Explore the Ladin valleys on a walking tour from town to town. Go on magnificent climbs during the day and refuel in the evenigns in typical hotels in the different towns of the Badia Valley. Starting in Badia, the tour goes through the Armentara meadows - a magnificent manifestation of the harmony between man and nature - and reaches the small town of La Valle.
The next stop is San Vigilio di Marebbe, a town located on the skirts of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park. Discovery of the Fanes Natural Park begins here, an area with picturesque formations of dolomite rock.
From Cortina d'Ampezzo back to Alta Badia: the tour continues on the Pralongià and Piz La Villa plateau, to return to our starting point in the town of Badia.
Length 7 nights
Arrival in Alta Badia: Meet and greet at the hotel and briefing with a Holimites trail expert. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
1st day: approx. 13 km (8 miles) with +750 m (2460 feet) elevation gain; -760 m (2490 feet) elevation loss
Starting from Badia we walk through some characteristic farmhouses and ascend towards the marvelous meadows of Armentara on the foot of Sas Dla Crusc. From here we walk down to the typical mountain village of La Val. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
2nd day: approx. 13 km (8 miles) with +790 m (2590 feet) e. g.; -820 m (2690 feet) e.l.
From La Val bypassing the “Dlijia Vedla”, the little church of Saint Barbara, we walk up to the Rit pass. After passing the little Rit lake we take the path which leads to the suggestive Lago della Creda lake in San Vigilio di Marebbe. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
3rd day: approx. 15,5 km (9.6 miles) with +1,250 m (4100 feet) e. g.; -830 m (2720 feet) e.l. From the lake we ascend along the fascinating Ciastlins waterfalls. We cross the wonderful Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park to finally reach Ra Stua/ Cortina d’Ampezzo. Bed and breakfast in Cortina. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
4th day: approx. 16,5 km (10.3miles) with +1,000 m (3280 feet) e. g.; -970 m (3180 feet) e.l.
Starting from the Pocol area and passing under the majestic Tofane, we cross some spots of the First World War to arrive in the town of Sarè/San Cassiano. Dinner and overnight stay in hotel.
5th day: approx. 13,5 km (8.4 miles) with +510 m (1670 feet) e. g.; -610 m (2000 feet) e.l.
We leave San Cassiano and continue towards the meadows of Störes. After crossing the Pralongià plateau we walk down to the village of Corvara. Dinner and overnight stay in a Hotel.
6th day: approx. 10 km (6.2 miles) with +10 m (33 feet) e. g.; -250 m (820 feet) e.l.
Walking along the river Gadera we reach Badia, starting point of our adventure. Dinner and overnight stay in a hotel.
7th day: Departure.
Possibility to shorten the stages by taking lift facilities.
On a few days, there are short transfers needed to take you to the starting or ending point of the stage.
The program can be personalized! We can modify the single stages or shorten and/or extend the duration of the tour.
mid June to October
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)
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.
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 a partecipant should have difficulty to be able to finish the stages, the tour escort can decide whether it makes sense to continue the tour (alternatives) or break of the tour.
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 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). If you have trouble with high elevations, please consult a doctor or medical professional for their expert opinion before booking this trip.
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.
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 Hotel where you overnight.