This tour has been created for all hiking lovers that want to escape in the mountains, and try the emotion of a hut to hut tour during the August holiday. Wide landscapes, fresh air, and the beauty of nature are the most important elements to recharge your batteries.
Starting from the village of Badia, the tour goes trough the Natural Park Puez Odle (on the Alta Via #2). Form there, we carry on toward the Pralongià plateau as it reaches the Falzarego area. From this point, we continue on the Alta Via #1 to the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park.
Holimites will take care of the logistics, and all bookings in the huts. A Local guide will be by your side during the entire hiking tour. We will organize the baggage transfer from hut to hut, in order to ensure you an enjoyable experience on this fantastic hike.
Length 5 or 6 nights (*PLUS)
1st day: approx. 6,5 km (10 miles) with +750 m (5420 feet) elevation gain; -20 m (2950 feet) elevation loss.
Meeting in Badia. We start our tour hiking on the panoramic path towards the village of La Villa. Surrounded by a larch forest, we hike up to the Gardenacia Plateau. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
2nd day: approx. 11 km (7,5 miles) with +700 m (3600 feet) e. g.; -630 m (1480 feet) e. l.
We leave the Gardenacia hut behind us and cross the Natural Park Puez Odle. Once we reach Forcella Crespëina, we descend to Passo Gardena, the mountain pass that separates the Gardena valley from the Badia valley. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
3rd day: approx. 11,5 km (8,4 miles) with +760 m (2130 feet) e. g.; -750 m (4100 feet) e. l.
From the pass, we descend direction Colfosco. Before reaching the center of the village, we hike up to Crëp de Sella and take the trail towards Planac. Hiking on the green meadows of the ski slopes we arrive at Pralongià, called the "amphitheater of the Dolomites". Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
4th day: approx. 13 km (9 miles) with +900 m (3120 feet) e. g.; -360 m (3120 feet) e. l.
From Pralongià we hike to Valparola lake, passing at the foot of the Settsass Mountain. Hiking through the trenches and tunnels built during WWI, we reach Lagazuoi Mountain with its wonderful terrace over the Dolomites. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
5th day: approx. 12 km (6,8 miles) with +450 m (2070 feet) e. g.; -1.050 m (2330 feet) e. l.
After a rich breakfast, we descend to the idyllic Lagazuoi Lake. From here we hike uphill to the Forcella del Lago. Once we reach the top, we can see the Fanes kingdom in front of us. We cross the Fanes alp, and soon reach the hut. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
6th day: approx. 5,5 km (3 miles) with +50 m (35 feet) e. g.; -570 m (3460 feet) e. l.
Admiring the particular rock formations and the fascinating landscape, we follow the path down to Pederü. The Holimites van will take us back to Badia.
6th day: approx. 10,5 km (5,9 miles) with +650 m (3220 feet) e. g.; -570 m (1050 feet) e. l.
Admiring the particular rock formations and the fascinating landscape, we follow the path down to Pederü. Here starts the ascent to the Fodara Vedla alp. Surrounded by wide mountain pastures we reach the Sennes plateau. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
7th day: approx. 8 km (6,4 miles) with +10 m (1840 feet) e. g.; -700 m (2130 feet) e. l.
From the Sennes alp we descend along the Salata Valelley to Ra Stua, and continue to Sant'Uberto (on the main road between Dobbiaco and Cortina).
*PLUS version: on day 6, instead of coming back to Badia with the van, we continue to Sennes (overnight stay in a hut) and end the tour in Sant'Uberto/Cortina d'Ampezzo.
Ferragosto - Mid of August
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We recommend arriving in the Dolomites one/two days prior to your tour departure to acclimatize and adjust to the time change.
*ESCORTED TOUR 2021
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
*PLUS: 2 additional escorted days, ending in Cortina d'Ampezzo + 280,00 euro per person
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.
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 you don’t feel confident with this minimum skills you can learn this on the escorted tour.
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.
I have some issues with elevation, is that a problem?
The treks each day are between 1.500 and 2.300 meters of altitude (between 4,900 and 7,500 feet). In addition, the huts for the overnight stays are above 2100 meters (6,900 feet) If you have trouble with high elevations, please consult a doctor or medical professional for their expert opinion before booking this trip.
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 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.
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.