Hiking in the Fassa Dolomites

Highlights

  • Hike the most exciting part of Alta Via N.2

  • Explore the unique lunar landscape of Sella Group with out-of-this-world views

  • Sleep in comfortable huts with a possibility of private rooms and enjoy good meals

  • Walk through all kinds of mountain landscapes

  • Enjoy good potential to see alpine ibex in the wilderness of the Monzoni range

  • Hike deep into Antermoia - Rosengarten to see the stunning view of the Vajolet Towers

Description

The Fassa Dolomites trek is one of the most famous classic hiking routes at the heart of the Dolomite Alps. The itinerary runs through mountain chains that have in many ways defined the Dolomites. It takes you on a week-long trek across six ranges of the Dolomites that encircle the Val di Fassa valley: the Monzoni, Marmolada, Sella, Sassolungo (Langkofel), Antermoia and Rosengarten.

The trail mostly runs at elevations of 2,000 to 2,600 m through. You will walk through all kinds of mountain landscapes ranging from warm Alpine meadows in the tableland to harsh high-altitude regions of the Sella Group where the trail climbs to above 3,000 m. You will go up and down panoramic mountain ridges, admire the lunar landscape of the Sella Group, and venture into the lost world of the Antermoia massif.

You will overnight at serviced mountain huts offering traditional Alpine meals and equipped with hot showers. Most huts along this route are set in truly spectacular locations. Overall, the huts around Val di Fassa are considered among the best in the Alps.

This itinerary is available as a private guided or self-guided hiking trip. On a guided tour, you will be led by a local English-speaking mountain guide. On a self-guided tour, you can pace yourself and pursue your own interests according to a hiking schedule developed by MONT Trekking mountain guides. While no specific training is required for this hiking trip, a good physical shape is a must.

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Trip Overview

StyleHut to Hut Hiking

DifficultyLevel 3

Activity4 - 8 hiking days

Tour Duration6 - 10 days / 5 - 9 nights

Start / FinishVal di Fassa

Self Guided Hiking

6 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 670
Jun 19 - Sep 28
7 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 750
Jun 19 - Sep 28
8 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 830
Jun 19 - Sep 28
9 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 930
Jun 19 - Sep 21
10 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 1020
Jun 19 - Sep 21

Guided Hiking

6 Day Guided Tour
€ 1150
Jun 19 - Sep 28
7 Day Guided Tour
€ 1420
Jun 19 - Sep 28
8 Day Guided Tour
€ 1620
Jun 19 - Sep 28
9 Day Guided Tour
€ 1870
Jun 19 - Sep 21
10 Day Guided Tour
€ 2150
Jun 19 - 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: 9 Day Tour

Day 1: Val di Fassa

You arrive on your own in Val di Fassa and check in at one of our basecamp hotels. The hotels are located in the lower half of the valley in the towns of Vigo, Pozza and Pera. At check in you collect the materials that we prepared for your hike. They include a specialized hiking map of the region 1:25000 and hiking schedule.

Day 2: Monzoni Group

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

The main Fassa Dolomites itinerary starts at the Passo San Pellegrino pass at an elevation of 1,920 m, thus the day begins with a transfer from the hotel to the pass. The trail takes you up the slopes of the Monzoni Group – the first mountain chain of the Dolomites on your itinerary. The day before you could see the whitish peaks of the Monzoni from the valley down below, standing tall in stark contrast against the night sky, especially on a moonlit night. The trail skirting the southern slopes of the Monzoni gets very little foot traffic and thus offers a good chance of sighting the Alpine ibex here. They are not fearful of hikers and can “pose” for cameras for long periods of time. As you descend to the mountain hut in the Contrin valley, a stunning panoramic view of the Sassolungo Group – your destination two days away – opens up in all of its splendor.

Day 3: At the Foot of Marmolada

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

Today's itinerary takes you across several mountain passes and ends at Fedaia Lake at the end of the day. You bypass the untrekkable portion of the Marmolada Group over ridges in the east of the Monzoni. Here you descend into the grassy hollow of the Ciampac – a natural amphitheater of rare beauty with a magnificent view of the Sella Group across blooming Alpine meadows. The landscape changes abruptly in the latter half of the day as you embark on an easy albeit lengthy ascent up a scenic trail leading to the Fedaia Pass. Pilgrims had been using this trail since time out of mind as the main route to the Fassa Valley from the south. It runs mostly through forestland over the slope of a wide gorge at the foot of the Marmolada. The largest glacier of the Dolomite Alps has lasted to this day on the northern slopes of the Marmolada Group. It is feeding countless mountain streams that resoundingly course down the gorge slopes, creating a pleasant freshness along your path.

Day 4: Sella Group

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

Today you are headed to the Sella mountain group – a petrified coral atoll that had formed in a prehistoric ocean. The panoramic trail toward the Sella Group is known as the “Road of Merchants” – used by merchants and traveling salesmen on their way between the Fassa Valley and the Livinallongo Valley in the olden days. The trail runs over exposed slopes and the ridge of the mountain chain, offering a stunning view of the Marmolada glacier on the opposite side and the still azure waters of Fedaia Lake at the foot of the massif. Next to welcome you is the Sella Group – a grand mountain range with kilometer-high outer cliffs and just a few narrow gorges leading to the top. The Sella Group is famous for the lunar landscape of its highland regions. It is a highly dissected, rugged plateau at elevations of close to 3,000 m – a lifeless and truly otherworldly landscape that never fails to create a strong impression.

Day 5: Piz Boe Summit

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

The route today is quite challenging but well worth the effort. In good weather conditions you can reach the Sella’s summit – the 3,152 meter-high Piz Boe. At the beginning of the day, do not miss the sunrise. The location of the hut on Sella is truly spectacular – it offers a fantastic panorama with several ranges of the Dolomites well visible at a short distance. On the way to Piz Boe you walk through the unique out-of-this-world lunar landscape of the Sella Group. It is a lifeless plateau with the elevations primarily between 2,500 and 2,900 m – very similar to what we see on the images from other planets. The descent from Sella is through a beautiful narrow gorge with the 1,000 meter-high vertical walls. You end the today’s trek at the foot of the Sassolungo group from where you can see another famous Dolomites sunset.

Day 6: Sassolungo Group

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

After two days of lengthy treks, today offers a chance to take it easy on a more relaxed leg of the hike. The itinerary skirts the Dolomite range of Sassolungo or Langkofel – a name that literally means “Long Rock”. Sassolungo is a compact mountain group that stands apart from the other massifs in the region, towering above the sloping Alpine meadows around it. Today's itinerary can be covered in one of two ways: by circumventing the entire Sassolungo or by going around only the south portion of this range and crossing it via the only trail that ascends to 2,700 m. The first option offers a chance to see all the mountain chains around the massif, the Gardena Valley, and the scenic Alpe di Siusi plateau. The second option is equally or even more impressive, taking you through a narrow gorge that bisects the massif at an elevation of close to 2,700 m.

Day 7: Lost World of Antermoia

Ascent 920 m. Descent 1260 m. Distance 16 km. Walking time 7 hours.

The Antermoia Group is a vast high-altitude region with next to no vegetation, featuring a high density of chaotically scattered peaks separated by just a few passable gorges. Antermoia offers some of relatively little-traveled trails, with no roads or chair lifts in the vicinity – a true escape from civilization, the mountain huts its only reminder. Here the trail ascends through the bottom of a glacier-polished eastern gorge where a scenic cold Lake Antermoia is perched at an elevation of 2,495 m. Yellowish cliffs towering 400 meters above the still waters of the lake form the backdrop for what is arguably one of the most dazzling locations along the entire itinerary.

Day 8: Rosengarten Range

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

Today's itinerary takes you from the wild, seldom-traveled gorges of the Antermoia Group to another Dolomite range – the Rosengarten. It is a petrified coral reef stretching for 10 km to the south. The Rosengarten is unique in that it has retained the almost intact shape of a coral reef, spared any major destruction over the past 230 million years. Here you will see one of the region's chief landmarks – the famous Torri di Vajolet group. It is a gigantic rock with a pinnacle split into several fragments to resemble the towers of a fairytale castle. The trail runs underneath the “towers” and ascends to the opposite slope that offers a more stunning view of Torri di Vajolet. Another magnificent landmark of today's itinerary is the panoramic “Sheepherders' Trail”. It runs over a ridge revealing a majestic panorama of the Rosengarten mountaintops, with talus slopes descending to the valley. At the end of the day, the itinerary brings you back to the now familiar hotel in Val di Fassa.

Day 9: Val di Fassa

The trip ends here. Most hikers remember the Fassa Dolomites for the unique lunar landscape of the Sella Group, colorful sunsets, exceptional diversity of landscapes and comfortable mountain huts in spectacular locations.

6 Day Tour

A quick getaway with several route options including Sella

There is a choice of several itineraries for a 6 Day Tour, both guided and self-guided, depending on the required level of difficulty. The lightest itinerary follows the Monzoni to Sella route. A little more difficult itinerary covers the area between Sella and Rosengarten. There are more challenging route options that include a crossing of the Sella Group either at the start of the hike or at its end. Based on your preferences and depending on the dates of your trip, we will offer you an appropriate 6 Day Tour.

7 Day Tour

With 5 full hiking days you will see 4 out of 6 mountain ranges of the Fassa Dolomites

Several route options that differ in difficulty are available for a 7 Day Tour. The classic itinerary is “Monzoni – Sassolungo”. It runs from the Monzoni range to Sassolungo with Marmolada and Sella on its route. This itinerary is slightly easier than the other 7 Day Tour variants. The “Monzoni – Sella” route lets you explore the high-altitude area of the Sella Group and reach its summit Piz Boe (3,152 m). The third itinerary is “Sella – Rosengarten”. It starts at the high-altitude trails of the Sella Group from where it runs through Sassolungo, Antermoia and Rosengarten. Possibility of a particular itinerary depends on the experience of the hikers and weather factors.

8 Day Tour

The classic “Trekking of the Legends” route

The 8 Day Tours covers all six mountain ranges of the Fassa Dolomites. This itinerary is known as the “Trekking of the Legends” hiking route. It starts at the Passo San Pellegrino pass and goes through the entire chain of the dolomite ranges around Val di Fassa. This itinerary ends, depending on your choice, either at the Karerpass nearby the southern extremity of the Rosengarten range or in Val di Fassa. This is a normal Level 3 itinerary.

10 Day Tour

“Trekking of the Legends” and the Alpe Lusia range

The longest 10 Day Tour adds a crossing of the Alpe Lusia range to the primary itinerary. This requires and extra hiking day which is the first day of this hike. Alpe Lusia is a chain between the Monzoni range and Pale di San Martino (Pala Group). The trail in Alpe Lusia runs next to the crest of the main ridge and offers breathtaking panoramas with the Dolomites of Val di Fassa and the neighboring Pale di San Martino. This is a trip with 8 full hiking days.

Dates and Prices 2020

Self Guided

6 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 670
Jun 19 - Sep 28
7 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 750
Jun 19 - Sep 28
8 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 830
Jun 19 - Sep 28
9 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 930
Jun 19 - Sep 21
10 Day Self Guided Tour
€ 1020
Jun 19 - Sep 21

Guided

6 Day Guided Tour
€ 1150
Jun 19 - Sep 28
7 Day Guided Tour
€ 1420
Jun 19 - Sep 28
8 Day Guided Tour
€ 1620
Jun 19 - Sep 28
9 Day Guided Tour
€ 1870
Jun 19 - Sep 21
10 Day Guided Tour
€ 2150
Jun 19 - 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
   6 Day Self Guided Tour   € 90
   7 Day Self Guided Tour   € 90
   8 Day Self Guided Tour   € 90
   9 Day Self Guided Tour   € 90
   10 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: 3 - 7 nights depending on the itinerary, shared room
  • Accommodation in a 3* 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
  • Itinerary and hiking schedule developed by the MONT Trekking guides (self-guided trip)
  • Specialized hiking maps 1:25000: 1 map per booking (self-guided trip)
  • Transfer on the first day of the hike: the trips with a start at Passo San Pellegrino and Alpe Lusia (self-guided trip, this service may be shared with other MONT Trekking guests)
  • Private transfers: first and last days of the hike (guided trip)
  • Local English-speaking mountain guide (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
  • Lunches
  • Use of hot shower in the mountain huts: 3 - 5 euro
  • Public bus on the first and/or last days of the trip: 4 - 5 euro (self-guided trip, not required for the itineraries starting at Passo San Pellegrino and Alpe Lusia)
  • Cablecars or lifts on the route, if any
  • 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 euro supplement per person per night, based on availability
  • Airport transfer is available on request

Travel to and from Val di Fassa

Verona is the closest airport to Val di Fassa. There are regular flights to Verona from the UK, Russia, Germany, Denmark, France and Poland. It takes around 4 hours to arrive by train and bus from the Verona airport to the Fassa valley.

Innsbruck is also a convenient airport, but not many airlines operate flights to Innsbruck.

Other possible airports are Venice, Bologna, Munich and Milan.

We can help you to plan the route from the airport and provide you with train and bus schedules: please contact us before you buy 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 at the mountain huts on the route. The lunch menu in the huts is similar to the dinner one. Typically, there is a choice of pasta for 7 – 10 euros and main dishes for 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 Val di Fassa

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.