We created this program to give those who love easy hikes at high altitude the opportunity to experience the feeling of a hut to hut trekking tour.
The stages are simple and relatively short. This allows everyone to walk at their own pace, and take all the time to admire the Dolomites landscapes.
The views on the mountains around Alta Badia are breathtaking. The mountain pastures at the foot of the majestic Dolomite walls gives you a feeling of peace and tranquillity.
The itinerary leads you through meadows and rocky trails, from the Sella massif to Sass Dla Crusc mountain.
Duration: 6 nights
ARRIVAL IN ALTA BADIA: Meet and greet in the hotel, and briefing with a Holimites trail expert. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
1st day: ca. 9,5 km (5.9 miles) / +250 m (820 feet) elevation gain; -30 m (99 feet) elevation loss
Starting from Badia we walk along the river path towards the little village of Corvara. Ascent with cable car and chairlift. We arrive at an altitude of 2.545 m above sea level and in 15 minutes we reach the hut. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
2nd day: ca. 6,5 km (4 miles) / +235 m (770 feet) e.g.; -700 m (2300 feet) e.l.
From the hut, we descend to the idyllic Boè Lake. After a short break, we continue the descent to Passo Campolongo. Here begins the climb to Cherz. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut. (Possibility to shorten the descent by using the chairlift).
3rd day: ca. 7 km (4.4 miles) / +205 m (673 feet) e.g.; -265 m (870 feet) e.l.
Staying at high altitude, we follow the "Hunters' Path" to Pralongia. We cross meadows and alpine pastures to reach Piz Sorega. Along the way we will find the "Movimënt Parks" where we can practice different physical exercises and have fun. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
4th day: ca. 7 km (4.4 miles) / +550 m (1800 feet) e.g.; -20 m (66 feet) e.l.
After breakfast, we descend by cable car to San Cassiano. On the panoramic path, “the larch forest trail,” we start hiking uphill to the Santa Croce hospice, above the mountain village of Badia. Dinner and overnight stay in the hut.
5° giorno: ca. 7,5 km / +290 m (952 feet) e.g.; -290 m (952 feet) e.l.
Hiking at the bottom of the Sass Dla Crusc mountain, we reach the "Snow Cave". We continue our hike to the Armentara meadows and return to the hospice. Descent by chairlift to Badia. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.
6th day: Departure.
It's possible to facilitate the stages by using lifts or public transport.
The program can be personalized! We can modify the single stages or shorten and/or extend the duration of the tour.
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!).
KEEP IT PRIVATE
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.
INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
*INCLUDED DURING THE ESCORTED TOUR
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
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 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.
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.