The Holimites Trail Running itinerary combines the most impressive and the most famous Dolomite locations all in one East-to-West traverse.
The tour starts from the charming town of Sesto di Pusteria at the foot of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo, you’ll run through the Fanes, Sennes, Braies and Puez-Odle Natural Parks, and finish the adventure on the idyllic Alpe di Siusi meadows.
A 7-day adventure with 106 km (66 miles) of running routes and 6,600 m (21.650 feet) total ascent
Length 8 nights
Arrival in Sesto di Pusteria: meet and greet 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 the booked Hotel
2nd day: approx. 16 km (9.9 miles) with +1,300 m (4270 feet) elevation gain; -250 m (820 feet) elevation loss;
Transfer from Badia to Sexten. From Sexten through the Val Fiscalina to the bottom of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
3rd day: approx. 20,5 km (12.7 miles) with +1,100 m (3600 feet) e. g.;
-1,250 m (4100 feet) e. l.
From Tre Cime di Lavaredo to Plätzwiese. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
4th day: approx. 19,5 km (12 miles) with +1,050 m (3450 feet) e. g.;
-950 m (3120 feet) e. l.
From Plätzwiese to Sennes. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
5th day: approx. 26 km (16 miles) with +1,200 m (3950 feet) e.g.;
-1,950 m (6400 feet) e.l.
From Sennes through Fanes to the village of Badia in the heart of the Dolomites. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
6th day: approx. 18,5km (11.5 miles) with +1,550 m (5080 feet) e.g.;
-750 m (2460 feet) e.l.
From Badia to Col Raiser in the Puez-Odle Natural park, above the Val Gardena. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.
7th day: approx. 29 km (18 miles) with +1,100 m (3600 feet) e.g.;
-1,350 m (4430 feet) e.l.
From Col Raiser to the Seiser Alm. Dinner and overnight stay in an hotel.
8th day: Departure.
ESCORTED tours 2018
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high season supplement/August: +115.00 euro per person
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 unique 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.
Given our considerable years of experience with groups, here are a few statistics on the running abilities of kinds of runners to help: 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 each day are between 1,500 and 2,300 meters of 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, it is absolutely necessary to be well trained. We suggeset training between 10 to 15 km (6 to 10 miles), 4 times a week, on unpaved terrain.
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: 10kg --> 50x40x20cm