The Dolomite lakes have a special charm, and spread a lot of positive energy. During this trekking you will have the possibility to discover a total of seven lakes situated in the heart of the Dolomites...definitely a little piece of heaven, especially for photography enthusiasts.
Holimites will take care of the logistics and organisation, so that you can enjoy nature to the fullest without any worries.
Length 06 nights
ARRIVAL IN ALTA BADIA: Meet and Greet in Badia, and briefing with a Holimites trail expert. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
1st day: approx. 15 km (9 miles) with +850 m (2788 feet) elevation gain; -60 m (197 feet) elevation loss.
Transfer to the Creta lake, an enchanting lake at the entrance to the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park. Walking through the Rautal valley we reach Pederu, from where we start the ascent towards the kingdom of Fanes. Along the path, we discover another lake, the Piciodel lake, whose water level changes according to the different seasons. And here we are in the kingdom of marmots, Fanes.The day ends at Verde lake, a stretch of water framed by the particular rock formations typical of the Fanes Natural Park. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
2nd day: approx. 12 km (7,5 miles) with +1.100 m (3600 feet) e. g.; -450 m (1480 feet) e. l.
After the first ascent (about 328 feet e. g.) we can admire the green shades of the Limo lake. We continue southward and ascend the Forcella del Lago, where we will be rewarded with a beautiful view of another mountain lake: the Lagazuoi lake, situated at the foot of the imposing walls of the Scotoni peak. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
3rd day: approx. 10 km (6,2 miles) with +560 m (1837 feet) e. g.; -800 m (2625 feet) e. l.
Leaving the Lagazuoi behind, we retrace the trenches built during the First World War that marked the border of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, arriving at the Falzarego pass. The path continues towards the enchanting Limides lake. With the right light and angle you will be able to see the Lagazuoi mountain reflected in the lake. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
4th day: approx. 10 km (6,2 miles) with +340 m (1115 feet) e. g.; -700 m (2297 feet) e. l.
From Averau we descend to the Giau pass and walk along the foot of the Formin mountain to reach the Forcella Ambirizzola. The descent towards the Federa lake begins: a typical Dolomite lake situated at high altitude. It has no tributaries and emissaries but, being fed by underground springs, its level remains almost constant. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
5th day: approx. 9 km (5,5 miles) with +160 m (525 feet) e. g.; -970 m (3182 feet) e. l.
From the Federa lake we descend to the Alai lake. After a short break we continue our path towards the city of Cortina d'Ampezzo. Dinner and overnight stay in an hotel.
6th day: Departure.
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 with a local expert?
ESCORTED TOURS 2022
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 you 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
Bookings of all accommodations
Overnight stay with half-board (breakfast and dinner)
Detailed hiking map and roadbook
INCLUDED DURING THE ESCORTED TOURS
NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE
Extra days: € 85,00 per person and night
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 tour 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 for the self-guided tours.
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.
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.
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.