Dolomites FAQ

When are your group trek departures?

For 2019, these are our group departure dates:

You can also start a private trek on any day, either self-guided or guided.

What are the huts like?

The huts are dorm style with shared bathrooms separated for men and women.  Some private rooms are available, but must be pre-arranged and cost extra.  There will be electricity and hot water.  Sometimes, they offer WiFi.  No laundry services.

If you are sleeping in the dorm rooms at the huts, you will need to bring a bed sheet and towel (blankets are provided).  If you pay for a private room at the huts, you will not need the bed sheet and towel.

They serve good food, generally with a choice of 2-3 starters + 2-3 main entrees + dessert.  Wine and beer are available for purchase.

How much should I budget for dinners in town?

Dinners should be around 30-40 Euros per person with drinks.  You may be able to find a pizza for as little as 15 Euros, and there are also 5-star restaurants in the larger towns.

When is the best time to go?

The huts in the Dolomites are open from mid-June to mid-September.  A few huts are open early June through the early October (Alta Via 1 and Hiking Traverse).  July 20 – August 31 is the high (busiest) season.

The Dolomites are usually warmer and receive less precipitation than the rest of the Alps. However, as in all mountainous areas, the weather can change suddenly and it can vary greatly between regions within the Dolomites. Typically bad weather arrives from the South, while winds from the North usually bring good weather. The weather in the Dolomites always has an element of unpredictability. You can expect a mix of warm sunny days sometimes punctuated by rainy cooler weather. Clients should always be prepared for sudden changes in weather while they are out on the trail. In July and August, while the average maximum temperature may reach 80°F / 25°C on the valley floors, they should keep in mind that as they gain elevation it will be colder. In September daytime temperatures can reach into the upper 60°s and low 70°s F, but early mornings will be cooler (upper 50°s to low 60°s). At this time of the year, rainy days at lower elevations mean snow on higher elevations. Rainstorms can drop the temperature 15° to 20° Fahrenheit.

We have never had to cancel a trip because of the bad weather.  There is always a “plan B”:  You can spend an additional night in the same hotel/rifugio instead of hiking, and you can be picked up with a taxi to the next destination, or you can use a lift in order to shorten the hike, etc.

Any special packing advice?

Pack clothing for both warm and cold weather.  It should not be so cold that you need a down jacket.  Hiking boots that are mid-height or taller are good.  You can rent hiking poles (or other equipment) locally only if you start and end in the same place.

If you are sleeping in the dorm rooms at the huts, you will need to bring a bed sheet and towel (blankets are provided).  If you pay for a private room at the huts, you will not need the bed sheet and towel.

What if I want a luxury trek?

There are 4-star and 5-star hotels in the towns.  The 5-star hotels can fill up early.

There are no luxury alternatives to the mountain huts, but we can book a private room if there is availability.

What do we get with a Self-Guided trek?

You will have a briefing the night before the trek at 6:00pm at your hotel for about 1 hour.

We will send you maps and detailed descriptions of the trek, huts, and meals.

At the end of your trek, you will call the driver to pick you up and take you to your hotel in town.

You can rent an Italian cell phone for 25 Euros for the trip.

Can we do a via ferrata?

Yes!  We can arrange a guide and equipment for you.  There are different options for different experience levels.

What if I have a special diet?

We can inform the hotels of your special diet. Vegetarian diets can be accommodated fairly easily. Vegan and gluten-free diets are more difficult.

What if we want a triple room?

In the towns, there are triple rooms.  At the huts, it is typically shared dormitories.  A private triple room is an extra $25/person/night.

What if I want a single room?

In the towns, there are single rooms at an extra cost.  At the huts, you will be in shared dormitories — there are no single rooms at the huts.

How do I access the start and finish of the trek?

Cortina is closest to Venice (ending point for all treks and starting point for the Alta Via 1).   Val Gardena and Alta Badia are closer to Innsbruck.  There are buses and trains to the towns, or we can arrange a private transfer.
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