the case of bad weather?
Sir Alan Flemming once stated: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. But, it’s surely possible that bad weather conditions may prohibit our planned tour in some cases. If this happens to
be the case, a phone call to our office from the hut you are staying at is all that’s needed. We will gladly reorganize all of the upcoming stages of your trekking tour so that you can arrive as planned at the end of the
Alta Via; even if you have to take a 1 day break to allow weather conditions to clear up.
What specific clothing do you recommend?
We suggest you always carry a light hydration pack with a few layers such as a light insulation jacket, gloves and a hat. Also, keep in mind that the weather in the mountains can quickly change. If your offer includes baggage transfer, we suggest you to pack some warmer and comfortable clothing, which can be left in your bag that we will transfer for you from hut to hut.
I have some Issues with elevation, is that a problem?
The runs each day are between 1.500 and 2.300 meters altitude (between 4,900 and 7,500 feet). In addition, the huts for the overnight stays are above 2000 meters (6,600 feet) If you have trouble with high elevations,
please consult a doctor or medical professional for their expert opinion before booking this trip.
I want do to a self-guided trekking. Are the trails well marked?
Yes, the trails are well marked, but it‘s important to pay attention and be sure to stay on the correct path. During the briefing a local trail expert will explain you every stage exactly.
The programs on the catalog don‘t match my expectations. Are there alternative offers?
On request, Holimites can customize a program for you. Is the tour too long or the stages to challenging? Do you prefer a different itinerary? Would you like to book some extra days to relax in the hotel or on a mountain hut? Just send us a request and we will do our best to meet your needs.
Should I expect to climb a Via Ferrata?
Our standard programs don't include a Via Ferrata. But gladly we can organize one for you with a certified IFMGA-UIAGM Alpine Guide. There is the opportunity to do the Via Ferrata during a stage or you can add an extra day at the beginning or at the end of your tour.
Overnight stay on the mountain huts...
You will be surprised of how lovely our mountain huts are. However, they have to be considered a rifugio in the mountains and not a hotel. So you won’t find all the luxury features you find in the towns.
In the huts there are blankets and pillows. We suggest to bring sleeping bags inlay with you.
All hotels and huts are well informed about dietary restrictions, like gluten or lactose intolerance. Everywhere you will find a vegetarian or vegan alternative.
Not all huts accept credit cards. So we suggest to bring some cash with you, to pay drinks, snacks or extras which are not included in the offer.
What about having lunch in the mountains?
For lunch you can stop in one of the huts to taste some traditional food or you have the possibility to buy a lunch package in the hut where you overnight.