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Italian Dolomites

Highlights

  • Guides Choice trip in the Italian Alps
  • Famous European mountain ranges
  • Amazing natural and cultural history
  • Mountain huts with incredible scenery
  • Diverse mountain hiking
  • Unique Alps wildlife

Description

Characterized by soaring cliffs and exposed ridges overlooking vibrant mountain valleys, the Dolomites are a hiker's paradise. Alternating between high, rocky passes and lush, diverse valleys, we hike across a wonderland of mountain scenery. As on all trips, exceptional, intimate details of the experience emerge over days: limestone cliffs turn a brilliant, photogenic pink at sunset; alpenglow at sunrise with a morning chill is endlessly invigorating; and resting tired feet at our mountain huts after a long day of hiking is one of the best feelings in the world!
With this trip, we designed a gorgeous itinerary through truly unforgettable mountains with wonderful mountain huts and stunning mountain scenery. We focus exclusively on the stunning Italian Dolomites, one of the most spectacular mountain ranges in the world! The Dolomites are a recognized World Heritage site, universally valued for their uniqueness and "exceptional natural beauty." Geologically unique and consisting mostly of high quality limestone, they have inspired artists, scientists and outdoors enthusiasts for centuries.
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Photos of this Trip

Trip Itinerary

Day 1

Hiking Mileage: 2 mi (3 km)
Elevation Gain: 1200 ft (365 m)
Elevation Loss: none
Trekking Duration: 1 hour
Accommodations: Scoiattoli mountain hut


On this Alps hiking tour, we begin with arrival at Venise International Airport before 1 P.M. After rendezvousing with your guide and group, you will transfer via a bus to Cortina d'Ampezzo, and then a taxi ride to get us another 10 km further, up to an elevation of approximately 6200 feet. From here, we have a one-hour hike amongst stunning scenery between Tofane and Cinque Torri. This short hike is tremendously impressive with its huge towering cliffs, and massive boulders that broke off centuries ago. We arrive shortly at our first mountain hut, Scoiattoli, at 2255m, or approximately 7400 feet. The view over Tofani di Rozes is spectacular - welcome to the Dolomites!!!!

We will get settled into the hut and sit down for a wonderful dinner. Then you can relax, take a short walk to enjoy the sunset, or read a good book. Whatever you do, these evenings high in the mountains of Italy are gold!


Day 2

Hiking Mileage: 11 mi (18 km)
Elevation Gain: 2700 ft (822 m)
Elevation Loss: 3600 ft (1097 m)
Trekking Duration: 6 hours
Accommodations: Dibona mountain hut


Today features stunning views all day long! After hiking around the extraordinary Cinque Torri Chaos, we start circumnavigating the Nuvolau through the Passo Giau. The mountain pass offers views up to La Marmolada, the Dolomites' highest summit, with its North face glacier visible beyond the Sella's monolithic range. Then we hike the Passo Falzarego along the Averau Wall and a spectacular, high pass. Right in front of us, the rock castle Lagazuoi hides military bases inside of its flanks. During World War I, Italian and Austro-hungarian armies dug trenches and shelters inside this mountain to protect soldiers, weapons and ammunition, making it a modern fortress. We keep hiking towards Forcella Travenanze, slightly above 8200 ft. We follow the Tofane de Rozes' North face until we reach the Dibona mountain hut. From the mountain hut's terrace, we an amazing bird's eye view of what we have accomplished over the last 36 hours.


Day 3

Hiking Mileage: 10.5 mi (17 km)
Elevation Gain: 2900 ft (884 m)
Elevation Loss: 4100 ft (1250 m)
Trekking Duration: 6 hours
Accommodations: Ra Stua mountain hut


Today we start crossing the Tofani di Rozes on its Southern side, passing by the Giussani hut, then Forcella Fontananegra, in a spectacular geological environment. We then descend into the Travenanzes Valley, where we get back to more vegetation along a beautiful mountain stream. Further on, the Ponte d'Oro stream at 1380m (4500 ft) is our lowest point today, after which we start ascending towards the Val de Sennes high pastures, until we reach the spectacular Ra Stua hut.

The Dolomites became Italian in 1918 after the end of the Austro-hungarian Empire. During the war, soldiers from both sides installed a network of cables and ladders to safely traverse the mountain range. Those are the famous Via-ferrata (literally "iron routes") that adventurous outdoor enthusiasts climb. We will view some of these this afternoon and contemplate and discuss what the world was like when these amazing mountain features were constructed.


Day 4

Hiking Mileage: 10.5 mi (17 km)
Elevation Gain: 2800 ft (853 m)
Elevation Loss: 1800 ft (548 m)
Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
Accommodations: Prato Piazza mountain hut


Today we traverse the Sennes Range, through the Picolo and Gran de Foses mountain lakes. Like a fence, these steep mountains circle the high plateaus. No other area of the Dolomites offers better limestone features than these plateaus. Edelweiss, Blue Gentian, Columbines and Orchids are all around us. We reach la Forcella Cocodain, at 2332m (7650 ft), and after a grand crossing, we reach the Prato Piazza high pasture, a large green valley under the red colored Croda Rossa.


Day 5

Hiking Mileage: 10 mi (16 km)
Elevation Gain: 2300 ft (701 m)
Elevation Loss: 2700 ft (823 m)
Trekking Duration: 6 hours
Accommodations: Lago d'Antorno Inn


After crossing the Prato Piazza pasture, we climb the Strudelsattel Pass, at 2200m (7200 ft). A few narrow bridges and a short tunnel enable us to contour the Strudelkopf to reach the Eastern flank of the Landro Valley. A long downhill stretch follows, through a forested area, passing by a number of historic fortification ruins to the valley floor. We start to spot the mythic Tre Cime in the distance, while we ascent the de Rienza Valley, then through the Rinbianco Valley we arrive at Antorno Lake. The spectacular surroundings of Antorno Lake are the stunning backdrop of our accommodation for the night!


Day 6

Hiking Mileage: 8 mi (13 km)
Elevation Gain: 2300 ft (701 m)
Elevation Loss: 2300 ft (701 m)
Trekking Duration: 6-7 hours
Accommodations: Lavaredo mountain hut


Today is the grand finale of our trek with the circumnavigating hike of the mythic Tre Cime di Lavaredo! Amongst needles, towers and various soaring summits we traverse the mountains to Lavaredo Pass, which sits under three spectacular, iconic peaks. We'll continue around Mount Paterno and the Croda Passaporto, then the di Cengia Lakes, and finally the Bullelejoch Pass, all the while surrounded by awe-inspiring Dolomite needles. We finish this part of today's hike with a push to the Locatelli mountain hut and the North face of the Tre Cime. After a break at the Locatelli mountain hut to take in stunning views, we finish our day wrapping around the Tre Cime from the northwest to reach our mountain hut for the night.


Day 7

Hiking Mileage: 9 mi (14 km)
Elevation Gain: 2200 ft (670 m)
Elevation Loss: 3900 ft (1188 m)
Trekking Duration: 5-6 hours
Accommodations: hotel in Cortina d'Ampezzo


On our final day of hiking we descend into the Lavaredo Valley before ascending into the Cianpedele Valley to reach the Forecela de Rinbianca, surrounded by needles from the Misurina Range to the South and the Cianpedele to the North. Then we hike down to Antorno Lake and the Misurina Lake, where we might be luck to see the refletion of Tre Cime in the lakes' waters. We finish today with a bus transfer to Cortina d'Ampezzo, where we have excellent accommodations and a wonderful celebratory dinner waiting for us.


Day 8

On the final morning of our trip we'll enjoy breakfast at the hotel, then transfer by bus to Venise International Airport for everyone's outbound flights. What a week it's been!


Please Note: We always do everything in our power to follow the set itinerary, however occasionally trips are subject to itinerary changes based on a variety of circumstances, including but not limited to: extreme weather, political or bureacratic obstacles, earthquakes, fires, flooding and more.

Trip Details

What's Included

  • A detailed trip packet that takes the guesswork out of your travel, training, packing, and preparing for the trip
  • Access to our Adventure Consultant team 7 days a week
  • Transportation for the duration of the tour starting on Day 1 and ending on the day you depart
  • Lodging for the duration of the tour (5 nights in mountain huts, 2 nights in hotels)
  • Vehicle transfer of luggage between some mountain huts
  • Use of a day pack and trekking poles
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on the last day
  • Professional, knowledgeable, certified Alps hiking guides (U.S.-based guides)
  • Emergency equipment including a company-issued first-aid kit and satellite phone
  • You will receive a Lifetime Hiking Membership entitling you, your spouse and kids to a lifetime discount of 10% off any Wildland Trekking hiking trip after your first one!

What's Not Included

  • Transportation to Venice, Italy
  • Beverages and personal expenses
  • Trip insurance that includes medical coverage and at least $200,000 in evacuation and repatriation coverage (strongly encouraged)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Guide gratuity (industry recommendation is 10-15% of trip cost)
See the Packing Lists page for more information.


Meals: What To Expect

This Alps hiking tour features a combination of in-town meals and meals prepared by your guide. Most lunches and some breakfasts are prepared on the trail by your guides.

For optimal taste and energy, we supplement all our meals with spices, herbs, oils, cheeses, butter, sugar, and fruits and vegetables. In addition, we provide you with with an assortment of trail mix, snacks, and dried fruits to eat at your own discretion.

We can often accommodate vegan, vegetarian, kosher and non-gluten diets and make adjustments for food allergies. These and other special dietary requests may require an additional fee, and in some countries may be more difficult to accommodate than others. Please inquire with us for more information about the specific trip you're interested in.


Gear We Provide

We provide all group gear which includes the following:
  • Backpacks
  • Trekking poles
  • Company-issued first-aid kit
  • Satellite phone


What Gear To Bring

We ask that you supply a couple of gear items on your hiking tour. These items are two 1-liter water bottles per person and basic items like sunscreen, bug repellent (where and when applicable), lip balm, and toiletries are also important. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.


What Clothes to Bring

Please refer to the trip packet for a recommended clothing list (we email you a detailed trip packet when you inquire and when you register). All trips require a sturdy pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots (reliable brands include Montrail, Lowa, Merrell, Vasque, and Salomon), rain gear, and non-cotton and cotton clothing layers. A minimum of three pairs of wool or synthetic hiking socks are also required. All of these items are available online at Wildland Trekking Outfitters.

NOTE: See the Packing Lists page for more detailed information on what clothes and gear to bring on your hiking tour. The trip packet you receive when you contact us will have the most accurate clothing and gear list for the tour you're interested in.

Trip Logistics

How do I Register?

Ready to hike? Simply click here and complete the form to get the ball rolling. Our adventure consultants will confirm availability, and if you're ready to register we'll email you a link to a registration profile. You'll have 48 hours to complete your profile (and that of any dependents) and pay the deposit ($500).

Feel free to call us for more info - we're here 7 days a week!


Where Do We Meet?

We will meet you at Marseille Airport on Day 1 (your flight needs to arrive before 1PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 4 weeks before your trip to coordinate your rendezvous and answer any last-minute questions you have.


Safety Considerations

Your safety is our top priority. This trek is led by professional hiking guides (U.S.-based) along with additional support staff. All of our guides are wilderness-certified first responders or EMT's, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience. We've developed comprehensive risk management protocols that our guides adhere to in case of an emergency, and all tours carry a satellite phone. If you have any further questions about safety, please contact us at 1-888-966-TREK (8735) for more information.

In the interest of your safety, it's important to refer to the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date recommendations on immunizations before your trip.


Guides

Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals (U.S.-based, click here to learn more) with solid guiding backgrounds, years of personal wilderness and hiking experience, medical certifications, and a passion for leading people into breathtaking landscapes. Check out our Meet Our Team page for staff bios.


Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 10 guests and 2-3 guides, with a minimum of 4 guests and 1 guide. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 888-966-TREK (8735) and we'll answer all your questions.

Age restrictions are as follows:
  • 12 and older to join scheduled tours (mixed groups)
  • 5 and older to join private tours, with final approval and specific logistical requirements (such as porter or stock assist) determined on a case by case basis


Weather in the Alps

The location of the Alps and their tremendous elevation variations, lead to significant and sometimes unpredictable temperatures and weather patterns, both in different ranges and in a particular range itself. Due to the Alps' location in central Europe, they are influenced by moist air off the Atlantic, cold polar air from northern Europe, fluctuating air masses; and warm Mediterranean air flows northward.

Due to these extraordinary forces acting on the Alps' weather, we recommend following our clothing list closely, as guests are best served by being prepared for a broad range of possible temperatures and weather conditions.

The average temperatures and precipitation in Alps are:

Average Alps Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
Month Hi Low Wet Days
May 45° F 55° F 6 days
June 50° F 61° F 6 days
July 55° F 66° F 5 days
August 54° F 66° F 5 days
September 50° F 61° F 6 days