Hiking Italy's Dolomites

GENERAL INFO

The Dolomites, a Unesco World Heritage site in the northern Italian Alps, is a playground for outdoor adventurers. With their vertical walls, sheer cliffs, and pale-colored dolomitic limestone eroded into towers and steep-sided valleys by rain, ice, sun and wind, they make for some of the most breathtaking mountain landscapes in the world.
We love them so much, that we have developed this Alta Via Tour to indulge our passion for the region. The trip starts in Bolzano where we meet and then we ease you into the mountains, with two nights in Selva di Val Gardena, before taking you higher to hike the "Alta Via" or High Route. This is a special experience because you’ll see some of Europe’s most spectacular alpine scenery, while staying high up in the mountains for three nights in isolated mountain chalets known as “Rifugi”. They are more Spartan than a hotel, but our travelers always remark how much more comfortable they are than they had expected. Proper beds, hot showers, and delicious meals are provided and the experience of watching the sun set from high up in the mountains is a priceless. The last day, we end back in the comfort of a four-star hotel in Selva di Val Gardena, where you going to have time for some well-deserved pampering at the Spa, followed by the farewell dinner.
This tour provides you with a real Himalayan-style trekking adventure but with comfortable lodgings and superb Italian food and wine. It’s definitely a winning combination!

DAILY ITINERARY

Begin your trip in the beautiful South Tyrolean city of Bolzano, the gateway to the western Dolomites. Check into the historic Hotel Laurin, a four-star hotel with a heated swimming pool in the center of town and a fixture in the city since 1910. Take some time to tour the fascinating Ötzi Museum that tells the story of a hunter who died in the mountains 5,300 years ago. His body was found in the ice about 20 years ago and provides unique insight into the life of our Bronze Age ancestors. Meet your guides for a drink before dinner and then dine in a centuries’ old restaurant in the town center.

Overnight in Bolzano, Hotel Laurin (D)

In the morning we will drive to Ortisei where we’re whisked up into the mountains by gondola lift to 2,500m for the start of our hike. Walk beneath the spectacular spires of the Odle massif and gaze out across the valley to the Alpe di Siusi, whose jagged peaks are silhouetted against the sky. Stop for a snack break at our first rifugio (mountain hut) and then continue hiking to another rifugio for a hearty lunch. After an espresso and maybe a piece of sinful strudel, continue your hike with a descent to our hotel in Selva di Val Gardena, an historic four-star hotel and our home for the next two nights (a well-placed van can shuttle you through some of the descent to save valuable knees!). Explore the town before dinner or just relax at the hotel’s spa and indoor pool.

Overnight in Selva di Val Gardena, Hotel Oswald (B,D)
Hiking distance:
14 km / Hiking Duration: 6 hours
Elevation gain & loss: 900m & 850m
Driving distance:  

Bolzano to Ortisei 420km / 4h 30min
Litochoro to Prionia 18km / 30min

Start your day with a trip on a “funivia” (cable car), which carries you swiftly up to 2,000 m. The hike begins gently as we have an easy climb followed by a traverse beneath the north wall of the Sassolungo. Then we head south and wind our way between rocky pinnacles to another rifugio, where we can stop for a well-earned break. Continue from there up a narrow pass and gradually arrive at another dramatically perched rifugio for lunch. From there we hop into a “pod” lift which takes us down the steep descent to the Passo Sella where we resume our hike along the southeast side of the Sassolungo. Return to town on another gondola ride and relax at your hotel before meeting up again for a drink. Tonight is a “free night” so you can choose to eat simply or go lavish.

Overnight in Selva di Val Gardena, Hotel Oswald (B)
Hiking distance: 11 km / Hiking Duration: 5 hours
Elevation gain & loss: 750m & 200m

The adventure ramps up today as we begin the “Alta Via” (high road) part of the trip. Stay the next three nights in mountain chalets, which aren’t as luxurious as hotel rooms but still offer proper beds and linens, hot showers, and excellent food and wine. Enjoy the fresh mountain air and stunning views as you let the cares of daily life fade away. We begin with a gondola lift up to 800 meters to start our hike along the northern flank of the Odler massif. As you hike you’re rewarded by amazing views towards the Val di Funes and onto the jagged peaks of the Odler group, then stop for a hearty lunch at the Rifugio Odle, which sits perched at 2,000 m. Continue the walk on a spectacular trail that leads beneath the towering spires of The Furcheta to Rifugio Genova, our home for the night. This charming chalet was built in 1898 and is located at the entrance to the Puez-Odle national park. Celebrate the day’s hike with a hot shower and a cold beer, followed by dinner in the cozy wood-paneled “stube” right there at the chalet

Overnight in Rifugio Genova (B,D)
Hiking distance:
18km / Hiking Duration: 6 hours
Elevation gain & loss: 750m & 450m
Driving distance:
Selva Val di Gardena to gondola lift 5 km / 15min

Hike today through Alpine terrain into the Odle-Puez national park and ascend between dramatic peaks to the Nives Pass, which tops out at 2,740 m. If you’ve got the energy, continue out to the top of Piz Duelda, which reaches 2,909 m. Breathtaking views surround you as you gradually descend to the Puez Hutte rifugio, tucked beneath the soaring peaks beyond. Rest up from your hike on the large, sunny terrace and then enjoy dinner of local specialties at the charming restaurant.

Overnight in Rifugio Puez (B,L,D)
Hiking distance:
10km / Hiking Duration: 5 hours
Elevation gain & loss: 850m & 600m

A lovely walk awaits you today as our trail climbs into the mountains and then gradually descends into the Val du Lunghiaru. Hike past brilliant green fields dotted with wooden shelters and rustic farmhouses, then continue through the tiny hamlet of Pescol (pop. 21!) before returning into the mountains on a steep trail through a ravine to the unique Alpine scenery of the Gardenacia Plateau. The trail meanders along the undulating terrain to arrive at the Gardenacia chalet, which sits above the Val Badia. Marvel at the contrast between the austere rocky projections above you and the gently swaying larch trees below. This mountain hut was constructed in 1937 and was renovated in 2009, and retains much of the original décor. What’s more, it has an amazing sauna whose large windows afford spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. We stay the night in rooms that accommodate two, three, and four people, with shower and WC down the hall.

Overnight in Rifugio Gardenacia (B,D)
Hiking distance:
16km / Hiking Duration:6 hours
Elevation gain & loss: 750 & 900m

Today’s final hike takes you up to the Para dai Giai and along a high ridge line at 2,450 m. Stop to admire the emerald green water of the Lech de Ciampei, a beautiful Alpine lake, and then continue on to the Somafurcia Pass for a welcome snack break. From there we hike along the southern flank of the Crepeina massif. Gradually descend towards the soaring Piz da Cir, whose vertical rock face has attracted climbers for a century. End your hike at the Danterceipe chalet, where we pick up a gondola to spare our knees the final 600 m. descent back to Selva di Val Gardena. Check back into our four-star hotel and rest up after your week of hiking at the spa. Meet up again this evening for a celebratory drink followed by a delicious dinner at one of the town’s fabulous restaurants.

Overnight in Selva di Val Gardena, Hotel Oswald (B,L,D)
Hiking distance: 11km / Hiking Duration: 5 hours
Elevation gain & loss: 900m & 750m

We leave this morning at 9.30 a.m. for a 1hr transfer to the Bolzano train station for trains departing at 11:00 and after. From there you can get connections to Venice, Verona, Milan, Innsbruck and beyond.

(B)
Driving distance:
Selva di Val Gardena to Bolzano 43 km / 1 hour

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WHAT'S INCLUDED

PRICE INCLUDES

  • All accommodations as listed (or similar) based on double occupancy in Bolzano and Selva di Val Gardena. In the rifugios rooms are based on a first come, first served basis. If you book early, and you are a couple there is a good chance we will be able to reserve double rooms for you, however it may be necessary to have three or four people maximum in a room. Toilets and showers are in the hallway (it's a great way to meet people!)
  • Hotel taxes and service charges
  • All transportation during the trip
  • The lift tickets
  • All activities mentioned in the program
  • Services of a guide throughout the tour

NOT INCLUDED

  • Domestic and/or international air fare
  • Medical expenses
  • Travel or emergency evacuation insurance
  • Gratuities for leader/guide or driver
  • Alcoholic beverages and meals other than outlined in itinerary
  • Visas if needed
  • Transfer to and from Bolzano
  • Other items of a personal nature
  • Anything not mentioned in above program

INCLUDED MEALS

  • Breakfast
  • Two picnic lunches and six dinners as indicated in the itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES

We are constantly updating our unique itineraries based on new information and experiences available. The walks, accommodations, and visits listed may be adjusted. The itineraries presented are subject to modification and change by Tripin Adventures. We reserve the right, without penalty, to make changes in the published itinerary whenever, in our judgment, conditions warrant, or if we deem it necessary for the comfort, convenience, or safety of participants, anything not mentioned in above program.

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