The trek from hut to hut allows you to visit all the artworks of the biennial land-art SMACH.2021 and at the same time to live a unique experience in the heart of the Dolomites.
The fifth edition of SMACH puts the word ‘FRAGILE’ as its main focus. What do frailty and fragility mean in our world? After all, being fragile can mean a lot. Headlines say the current pandemic has shone a light on the fragility of institutions and globalization; while according to the Oxford dictionary, “delicate”, “dainty” and “fine” are synonyms of fragile. The world and peace are fragile – but so are human relations at times.
Length: 2 nights
ARRIVAL IN VAL BADIA: arrival on your own
Stage 1: RINA - PASSO DELLE ERBE
Transfer to the mountain village of Rina. We follow the path through the woods that leads us to "Munt da Rina". Soon we reach "Col dal Lè" and continue towards the small lake "Lè de Munt da Rina" (1). Staying at a high altitude, we walk towards Monte Muro (2).
From here begins the descent to Passo delle Erbe, where we will be welcomed in the typical alpine refuge. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
approx. 14 km (8,7 miles) with +1260 m (4133 feet) elevation gain and -700 m (2296 feet) elevation loss
Stage 2: PASSO DELLE ERBE - BADIA/LA CRUSC
After a delicious breakfast of local products, we walk towards the meadows of Putia (3). Under the imposing walls of "Monte Putia", we will begin with the ascent of the "Forcella de Putia" (mountain saddle). We are in the Puez Odle Natural Park. We continue towards "Forcella Furcia" (4). Passing by the alpine hut "Medalghes" we go down to the village of Longiarù, and then up to the "Juvel Pass". After a few kilometers, we take the path of the lakes (Tru di lec) (5). The day ends at the foot of the Sas dla Crusc.
Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
approx. 25 km (15,5 miles) with +990 m (3248 feet) elevation gain and -1655 m (5429 feet) elevation loss
Stage 3: LA CRUSC - PEDERÜ
From La Crusc (6) we hike towards the famous Armentara meadows (7). We go around the Sas dla Crusc massif to reach the Sant'Antonio Pass. Here we are in the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park (8). From this point, we start our descent to Pederü (9).
Transfer by public bus to San Vigilio di Marebbe.
approx. 18,5 km (11,5 miles) with +890 m (2919 feet) elevation gain and -1390 m (4560 feet) elevation loss
SMACH.2021 - the artwork:
(1) SARA AMBROSINI & GIORGIA MARCHETTI,
Location Lè de Munt da Rina
(2) ATELIER POEM: Alice Cecchini & Roman Joliy,
"La casa della narrativa"
Location Chi Jus
(3) XINGE ZHANG & JIAQI QIU,
"Fragile as a Rainbow"
Location Pra de Pütia
(4) JOSE ANTONIO BARRIENTOS DE ORIA,
Location Forcela de Furcia
(5) GIACOMO SAVIO,
"Blu delle Dolomiti"
Location Tru di Lêc
(6) NOTTA CAFLISCH,
"Nation State or State of a Nation"
Location La Crusc
(7) DMITRII KHRAMOV,
(8) ARTURS PUNTE & JEKABS VOLATOVSKIS,
(9) VAZ: Andrea Ventimiglia & Alessandro Zotta,
It is possible to start the circle from San Vigilio di Marebbe or from Alta Badia.
At the moment of the request, we kindly ask you to indicate the desired starting point.
From July 10th to September 12th, 2021
ESCORTED TOUR 2021
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
*INCLUDED DURING THE ESCORTED TOUR
THE PRICE DOESN'T INCLUDE
KEEP IT PRIVATE
Do you want to reserve one of our guided tours exclusively for you and your group of friends? Is your own crew so fun and delightful that you don’t need to add any strangers to the mix? 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.
We recommend arriving in the Dolomites one/two days prior to your tour departure to acclimatize and adjust to the time change.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
Is some training necessary before participating in this trekking tour?
Yes, it is recommended. Sore legs, blisters, or other ailments related to walking after the first stage can possibly ruin the entire week for someone.
It is necessary to have some trekking experience on mountain trails. A good ability to read maps and use a compass is a must. If you don’t feel confident with these minimum skills, you can learn this on the escorted tour.
Participating in a guided 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.
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 Holimites trail expert will explain 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.
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 that you bring some cash with you, to pay for 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.