Be prepared for some of the most breathtaking trails you’ve ever run – for both beauty and elevation - while being pampered in some of the most luxurious four-star hotels in the South-Tyrol.
Each day will be unique as we explore different natural parks within the Dolomites region. At times, we’ll use gondolas to access the valley’s upper elevations to maximize our rewards and views while running along 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.
ESCORTED TOURS 2019
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Upon request, we’ll organize this trail running offer specifically for you during your requested dates. Write to us and we will send you a customized offer.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
What is Trail Running?
Rather than a discipline, TrailRunning is a philosophy. Moving through mountain terrain unencumbered by weight and as an athlete, one experiences the mountains as a visitor looking outward as well as an athlete looking inside of oneself. Trail Running allows for new opportunities in contact with nature, away from noise and lets the runner experience their sport at a special level.
Do we have to be able to run uninterrupted to participate?
Participating in a group trail run 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 runs.
With more than 5 years of experience with groups on the Alta Via 1 we have a little statistics on the running abilities of every runner. If you run a marathon under 3 hours you are able to run on average 75% of each stage / 3 to 3,5 hours = 60% / 3,5 to 4,5 hours= 50%
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 security reasons you can't outrun the whole group and wait at the end point. But you also don't need to keep the pace of the group if you want to run faster. Our tour escort will tell you day by day until which intersection you can run alone and then wait, or run back to join again the group.
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. If this case pertains to your group, your guide will give clear instructions on acceptable baggage weight which depends on the number of participants in your group.
I have some Issues with elevation, is that a problem?
The runs each day are 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 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.