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Portered Hiking Landmarks of the Dolomites

Highlights

  • Explore the famous Tre Cime, Lagazuoi and Cinque Torri

  • See the major highlights of the Alta Via N.1 and N.4 in one trip

  • Hike light while your gear is being transported between the huts along the route

  • Sleep in some of the most comfortable huts of the Dolomites with private rooms

  • Enjoy an excellent cuisine that combines the South Tyrolean and Venetian traditions

Description

Every day of this trip will surprise you with exciting new vistas of the Dolomites — arguably the most beautiful mountain range of the entire Alps. The Cinque Torri group (Italian for the “Five Towers”) conjures up associations with ruins of an ancient castle. The majestic panorama of the Cinque Torri awaits us on the first day of the trip. You will be overnighting at a nearby hut to get a chance to admire these fascinating “ruins” at sundown. As you proceed along the route, you will enjoy a breathtaking vista of the Dolomite Alps opening up from the top of the Lagazuoi mountain at 2,700 meters above sea level. From there the itinerary will take you over the slopes of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park. Running through the park is the famous two-week Alta Via N.1 trekking trail, and you will walk the length of two of its most admired segments. The chief landmark of the entire trip is the Tre Cime di Lavaredo (or the “Three Peaks of Lavaredo”), which opens up slowly – and strikingly – as you make your way up from the gorge. The northern slope of the Tre Cime offers the best vantage point for admiring this magnificent mountain group at sunset, and you will stop for the night at a hut at the foot of Tre Cime to get an eyeful.

This is a private hiking trip. You will be led by a local English speaking mountain guide.

Your gear will be transported between the huts where you stay overnight. We use 4x4 jeeps to transport the luggage with the vehicles and porters traveling separately for you.

You will stay overnight at mountain huts at the elevations between 1,900 m and 2,600 m. The huts on this route are among the most comfortable outside the crowded ski resort areas. We selected the best of them with private rooms and good cuisine. The basecamp hotels for this trip are several 4-star hotels in Cortina d’Ampezzo.

This itinerary is moderately difficult with relatively long day crossings. You do not need to have prior mountain hiking experience, although it is desirable, but must be in a good physical shape. Be prepared to walk 5 – 7 hours every day.

Trip Overview

StylePortered Hut to Hut

DifficultyLevel 3

Activity6 hiking days

Tour Duration8 days / 7 nights

Start / FinishCortina d'Ampezzo

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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Trip Itinerary

Day 1: Cortina d'Ampezzo

You arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, check in at the basecamp hotel, and rest. Cortina is one of the most spectacular Alpine resorts perched at 1,200 meters above sea level amid several Dolomite ranges. Here you can spend the rest of the day after your arrival enjoying a stroll through the pedestrian area and admiring the sunset over the Dolomites on a warm summer night.

Day 2: Cinque Torri

Ascent 980 m. Descent 560 m. Hiking distance 15 km. 7 hours hiking.

In the morning after breakfast, you meet up with the guide and get going. The first day of the hike never fails to make a strong impression, and this trip is no exception. Today the itinerary takes us past two landmarks of scenic beauty: Lake Federa and the Cinque Torri (“Five Towers”). As we ascend the wooded slopes, a striking panorama opens up before our own eyes, with the Federa lake looking majestic against the backdrop of the sharp peak of Becco di Mezzodi. This location provides an inexhaustible source of inspiration to thousands of photography enthusiasts. Here we take a moment to catch our breath and take a few snapshots. From the lake we head on to the Cinque Torri and stay overnight at a nearby hut to be able to admire this unique natural monument of architecture basking in the rays of a setting sun.

Day 3: Lagazuoi

Ascent 750 m. Descent 1390 m. Hiking distance 17 km. 7 hours hiking.

In the morning, after a short trek we reach the peak of the Lagazuoi mountain with its grand panorama of the Dolomites that never fails to impress. During World War I, the Austrian troops used the reddish slopes of the Lagazuoi as their fortifications. The military built an intricate system of tunnels and trenches that have partly survived to this day and are now part of an open-air museum. We take pictures the famous Lagazuoi panorama and head north by following some the Alta Via N.1 trails of the Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park.

Day 4: Fanes-Sennes-Braies Nature Park

Ascent 650 m. Descent 550 m. Hiking distance 10 km. 5 hours hiking.

Today our itinerary takes us through northern gorges of the Fanes group and over slopes of the Val Salata – a valley separating the Fanes and Sennes mountain groups. We continue hiking through the nature park while surrounded by untouched wild nature. In half a day we reach a hut in the Sennes group where we are scheduled to stay overnight. After resting a bit and leaving our backpacks at the inn, we make a radial hike to the peak of the Muntejela di Senes (2,787 m). It is accessible via a very little-travelled trail and provides a vantage point for a 360-degree panorama of the Dolomites.

Day 5: Braies Dolomites

Ascent 670 m. Descent 770 m. Hiking distance 17 km. 6 hours hiking.

Today we cross the beautiful Braies Dolomites. These are some of the least-traveled locales in the region with exposed slopes facing north toward the Puster Valley and south toward the red-colored Croda Rossa massif. Our trail curves close to the northern edge of the Dolomite Alps. The mountains to the north of it are the Pustertal Alps – a landscape totally different from the Dolomites. Our hut for the night is in the Alpe di Vallandro group. It is a hut with an excellent location: on a slope right in front of the Monte Cristallo massif what offers us a fantastic view at the sunset.

Day 6: Tre Cime di Lavaredo

Ascent 1270 m. Descent 950 m. Hiking distance 16 km. 7 hours hiking.

Tre Cime di Lavaredo (Three Peaks of Lavaredo) is one of the key landmarks along our itinerary and a calling card of the Dolomites. It is a uniquely shaped mountain group with three peaks huddled together and towering 500 – 600 m above their base. The northern slopes of these summits are vertical cliffs facing a crater-like hollow. Perched on the opposite slopes, we will be watching the sun go down tonight. We approach the Tre Cime in the afternoon while making our way up from a gorge. The trail runs through the gorge in such a way that the Tre Cime appear suddenly and then gradually show their full height as we make our ascent. We overnight at a hut at the foot of the Tre Cime, from where we can see them not just at sunset but also at dawn as they seem to soar above the fog rising up from the gorge.

Day 7: Sexten Dolomites

Ascent 790 m. Descent 840 m. Hiking distance 14 km. 6 hours hiking.

Today we climb into the highland regions of the Sexten Dolomites. In the local inclement climate, the spring lasts until mid-July and is followed by a brief summer. Snow patches can be seen on the northern slopes even as late as August, and accumulations of ice and snow from avalanches that came down in the winter rest in lakes nestled in hollows without thawing. In the Sexten Dolomites, we follow trails cut through rocky hills and reinforced against rockfalls, and scale narrow mountain saddles amid the invariably scenic panoramas of these austere mountains.

Day 8: Cortina d'Ampezzo

The trip has come to an end. You leave the Dolomites with unforgettable impressions and a rich collection of scenic panoramas in our cameras.

Dates and Prices 2018

Guided

8 Day Tour
€ 2980
Jun 15 - Oct 01

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 nights, private 2-, 3- or 4-bedded rooms
  • Accommodation in a 4* hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo: 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
  • Local English-speaking mountain guide
  • Transfer of luggage between all huts along the route (separately from the hiking group, jeep supported)
  • Private transfers: first and last days of the hike
  • 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
  • Recommended cablecar on the route
  • Tourist tax in the lodging establishments where applicable

Optional Extras

  • 5-star accommodation is available in Cortina d'Ampezzo with a supplement
  • Airport transfer is available on request

Travel to and from Cortina d'Ampezzo

The base camp location for this trip is Cortina d'Ampezzo. Venice and Treviso are the most convenient airports for travel to Cortina. The travel time is around 2h 30m. Public means of transportation are available: we can help you plan the logistics. Alternatively, we can organize a private transfer from any airport of the region.

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 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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