This is the ideal program for runners who want to discover the best of the Dolomites in a limited amount of time – this running adventure tackles the entire legendary Sellaronda in 2 days.
This trail running trip starts in Badia/Corvara and includes an overnight stay in a mountain hut.
This loop circumnavigates the Sella Massif, hitting four iconic mountain passes, including Passo Sella and Val Gardena, before finishing back in Badia.
Length 3 nights
Arrival in Alta Badia: meeting at the hotel in Alta Badia, dinner and briefing with a Holimites trail expert. Overnight stay in hotel.
1st day: approx. 27 km (16,8 miles) / + 2.010 m (6.595 feet) elevation gain; -1.000 m (3.280 feet) elevation loss
From Badia to Col dei Rossi. From Badia we run along the river to Corvara. Passing trough Bec de Roces and Arabba, we will make our way up to the stunning views of Porta Vescovo. From here the tour continues on the "Viel del Pan", a panoramic path in front of the Marmolada glacier. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
2nd day: approx. 26 km (16,2 miles) / + 1.330 m (4.365 feet) e.g. ; -2.130 m (2.990 feet) e.l.
From Col dei Rossi to Corvara. Downhill to Canazei, a mountain village characteristic of the local culture. From here the path goes up to Passo Sella and under the majestic walls of Sasso Piatto to Plan de Gralba. Once surmounting the Passo Gardena, the last of the 4 passes, we reach Corvara, at the foot of the Sassongher mountain. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel in Badia.
3rd day: Departure.
We reccomend arriving in the Dolomites one/two days prior to your tour departure to acclimatize and adjust to the time change.
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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'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 hut for the overnight stay is on 2300 meters (7.546 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.
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.
Should I expect to climb a Via Ferrata?
Our standard programs don't include a Via Ferrata. But gladly we can organize one for you with a certified IFMGA-UIAGM Alpine Guide. There is the opportunity to do the Via Ferrata during a stage or you can add an extra day at the beginning or at the end of your tour.