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Portered Hiking Fassa Dolomites Classic

Highlights

  • Walk light with just a day pack: your gear will be transported between the huts

  • Stay overnight in selected comfortable huts

  • Enjoy delicious meals of the traditional cuisine of the Italian Alps

  • Experience hiking through all types of the alpine landscapes

  • Explore the impressive lunar landscape of the Sella Group and reach Piz Boe – its highest point

  • Feel the solitude and wilderness in the Monzoni range

Description

This itinerary is known as the “Trekking of Legends” – the classic loop route around the Fassa Valley. It is one of the first-choice hiking itineraries in the Dolomites. In this area, the Dolomite ranges are set some distance apart from one another. The trails between them take you over ridges and Alpine meadows, through mountain passes and gorges.

Every day of this tour you cover a new mountain group of which there are six: Monzoni, Marmolada, Sella, Sassolungo, Antermoia and Rosengarten. All these ranges are unlike one another, and a rich diversity of landscapes and panoramas awaits you on your hike. You will travel to the foot of Marmolada, see the lunar landscape of the Sella group and climb its highest peak Piz Boe, skirt Sassolungo, and follow some of the least-traveled trails through gorges and across mountain passes of the Antermoia and Monzoni ranges.

This is a jeep-supported hiking trip. Your gear will be transported between the huts. It will travel separately from you and your hiking company: you will be finding your luggage in the hut in the afternoon when you arrive.

You will be accompanied by a local English speaking MONT Trekking mountain guide. This is a private hiking tour: there will be no group.

On you trip, you will overnight at mountain huts at elevations of 2,000 to 2,700 m. The trip is scheduled so that you will reach mountain huts after each daytime trek by 5 p.m. with plenty of time left for a shower, rest and local sightseeing before dinner.

Trip Overview

StylePortered Hut to Hut

DifficultyLevel 3

Activity6 - 7 hiking days

Tour Duration8 - 9 days / 7 - 8 nights

Start / FinishVal di Fassa

Dates and Prices

The dates for 2020 will be published shortly. We may be able to book a trip for you earlier: please send us a request.

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Primary Itinerary: 9 Day Tour

Day 1: Val di Fassa

You arrive in Val di Fassa, check in at the hotel, and cool off. Most our basecamp hotels for this tour are in Vigo and Moena that offer a convenient starting point for the hike the following day. If you arrive early, you might want to visit the Ladin Museum in Vigo di Fassa or try out a bicycle trail running through the valley in the direction of Canazei.

Day 2: Monzoni Group

Ascent 790 m. Descent 680 m. Distance 10 km. Walking time 5 hours.

In the morning after breakfast, you meet up with the guide at the hotel, leave behind the stuff that might encumber you on the hike, and get going without wasting any time. Today we hike on the southern slopes of the Monzoni range – the first Dolomite group we get to visit on our trip. The Monzoni peaks can be seen in all their grandeur from the Val di Fassa: they owe their whitish color to limestone and stand in stark contrast against the night sky, especially on a moonlit night. We climb the southern ridge of Monzoni that offers a breathtaking view of the spectacular panorama of the Dolomites, including the ranges that we will cover on subsequent days of our hike.

Day 3: At the Foot of Marmolada

Ascent 1190 m. Descent 520 m. Distance 14 km. Walking time 7 hours.

Today we are skirting Marmolada – the highest mountain group in the Dolomites. We will descend into the Contrin valley early in the day before embarking on a lengthy but not steep upslope trail to the Passo Fedaia pass through a gorge at the foot of Marmolada. An extensive glacier remains on the northern slopes of Marmolada. It feeds multiple mountain streams that we cross on our way and the River Avisio coursing through the entire Fassa Valley. After climbing almost as high as the mountain pass, we stop for the night at a hut on the shore of Lake Fedaia.

Day 4: Sella Group

Ascent 1100 m. Descent 590 m. Distance 13 km. Walking time 6 hours.

In the morning we hike along the cusp of an exposed panoramic ridge opposite Marmolada from where we can see its entire glacier right in front of us. Ahead of us is the Sella group – one of the most unusual ranges in the Dolomite Alps. Sella formed 230 million years ago at the end of the Permian Period as a coral island in a prehistoric ocean. Sella has survived to this day with minimal structural losses, which is why it is now shaped as a coral island with a “lagoon” surrounded by steep cliffs almost 1,000 m high. We climb to the Sella plateau and move towards its eastern tip where we stop for the night in a hut with spectacular vistas.

Day 5: Piz Boe Summit

Ascent 930 m. Descent 1260 m. Distance 12 km. Walking time 7 hours.

Today we reach the Sella’s highest peak – Piz Boe (3,152 m). It is an ideal observation point famous for an excellent bird view of the Sella plateau and for its impressive breathtaking panorama of the Dolomites. The trail from our hut to Piz Boe is the easiest one of the four trails leading to the summit. There is a small hut right on the summit with a convenient terrace where we may choose to stop for a coffee and enjoy the views. After descending from Sella, we go to the opposite slope in the direction of the Sassolungo group where we overnight at a mountain hut. From there we can see Sella as if in the palm of our hand at sundown.

Day 6: Sassolungo Group

Ascent 870 m. Descent 790 m. Distance 10 km. Walking time 6 hours.

Sassolungo (literally “Long Cliff”) is a compact mountain group with an unmistakable outline – it towers more than a kilometer high amid green highland meadows. We can decide on the route today: either we take it easy with an effortless hike around Sassolungo or we cross Sassolungo. The way around Sassolungo is a panoramic route with minimal changes in elevation offering multiple scenic views of the nearby mountain groups, the Val Gardena valley, and the gigantic green plateau Alpe di Siusi. Crossing Sassolungo requires more efforts: we ascend to 2,700 m and walk through a narrow gorge at high altitudes. The path through Sassolungo is a more exciting hiking option but good weather conditions are necessary.

Day 7: Lost World of Antermoia

Ascent 900 m. Descent 1240 m. Distance 13 km. Walking time 7 hours.

Today we pass through some of the least-traveled locales on our itinerary. The Antermoia group features peaks, passes, gorges, snow patches in hollows on northern slopes, and a high-altitude lake at the entrance to the eastern gorge. There are no chairlifts going up from the valleys, so we will be meeting fewer other hikers than on the days before. We reach Antermoia in three hours after hiking along the cusp of the mountain ridge at the boundary with the Alpe di Siusi plateau. Going deeper into the central part of the range, we enter the gorge and take a rest break on Lake Antermoia – one of the most beautiful lakes in the Dolomites. We will continue hiking through lifeless high-altitude landscapes of Antermoia, cross the Passo d’Antermoia pass at 2,770 m and reach our hut located at the edge of the Antermoia group.

Day 8: Rosengarten Range

Ascent 720 m. Descent 930 m. Distance 10 km. Walking time 5 hours.

The Rosengarten (literally “Rose Garden”) range, which we visit today, takes its name from an ancient Alpine legend about King Laurino. Rosengarten is a mountain chain stretching north to south, which formed as a coral reef 230 mln year ago and retained its unique shape to this day. We hike on eastern slopes of Rosengarten and reach its southern extremity with a panoramic view of the Latemar and Monzoni ranges. This hiking day ends at the Karerpass, and we go down to Val di Fassa with a 15-min private transfer.

Day 9: Val di Fassa

Our trip ends here. Time permitting, you can spend the rest of the day relaxing in the Val di Fassa. On our trek we saw all of the Dolomite ranges surrounding the Fassa Valley, climbed Piz Boe – the highest peak of the Sella Group, skirted Sassolungo, took photos against the backdrop of the Marmolada glacier, and hiked through the lost world of the Antermoia range.

8 Day Tour

The classic “Trekking of the Legends” itinerary

The 8 Day Tour itinerary is the classic “Trekking of the Legends” route. It does not go deep into the Sella range: we reach the plateau and cross its western part on a reliable trail below the Piz Boe summit. The 8 Day Tour is the only option in early summer and late September when the snow conditions on Sella limit possibilities for exploring this range.

Dates and Prices 2018

Guided

8 Day Tour
€ 2900
Jun 15 - Oct 01
9 Day Tour
€ 3210
Jun 27 - Sep 25

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 2018.

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.

Guided tour: minimum 4 participants.

What is included

  • Accommodation in mountain huts: 5 - 6 nights depending on the itinerary, 2-, 3- and 4-bedded rooms
  • Accommodation in a 4-star hotel in Val di Fassa: first and last nights of the trip
  • Breakfast and dinner in the mountain huts
  • Breakfast and dinner in the hotel
  • Instructions and assistance with logistics
  • 24-hour on-call support
  • Private transfers: first and last days of the hike
  • Local English-speaking mountain guide
  • Transfer of luggage between all huts along the route (luggage is transported separately from the hiking group, jeep supported)
  • 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
  • Lunches
  • Use of hot shower in the mountain huts: 3 - 5 euro
  • Recommended cablecar on the route
  • Tourist tax in the lodging establishments where applicable

Optional Extras

  • Single accommodation in the basecamp hotel
  • Airport transfer is available on request

Travel to and from Val di Fassa

The base camp location for this trip is Val di Fassa. Verona is the closest airport that serves regular flights. Public means of transportation are available between the Verona airport and Val di Fassa: it takes close to 5 hours, we can help you plan the logistics. Alternatively, we can organize a private transfer from Verona or any other airport of the region: Bolzano (private flights only), Innsbruck, Venice, Treviso, Bologna, Milan, Munich.

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 during most day crossings. The lunch menu in the huts is similar to the dinner one. Typically, there is a choice of starters, pasta, one or two soup options, main sourses and deserts.

Safety

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.

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 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.

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