Dolomites Trekking Alta Via #1 COMPACT

The August holiday in the Dolomites

Dates

09.08 - 13.08

Nights

4

Difficulty

+

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Description

A multi-hypenday trekking tour is an experience for a lifetime. Nature offers each day different views and landscapes. The colors that you will see during sunrise or sunset are indescribable.

Together with your guide, you will learn to live the emotions that the mountains give you.

Starting from the surroundings of Cortina, the tour crosses the Natural Park Fanes-Sennes-Braies and continues direction Lagazuoi and 5 Torri, places where WWI was fought.

Holimites will take care of all accommodation reservations. In order to ensure an enjoyable experience, we organize the luggage transfer from hut to hut.

 

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Program

1st day: approx. 8 km (5 miles) with +710 m (2330 feet) elevation gain; -5 m (16 feet) elevation loss.

Meeting in Fiames/St. Uberto, the starting point of our tour. Surrounded by a spruce forest we hike uphill to the Ra Stua hut. From here we take the path through the Salata Vally to the Sennes plateau. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


2nd day: approx. 10,5 km (6,5 miles) with +560 m (1837 feet) e. g.; -650 m (2133 feet) e. l.

We leave the wide pastures of Sennes behind us and descend to Pederü hut. After a short break, we hike uphill to the Fanes alp, also known as the parliament of the marmots. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


3rd day: approx. 12,5 km (7,8 miles) with +1.020 m (3345 feet) e. g.; -440 m (1444 feet) e. l.

From the heart of the natural park, we take the trail that leads us to the top of Forcella del Lago. From here we have a wonderful view of the Lagazuoi Lake. Once we reach the lake, we hike uphill direction South to the Lagazuoi Mountain, which offers an amazing panoramic terrace on the Dolomites. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


4th day: approx. 11,5 km (7 miles) with +550 m (1805 feet) e. g.; -1.100 m (3610 feet) e. l.

From Lagazuoi, we descend to Passo Falzarego, here was the borderline between Italy and the Austro-Hungarian Empire during WWI. We continue our tour and soon we reach the 5 Torri/Averau area. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


5th day: approx. 12,5 km (7,8 miles) with +590 m (1935 feet) e. g.; -1.315 m (4315 feet) e. l.

Hiking at the foot of Monte Formin, we reach the little hut Cason de Formin and continue to the idyllic Federa Lake. We continue our hike towards Pocolo, on the main road to Cortina d'Ampezzo. The van will wait here for us, and bring us back to Cortina.

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PERIOD

Mid-August, Ferragosto

 

KEEP IT PRIVATE

Do you want to reserve one of our guided tours exclusively for you and your group of friends? Is your own crew so fun and delightful that you don’t need to add any strangers to the mix? Choose any tour that you like, contact us and remember to tell us how many people are in your group. We will send you a personalized quote based on the number of participants.

We recommend arriving in the Dolomites one/two days prior to your tour departure to acclimatize and adjust to the time change.


*ESCORTED TOUR 2021

  • August 09th 13th

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Organization of all the logistics which includes the bookings in all huts/hotels
  • Accommodation with half-board (breakfast + dinner)
  • Local tour escort at your disposal during the tour
  • Luggage transfer from hut to hut
  • Transfer as mentioned in the program
  • All taxes
  • High season supplement
  • Special Holimites Souvenir

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Beverages and anything not mentioned under the heading “Included in the price”.
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Overnight stay before and after the tour

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Is some training necessary before participating in this trekking tour?
Yes, it is highly recommended. Sore legs, blisters, or other ailments related to walking after the first stage can possibly ruin the entire week for someone. The Alta Via is suited for people that are already strong walkers that can manage treks with fully packed backpacks.
It is absolutely necessary to have some trekking experience on mountain trails and exposed sections. A good ability to read maps and use a compass is a must. If you don’t feel confident with this minimum skills you can learn this on the escorted tour.
Participating in a trekking group 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 hikes.

I have some issues with elevation, is that a problem?
The treks 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.

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What happens in the case of bad weather?
Sir Alan Flemming once stated: “There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing”. But, it’s surely possible that bad weather conditions may prohibit our planned tour in some cases. If this happens to
be the case, a phone call to our office from the hut you are staying at is all that’s needed. We will gladly reorganize all of the upcoming stages of your trekking tour so that you can arrive as planned even if you have to take a 1 day break to allow weather conditions to clear up.

What specific clothing do you recommend?
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. If your offer includes baggage transfer, we suggest you to pack some warmer and comfortable clothing, which can be left in your bag that we will transfer for you from hut to hut.

I want do to a self-guided trekking. Are the trails well marked?
Yes, the trails are well marked, but it‘s important to pay attention and be sure to stay on the correct path. During the briefing a Holimites trail expert will explain you every stage exactly.

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.

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.

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.

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