Trekking Dolomites
Alta Via 1

From hut to hut on the Dolomites Alta Via 1

periodo durata difficolta calendario

Guided 2018

05.07 - 15.07
04.09 - 14.09

Nights

10

Difficulty

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Description

Trekking Alta Via #1 on the Dolomites begins at the idyllic Braies Lake and, after 9 days of hiking, ends in the city of Belluno in the Veneto region. It covers 118 km of terrain and 8,100 m of elevation gain.

Holimites organizes all the logistics, which includes booking all mountain
huts and hotels, as well as various transfers.
On the first evening, a local trail expert will brief the group, and provide all necessary maps and plenty of useful information to complete the hike in the best way.

 

Length 10 nights

Level °°°°

Program

Arrival in Alta Badia: meet and greet in Badia and briefing with one of our local trail experts. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.


1st day: approx. 9,5 km (5,9 miles) with +980 m (3220 feet) elevation gain.; -320 m (1050 feet) elevation loss

Transfer to the start of AltaVia. From Braies Lake to Sennes Natural Park. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.


2nd day: approx. 10,2 km (6,4 miles) with +560 m (1800 feet) e. g.; -650 m (2100 feet) e. l.

From Sennes-Braies Natural Park to Fanes Natural Park. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.


3rd day: approx. 15 km (9,5 miles) with +1.250 m (4100 feet) e. g.;

-570 m (1900 feet) e. l. From Fanes Natural Park to Lagazuoi/Falzarego. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.


4th day: approx. 11,5 km (7,2 miles) with +550 m (1800 feet) e. g.; -1.100 m (3600 feet) e. l.

From Lagazuoi/Falzarego to Nuvolau/Giau. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.


5th day: approx. 13 km (8 miles) with +450 m (1500 feet) e. g.; -1.000 m (3300 feet) e. l.

From Nuvolau/Giau to Passo Staulanza. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.


6th day: approx. 11 km (7 miles) with +950 m (3100 feet) e. g.; -500 m (1600 feet) e. l.

From Passo Staulanza to Civetta. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.


7th day: approx. 16,5 km (10,3 miles) with +1.050 m (3400 feet) e. g.; -1.700 m (5600 feet) e. l.

From Civetta to Passo Duran. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.


8th day: approx. 16 km (10 miles) with +1.200 m (3900 feet) e. g.; -1.100 m (3600 feet) e. l.

From Passo Duran to Pian de Fontana. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.


9th day: approx. 12 km (7,5 miles) with +550 m (1800 feet) e. g.; -1.700 m (5600 feet) e. l.

From Pian de Fontana to the main street of Belluno. Overnight stay in hotel.


10th day: Departure.

*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 Belluno to Alta Badia, any city or airport.

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Period

Starting from mid June until mid September


 *ESCORTED tour 2018

  •  July 05th to 15th
  • September 04th to 14th

 


DISTANCE

  • approx. 118 km (74 miles)
  • approx. +8100 m (27000 feet) elevation gain
  • approx. -9000 m (30000 feet) elevation loss
  • 10 or more days (Max: 14)

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Organization of all the logistics that includes the transfers to the starting point and the bookings in all huts
  • 9 nights accommodation with Half Board (breakfast + dinner) in all huts
  • 1 night accommodation with breakfast in Belluno
  • Detailed maps of your trekking
  • Briefing of the tour with a Holimites trail expert
  • Special Holimites Souvenir of your trip

*INCLUDED DURING THE ESCORTED TOUR

  • All the services mentioned under the heading “Included in the price”
  • Tour escort at your disposal during the whole tour
  • Hut to hut baggage transfer
  • Lunch in mountain huts (starter or main dish)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks during meals
  • Baggage transfer from hut to hut
  • 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 (July): + 75 euro/person
  • High season (August):  + 115,00 euro/person


COSTUMIZED OFFER

Upon request, we can organize a specialized guide that walks with you during the trekking and baggage transfer

Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

I have some Issues with elevation, is that a problem?
The runs each day are between 1.500 and 2.300 meters altitude (between 4900 and 7500 feet). In addition, the huts for the overnight stays are above 2.100 meters (6900 feet). If you have trouble with high elevations, please consult a doctor or medical professional for their expert opinion before booking this trip.

 

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.
 
Is some training necessary before partecipating 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. 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.

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.

Is the Alta Via #1 easier as the program of "The Best of AV #1 & #2"?
Do not be fooled from the total of km (miles) of each stage. The AV #1 is quite more challenging because of the difference in altitude and the number of trekking days. If you have never been into the Dolomites, we recommend to start with our "The Best of AV #1 & #2" trekking program. This program combines the most beautiful spots of the two Alta Via.
 
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

Don H. - Tripadvisor
August 2017

Great, affordable introduction to Hut Hiking in Italy

My son and four friends recently backpacked the Alta Via 1 trail in the Dolomites with an unguided tour through Holimites. We are experienced backpackers in North...

My son and four friends recently backpacked the Alta Via 1 trail in the Dolomites with an unguided tour through Holimites. We are experienced backpackers in North America and several of us are marathon runners as well. I heard about the Dolomites many years ago and wanted to try "Hut Hiking" in the Alps. I rarely engage the services of an outfitter but felt that it would add value in making local arrangements and changing those arrangements if we encountered bad weather or delays.

The Dolomites did not disappoint. The mountains and scenery were fabulous. The "Huts" turned out to be full service restaurants and bars with sleeping rooms, hot showers, electricity and sometimes, even WIFI. It is a whole different backpacking experience with a hot shower, delicious dinner and cold beer at the end of each day. I went expecting to lose a little weight, but did not.

At the age of 60, some days were very hard due to the mileage and altitude gain and loss. I don't think that my 30-year-old son and his best friend had any hard days. The trails were well travelled and well marked.

Regarding Holimites, they delivered everything that they promised. The maps and directions were excellent. The huts were much nicer than I ever imagined. The hotel and dinner in Badia prior to starting the trail was excellent and the hotel in Belluno was very nice. While I was planning the trip, Marina with Holimites was very patient with answering all of my questions. She also helped us with our train reservations back to Munich and delivered the luggage that we did not want to bring on the trail to the hotel in Belluno for the trip back.

I highly recommend this trip for active adults that are in good physical condition and enjoy adventure and immersion into a different culture. We backpacked approximately 90 – 100 miles over nine days.

Zur B. - Tripadvisor
July 2017

Holomites guided trek of AV1

Great experience. Holomites did provided us first class service. Well organized to the fine details. Karin the guide was excellent and definitely made the trek very...

Great experience. Holomites did provided us first class service. Well organized to the fine details. Karin the guide was excellent and definitely made the trek very enjoyable for us. Highly recommended to use Holomites service, worth any penny.

SmugLlama - Tripadvisor
January 2017

Incredible experience trekking the Alta Via 1

My son and I did the Alta Via 1 trek in September, 2016. I normally do all the reservations and arrangements for trips on my own, so I was a bit apprehensive leaving...

My son and I did the Alta Via 1 trek in September, 2016. I normally do all the reservations and arrangements for trips on my own, so I was a bit apprehensive leaving everything to Holomites. I kept waiting for something to go wrong (e.g., missing reservation at a hut), but everything went off without a hitch! When we arrived at each hut there were never any problems with our lodging or meals. The maps and directions provided were spot-on, and they were even able to take care of a few special requests for us (specific rifugio and modified route). I plan to return to the Dolomites to do the AV2, and I'll definitely be using Holomites again. Highly recommended!

TM1102 - Tripadvisor
August 2016

Self Guided Alta Via 1

My wife and I worked with Holimites to plan our self guided hike on Alta Via 1 in July 2016. Holimites was outstanding in every way and we will absolutely use them...

My wife and I worked with Holimites to plan our self guided hike on Alta Via 1 in July 2016. Holimites was outstanding in every way and we will absolutely use them again the next time we travel to the Dolomites. 

When I first began researching hiking in the Dolomites, I had a lot of questions ... so many activities and so little time ... Alta Via 1 or Alta Via 2? Try and hike the whole trail in an abbreviated window or just a portion? What portion? What about rock climbing and via ferrata? Many of the guiding services I asked these questions of tried to be helpful, but they simply didn't have the expertise or local knowledge to address all of them. Holimites was the one service that could accommodate any of these potential activities in one customized itinerary. 

After deciding to move forward with Holimites, they were outstanding in answering my questions to help customize the itinerary for our perfect vacation. At the end of the day, we decided on a 7 day trek along Alta Via 1 starting at Lago de Braies, ending at Paso Duran, with a Via Ferrata at Col Dei Bos.

Everything was planned perfectly. Because they are locally based, they have relationships with many of the rifugios. They were also able to help with transportation contingencies when our flight was delayed upon arrival and we almost missed the bus that was to take us into the Dolomites. 

If you are planning a trip to the Dolomites, I wholeheartedly recommend traveling with Holimites.

Chris S. - Tripadvisor
August 2016

Self Guided Alta Via 1

One of the best guiding companies I've every had the pleasure of working with.

I quickly discovered looking through the limited resources...

One of the best guiding companies I've every had the pleasure of working with.

I quickly discovered looking through the limited resources online that this trip is somewhat of a logistical challenge coming from overseas. Typically I enjoy planning my own trekking expeditions, so was initially reluctant to outsource that responsibility. How thrilled I am that I did!

Holimites went above and beyond what I had anticipated providing world class staff to answer my questions before the trek and an amazing tour plan. Even when I forgot my passport they transported it ahead of me to a hut for pickup. The route they planned was easy to follow and allowed me to just relax into the beauty of the Dolomites.

I would use them again in a heartbeat.

cirving496 - Tripadvisor
August 2015

Self-guided trek on AV1 in the Dolomites - great support from Holimites!

We opted for a self-guided trek in late July 2016 and were not disappointed with the service and support provided by the Holimites Team. Whether it was email communication...

We opted for a self-guided trek in late July 2016 and were not disappointed with the service and support provided by the Holimites Team. Whether it was email communication while we were still in the US, or in-person once we arrived in Italy, the staff were tremendous - totally reliable and straightforward. The Gran Ander hotel in Badia was a wonderful place to stay prior to setting off. We would highly recommend the Holimites to anyone who likes the benefits of having local resources, but also enjoys a high level of independence.