Trekking the Best of
Alta Via 1&2

Hut to Hut trekking through the majestic Dolomites

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Guided 2018

17.06 - 24.06
06.07 - 13.07
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Nights

7 - 8

Difficulty

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Description

The Best of Alta Via #1 and #2 on the Dolomites is a program that – as the name implies – combines the most beautiful tracks of the Dolomites’ Alta Vias.

This hut-to- hut adventure involves trekking through the Dolomites’ legendary mountain groups and their natural parks, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

This 6-day hike covers 85 km and 5,500 m of gain.

Holimites will take care of all accommodation reservations; on the first evening, a local tour escort will brief the group, and provide all maps and necessary information to ensure an enjoyable experience on this fantastic hike.

 

Length 07 nights or 8 nights (*EXCLUSIVE)

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Program

ARRIVAL IN ALTA BADIA: Meet and Greet in Badia and briefing with a Holimites trail expert immediately following dinner. Overnight stay in a hotel.


1st day: approx. 17 km (10 miles) with +1.650 m (5420 feet) elevation gain; -900 m (2950 feet) elevation loss.

From Badia to Santa Croce church; through the Passo S. Antonio to the Natural Park Fanes. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


2nd day: approx. 12 km (7,5 miles) with +1.100 m (3600 feet) e. g.; -450 m (1480 feet) e. l.

From Fanes to Lagazuoi through Forcella dal Lago. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


3rd day: approx. 13,5 km (8,4 miles) with +650 m (2130 feet) e. g.; -1.250 m (4100 feet) e. l.

From Lagazuoi to Pralongià, passing through places where World War I was faught. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


4th day: approx. 14,5 km (9 miles) with +950 m (3120 feet) e. g.; -950 m (3120 feet) e. l.

From Pralongià to Passo Gardena passing through Corvara. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


Possibility to do this stage at different levels of difficulty:
average: approx. 13 km (8 miles)  / +850 m (2800 feet) e.g.; 

-800 m (2600 feet) e.l.
challenging: approx. 15 km (9,5 miles)  / +1.000 m (3300 feet) e.g.;

-950 m (3120 feet) e.l.


5th day: approx. 9,8 km (6 miles) with +650 m (2150 feet) e. g.; -750 m (2450 feet) e. l.

From Passo Gardena, through the lunar landscaped Puez Natural Park to Gardenacia. Dinner and overnight stay in a hut.


Possibility to do this stage at different levels of difficulty:
challenging: approx. 14 km (8,8 miles)  / +900 m (2900 feet) e.g.;

-1.000 m (3300 feet) e.l.

6th day: approx. 5 km (3 miles) with +10 m (35 feet) e. g.; -750 m (3460 feet) e. l.

Final stage from the Ghernacia hut which will lead you down to Badia; walking over the Ghernacia plateau with spectacular views of the Dolomites mountains. The fairy tale ending! Dinner and overnight stay in an hotel.


Possibility to do this stage at different levels of difficulty:
average: approx. 8 km (5 miles) / +250 m (820 feet) e.g.;

-950 m (3120 feet) e.l.
challenging: approx. 11,5 km (7 miles) / +350 m (1150 feet) e.g.;

-1050 m (3450 feet) e.l.

7th day: Departure.

*EXCLUSIVE:

1st day: approx. 9,5 km (5,9 miles) with +980 m (3220 feet) e. g.; -320 m (1050 feet) e. l.

Transfer to Braies Lake, trail head of the Alta Via 1. From here to Sennes Natural Park. Dinner and overnight stay in hut.

 

2nd day: approx. 10,2 km (6,4 miles) with +560 m (1840 feet) e. g.; -650 m (2130 feet) e. l.

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

 

After the first two days the EXCLUSIVE tour will join the group of the classic tour from their second day on (see 2nd stage from Fanes to Lagazuoi).

 

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PERIOD

Starting mid June until mid September

 


*ESCORTED TOURS 2018

  • 17th - 24th June
  • 05th - 13th July *EXCLUSIVE
  • 06th - 13th July
  • 28th July - 04th August
  • 07th - 14th September

INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Organization of all the logistics that includes the bookings in all huts/hotels
  • Accommodation with half-board (breakfast + dinner)
  • Detailed maps of your trekking
  • Course briefing with a Holimites trail expert
  • Special Holimites Souvenir

*INCLUDED DURING THE ESCORTED TOUR

  • All the services mentioned under the heading "price included"
  • Lunch in mountain huts (starter or main dish)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks during meals
  • Baggage transfers from hut to hut
  • Local tour escort at your disposal during the whole trekking tour
  • Venice Airport roundtrip transfer 
  • *EXCLUSIVE: transfer from Badia to Braies Lake

NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE

  • Beverages and anything not mentioned under the heading “Included in the price”.
  • Cancellation insurance

SUPPLEMENTS

  • Extra days: 80,00 euro per person per day
  • Single accommodation:  +100,00 euro (only available in hotels, not in huts)
  • July / mid season:  +75,00 euro per person
  • August/ high season: +115,00 euro per person
  • *EXCLUSIVE: 2 additional escorted days with start from the Braies Lake + 215,00 euro per person 


CUSTOMIZED OFFER

Upon request, we can also accommodate guided tours on other dates for small groups if availability allows

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.

8 Reviews

llive2travel - Tripadvisor
September 2017

Looking forward to our next Holimites holiday!

Just returned from trekking the best of Alta Badia 1&2. I totally agree with the other reviews: well-organized, great value, amazing sceneries , and made even...

Just returned from trekking the best of Alta Badia 1&2. I totally agree with the other reviews: well-organized, great value, amazing sceneries , and made even more special by our guides Susie & Marina. Thank you Holimites! I hope to be back.

prakashbalachand2017 - Tripadvisor
August 2017

Great, affordable, introduction to the Dolimites

I did the best of alta via 1 & 2 with Holimites - and had one of the best times ever. The guides were safe, professional, fun and great to get...

I did the best of alta via 1 & 2 with Holimites - and had one of the best times ever. The guides were safe, professional, fun and great to get along with. The scenery was beautiful, and we hiked between rifugios for six days. 

I wouldn't recommend this trip for the elderly or kids - some of the routes can be taxing, and it takes its toll on the group.

I had a great time with this company and will definitely consider them when I come back!

Tracy R. - Tripadvisor
July 2017

Incredible experience

This was by far, the greatest trekking experience I have taken. Everything was well planned and beyond expectations. Our wonderful guide, Susann, made each step of...

This was by far, the greatest trekking experience I have taken. Everything was well planned and beyond expectations. Our wonderful guide, Susann, made each step of our hiking Alta 1 and 2 a fun filled adventure. The lodgings and food were remarkable. Hiking with a local was essential. Susann was well loved by everyone and we received excellent service because of her. I cannot recommend this company enough.

Rebecca S. - Tripadvisor
September 2016

Trekking Heaven

My friend and I just completed the Best of Via 1 and Via 2, unguided by Holimites, and everything worked very well, all details accounted for. It worked well for...

My friend and I just completed the Best of Via 1 and Via 2, unguided by Holimites, and everything worked very well, all details accounted for. It worked well for us to do a loop and experience different landscape each day, high mountains as well as across valleys and the two different ranges were unique. Holimites was responsive to our needs and was able to accommodate our request for Hotel Gran Anders (yummy and great spa to complete the trip). Would absolutely recommend Holimites and this trip - shorter than either of the others but was enough for us - two age 60's women.

BikerBill0 - Tripadvisor
September 2016

Fantastic Trek in the Dolomites

I don’t often write reviews for goods or services. But in the case of Holimites, it is very easy to make an exception. 

I recently...

I don’t often write reviews for goods or services. But in the case of Holimites, it is very easy to make an exception. 

I recently completed a one week guided trek with them in the Dolomites, the best of Alta Via 1 and 2. I’m not normally one that gives high marks to many things. But again, it’s very easy to make this exception. Everything was simply top notch: the rifugios, the interesting and tasty Ladin food of the area, the incredible mountain scenery, our guide Susie, the route, wild flowers, etc. Susie is native to Alta Badia and is quite knowledgeable in local flora and fauna and is happy to share her knowledge as well as her chocolate bars!!

I normally hike in New Hampshire and Maine where the Appalachian Mountain Club maintains a network of huts. I’ve been irrevocably spoiled by the rifugios of Italy. Large outdoor decks with panoramic views of the mountains, well-stocked liquor cabinets, hot showers, great food—what’s not to like? Our August hiking group consisted of just five people. We had a knowledgeable and fun full time guide for the entire trip. 

The most amazing thing was the price. I paid less than 00 (without air fare) which included a price uplift for high season and a lodging uplift for a single person. I checked a few other trip offerings online. Both the Appalachian Mountain Club and REI offered similar trips for about twice the cost! This is an incredible bargain. I can’t recommend it highly enough. 

Note: Our five and a half day trip covered about 50 miles and gained about 15,500 feet in elevation. Be prepared.

SWHavens - Tripadvisor
September 2016

Not a single detail overlooked

14 American women ranging in age 50-65 years of age trekking the Dolomites? Sounds like a recipe for disaster....it was a life-changing adventure for, dare I say...

14 American women ranging in age 50-65 years of age trekking the Dolomites? Sounds like a recipe for disaster....it was a life-changing adventure for, dare I say - every single one of us. The logistics were flawless, the guides were two amazing, patient, knowledgeable and empathetic natives of area. Their obvious enthusiasm for this breathtakingly beautiful part of the planet was contagious. We trekked the Best of AV1&2 - the huts were fabulous, the food good, the wine, beer and grappa excellent as well as quite varied. I would recommend that anyone who wants to really see and savor this part of the world be in touch with the top rate folks at Holomites. Do yourself a huge favor and go with the best.

Jenny Y. - Tripadvisor
August 2016

Guided Best of AV1&2

My husband and I did the guided Best of AV1&2 in August with Holimites. It was our first time doing a multi-day trek. Holimites provided lots of information pre-trek...

My husband and I did the guided Best of AV1&2 in August with Holimites. It was our first time doing a multi-day trek. Holimites provided lots of information pre-trek and was very patient with all our queries. We requested private rooms where possible and were given those in 4 of the 5 huts. Like other reviewers we also thought the food fantastic and really enjoyed the hospitality in all the huts. I thought the itinerary/route was great, the scenery over the 6 days was varied and contrasting. It's a beautiful part of the world. Our guide Susie was so lovely, knowledgeable and helpful. It was obvious she loved the area (her hometown) very much. Because of my inexperience I did not really comprehend what the daily elevation gain/loss numbers would mean in reality and so day 1 was a slight shock to the system, combined with some altitude effect. I also wish I had brought trekking poles. The temperature was quite cool most days and we only had one day where rain/thunderstorm forced us to change routes. I came across Holimites while researching the AV1 and I'm very happy that I chose them. They are a local company and everyone there we dealt with were warm, friendly and helpful. Others on our trek also commented that they were the most reasonably priced. We loved the Dolomites and the trek and would absolutely recommend Holimites.

Enrica L.