A 5-stage run or quick-pace jog for 87 kilometers with over 6,000 m of climbing on the Dolomites’ Alta Via #1.
The tour departs from the celebrated Braies Lake and ends with a run at the Duran Pass. A local tour escort will accompany the group throughout the entire tour.
Your luggage will be transferred each day to the next location, so that you can run across the Dolomites’ Alta Via #1 most beautiful trails with a minimum load on your shoulders.
Length 7 nights
Arrival in Alta Badia: meet at the Hotel in Alta Badia for dinner and general briefing with your tour escort. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Badia.
1st day: warm up run, visiting the most scenic views of Alta Badia. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Badia.
2nd day: approx. 9,5 km (5,9 miles) with +980 m (3220 feet) elevation gain.; 320 m (1050 feet) elevation loss
Transfer to the idyllic Lake Braies, trailhead of the tour. We start our tour uphill to Forcella Sora Forno. Once we reach the saddle we run along the pastures of the Sennes natural park until we reach the hut. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
3rd day: approx. 22,5 km (14 miles) with +1.600 m (5250 feet) e. g.; -1.050 m (3400 feet) e.l.
We leave Sennes behind us and continue southwards along the kingdom of Fanes. We hike up to Forcella del Lago, from here we can admire the wonderful Lagazuoi Lake. From the lake we start the ascent to Lagazuoi, one of the most panoramic places, which offers a unique view of the Dolomites. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
4th day: approx. 11,5 km (7,2 miles) with +500 m (1600 feet) e. g.; -1.100 m (3600 feet) e.l.
The area of Lagazuoi is full of history and symbol of the First World War. We run along the tunnels and the trenches of the “Kaiserjäger” until we reach the area of 5 Torri and continue our path to Averau/Giau. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
5th day: approx. 23 km (14,5 miles) with +1.400 m (4600 feet) e. g.; -1.400 m (4600 feet) e.l.
Running under the majestic, vertical walls of Lastoi di Formin and of Becco di Mezzodì we arrive to Passo Staulanza. Here starts the ascent to the beautiful Coldai Lake, part of the Civetta group. We continue thowards Forcella Col Rean to finally reach the hut. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
6th day: approx. 16,5 km (10,3 miles) with +1.050 m (3400 feet) e. g.; -1.700 m (5600 feet) e.l.
From the Civetta group, with a breathtaking view on the Alleghe Lake, we cross the Zoldo Dolomites until Passo Duran, where the van awaits us to bring us back to Badia. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Badia.
7th day: departure.
What are the advantages of an escorted tour with a local expert?
ESCORTED TOURS 2023
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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.
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.
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Bookings of all accommodations
Lunch in mountain huts (starter or main dish)
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Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
What is Trail Running?
Rather than a discipline, Trail Running is equal parts a philosophy, a sport and a way of life. It dilutes the hectic thrum life to its simplest rhythm. Moving across the mountains--unencumbered and with primal athleticism--one experiences the mountains both as a visitor looking outward as well as an athlete looking inside oneself. Trail Running allows one to explore nature on their own terms, allowing the runner to use their fitness as a path to discovery, while traveling to some of the most beautiful and secluded places on the planet.
Do we have to be able to run uninterrupted to participate?
The Holomites trail running trips are on mountain trails, and most runners will hike portions of each stage, however, as a participant in a group trail run, you will be expected to maintain a certain pace in order to finish the scheduled stages. If your legs are shutting down or your fitness is interfering with the group’s ability to make cut offs, your tour escort may decide you need to alter your daily route. In this case, you will have an array of options so that you can continue your trip at a more relaxed speed:
a) to take a rest day and shuttle with the service van, to the next hut where the group is headed for that stage
b) to take a shuttle and 'bump up' to the last hotel, where you can finish your vacation going on suggested trail runs from that location.
Given our considerable years of experience with trail running groups, here are a few statistics to help you gauge how much hiking you should expect: if you run marathons under 3 hours, on average you can run 70% of each stage; if you take 3 to 3.5 hours = 50%; 3.5 to 4.5 hours = 40%.
Is training necessary?
Yes, we recommend training before participating in this event. Sore legs, blisters, or other ailments related to running after the first stage can possibly ruin the entire week for someone. For those that wish to run the stages throughout, we suggest daily training of 10 to 15 km (6 to 10 miles) on trails.
I'm in a good shape, have trained and can run the stages. Are the stages well marked?
For liability reasons, you won’t be able to leave the group and wait at the finish for each day. But you also don't need to stay with the group if you want to run faster. If you’d like to run ahead and wait for the group, or do an out-an-back, your tour escort will help you plan meeting points at key intersections each day.
The original Alta Via 1 ends up in Belluno, so why do we stop at Passo Duran?
From the portion beginning at Passo Duran to Belluno (2 running days) we cannot guarantee the baggage transfer in the huts for the overnight stay. Also, this part of the Alta Via, on the last stage requires doing the Via Ferrata (Iron Path way) in which special equipment and experience is necessary. However, upon special request, we can also organize your participation in the original course during the last two days of the trip if you’d like. Or, if you wish to walk on the whole Alta Via 1, check out our Trekking offer in which we also take care of all the logistics for you.
What specific clothing do you recommend?
For trail running, 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. We suggest packing some warmer and comfortable clothing as well which can be left in your bag that we that we will transfer for you from hut to hut.
Note: In some huts, bags are transported via a cableway and thus there are some weight restrictions: 10kg --> 50x40x20cm
I have some Issues with elevation, is that a problem?
The runs vary 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 2200 meters (6,900 feet). If you have a history of trouble with high elevations, please consult a doctor or medical professional for their expert opinion before booking this trip.
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.
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.