Get ready for some of the most breathtaking trails you’ve ever run – both in beauty and elevation - while being pampered by some of the most luxurious four-star hotels in the South-Tyrol.
Each day will be a new adventure, as we explore different natural parks within the Dolomites region. At times we’ll use gondolas to access the valley’s upper elevations, maximizing the rewards with unparalleled views, giving us access to experience otherwise hard-to-reach sections of the area’s most famous trails.
Length 6 nights
Arrival in San Vigilio di Marebbe: meet at the Hotel for dinner and general briefing with your tour escort. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Badia.
1st day: approx. 12 km (7,5 miles) with +910 m (2990 feet) elevation gain.; 610 m (2000 feet) elevation loss
Visiting the most panoramic spots of San Vigilio di Marebbe area. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
2nd day: approx. 15,5 km (9,6 miles) with +750 m (2460 feet) e.g.; 650 m (2130 feet) e.l.
From Pederü to San Cassiano, running through the Fanes Natural Park. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
3rd day: approx. 14 km (8,7 miles) with +460 m (1510 feet) e. g.; -1.100 m (3600 feet) e.l.
By cable car to Boè. From Boè to the plateau of Pralongià and back to Corvara. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
4th day: approx. 16 km (10 miles) with +560 m (1840 feet) e. g.; -1.130 m (3700 feet) e.l.
From Corvara to Passo Gardena by bus. Passing through the lunar landscape of the Puez Odle Natural Park and the wonderful Vallunga to Selva. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
5th day: approx. 13 km (8 miles) with +480 m (1580 feet) e. g.; -1030 m (3380 feet) e.l.
By bus and cable car to Col Raiser. Trail running at hight altitude, at the foot of the Odle moutain group. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
6th day: departure.
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Upon special request for small groups, we can also accommodate additional dates from those listed, depending on availability.
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, it is absolutely necessary to be well trained. Sore legs, blisters, or other ailments related to running after the first stage can possibly ruin the entire week for someone. We suggest training programs with runs between 10 to 15 km (6 to 10 miles), 4 times a week, on unpaved terrain.
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.
What specific clothing do you recommend?
For trail running in good weather, we suggest you always carry a light hydration pack and a few layers such as a light insulated jacket, gloves and a hat. Always keep in mind that the weather in the mountains can quickly change. We suggest packing some warmer clothing in addition to this minimum suggestion. These items can be left in your bag that we that we will transfer for you from hut to hut each day.
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 of altitude (between 4,900 and 7,500 feet) each day. In addition, the huts for the overnight stays are above 2100 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.