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8-Day Dolomites Hiking Traverse

8-Day Dolomites Hiking Traverse

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8-Day Dolomites Hiking Traverse
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Tinted in weathered shades of rose, yellow and gray, the fairytale spires and dramatic rock walls of the Dolomites rise in elegantly chiseled shapes of fantastic form, looking every inch like a landscape devised by the gods. And if this isn't exactly heaven, well, it's about as close as you can get.

Each day you'll hike up to ridges and passes for spellbinding views of huge peaks and pinnacles, seemingly architecturally inspired, and then descend to lush green valleys where wildflowers bloom in pastoral meadows and storybook villages hug the valley floor. At day's end you'll relax in hotels that are deluxe oases of comfort, where you'll absorb the region's fascinating culture and cuisine – a unique blend of Italy and the South Tyrol.

Long known as a paradise for rock climbers, the Dolomites are a great destination for hikers, too. You'll see the best of this stunning mountain Valhalla, including the majestic Sella massif and the striking, often-photographed pillars of Tre Cime di Lavaredo, arguably the most well-known landmark in the Dolomites. On the trail, you'll only need to carry a light daypack with the daily essentials (camera, water bottle, and jacket). But the best part? You can do as much (or as little) hiking as you please! We'll provide details of varied, moderate hikes with strenuous options, but you get to customize your own experience as you go!

Available early June through end of September.

Accommodations are just examples -- actual accommodation will depend on availability.  Rifugios are shared dormitories unless requested and available.

It is easiest to access the starting point from Innsbruck, and then depart to Venice.

2019 Group Departures:

  • June 21-28
  • September 7-14

Full Itinerary DETAILED ITINERARY >> ITINERARY IN BRIEF >>

Day 1: 8-DAY DOLOMITES HIKING TRAVERSE / Arrive in Selva di Val Gardena (D)

Arrive in Selva di Val Gardena (or Wolkenstein, as it’s referred to in German, 1,563m / 5,128’) in the heart of Italy’s South Tyrol on your own (private transfer available on request). Val Gardena is a quaint alpine town nestled in the Dolomites and an excellent center for all levels of hiking.

If you are doing this trip as a self-guided adventure, you will meet with a local representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps, and everything necessary for your self-guided adventure, typically around 6-7pm.  Guided treks have their briefing tomorrow.

Meals included: Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Sureghes (Selva Val Gardena)

Day 2: Hike around Sasso Lungo (BD)

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For guided treks, you will meet with your guide who will provide a full trip briefing and orientation at 8:30am.  Self-guided treks have a briefing the night before.

In the morning transfer by bus to the Sella Pass (2,180m / 7,152'), then hike under Sasso Lungo and Sasso Piatto on the famous Friedrich-August-Weg. Following ancient shepherd routes, spectacular views take you to Rifugio Sassopiatto (2,300 / 7,546'), Rifugio Vicenza (2,253m / 7,391'), and Rifugio Comici (2,153m / 7,063'). This loop hike continues through an unearthly landscape of tumbled boulders—Città dei Sassi ("city of stones") — arriving back at Rifugio Passo Sella. Transfer back by bus to Selva di Val Gardena.

(6-7 hours hiking 18 km / 11 miles, 850m / 2,788' ascent and descent.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Sureghes (Selva Val Gardena)

Day 3: Hike from Selva to Corvara in Alta Badia (BD)

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From Selva take the public bus to Passo Gardena (2,120m / 6,955'), then hike up to the Passo Cir (2,470m / 8,100') and follow a wider trail on undulating terrain that leads to the Forcella Ciampai Pass (2,365m / 7,760') and up to the Rifugio Puez (2,475m / 8,120’) where you can stop for lunch.

A longer option allows a one-hour ridge hike from the Passo Cir to the Sass Ciampac (2,673m / 8,770'). A final three-hour hike downhill on an easy and panoramic trail brings you to the town of Colfosco and then to Corvara (1,560m / 5,120'), located in the Alta Badia (the South Tyrol) in the heart of the Dolomites.

(6 hours hiking 12 km / 7½ miles, 424m / 1,390' ascent, 914m / 3,000' descent.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Stores (Alta Badia)

Day 4: Hiking in Santa Croce Sanctuary (BD)

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Transfer by bus to Pedraces (1,324m / 4,344') and take the local chair lift to the first station (1,840m / 6,037'). The trail ascends gradually through lovely conifer wood and flowery meadows. It takes less than an hour to reach the simple but extraordinarily photogenic church and sanctuary of Ospizio Santa Croce (2,045m / 6,710'). Begin to descend on a trail skirting the realms of the Fanes–Sennes–Braies Nature Park, sticking fairly closely to the base of the mountain. Continue to the town of La Villa and walk just 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) along the river to Corvara.

(5-6 hours hiking 10-11 km / 6-7 miles, 480m / 1,580' descent.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Stores (Alta Badia)

Day 5: Hike from Capanna Alpina to Natural Park of Fanes-Sennes-Braies (BD)

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After breakfast, hike or take a public bus towards Armentarola. Reach Capanna Alpina (1,726m / 5,663'), a restaurant built just at the edge of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park, in an incredible setting; from here begin your hike with a steep ascent of 1 hour. After arriving at Col de Locia (2,069m / 6,788'), you will enter in a fairy tale valley, midst of the mountains, with green pastures. Hike numerous ups and downs for about 3 hours, pass by a cozy mountain hut, Malga Gran Fanes, a cheery converted farm offering light meals and basic accommodation, and reach a cozy rifugio (2,060m / 6,759'), your home for tonight.

(~4 hours hiking 8km / 4.9 miles, 564m / 1,850' ascent, 229m/ 751' descent.)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Mid-Range Accommodations: Rifugio Fanes

Day 6: Hike from Natural Park of Fanes-Sennes-Braies to Cortina (B)

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Depart from your rifugio this morning retracing yesterday's steps, hiking south on gentle curves out of a steep valley (or on steeper shortcuts) to Passo di Limo (2,172m / 7,126'). Past an old military building and wooden cross, you reach Malga Fanes Grande (2,104m / 6,903'). From here start descending towards the town of Cortina d’Ampezzo. The Fanes Valley is a wide amphitheater with woods of spruce and Arolla pines. Pass by the mass of Monte Vallon Bianco with its fascinating white rock folds and waves. Reach Lago di Fanes and the Fanes Waterfalls, a 70m / 230’ drop, a record for the Dolomites (possible side trip). From Fiames have a private transfer to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

(~5.5 hours hiking, 13km / 8 miles, 580m /1,903’ ascent, 1,392m / 4,567’ descent.)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Beppe Sello (Cortina)

Day 7: Hike to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (B)

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Today you will take a scenic 30-minute drive up to Rifugio Auronzo (2,331m / 7,650'), then hike around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Paterno, one of the most scenic mountain landscapes in the Dolomites. Along the way you‘ll admire the spectacular Cadini mountain group on the south, with its rock spires and strangely formed needles.

The remainder of the afternoon is free to wander and explore Cortina’s busy streets lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques. Your in-country host will meet with you again this evening to say farewell, and make sure you’re confident about your departure travels.

(6 hours hiking 12.8km / 8 miles, 610m / 2,000' ascent, 549m / 1,800'descent.)

Meals included: Breakfast
Mid-Range Accommodations: Hotel Beppe Sello (Cortina)

Day 8: Departure (B)

After breakfast, departure on your own.  Consider spending an extra day for a via ferrata.

Meals included: Breakfast

Pricing

8-Day Dolomites Hiking Traverse
from $1595 USD

NOTE: Prices are per person in U.S. dollars based on double/triple occupancy. All quotations are based on the current rates of park fees, VAT, other government taxes, and current exchange rates. Should any of these be increased or a new tax introduced, these increases will be added on even if your trip has already been paid for.

INCLUDES:
  • All accommodations per itinerary
  • All meals per itinerary (B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner)
  • All tours and entrance fees per itinerary (unless listed as excluded)
  • All transportation and transfers per itinerary
  • Trip briefing
  • Logistics and map of the area
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Selva di Val Gardena
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star hotel in Alta Badia
  • 1 night accommodation in charming rifugio (shared dormitory)
  • 2 night accommodation in 3-star B&B in Cortina d'Ampezzo
  • Luggage transfer from Val Gardena to Val Badia and to Cortina (not to rifugio)

GUIDED:

  • Local English speaking professional hiking guide  (guided trips
EXCLUDES:
  • International and domestic flights
  • Meals not listed
  • Beverages and alcohol
  • Tips for guides, drivers, hotel staff
  • Optional tours
  • Single room supplement
  • Personal expenses (visas, airport taxes, Internet, etc.)
  • High season supplement -- July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
  • Private room supplement in rifugios: $25/person/night (based on availability)
  • Local bus, cable car, and chairlift transfers (about 60 Euros per person total)
  • Airport transfers available on request
  • Luggage transfers available on request
  • Upgraded accommodations

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