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Italian Dolomites
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Italian Dolomites


  •   Famous European mountain ranges
  •   Amazing natural and cultural history
  •   Mountain huts with incredible scenery
  •   Diverse mountain hiking
  •   Unique Alps wildlife


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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Hut to Hut Trekking
Venice, Italy
8 days
50mi / 80km
Season: 6/15-9/30
$3990 Per Person
$63 Single Supplement

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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 Venice International Airport before 12 P.M. After rendezvousing with your guide and group at the airport, you will transfer via a private shuttle to Cortina d'Ampezzo. You will have time to explore this beautiful mountain town while your guide ties up loose ends to begin the trip. Then we head into the mountains to our starting point. From here, we will have a picnic lunch and hit the trail for 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: 7-8 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: 7-8 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: 7-8 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. Amazing Alps wildflowers 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: 10.5 mi (17 km)
  • Elevation Gain: 2300 ft (701 m)
  • Elevation Loss: 2900 ft (884 m)
  • Trekking Duration: 7 hours
  • Accommodations: Lavaredo Hotel

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. From here it is just a short walk down to our accommodations at Lake Misurina. The spectacular surrounding scenery will be our backdrop for the night in this small village.

Day 6
  • Bus Ride Duration: 30 minutes
  • 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

After a short morning bus transfer, today's trek is a perfect climax to our trip with our trail leading us around the mythic Tre Cime di Laveredo. 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 the stunning views, we finish our day hiking South over the Paterno/Tre Cime saddle finishing at our nights accommodations. The view from our home tonight is truly breathtaking for our last night in the high Italian Dolomites.

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 Venice International Airport for everyone's outbound flights. What a week it's been! Please schedule your departing flight for 3 P.M. or later.

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 bureaucratic 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 (Lodging Details)
  • Vehicle transfer of luggage between some mountain huts
  • Use of a day pack, trekking poles, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner and other gear
  • All meals from dinner on Day 1 through breakfast on the last day
  • Professional, certified Wildland trekking 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 (required in the Alps)
  • Bar bills, drink bills, extra snacks, telephone bills , wifi bills and other personal expenses (shopping/ laundry)
  • All expenses due to unavoidable events e.g. flight cancellation, personal illness, strikes, etc. (we recommend trip insurance coverage for these variables)
  • Clothes, raingear, and footwear (Oboz hiking shoes and boots recommended)
  • Sunscreen, toiletries and personal items
  • Water bottles and a headlamp or flashlight
  • Gratuity for guide(s) (industry recommendation is 10-20% of total trip cost; USD or Euro is acceptable.)
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. Amazing Italian meals will be had in towns! Bread, grains, pastas, rice, polenta, local cheese, and pork products are all staples in this region.

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, 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? In the Dates section of this trip page, the green dates are bookable online by simply clicking on the date, and blue dates must be booked through our customer service team for a variety of possible reasons. To email our customer service team, you can click here 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 72 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 Venice Marco Polo Airport in Venice on Day 1 (your flight needs to arrive before 12PM). Your guide will be in contact approximately 45 days 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 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.


Your tour will be led by trained, experienced professionals 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.

Guide Working Parameters

Guides are required to take 8 hours off each 24-hour period to sleep, recuperate, take personal/down time...etc. In addition, as part of the 8 hours off they must sleep/rest or be in their tents/rooms uninterrupted for a minimum of 5 hours each night. We ask guests to respect these requirements and to not interrupt guides' off time and sleep time unless there is a true emergency.

Group Size and Age Restrictions

The standard group size on this hiking tour is 12 guests and 2 guides. If you have more questions about group size, please give us a call at 1-888-966-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

Trip Insurance Requirements

Field evacuation, repatriation, and medical insurance is required on all Alps trips as a condition of partnership terms with our European vendors (field evacuation and repatriation minimum coverage is a combined $200,000 USD).

If you need to purchase field evacuation, repatriation, or medical insurance we recommend IMG/iTravelinsured. They are one of the world’s leading providers of travel insurance and policies meet all Alps requirements.

For information on the recommended IMG/iTravelinsured policies please click here.

For even greater information, or if you simply prefer communicating with a real, live person, feel free to contact our exclusive agent Michael Bennett. Michael will help you identify the best product for your needs, and there is no cost associated with his assistance. You may contact him at:

Email: WildLandTrekking@EasyToInsureME.com
US by Phone: 877-305-9083
Direct/International by Phone: 702-448-3664
If you already have the required insurance or wish to purchase from anyone other than IMG/iTravelinsured, we recommend careful consultation with the provider to ensure appropriate coverage. This is because many providers have a number of policy exclusions. Please bring a copy of your insurance policy to provide to your guides at the orientation meeting.

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 (in your trip packet when you register), 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 Temperatures (Fahrenheit)
<4k ft
4-6.5k ft


Dolomite Mountain Huts

Mountain Huts

5 nights

Italy's amazing mountain huts are rustic, backcountry accommodations that put us in truly spectacular settings. They vary hut to hut, but most often have dorm style sleeping, bathrooms and showers. They also feature amazing, home-cooked Italian meals.

Lavaredo Hotel

Lavaredo Hotel

1 night

This charming lakeside lodge is operated by the hospitable Da Rin family. Beautiful villages and mountains surround this pristine area where we spend one night. With cozy rooms and a truly spectacular setting, this is a special night in the Italian Alps!

Menardi Hotel

Menardi Hotel

1 night

The Hotel Menardi is a family operated lodge with more than a century of experience. The main building is historical, and there's a newer, more modern add-on. With private rooms and idyllic grounds behind the hotel, it's a perfect place for our final night!.

* These exact accommodations are not guaranteed. In some instances alternative accommodations of similar quality and location may be used.

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