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Walk along the least traveled trails of Alta Via 1
See the wildlife of the Tamer – San Sebistiano, Talvera and Schiara groups
Enjoy splendid views at the Dolomites’ lakes of Federa, Limides and Coldai
Choose between the routes with 4 to 6 hiking days
Stay overnight at mountain huts set in scenic locations
Have your hiking itinerary planned by the local experts to avoid via-ferrata
The least frequented paths on Alta Via 1 of the Dolomites are those that lead through the mountain groups in the southern section of the route, namely, the Pelmo, Civetta-Moiazza, Tamer and Schiara groups. If you wish to see wildlife, rather than people, on your hike, this is the Alta Via 1 route for you. In addition, the Southern Trek allows you to travel along most of Alta Via 1, even if the mountain huts on its northern half are already fully booked.
The Southern Trek avoids via-ferratas, as does the main track, and so no specific skills or gear are required to follow it. The hike commences from the area of the Cinque Torri (Five Towers) and Lagazuoi and heads to Monte Pelmo, then further southwards along the classic route. The further south you go along the trail, the wilder the mountains become and the fewer people you will encounter.
The three options we offer for the Southern Trek vary in length. Depending on which is chosen, they provide 4 to 6 days’ hiking in addition to the arrival and departure days. Accommodation for the night will be in mountain huts along the trail, where breakfast and dinner will be provided.
Alta Via 1 Southern Trek is available as a private tour with a mountain guide and as a self-guided trip according to an itinerary and hiking schedule prepared by us. The route follows well-maintained, marked trails and excludes via-ferratas. You must be in good physical shape and be prepared to make the distance between the mountain huts in 5 – 7 hours.
We recommend that you book this trip in advance, as the mountain huts on the route tend to become fully booked well before the start of the season.
StyleHut to Hut Hiking
Tour Duration6 - 8 days / 5 - 7 nights
Start / FinishCortina d'Ampezzo / Belluno, Zoldo, Longarone
This is a private tour on the dates of your choice.
Validity of prices: Summer 2020.
Self-guided tour: supplement € 80 applies to one-person bookings.
Guided tour: minimum 4 participants.
Day 1: Cortina d'Ampezzo
You arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo on your own and check in to the basecamp hotel. The evening is best spent resting in preparation for the hike. Cortina is situated at an altitude of about 1200 meters and is surrounded by several stunning Dolomite massifs. In Cortina, you will be able to spend a leisurely evening strolling through the pedestrianized town center. It is worth admiring the remarkable orange hue, that the neighboring mountain peaks take on at sunset.
Day 2: Cinque Torri and Lake Federa
Ascent 740 m. Descent 800 m. Distance 11 km. Walking time 5 hours.
The Southern Trek commences in the Passo Falzarego area and heads southwards. If you wish, you can take a detour away from the pass to the area around the Lagazuoi peak. The itinerary for today’s hike can easily accommodate this. The main attraction along the path is the “Five Towers” or the Cinque Torri. This mountain group was formed from a monolith that split into five fragments and is one of the defining symbols of the Dolomites. Another location on today’s trail that is no less beautiful is Lake Federa. It is situated on the border between the forest belt and the alpine meadows that stretch in front of the jagged peaks of Becco di Mezzodì. This translates as “Midday Peak”, since the mountaintop is almost exactly south of the lake and serves as a natural solar clock.
Day 3: Monte Pelmo
Ascent 440 m. Descent 710 m. Distance 10 km. Walking time 4 hours.
In the morning, soon after departing from the mountain hut, you will be able to see the next mountain group on the Alta Via 1 route – Monte Pelmo. This group cannot be confused with any other in the Dolomites, due to its rare trapezoidal shape with very steep slopes, which extend one kilometer almost vertically skywards. The trail between mountain huts will take up the first half of the day. Then, after lunch, it is worth embarking upon the easy additional hike to the top of Monte Crot. This stands opposite Pelmo and boasts a spectacular panoramic view of the Dolomite Mountains.
Day 4: Civetta and Lake Coldai
Ascent 950 m. Descent 470 m. Distance 11 km. Walking time 5 hours.
Today the route reaches the Civetta group, where you will immediately be presented with two of the Alta Via 1 itinerary’s most impressive sights. At the northern end of Civetta, you will pass Lake Coldai. On a clear day, Coldai takes on a turquoise hue, which, along with the lake’s enchanting surroundings, makes this one of Civetta’s showpieces. Beyond the lake, the trail passes along the four-kilometer-long west face of Civetta, which reaches over a kilometer high. This is no more than 300m from the path itself, and many consider this track to be the most fascinating of the whole of Alta Via 1.
Day 5: Moiazza
Ascent 1020 m. Descent 1450 m. Distance 14 km. Walking time 7 hours.
Civetta is one of the largest mountain groups in the Dolomite Alps. A closer inspection reveals that it actually consists of two massifs: Civetta and Moiazza. Today, the path leads along the Moiazza massif. For most of the day, you will be passing through highland meadows and woodland. In the morning, you be able to view a panorama of the Dolomites to the east of Civetta. Of these, the Marmolada group is the most distinct, with its vertical south face. The trail gradually descends from the forests and passes the along the foot of Moiazza’s steep white cliffs.
Day 6: San Sebastiano and Pramper
Ascent 550 m. Descent 500 m. Distance 13 km. Walking time 5 hours.
As you progress along the Alta Via 1 route southwards, you will notice that the trail becomes less and less busy. The path goes deep into wild mountain areas, where there are very few trails and mountain huts, and no roads, let alone ski lifts. This is a completely different experience of the Dolomites. Here, you will be able to feel the natural atmosphere of the mountains, spend some time enjoying the silence, and catch a glimpse of wild animals. The mountains themselves are also different from the northern Dolomites. In this region, they are characterized by steeper slopes, narrow gorges and numerous scree slopes.
Day 7: National Park Dolomiti Bellunesi
Ascent 600 m. Descent 1880 m. Distance 14 km. Walking time 7 hours.
The final trail on the route passes through the Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park, across landscapes not found along other stretches of Alta Via 1. Here, you will climb the scree slopes and traverse Schiara’s desolate, rocky highlands. Today, you will be descending into the valley to finish the hike. This will be a long, but easy descent, due to the fact that it is on a gentle slope.
Day 8: Departure from Longarone
This completes your hike. You leave the Dolomites with vivid impressions and a collection of scenic panoramas in our cameras.
Alta Via 1 from Passo Falzarego to Civetta
This is a route with 4 full hiking days. It starts at the Passo Falzarego pass and follows the classic Alta Via 1 till the Moiazza massif. You step off the primary route after you passed Civetta and descend to the valley. The basecamp hotel for the last night is in Belluno.
Alta Via 1 from Passo Falzarego to Moiazza
This route runs from Passo Falzarego to the Moiazza massif. You will have 5 full hiking days. After a night at the foot of Moiazza, you will descend to the Zoldo valley.
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
6 Day Self Guided Tour € 80
7 Day Self Guided Tour € 80
8 Day Self Guided Tour € 80
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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