Trail running Best of
Alta Via 1 & 2

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

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Dates

21.06 - 28.06
12.07 - 19.07
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Nights

7

Difficulty

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Description

If trail running on either Alta Via #1 or #2 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 tour escoert 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, booking reservations in the various mountain huts and organizing daily transfer of your baggage from hut to hut.



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 help determine the difficulty of the running 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
  • 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 and day
  • Single accommodation: 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


CUSTOMIZED OFFER

Upon special request, we can also accommodate other dates for small groups if availability allows

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.
 

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 2000 meters (6,600 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, 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 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, 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.

3 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!