Trail Running
Alta Via 2

From hut to hut on the Dolomites
Alta Via #2






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Trail Running on the Dolomites’ Alta Via #2 is a challenge made for mountain trail runner lovers.

The 5-stage tour covers 115 km with over 6,000 m of gain.
Accompanied by a local tour escort, the tour starts in Passo delle Erbe and ends in Col di Pra.

Alta Via #2 on the Dolomites also includes daily baggage transfer from hut to hut, so you can run the Dolomites’ most beautiful trails with a minimum load on your back.


 Length 7 nights

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Arrival in Alta Badia: meet and greet in Badia and briefing with a Holimites trail expert.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

1st day: warm up run, visiting the most panoramic spots of Alta Badia.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

2nd day: approx. 24,5 km (15,2 miles) with +1.600 m (5250 feet) elevation gain; -1.400 m (4600 feet) elevation loss
Transfer to the Erbe Pass and begin trail running. We will end the run at the Gardena Pass. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

3rd day: approx. 27,5 km (17 miles) with +1.350 m (4400 feet) e.g.;
-1.450 m (4800 feet) e.l.
From Gardena Pass to Fedaia Pass. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

4th day: approx. 18,5 km (11,5 miles) with +1.250 m(4100 feet) e.g.;
-1.300 m (4270 feet) e.l.
From the Fedaia Pass to San Pellegrino. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

5th day: approx. 26 km (16 miles) with +1.650 m (5400 feet) e.g.;
-1.050 m (3450 feet) e.l.
From the San Pellegrino to the Pale di San Martino. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

6th day: approx. 18,5 km (11,5 miles) with +150 m (490 feet) e.g.;
-1.850 m (6100 feet) e.l.

From Pale di San Martino to Col di Prà. Transfer back to Alta Badia.
Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.

7th day: Departure.

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ESCORTED tour 2019

  • July 27th - August 03rd


  • approx. 115 km (71 miles)
  • approx. +6.500 m (21300 feet) e.g.; -7.000 m (23000 feet) e.l.
  • 5 stages


  • Organization of all the logistics that includes the bookings in all huts/hotels
  • Accommodation with half board (breakfast and dinner)
  • Lunch in mountain huts (starter or main dish)
  • Briefing with a Holimites trail expert
  • Tour escort at your disposal during the whole tour
  • Baggage transfers from hut to hut
  • Venice Airport roundtrip transfer
  • All taxes
  • Special Holimites Trail Running souvenir


  • Beverages and anything not mentioned under the heading "Included in the price"
  • Cancellation insurance


  • Extra days: 80,00 euro per person and day
  • Single accomodation: 100,00 euro (only available in hotels and not in huts)
  • August and September / mid season:  +75,00 euro per person
  • July/ high season: +115,00 euro per person


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 a lot of years of of experience with groups on the Alta Via 2 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 70% of each stage; 3 to 3,5 hours = 50%; 3,5 to 4,5 hours= 40%


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 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.


Is training necessary?
Yes, for the Alta Via 2, it is absolutely necessary to be well trained. We suggest training 4 times per week for 10 to 15 km (6 to 10 miles) on unpaved ground.


Which one is the most difficult program offerd by Holimites?

Alta Via 2 is considered to be the most difficult program offered by Holimites due to the length of the stages and the difference in altitude covered. If you've never been trail running in the Dolomites, we suggest you begin with our program "Best of Alta Via 1&2" or Alta Via #1 offer.


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.

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.


2 Reviews

Nichole E. - Tripadvisor
August 2017

Trip of a lifetime!

I spent a week with Holimites running the Alta Via 2 in July 2017. I seriously can't say enough good things about my experience. Holimites was exceptionally organized...

I spent a week with Holimites running the Alta Via 2 in July 2017. I seriously can't say enough good things about my experience. Holimites was exceptionally organized and attentive to all of our needs. Their staff and guides were first class and the accommodations and food they booked for us was amazing! I didn't have to do a thing the whole week (except for run, of course,) which was a treat! I was also impressed how they arranged the running days (difficulty and mileage) to perfectly match how we were feeling. Our group and guide were matched great and our pace was just right all day long. We stopped for lunch and espressos at riffugios along the way, which was fun, and dinner and breakfast were provided at our overnight refugio (hut or lodging) which were very nice accommodations. Our guide did all of the translations for us (thank you!), but most people spoke decent English. The price may look a little higher, but trust me, it is well worth it as they do everything for you plus it includes first class lodging and some of the best food I have had! I can't wait to go back for a mountain bike and/or skiing trip. I would book with Holimites again in a heartbeat!

83ale - Tripadvisor
August 2016

Trail Alta Via nr 2

It was a intensive week, which fully met my expectations; the trail was challenging but very well managed by our guide Andrea and the supporter Mia photographer; they managed...

It was a intensive week, which fully met my expectations; the trail was challenging but very well managed by our guide Andrea and the supporter Mia photographer; they managed to give a nice rhythm to the days, alternating well with effort and rest. The shelters chosen to sleep and eat were all well chosen !!!
So congratulations to all the staff;
Tip: the route is challenging, so I would point out that you need to have an adequate preparation, otherwise you risk slowing down the group too much, and this can create inconvenience especially if bad weather is coming, which happens frequently.

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