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Alta Via N.1 of the Dolomites

Highlights

  • The most famous hut-to-hut trek in the Dolomites connecting its best-known landmarks

  • Choose between the classic 11 Day Tour and its shorter 9 or 10-day variants

  • Have your hiking itinerary planned by the local experts to avoid via-ferrata

  • Enjoy the famous panorama of the Dolomites from atop of the Lagazuoi massif

  • Walk along the impressive 5-km-long west face of Civetta

  • Feel the friendly atmosphere of the alpine huts set in scenic locations

Description

Alta Via 1 is the most famous High Route not just in the Dolomites but in the Alps overall. It dates back to the 1969 when the Alta Via 1 itinerary was first published and received its actual name. The classic Alta Via 1 goes from the Braies lake in South Tyrol to a town of Belluno at the southern edge of the Dolomites. This multi-day trekking route links several well-known landmarks of the Dolomite Mountains including the Braies lake, Lagazuoi massif, Cinque Torri group, Monte Pelmo, and the Civetta and Moiazza massifs. These are the true calling cards of the Dolomite Alps what makes Alta Via 1 so popular.

You can choose between three variants of the Alta Via 1 itinerary that differ in length and duration: we offer the 9, 10 and 11 Day Tours. The longest 11 Day Tour includes 9 full walking days and 110 km of trail thus covering the classic Alta Via 1 in full with an exception of several via-ferrata segments. All three itineraries start at the Braies lake and follow the classic Alta Via 1 route but have varying ending points between the Moiazza massif and Belluno.

Alta Via N.1 is available as a guided and self-guided trek with the accommodation at mountain huts. Specific skills are not required for this hike, but a good level of training is necessary. You must be comfortable walking 5 – 7 hours a day with occasional stops. Being the most popular “haute route” of the Alps, Alta Via N.1 follows trodden trails that are well-maintained and well-marked.

We recommend an early booking for Alta Via N.1 due to a high demand of the accommodation on the route and its limited availability.

Coronavirus Covid-19

Currently and until April 13, preventive measures are in place in Italy to identify and isolate patients and to stop human-to-human transmission of Covid-19. Similar measures of varying duration have been applied in other European countires. Travel is limited in this period. MONT Trekking guarantees full refund of the booked trips if the situation is not stabilized by the summer and the travel ban remains in force.

Trip Overview

StyleHut to Hut Hiking

DifficultyLevel 3

Activity7 - 9 hiking days

Tour Duration9 - 11 days / 8 - 10 nights

Start / FinishToblach, Cortina d'Ampezzo / Belluno, Zoldo, Longarone

Self Guided Hiking

9 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 1030
Jun 14 - Sep 21
10 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 1120
Jun 14 - Sep 21
11 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 1210
Jun 14 - Sep 21

Guided Hiking

9 Day Guided Tour
€ 1820
Jun 14 - Sep 21
10 Day Guided Tour
€ 2010
Jun 14 - Sep 21
11 Day Guided Tour
€ 2210
Jun 14 - Sep 21

Note

This is a private tour on the dates of your choice.

Validity of prices: Summer 2020.

Self-guided tour: supplement € 90 applies to one-person bookings.

Guided tour: minimum 4 participants.

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Primary Itinerary: 11 Day Tour

Day 1: Arrival in Cortina d'Ampezzo or Toblach

You arrive in Toblach or Cortina d'Ampezzo on your own, check in at the basecamp hotel and rest up before the hike. Of the two possible basecamp locations for this hike, Cortina is the larger and more famous resort, located closer to Venice airport. It hosts a variety of cultural and sporting events throughout the summer season. The Toblach resort is considerably smaller, situated in the German-speaking province of South Tyrol, and is located closer to the start point of the route. Tomorrow, you will need to travel for 30 minutes in total from Toblach, instead of the 1h 20m from Cortina. However, the airports are situated much further from Toblach than from Cortina.

Day 2: Lake Braies

Ascent 960 m. Descent 300 m. Distance 10 km. Walking time 5 hours.

The route commences from Lake Braies. This is a true pearl of the Dolomites and South Tyrol, and, in addition, is one of the largest and deepest lakes in the Dolomites: 1,2 km in length, 300 m wide and 36 m deep. Lake Braies was formed as a result of a landslide that blocked the flow of the mountain stream that bears its name, and owes its popularity to the exceptional beauty of its surroundings. The lake is filled with pure, clear water, which takes on a rich emerald hue in sunny weather. It is surrounded on three sides by the Dolomite massifs, and the south side of the lake looks out onto the vertical slope of the Croda del Becco peak, in the direction of which is the Alta Via 1 route.

Day 3: Fanes-Sennes-Braies Natural Park

Ascent 550 m. Descent 650 m. Distance 11 km. Walking time 5 hours.

Today, the route passes through the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park. The latter encompasses several massifs of the Dolomites, a defining feature of which is their distinctive karst topography. The karst landscapes in Fanes-Sennes-Braies were formed as carbonic acids and water dissolved the limestone deposits, which existed during the Jurassic period, over the following millennia. Many and various types of karst formations can be found in the Nature Park: shafts, grooves, limestone pavements, basins, cavities, caves, and so on. In one of these caves were discovered the remains of a cave bear that inhabited these areas 40 - 60 thousand years ago.

Day 4: Lagazuoi Massif

Ascent 1050 m. Descent 440 m. Distance 13 km. Walking time 6 hours.

From the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park, the route leads to the Lagazuoi massif. This is famous for its "observation platform" with a 360-degree panorama of the Dolomites. From its peak, you can see the Nuvolau, Croda da Lago and Monte Pelmo groups and, on the distant horizon, the Marmolada, Sella, Sassolungo, and Pale di San Martino. In fair weather, it is undoubtedly worth taking some pictures here as a memento. For Italians, the Lagazuoi is of great historical significance; during the First World War, the Italian and Austro-Hungarian armies clashed here. The excavations and explosions in enemy tunnels altered the original appearance of the massif to a degree, leaving craters and deep clefts. If you wish, you can stay and inspect the system of military tunnels, which stretch for around 1,1 km, but do bear in mind that most of these tunnels are impassable, and in order to access many of them experience of via-ferratas is required.

Day 5: Cinque Torri

Ascent 510 m. Descent 960 m. Distance 12 km. Walking time 6 hours.

The Cinque Torri massif, from the Italian for "five towers", is one of the most famous locations on the Alta Via No. 1 itinerary, and perhaps the most unusual group in the Dolomites in general. It was formed when a single massif fragmented into five parts during the formation of the modern Alps. The towers of the Cinque Torri stand proud over the surrounding alpine meadows by more than 100 meters. Each of them has its unique shape and own name.

Day 6: Monte Pelmo

Ascent 450 m. Descent 930 m. Distance 13 km. Walking time 5 hours.

Today, the route approaches the next of the Dolomites’ landmarks: The Monte Pelmo massif. From the south-eastern side, Monte Pelmo has a uniquely trapezoidal shape. There are no trails ascending Monte Pelmo; this massif is only accessible to mountain climbers. The Alta Via 1 route passes under the vertical faces of Monte Pelmo, along trails that boast stunning views. In addition, petrified dinosaur footprints from the Triassic period can be seen here, dating from around 200 - 250 million years ago. The day comes to a close at the north end of the Civetta group in a conveniently located hut that provides a beautiful panoramic view of Monte Pelmo and other massifs at sunset.

Day 7: Civetta and Lake Coldai

Ascent 950 m. Descent 470 m. Distance 11 km. Walking time 5 hours.

The following morning, the route departs from the picturesque Lake Coldai, which is located in a shallow hollow in the north of the Civetta group. Views of the lake against a backdrop of Civetta’s steep rocks can often be seen in alpine calendars. The group is famous for its 5-kilometer west face, which reaches more than 1 km in height. Around 100-300 meters in total separates the trail from the mountain face at this point, making this section of the Alta Via 1 one of its most impressive hiking paths.

Day 8: Moiazza Group

Ascent 1020 m. Descent 1450 m. Distance 14 km. Walking time 7 hours.

Today, the path bends around the Moiazza massif, which forms one common mountain group with Civetta, and one of the largest groups in the Dolomites. At this point, the hiking route passes through a beautiful and serene landscape, slightly higher than the border of the forest belt, and gradually descending into the coniferous forest. At the beginning of the path, from the uplands that are opposite the north face of Civetta, you can take in the panoramic vista of the Dolomites to the east, encompassing the Marmolada and Sella groups. The Moiazza massif features the same sharp formations that were observed yesterday evening while passing along the north face of Civetta, but here the vertical cliffs seemingly "grow" from the level of the forest, something that creates impressive and contrasting images of classic alpine landscapes.

Day 9: San Sebastiano and Pramper Groups

Ascent 550 m. Descent 500 m. Distance 13 km. Walking time 5 hours.

The route gradually leaves this area behind for more secluded spots. On the path for today are the San Sebastiano and Pramper groups, but less than a quarter of the hikers who set off from Lake Braies reach this far. For exactly this reason, these mountains are famed for their less-frequented trails and wild, undisturbed natural environment. The slopes here are steeper than those of the mountain groups in the north of the Alta Via 1. There are, therefore, fewer hiking tracks here, and the higher altitude routes away from the main Alta Via 1 trail are via-ferratas, some of which are not even marked on maps. Here, you can see peaks that soar dramatically into the heavens, and, if you set out on the early enough, even wild animals, including chamois and roe deer.

Day 10: Schiara Group

Ascent 600 m. Descent 1880 m. Distance 14 km. Walking time 7 hours.

On the last day of your journey, you will pass through the moraines that are typical of the southern Dolomites, as well as across the lunar landscape of the Schiara group’s highlands. Due to the fact that the mountain slopes are very steep in this part of the Dolomites, the scree that is found as you approach the mountain passes is also steep. The Schiara group are the most barren mountains on the Alta Via 1 route, and practically no one ventures beyond the route itself. The path ahead is a via-ferrata, and so this is the last day of the hike; for the second half of the day, the trail descends to the foot of the Schiara group.

Day 11: Departure from Longarone

Your Alta Via N.1 hike is over. After a breakfast at the basecamp hotel, you can start your way back to the airport.

9 Day Tour

Alta Via 1 from Lake Braies to Civetta

This route is 2 days shorter than the primary itinerary: there are 7 full walking days. You will step off the primary itinerary in the area of Moiazza, descend to the valley and reach Belluno by bus (self-guided tour) or with a private transfer (guided tour).

10 Day Tour

Alta Via 1 from Lake Braies to Moiazza

With 8 walking days, this itinerary covers the classic Alta Via 1 from Lake Braies to Moiazza. After staying overnight at the foot of Moiazza, you will descend to the valley and reach your basecamp hotel in the Zoldo valley on foot.

Dates and Prices 2020

Self Guided

9 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 1030
Jun 14 - Sep 21
10 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 1120
Jun 14 - Sep 21
11 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 1210
Jun 14 - Sep 21

Guided

9 Day Guided Tour
€ 1820
Jun 14 - Sep 21
10 Day Guided Tour
€ 2010
Jun 14 - Sep 21
11 Day Guided Tour
€ 2210
Jun 14 - Sep 21

Note

This is a private tour on the dates of your choice.

The prices are per person and include the VAT tax.

Validity of prices: Summer 2020.

The indicated tour duration includes the days of arrival and departure. Accommodation on the day of arrival and night before departure is included in the price.

Self-guided tour: supplement applies to one-person bookings
   9 Day Self Guided Tour   € 90
   10 Day Self Guided Tour   € 90
   11 Day Self Guided Tour   € 90

Single supplement includes single room accommodation in the basecamp hotel on the first and the final nights of the tour.

Guided tour: minimum 4 participants.

What is included

  • Accommodation in mountain huts: 6 - 8 nights depending on the itinerary, shared room
  • Accommodation in 3-star basecamp hotels or B&Bs: first and last nights of the trip
  • Breakfast and dinner in the mountain huts
  • Breakfast in the hotel
  • Instructions and assistance with logistics
  • 24-hour on-call support
  • Itinerary and hiking schedule developed by the MONT Trekking guides (self-guided trip)
  • Specialized hiking maps 1:25000: 1 set of maps per booking (self-guided trip)
  • Transport of luggage between the basecamp hotels
  • Local English-speaking mountain guide (guided trip)
  • Private transfers: first and last days of the hike (guided trip)
  • Complimentary for the duration of your trip: digital maps for your phone with the satellite navigation and safety service (Android or Apple phone required)

What is not included

  • Traveler's insurance
  • Drinks at dinner
  • Use of hot shower in the mountain huts: € 3 - 5
  • Public bus on the first day of the trek: € 5 - 10 (self-guided trip)
  • Public bus and/or train on the last day of the trek: € 3 - 6 (self-guided trip)
  • Tourist tax in the lodging establishments where applicable

Optional Extras

  • Private 2, 3 and 4-bedded rooms are available in some mountain huts with a € 15 supplement per person per night, based on availability
  • 4/5-star basecamp hotel for the first and last nights of the trip
  • Airport transfer is available on request

Travel to the Dolomites

The basecamp locations for this trip are Cortina d'Ampezzo and Toblach. Venice is the most convenient airport in the region. There are direct busses to Cortina from the Venice Marco Polo airport, and it takes around 2h 30m to arrive in Cortina. It takes 3h 30m to arrive to Toblach, and you will change the bus once. The Treviso airport is the second convenient option: the travel time is approximately the same. Other airports are significantly less convenient than Venice and Treviso. Depending on the schedule of your flight you may need to stay overnight in Venezia to catch the bus.

We can help you plan the logistics and provide you with train and bus schedules: please contact us before you buy the plane tickets.

Clothing and Gear

Proper hiking boots are a must for the mountains. We recommend high boots because they support the ankle better than any low boots and provide better stability on a rocky terrain. Even in the middle of the summer in the Dolomites you must bring some warm clothes with you: waterproof and windproof jacket, fleece jacket, long trekking pants and a cap. A raincoat, poncho or other type of rainwear is necessary. Other necessary items are the toiletries, light clean footwear to use in the huts, sunglasses and at least 2 one-liter bottles for water. You'll receive a detailed packing list specifically for your trip at the booking. We ask all participants to read it carefully and be well prepared for the hiking trip.

For detailed information on the gear and clothing please read Hiking Gear.

Accommodation

The first and last nights of your trip are in one of our basecamp hotels. While hiking, you will stay overnight in the mountain huts. You can count on the following services in the mountain huts: a bed in a shared room or in a private room (must be booked in advance), shower with hot water, toilets, meals, and a possibility to buy take away water and snacks such as sandwiches and chocolate. Shared rooms are equipped with bunk beds with mattresses, pillows and blankets. Bed linen is not provided in shared bedrooms: you must have a sleeping bag liner with you. Typically, it is a light cotton bag. Warm sleeping bag is unnecessary, since there are blankets in the bedrooms. In private rooms you are often offered bed linen, thus a sleeping bag liner is not required. If you book private rooms, we inform you on whether you need to bring a sleeping bag liner. Most huts have a heating system, but it is normally not required in the summer months. You will need clean footwear for the huts: light slides are an ideal solution. For detailed information on the huts please read Mountain Huts in the Alps.

Meals

In hut-to-hut hiking tours you are served a breakfast and a dinner in the huts and mountain hotels on the route.

Normally, the breakfast is served from 7am to 9am. It usually includes an unlimited quantity of coffee and tea, bread, butter, jam, honey and chocolate spread. In addition, some huts offer ham, cheese and muesli for breakfast. After breakfast we recommend filling your thermos with hot water or tea: ask the staff, and it will be for free in most huts.

The dinner time in the mountain huts is 7pm or 7:30pm for all guests. A typical dinner in a hut is very rich and includes a starter, the first course (such as pasta, risotto, dumplings), the second course (meat with a side dish) and a dessert. Any drinks at dinner (water, wine, beer, tea, coffee) are not free and should be ordered and paid separately.

Lunch. It is possible to stop for lunch in the mountain huts on the route. The lunch menu in the huts is similar to the dinner menu. Typically, there is a choice of pasta for 7 – 10 euros. Second dishes cost 9 – 16 euros.

Safety Considerations

Our guided hiking tours are led by professional guides, each with years of guiding and wilderness experience and with passion for mountains. They permanently work in the region of the exact hiking tour, have professional licenses, are experts in emergency situations, regularly upgrade their qualifications and work in accordance with national regulations.

For self-guided hiking, it is necessary to be properly dressed, follow the safety rules and make realistic time calculation for day crossings – preferably according to the hiking schedule that we provide. Our self-guided hiking trips are planned so that they do not require specific skills or gear, unless it is clearly specified in the tour description. You can expect well-maintained trails equipped with direction signs. Exposed sections of the trail are secured on the self-guided routes: it makes them safe provided that you follow the basic safety rules for hiking in the mountains.

Mountains are a natural environment with a high level of risk, so we insistently ask all participants to read the safety rules and emergency procedures: Safety Considerations. If you have questions about the safety rules, please contact us +39 0463 63 60 80.

Insurance and Visa

Insurance. It is important to have an appropriate insurance that covers the hiking activity. You don't need to include the climbing activity in your insurance, unless you are planning to climb during the hike.

Visa. We will provide you with a booking confirmation for all days of your trip. If you need the Italian visa, you can enclose this document with your visa application.

Weather in the Dolomites

The most stable weather conditions in the Dolomites are statistically from the second week of July till the middle of September. This period in the Dolomites is characterized by warm sunny weather and modest rainfall. Earlier in June, the weather is normally favorable, but it is less reliable, and the mountain passes may be blocked by snow remaining from the winter. In June we may have to change the route depending on the snow situation on the passes. The second half of September in Dolomites is a beautiful period, but the weather is again less predictable: the probability of incessant rain increases, and it may snow at the altitude above 2,000 meters.

It is never hot in the Dolomites at the elevation of 2,000 m (6,560 ft) and above where most of the hiking routes pass. In a sunny day in August the temperature at 2,000 m can reach 20° C (68° F) suring the warmest hours of the day. It is comfortable for hiking. In a cold cloudy day, the temperature can stay at around 10° C (34° F) during the entire the day. It is always chilly at night and early in the morning. Thunderstorms, often with hail, are typical for the warmest months (July and August). In the Dolomites valleys at the altitudes of 1,000 – 1,500 m (3,280 – 4,920 ft) the day temperature can reach 27° C (80° F). It is fresh in the valleys in the morning and evening, and it is not stuffy at night even in the hottest weeks of the summer.