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Trail running Best of
Alta Via 1 & 2

From hut to hut on our favorite trails of the Dolomites Alta Via

Dates

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Nights

7

Difficulty

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Description

If trail running either of the classic Alta Via #1 or #2 trips of the Dolomites doesn’t seem challenging enough, then this is the tour made for you: a unique program that combines the best of both Alta Vias.

A local trip escort will accompany the group across the UNESCO Heritage Dolomites’ most renowned Natural Parks. This 6-stage tour covers 85 kilometers with over 5,000 m of gain.

Holimites will take care of all the logistics, from booking reservations in the various mountain huts to organizing daily baggage transfers from hut to hut, so you can make your way across the most spectacular scenery of the area, unencumbered by extra pack weight or concerns.



Length 7 nights

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Program

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


1st day: approx. 17 km (10,5 miles) with +1.650 m (5420 feet) elevation gain; -900 m (2950 feet) elevation loss.
Badia - Fanes Natural Park. From Badia to Santa Croce mountain; through the Passo S.Antonio. 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.
Fanes - Lagazuoi. From Fanes Natural Park to Lagazuoi through Forcella dal Lago. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


3rd day: approx. 13,5 km (8,4 miles) with +650 m (2130 feet) e. g.; -1.250 m (4100 feet) e. l.

Lagazuoi - Pralongià*. From Lagazuoi to Pralongià passing through places where World War I was fought. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


4th day: approx. 13 km (8 miles) with +850 m (2800 feet) e.g.;  -800 m (2600 feet) e.l.
Pralongià - Passo Gardena*. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

> min. approx. 11,5 km (7 miles) / +800 m (2600 feet) e. g.;
-800 m (2600 feet) e. l.

> max. approx. 15 km (9,5 miles) / +1.000 m (3300 feet) e.g.;
-950 m (3120 feet) e.l.

5th day: approx. 13,6 km (8,5 miles) with +700 m (2300 feet) e.g.; -800 m (2600 feet) e.l.
Gardena -Rifugio Ghernacia*. Through the lunar landscaped Puez Natural Park. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
> min. approx. 9,8 km (6 miles) / +650 m (2150 feet) e.g.;
-750 m (2450 feet) e.l.

> max. approx. 14 km (8,7 miles) / +900 m (2900 feet) e.g.;
-1.000 m (3300 feet) e.l.

6th day: approx. 8 km (5 miles) with +250 m (820 feet) e.g.; -950 m (3120 feet) e.l.
Rifugio Ghernacia - Badia*. Final stage from the Ghernacia hut which will lead you down to Badia; walking over the Ghernacia plateau with spectacular views of the Dolomites mountains. Dinner and overnight stay in an hotel.
> min. approx. 5 km (3 miles) with +10 m (35 feet) e. g.;
-750 m (3460 feet) e. l.

> max. approx. 11,5 km (7 miles) / +350 m (1150 feet) e.g.;
-1050 m (3450 feet) e.l.

7th day: Departure.

*Guides will modify the distance and vertical of these stages based on your group’s ability.

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ESCORTED tours 2019

  • June 21st - June 28th
  • July 12th - July 19th
  • August 03rd - August 10th
  • September 03rd - September 10th

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

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

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

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

EXTRA CHARGES

  • Extra days: 80.00 euro per person, per day
  • Single accommodation: 100.00 euro (this option only available in hotels and not in huts)
  • mid season price increase: August and September: +75.00 euro per person
  • high season price increase: July: +115.00 euro per person


CUSTOMIZED OFFER

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%.
 

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 2000 meters (6,600 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.

 

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. 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 good shape. Have trained and can run the stages. Are the stages marked?
Each evening our tour escort will conduct a brief talk about the next day’s stage. Also, the Alta Via 1 is marked with its own “symbol” and it’s NOT easy to get lost.

 

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

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.

4 Reviews

Theo B. - Tripadvisor
September 2017

Amazing experience at reasonable price!

I think I first got in touch with Holimites by Instagram, while looking for a guided tour around the Dolomites. After changing lots of emails with Tatiana, with a...

I think I first got in touch with Holimites by Instagram, while looking for a guided tour around the Dolomites. After changing lots of emails with Tatiana, with a lot of requests from me, Holimites made a perfect proposal, within my budget and schedule. 
I went to the meeting at Badia expecting a nice week of trail running, without any comfort and eating basically gels and bars. I was so wrong! The rifugios selected for the tour were much more comfortable than I could ever imagine! Most offered rooms for drying clothes and shoes and one even had a sauna included in the price! The rooms were well equipped with comfy beds, duvets and towels, hot individual shower and body/hair liquid soap and most had individual power outlets for each bed. 
The group was composed of four runners, including me and the guide, Richard. And our regular day would start around 7:00 with a nice breakfast, with bread, prosciutto, cheese, yogurt, musli, nuts, fuit juice and of course, all possible types of Italian coffee. Around 8:00 was the cut-off for luggage hand out (luggage was taken by Holimites staff from one rifugio to another) ad after that we departed for the day’s journey. After some 3 hours of running and taking pictures, first rifugio stop for a coffee and cake (linzer torte or apfelstrudel), the only meal not included in the tour. After a few more hours, lunch break at second rifugio of the day. One primo or secondo, plus one dessert or coffee. With renewed energies, we faced the last strecht of the day until last rifugio were we would spend the night. At arrival, leave dirt shoes to dry at the drying room, pick your luggage and then shower. During our tour, Holimites also had a trekking tour going on, and that group would sleep in the same rifugios as ours, so, until dinner, time to chat and change experiences among runners and hikers. As for the other meals, dinner was no disappointment. Lots of local specialties, usually with salad, bread, primo, secondo and dessert. After dinner, a few grappas to relax – not included – and go rest for next day.
Richard, our guide deserves a full review for himself! Great guide and great guy! Always taking pictures and explaining us local customs, geography and history. Very attentive when the trail got less obvious and willing to take us to unplanned cool spots. By the way, I was not part of their group, but trekking guides Suzy and Marina were also very nice to all people during our stops at the rifugios.
Overall, the holiday planned by Holimites exceeded all my expectations! The trails, the comfort at the rifugios, the food and mainly, the dynamic that Richard arranged for the group. He made us all feel included in spite of our completely different backgrounds and running ability. Great week! Could not recommend more!

bridgetgrove - Tripadvisor
September 2016

Trip of a lifetime

I recently completed the Best of Alta Via 1 & 2 trail running trip with 3 friends and had a wonderful time. Our group consisted of 8 runners and our amazing (and...

I recently completed the Best of Alta Via 1 & 2 trail running trip with 3 friends and had a wonderful time. Our group consisted of 8 runners and our amazing (and patient) guide, Ricardo. The trails and scenery were incredible, the "huts" were way more lavish than expected, the food was delicious (and there was tons of it ... so pace yourself), and the company was fantastic. We shared lots of laughs and came home tired but very refreshed and happy. I would very highly recommend Holimites and will probably be back to try out one of their biking trips.

Natalie Cadieux - Facebook
August 2017

Trail running - Alta Via 1 & 2

Running through the Dolomites was a 19-month bucket list trip
in the making. Holimites was recommended as the best company to work with and they...

Running through the Dolomites was a 19-month bucket list trip
in the making. Holimites was recommended as the best company to work with and they completely lived up to their reputation. From the attentive and responsive staff answering all of our questions to the seamless booking process and the actual run week itself, this company has mastered the art of delivering even more than promised. The guides were knowledgeable, personable and amazing; we left as friends whom I can't wait to meet up with again! You will not be disappointed should you choose to entrust your Dolomite experience to the Holimites group. Five stars is inadequate, in my opinion!

palmerjenny - Tripadvisor
July 2018

Best of Alta Via 1 and 2 Trail Running

This trip was beyond expectations. Holimites did a superb job in all aspects of the trip. Guides were local and extremely knowledgeable about trails, terrain, history,...

This trip was beyond expectations. Holimites did a superb job in all aspects of the trip. Guides were local and extremely knowledgeable about trails, terrain, history, culture, etc and adjusted mileage based on the group’s ability and weather. Huts were comfortable, clean, and hospitable. Can’t wait to return!