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Alta Via 2

From hut to hut on the Dolomites
Alta Via 2

Dates

29.07 - 07.08

Nights

9

Difficulty

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Description

Trekking Alta Via #2 on the Dolomites is one of the most challenging hikes organized by Holimites. 125 km and 7,350 m of gain are covered in 8 days.

The group departs from Badia, goes through Passo delle Erbe, the Puez-Odle Natural Park and the Sella Massif, ending in the small town of Agordo. An epic trekking adventure to experience stunning landscapes, such as the Marmolada mountain group.

Holimites takes care of all the logistics and books all mountain huts and hotels. Before departing, a local Holimites trail expert will brief the group and provide plenty of useful information as well as all necessary maps to guarantee hikers an active vacation on the Dolomites’ Alta Via #2.


Length 9 nights

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Program

Arrival in Alta Badia: Meet and Greet in the hotel and briefing by one of our Holimites trail experts. Dinner and overnight stay in the hotel.

1st day: approx. 13,5 km (8,5 miles) with +1.300 m (4270 feet) elevation gain; -350 m (1150 feet) elevatio loss

From Badia to Longiarù, a typical and characteristic mountain village, continuing under the walls of Mount Putia to the Forcella del Putia and then to Genova hut. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.

2nd  day: approx. 19 km (11,8 miles) with +1.100 m (3600 feet) e. g.; -1260 m (4130 feet) e.l.

From Genova hut, keep to the south, along the way you can admire a splendid panorama of Puez and Odle. We are immersed in the Puez-Odle Natural Park, an area of geological and floristic interest. The day ends on the Gardena Pass. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

3rd day: approx. 12 km (7,5 miles) with +1150 m (3770 feet) e. g.;-700 m (2300 feet) e.l.

Starting from Gardena Pass, continue towards Boé hut, from where you have a breathtaking view over the whole Alta Badia, to Franz Kostner hut. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

4th day: approx. 13 km (8 miles) with +650 m (2130 feet) e. g.; -1.200 m (3950 feet) e.l.

Leaving behind Kostner hut, one of the most panoramic stages of the trek begins. Walking on the Via del Pan we can admire a breathtaking view of the Queen of the Dolomites: the Marmolada glacier, and at her feet the beautiful Fedaia lake. The stage will end at the lake at the Castiglioni-Marmolada hut. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


5th day: approx. 18,5 km (11,5 miles) with +1.250 m (4100 feet)  e. g.; -1.300 m (4300 feet) e.l.

From Fedaia, through the Val Contrin and then through the Passo delle Girelle, to Fuciade hut. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

6th day: approx. 18,5 km (11,5 miles) with +900 m (3000 feet)  e. g.; -800 m (2600 feet) e.l.

Walking on the grassy meadows of San Pellegrino ski area you reach the altitude from where you can admire the view of Pelmo, Civetta and Tofane mountains. The day ends in Passo Rolle, at the foot of Pale di San Martino. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

7th day: approx. 8 km (5 miles) with +850 m (2800 feet)  e. g.; -350 m (1100 feet) e.l.

Starting from Passo Rolle you walk in the presence of the elegant and majestic coral mountains, the Pale di San Martino, to Rosetta hut, at an altitude of 2581m. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.

8th day: approx. 21 km (13,2 miles) with +150 meters (490 feet)  e. g.; -2040 m (6700 feet) e.l.

The last day of trekking is totally downhill, starting from Rosetta hut, we go down to Taibon Agordino. Transfer to Agordo and overnight in hotel.

*During the escorted tour you will return back to Badia by car with overnight stay in hotel with halfboard and final greetings.

Upon request, we will organize your transfer from Agordo to Alta Badia, any city or airport.

More info

PERIOD

Starting mid June until October

 

*ESCORTED TOUR 2020

 

  • July 29th - August 07th

DISTANCE

  • approx. 124 km
  • 8 stages
  • 9 or more days (Max: 14)

 INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Organization of all the logistics that includes the bookings in all huts/hotels
  • 9 nights accommodation with Half Board (breakfast + dinner) in all hotels and huts
  • Detailed maps of your trekking
  • Briefing of the tour with a Holimites trail expert
  • All taxes
  • Special Holimites Souvenir

 *INCLUDED DURING THE ESCORTED TOUR

  • All the services mentioned under the heading “Included in the price”
  • Tour escort at your disposal during the whole trek
  • Hut to hut baggage transfer
  • Lunch in mountain huts (starter or main dish)
  • Venice airport roundtrip transfer

THE PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Beverages, and anything not mentioned under the heading "Included in the price"
  • Detailed maps of the trekking during the guided weeks
  • Cancellation insurance

EXTRAS

  • Each extra day: from 80,00 euro/person/day
  • Single room accommodation: +100,00 euro (only available in hotels and not in huts)
  • Mid season (August and September): + 75 euro/person
  • High season (July):  + 115,00 euro/person

CUSTOMIZED OFFER

Upon request, we can organize a specialized guide that walks with you during the whole or part of the Alta Via.

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

Which one is the most difficult tour offerd by Holimites?
Alta Via 2 is considered to be the most difficult trekking program offered by Holimites due to the length of the stages and the difference in altitude covered. If you've never been trekking in the Dolomites, we strongly suggest you begin with our program "Best of Alta Via 1&2" or Alta Via #1.

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 guided trekking.
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.

Are there minimum skills requested?
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 guided trekking during the special week.


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.

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 at the end of the Alta Via; 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 local 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.

6 Reviews

Cam C. - Tripadvisor
September 2017

Alta Via 2 Trek with Holomites

I have just returned from a 9 day trek on the Alta Via 2 trail in the Dolomite Mountains which I booked along with a friend through Holomites. 
I have just returned from a 9 day trek on the Alta Via 2 trail in the Dolomite Mountains which I booked along with a friend through Holomites. 


Firstly, what an experience! A wonderful journey, and a true adventure (especially after the snow closed in). I would highly recommend anyone to take this trail, though some fitness is a must. 

I cannot thank Holomites enough for the professional and helpful way that they planned our trip. They went above and beyond to ensure that we had the best possible time, including arranging alternate bus transfers to the refuges for my friend when he hurt his knee. They even sent someone to hike four hours up to one hut to retrieve a left passport (oops!), and then drove it to our next refuge for pick-up! That just shows you the kind of attitude to service that the crew at Holomites had, so it was no surprise they came highly recommended. 

I also suggest that you engage in a guided Via Ferrata day while doing the trail, as that was a highlight of our trip, and our guide Michael was absolutely great, and helped us to make it in one piece up the Via Ferrata Tridentina. 

I will be coming back to this beautiful part of the world in the future for sure, and will once again book through Holomites. 

Thanks guys for the experience!

pnwgirl23 - Tripadvisor
September 2016

Trek of a lifetime thanks to Holimites!

Holimites absolutely provided us with an unforgettable and extraordinary experience!

Every interaction with their owners, staff, and participating rifugios was...

Holimites absolutely provided us with an unforgettable and extraordinary experience!

Every interaction with their owners, staff, and participating rifugios was above and beyond our highest expectations. We have been and will continue to spread the word about Holimites. We'll most certainly utilize this company again in the future.

We should note our favorite experience was Rifugio Fuciade. After a challenging day, we were rewarded there with the best food and sleep of our trek.

Holimites is providing a unique and spectacular service to their clients. So much gratitude to everyone involved!

dingiso - Tripadvisor
July 2016

Alta Via 2 Unguided.

Holomites organised an unguided hike along the Alta Via 2 for us in late June. The pre-trip information was very useful, the arrangement of transport...

Holomites organised an unguided hike along the Alta Via 2 for us in late June. The pre-trip information was very useful, the arrangement of transport and lodging was great.

We were met by a mountain guide and briefed about the route, provided with pre-marked maps on where to go, what alternatives were possible, where we were staying, and any potential challenging areas.

Our arranged route deviated from the AV2, but it was amazing. We arranged two rest days, one was put at Passo Gardena with great hiking and easy access to Corvara. The second was at Flora Alpina which was splendid.

We did not know much about the fighting that took place in this area during WWI, and wished we had been given a bit more information and option to see some of the areas set up as museums. As a repeat trip I would stay in Malga Ciapela for the rest day and take the cable car to the museum on Marmolada.

Also I would not stay in Agordo, but rather go back to Cortina or Corvara directly after the hike.

This was an amazing trip and I would strongly recommend Holimites to anyone looking to explore the Dolomites.

Kathy O - Tripadvisor
October 2015

Dolomites and Holimites are a special combination

Walking the Dolomites has long been on my bucket list and my expectations have been well and truly met. Local, family company Holimites organised my 8 day guided...

Walking the Dolomites has long been on my bucket list and my expectations have been well and truly met. Local, family company Holimites organised my 8 day guided walk of the Alta Via 2, luggage trnsfers, accommodation (including an extra 2 night's stay), transport from Venice and a guided via ferrata climb. Everything from the first email contact was efficient and helpful and it was a bonus to be in the hands of these people who live in and love their mountains. We felt confident with Guide Matthais, whose ''other'' job is maintaining the tracks of the region so he knows them well. An unexpected bonus was the food, generous and very high quality both at hotel Gran Ander in Badia Pedraces village and at the huts and restaurants en route. The walking each day is steep and strenuous (and stunning) but do not expect to lose weight! Thanks to Anders (Gran Ander owner/chef), Matthias, via ferrata guide Miguel, and Sue, Astrid and Raffaella of the Holimites.

Claudia W. - Facebook
August 2016

Trekking Alta Via 2

What an amazing adventure! We did Alta Via 2 at the end of July 2016. Our guide, Andreas aka "Tata", was the best! Not only is he an amazing trail runner, but he...

What an amazing adventure! We did Alta Via 2 at the end of July 2016. Our guide, Andreas aka "Tata", was the best! Not only is he an amazing trail runner, but he has great knowledge of the history and geology of the area. Every day provided something new and special on the trail. The food was amazing, the rifugios were far from rustic and Andreas' stories kept us all laughing. The trip was very well organized by the Holomites. Highly recommend a trip with them - and ask for Andreas as your guide!

NiksterD - Tripadvisor
September 2018

Seamless Service

My husband and I were short on time for planning our trip to the Dolomites, booking reservations and doing the rest of the leg work. I found Holimites on the internet and...

My husband and I were short on time for planning our trip to the Dolomites, booking reservations and doing the rest of the leg work. I found Holimites on the internet and decided to take a chance they could help us out. This was the first time I put my travel plans in somebody else's hands, but I am sure glad I did! From the get-go they were fantastic with communication and tailoring our trip to our needs. We did the trip without a guide and they booked us in rifugios, incorporating the Alta Via 2 as requested. The accommodations were awesome, they provided the maps and a laminated daily card of the daily elevation gained, trail notes and alternative routes. Having 3 days of rain, we really appreciated the laminated trail notes! Additionally they reserved our bus tickets for us when I had difficulty trying to do so myself. The next time we head to the Dolomites we will most definitely use the Holimites.