Highlights of the Dolomites Alte Vie

Circular hike on the most spectacular trails in the Dolomites






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The Dolomites count as a total of 9 High Routes, connecting the various valleys from east to west or north to south. With this program we want to make you discover some of the most famous and most fascinating High Routes.

In fact, starting from the Alpe di Rodengo and hiking to the Puez Odle Nature Park, we walk part of the route that connects Munich with Venice. We then move eastward to explore the classic Alte Vie nr. 1 and 2, and the wild Alta Via nr. 9. On Alta Via nr. 9 we will encounter places marked by World War I fighting. The last stages of the tour run through the heart of the Sennes-Fanes-Braies Nature Park.

The original program includes 9 days of trekking with overnight stays in mountain huts. It is possible to book the PLUS variant, which includes a day of leisure in the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo and two extra days of trekking, including one on Alta Via nr. 1 in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park. Of course, it is possible to customize the offer, shortening the tour or adding a few days of relaxation for example in Alta Badia or Cortina d'Ampezzo.


Length 10-12 nights

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Arrival in Alta Badia: Chek-in at the hotel and general briefing with a local Holimites expert.
Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

1st day: approx. 12,3 km (7,6 miles) / +1140 m (3740 feet) elevation gain; -95 m (312 feet) elevation loss

A public bus transfer takes us to Casteldarne, known for its distinctive castle built in the 12th century. From the village we take the path that leads to the vast plateau, at an altitude of 2,000 m. As we reach the top, the wide pastures of the Alpe di Rodengo spread out, from here we can admire the white peaks of the Zillertal and Stubei groups, as well as the majestic Dolomites. Here we will find various refreshment points and of course also our nest for the night.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

2nd day: approx. 17 km (10,6 miles) / +690 m (2264 feet) e.g.; -395 m (1296 feet) e.l.

Today we walk part of the high route that connects Munich with Venice. From the hut, the gentle up and down trail starts through the magnificent pastures of the Alpe di Luson. Soon the path becomes steeper and we climb to the vast, flat summit of the Astjoch. Here, at 2194 m, we can enjoy a breathtaking 360° view. Admiring Monte Putia, we continue on our way to the Glittner lake. After a short stop we continue until we reach the cozy hut.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut. (According to the offer)

3rd day: approx. 10 km (6,2 miles) / +610 m (2001 feet) e.g.; -430 m (1411 feet) e.l.

Monte Putia will once again be the protagonist today. After breakfast, we set off towards the Erbe Pass. We hike through the mountain meadows at the entrance to the Puez Odle Nature Park and climb up the steep trail to the Forcella di Putia. The effort is repaid with wonderful views of the Dolomite peaks. We now continue to the hut, where we will spend the night.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

4th day: approx. 17,5 km (10,9 miles) / +1070 m (3510 feet) e.g.; -1320 m (4330 feet) e.l.

We leave the hut behind us and hike towards the mountain village of Longiarù, passing through the valley of the mills. Now we begin the ascent to the Juvel Pass, and when we reach the top we will have a spectacular view of the Sas dla Crusc. Remaining at high altitude, we follow the trail to Gardenacia, located in the eastern part of the Puez-Odle Nature Park.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

5th day: approx. 19,4 km (12 miles) / +1055 m (3461 feet) e.g.; -1390 m (4560 feet) e.l.

We wake up at early and start hiking on Alta Via No. 2 towards the Passo Gardena. On our left stands the Sella massif, while on the right we can admire the Sassongher, symbol of the village of Corvara. We follow the panoramic trail with views of the villages of Val Badia to finally arrive at Planac.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

6th day: approx. 17 km (10,6 miles) / +1163 m (3816 feet) e.g.; -623 m (2044 feet) e.l.

From Planac we climb to Pralongià with its flowery meadows, which is nicknamed "the amphitheater of the Dolomites". Passing along the peak of Settsass, we continue on Alta Via No. 1 and 9 until we reach the Falzarego Pass and finally the cozy hut. These places are marked by the fighting of World War I, in fact we find trenches and other constructions that indicated the border of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

7th day: approx. 14,7 km (9,1 miles) / +1076 m (3530 feet) e.g.; -1242 m (4075 feet) e.l.

Today's stage is dedicated to the Lagazuoi area with its great historical background. In the morning we ascend Lagazuoi (2835 m), where we can observe various testimonies of World War I*. The tour continues to the foot of the Tofane, the most majestic massif of all the mountains overlooking the Ampezzo basin. *On request it is possible to hike the tunnels dug by soldiers in 1917, together with a local IFMGA-UIAGM certified Mountain Guide.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

8th day: approx. 17,2 km (10,7 miles) / +1365 m (4478 feet) e.g.; -1396 m (4580 feet) e.l.

With a spectacular view over the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo and the great peaks that surround it, we hike part of the Alta Via nr. 9 to the famous Fanes waterfalls. We ascend along the canyon-the succession of pools, cataracts and waterfalls that characterizes the entire course of the Rio Fanes is extraordinarily beautiful. When we reach the top, we are in the heart of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, a fascinating place to watch the sunset.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

9th day: approx. 16 km (9,9 miles) / +891 m (2923 feet) e.g.; -1627 m (5425 feet) e.l.

We leave the Fanes Alp behind us and ascend to the St. Antonio Pass. Going around the Sas dla Crusc massif, we arrive at the Santa Croce sanctuary, located right at the foot of the imposing walls of the mountain of the Sas dla Crusc. Now starts the descent to the village of Badia.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

10th day: Departure.

8th day: approx. 8 km (5 miles) / +10 m (33 feet) e.g.; -877 m (3205 feet) e.l.

A pleasant descent brings us to Cortina d'Ampezzo - the Pearl of the Dolomites - a town surrounded by high peaks such as Cristallo, Antelao and Sorapis. Cortina has always been a top destination for those who love the mountains and their landscapes, sports and entertainment. In the center you will find various stores, bars and restaurants. (Dinner not included)

Overnight stay in a hotel.

9th day: approx. 12,8 km (8 miles) / +756 m (2480 feet) e.g.; -634 m (2110 feet) e.l.

From the center of Cortina d'Ampezzo we take the public bus to S. Uberto. We hike uphill to Ra Stua and continue along the Val Salata until we reach the pastures of the Sennes Alp. After a short break we begin the descent on Alta Via nr. 1 to Pederü.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

10th day: approx. 16,7 km (10,4 miles) / +1420 m (4659 feet) e.g.; -916 m (3005 feet) e.l.

Today's stage takes us on Alta Via No. 1 to the Fanes Alp. From here we hike up to Passo Sant'Antonio and around the Sas dla Crusc massif to the Santa Croce sanctuary, located right at the foot of the imposing walls of the mountain of the Sas dla Crusc.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

11th day: approx. 8,7 km (5,4 miles) / +50 m (164 feet) e.g.; -776 m (2546 feet) e.l.

From the hut we hike to the beautiful Armentara meadows, famous for their variety of flowers. Now we descend to the small village of Badia.

Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.

12th day: Departure.

More info

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?

  • The local expert knows the trails like the back of his hand, and is also well informed about mountains, fauna and flora, and the many traditions of the Dolomites world. Are you already fascinated by the Dolomite legends?
  • The tour is enriched with so much knowledge and information.
 Tales, stories, and high quantity of tips from locals - from people who grew up here and have much more to tell than the best book.
  • Luggage transport from hut to hut is also a big plus.
You can hike with a small backpack, because your luggage is already waiting for you in the next hut.
  • In addition to breakfast and dinner, lunch is also included. Of course, the local expert knows where you get the best dumplings, the most delicious pasta, and the most fluffy cake.
  • The weather, or more specifically, bad weather, is not to be underestimated in the mountains, and our local experts have years of experience with it. In case of thunderstorms, rain or even snowfall (yes, even in August it can snow sometimes), they know exactly what to do.
  • The correct estimation of the hiking pace is a skill learned over time. When hiking alone, it’s difficult to keep the same pace. This can result in a serious miscalculation of walking time. The guide know exactly when it’s time to take a break, or to push the group with a chocolate bar.
  • The community: during our guided tours, people meet who already have something in common from the beginning: the love for nature and being active. The popularity of our guides with the various hut owners can also turn out to be a great benefit (we just say: Grappa!).


  • on request


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.

Here you will find more information about travel to the Dolomites.

We recommend arriving in the Dolomites one/two days prior to your tour departure to acclimatize and adjust to the time change.


  • Bookings of all accommodations
  • Accommodation with half board (breakfast+dinner) according to the offer
  • PLUS: 1 accomodation with breakfast only in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Detailed maps and roadbook
  • Briefing with a Holimites trail expert
  • All taxes
  • Special Holimites Souvenir


  • All the services mentioned under “Included in the price”
  • Local tour escort at your disposal during the tour
  • Transfer as per offer
  • Baggage transfer from hotel/hut to hotel/hut (where possible)
  • Lunch in mountain huts (starter or main dish)
  • Hiking maps and roadbooks are not included during the escorted tours


  • Beverages and anything not mentioned under "Included in the price"
  • Cancellation insurance


  • Extra days: from € 115,00 per person and night
  • Single room: € 120,00 (available only in hotels, not in huts)
  • Mid season (August till mid of September): € 80,00 per person
  • High season (July):  € 120,00 € per person

PLUS* - a day of leisure in the town of Cortina d'Ampezzo and two extra days of trekking, including one on Alta Via nr. 1 in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park

  • +230,00 € for self-guided tours
  • guided tours on request

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is some training necessary before participating in this trekking tour?

Yes, it's highly recommended. Sore legs, blisters, or other ailments related to walking after the first stage can possibly ruin the entire week for someone. The hiking programs are 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 is a must for self-guided tours.

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.