Alta Via No. 1 Dolomites High Trail

6 days, 8 participants, the No. 1 of the Dolomite high-altitude trails
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    Alta Via No. 1 Dolomites High Trail

The No. 1 of the Dolomite High Altitude Trails

Named after the geologist Déodat de Dolomieu, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site in 2009 because of their unique beauty. The limestone reefs, washed by the sea millions of years ago, form a stark contrast to the inviting South Tyrolean valleys. Nowhere else are green meadows, lovely alpine pastures, rugged rock faces and bold peaks united in such a confined space. 
Enjoy the unique landscape of the Dolomites on one of the most beautiful, technically easy alpine crossings. The spectacular route with changing impressions every day leads from Villabassa/Niederdorf at Lake Braies to Alleghe under the rocky castle of the Civetta. On the very first stage, you will experience a real Dolomite ambience on the ascent over the "Ofenmauer". In the following days, you will hike through the unique Fanes and Sennes National Park, experience a magnificent sunset from the summit of the 2,756 m high Lagazuoi (if you are lucky with the weather), hike to the giant Lego stones of the Cinque Torri and marvel at the largest rock faces in the Dolomites from a safe distance.
In between the daily highlights you can look forward to beautiful hiking trails and paths, wonderful resting places at deep blue lakes and not to forget cozy huts with the best Italian cuisine.

Program and schedule

Services
Tour schedule
Requirements
Lisa's recommendation
  • Mountain guide:in with the appropriate qualifications
  • 5 x overnight stays in huts and private mountain inns
  • 5 x rich breakfast buffet and multi-course dinner menu
  • 2 x transfer
  • Free participation in our online training: Crossing the Alps - Preparation (1 h)

Additional costs

  • possibly mountain railroads
  • Snacks, drinks
  • Arrival, possibly parking fee

Day 1: Meeting point in Niederdorf, South Tyrol; transfer to the unique Pragser Wildsee lake and ascent to the Seekofel hut (2,126 m). We start with a leisurely hike along the lakeshore with a magnificent panoramic view of the Braies Dolomites. Now we face the first ascent of the tour. Initially easy, later becoming a little steeper, we climb up to the Ofenscharte. From here it is not far to the hut. Ascent 950 m / descent 300 m / walking time 4 h, ⇔ 9.4 km

2nd day: To the Rifugio Sennes and to Pederu (1,545 m), through the Val de Fanes to the Grünsee and to the Rif. Lavarella (2,050 m). Today invites us once again to enjoy the wonderful panorama of the Sennes-Fanes Nature Park. We stroll across the Sennes plateau to the Rifugio Sennes and continue in the direction of Plan de Lasta, from here descending steeply to the head of the valley to Pederü. After a short break at the Pederü hut, we tackle the last ascent of the day. An easy mountain trail takes us right into the heart of the Fanes group. The Lavaredo hut, idyllically situated between meadows and sparse forests, is today's destination. Overnight stay at the Rifugio Lavarella (2,050 m). Ascent 550 m / descent 650 m / walking time 3 - 4 h, ⇔ 10.2 km

Day 3: To Lago di Limo and Alpe Fanes, continuing along mountain paths to Forcella del Lago (2,480 m) and up to Rif. Lagazuoi (2,756 m). The route first takes you comfortably over the Limojoch to the Fanesalm. With the Fuorcla da Lago saddle we have only reached an intermediate destination, but it is a welcome place for a rest. The route continues past Lago de Lagazoui and now climbs steadily up to our destination for today. The view from the terrace of the Lagazoui hut is truly magnificent and second to none. Overnight stay at the Lagazoui hut (2,752 m). Ascent 1,100 m / descent 420 m / walking time 5 h, ⇔ 12.3 km

Day 4: Over the Passo Falzarego, past the Cinque Torri to the beautifully situated Rif. Lago di Croda (2,042 m) with panoramic views of Cortina D'Ampezzo. Another highlight awaits you. We descend along the historic paths of the former Dolomite front through the Galleria de Lagazoui towards the Falzarego Pass. It's really impressive to see how cruel life was on the Dolomite front during the war. After a rest, we continue towards the Cinque Torri hut. We reach the accommodation on Lago Federa via beautiful meadows. Overnight stay at the Rifugio Lago di Croda. Ascent 700 m / descent 1,350 m / walking time 5.5 h, ⇔14 km

Day 5: Via Col Dura (2,293 m), Passo Palafavera (1,634 m) and Col Traversa (1,887 m) to Rif. Coldai (2,132 m). First we climb up to the Fuorcla Ambrizola, then descend slightly past the Rif. Citta di Fiume directly below the mighty precipices of Monte Pelmo 3,168 m. We stop for lunch at Passo Staulanza. From there we still have a few meters of altitude to climb to our stage destination, the Rifugio Coldai. Ascent 950 m / descent 850 m / walking time 6 h, ⇔ 16.6 km

Day 6: Over the Col Coldai (2,191 m) and the Col Mandro (2,023 m) down to the Lago di Alleghe (966 m). The last day of the Alta Via has another highlight in store. You hike to the Rifugio Tissi in the face of the mighty northern precipices of the Civetta 3,220 m, where alpine history was written. A quick coffee stop and then it's on to the Vazzoler hut. With the Torre Venezia in view, we stop here for lunch before descending further to the Rifugio Trieste. From there, cab transfer back to our starting point in Villabassa. Ascent 140 m / descent 1,250 m / walking time 2.5 h, ⇔ 5.4 km

Day 6 : Transfer back to Villabassa, South Tyrol. Arrival expected late afternoon. 

 

Note on program changes: 

All courses and guided tours are conscientiously organized and carried out in accordance with the safety standards of the Vivalpin Mountain and Ski School with qualified specialists (e.g. mountain and ski guides, mountain hiking guides, etc.). The provisional tour program may be adjusted for safety-related reasons, such as bad weather, dangerous conditions, unforeseen natural events or inadequate conditions of the participants. The final program will be decided by the guide on site.

You should know about good physical condition, a head for heights, stamina and the appropriate fitness for the daily stages with approx. 8 kg of luggage. You can expect daily Walking times of approx. 6 - 8 hours and up to 1,000 m (ascent and descent). Good preparation for multi-day hikes is half the battle: Get used to your mountain boots and to carrying a backpack. The best way to practice this is on hikes with comparable altitude differences. We also recommend our intensive training in surefootedness and head for heights.

"Not for nothing is the Alta Via, the "high way", also the number one multi-day hiking tour for many. Nowhere else in the Alps are there these contrasts between extreme rock faces and lovely alpine landscapes and lakes. Amazingly easy, the Alta Via finds its way between the three-thousand-meter peaks, although the rating "amazingly easy" is more from the perspective of an experienced mountaineer. In any case, you should be sure-footed, free from vertigo and, of course, have the necessary physical condition, then nothing will stand in the way of your dream tour."

Lisa Pütz
Mountain hiking guide
Member of the VIVALPIN Competence Team
Head of department for mountain school for many years

8 TN

Meeting point at 09:00 am at the train station in Villabassa, South Tyrol

AV huts and inns

6 days

Public transport conditionally recommendable

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