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Dolomites Alta Via 1 Complete

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  • Hiking high trails through the glowing peaks of the Dolomites
  • Enjoying warm hospitality and delicious Italian food in historic mountain ‘rifugios’
  • Visiting chic Cortina on arrival and Belluno at the end of your journey
  • Hearing the call of marmots in the Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi
  • The sense of achievement in completing one of Europe’s classic long distance trails
Follow the complete length of Italy’s classic ’High Route 1’ through the eastern Dolomites from Lago di Braies in the north, to Belluno in the south, staying in welcoming authentic mountain huts. This region of the Italian Alps is famed for some of the best scenery in the Dolomites - immense limestone peaks, with excellent well-trodden variants that allow you to avoid any via ferrata, making this a delightful trek. The ‘rifugi’ are a highlight of the Alta Via 1; you’ll soon fall into a simple yet pleasing pattern of walking from hut-to-hut, relaxing at the end of a rewarding day in traditional and remote mountain accommodation—some dating from the 1930s, and many still run by the families of the mountaineering pioneers that built them. The AV1 begins in the Sud Tirol, with its distinctive Austrian feel, heading southwards along a high route that winds around and beneath dramatic mountain ranges, including the iconic 3200m peaks of Tofana, Lagazuoi, Pelmo and of course the mighty Civetta. Finish the AV1 some 140km later at the lovely town of Belluno in the south. This trip will delight experienced hikers who can enjoy 9 days of hiking (between 9 and 18km a day), with ascents of up to 900m. Begin with an overnight stay at a charming 3* hotel in the chic town of Cortina, which is easily reached from Venice. Take a scenic bus to the start of Alta Via 1 at Lago di Braies, a beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by looming limestone rock faces, which hints at the gems to follow. Follow the distinct dark blue triangle marker ‘High Route 1’ as you make your way through narrow valleys punctuated by soaring spires, alpine meadows, grassy plateaus, dramatic scree slopes and shady forests. The Dolomites rise dramatically around you as you revel in a friendly Italian welcome, delicious pastas and hearty full-flavoured fare, excellent local wines, belly-warming grappa and a unique ‘rifugio’ ambience. This area was the front line between Austrian and Italian forces in WWI, and you’ll see fascinating artifacts from that time—the trenches and barbed wire a poignant contrast from the peaceful scenes you see today.
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What To Expect

Experienced hikers will love this classic long-distance trail through the stunning high peaks of the Dolomites. You should be sure-footed and have a head for heights to really get the most from this trip. It is not suitable for people suffering from vertigo. There are two particularly long days on this trip; Day 8 & Day 9 where you can expect to be walking between 8-10 hours each day. We can split these days up if you prefer, please see the detailed itinerary for more info. You should be prepared to stay in remote yet charming ’Rifugi’ - these mountain huts give a great sense of camaraderie, with dormitories, and the option at times to have a private room. Great food, good company, and mouth-watering scenery, so….andiamo!

Trip Style:

Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent active holiday.

Activity:

Hut to Hut Walking | A point to point walking trip, staying in a new location each night, usually with remote mountain huts or refuges included

Inspiration:

Classic

Grade & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate to strenuous and includes daily walks of between 9 and 16.5km with ascents of up to 900m, descents of up to 1300m. You’ll be following switchback footpaths, country lanes, both narrow and wide tracks and rough mountain paths. You should be prepared for rocky and loose ground and unavoidable narrow paths across scree slopes. We have deliberately avoided routes involving via ferrata. Some of the ascents and descents are considerably steep and some can be exposed so require a good head for heights and sure-footedness in places. There are two particularly long days on this trip; Day 8 & Day 9 where you can expect to be walking between 8-10 hours each day. We can split these days up if you prefer, please see the detailed itinerary for more info. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this trip, and be an experienced mountain walker.

Navigation

As this is a self guided walk you will be responsible for navigation, decision making and safety during your trip. This walk is strenuous, crosses high mountain passes and the weather can change quickly. You should be able to navigate easily with a map and compass in poor visibility and be experienced in the mountains.We supply you with route notes for the recommended routes, as well as a comprehensive guidebook and Tabacco printed maps (1:25 000) and access to our smartphone navigation app along with GPX tracks, so you will have no problem following the route each day. You are of course free to walk wherever you choose, with the possibility of following the guidebook and/or reviewing the map to make your own route.

Accommodation Information

We specifically select your rifugi to give you a taste of warm Italian hospitality and so that you are able to join in the camaraderie with your fellow walkers. For the first and last nights of your tour, you will stay in a friendly 3* hotel on a breakfast basis. In Refugio Fanes only breakfast is included, but you can buy dinner locally at the refugio. For your remaining 6 nights you will stay on a half board basis in mountain huts - ‘rifugi’. They offer comfortable accommodation and good local food and drink. Some of the rifugi are more basic than others; they are a mixture of CAI (Italian Alpine Club) and privately-run properties.

Hut accommodation is booked in mixed-sex dormitories made up of alpine-style communal sleeping areas or in bunk beds. We can often book private rooms in the huts (some with shared and some with en suite) and where this type of room is available this is noted against each accommodation; this 'room upgrade' is at an optional supplement. Private rooms are popular and therefore always subject to availability. Please note that private rooms in the mountain huts are extremely limited. If you wish to ask for a private room you need to BOOK EARLY. While we are always happy to ask, it may not be possible to reserve private rooms in the mountain huts.

Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote terrain and single rooms are not available except on the first and last nights (in hotel accommodation). A supplement is payable.

Meals

Breakfast is included each morning. Dinner is not included in Cortina or Belluno as there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Whilst staying in the rifugi dinner is included (excluding drinks). Dinner is not included at Rifugio Fanes where dinner can be bought locally from an a la carte menu. Meals in the mountain huts are always simple, hearty fare.

Included
  • Accommodation for 2 nights in a comfortable 3* hotels (en suite room), and for 8 nights in mountain huts (mixed-sex dormitory accommodation
  • 10 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners (in the mountain huts/Rifugios but not at Fanes)
  • Route descriptions, guide book, Tabacco maps and a pre departure information pack
  • 24-hour assistance by phone
Excluded
  • Getting to Cortina and from Belluno
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches, dinners in Refugio Fanes, Cortina and Belluno, drinks & snacks.
  • Public transportation, including buses, trains and cable cars.
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program.
  • Baggage Transfers
Extras
  • Additional nights during the trip
  • Private room supplement for the rifugios (subject to availability, rooms with either shared or en suite facilities).
  • Baggage transfers

When To Go

***July is an incredibly busy month on the Alta Via and therefore we have had to block out certain dates as a handful of the essential huts (Refugio Lavarella, Refugio Fanes and Refugio Lagazuoi) are already fully booked. If the dates available do not suit you but you would like to travel to the Dolomites in July we would recommend considering one of our other Dolomites trips such as the Alta Via 1 South or one of our trips in the Tyrol instead.

***There is no availability in Rifugio Lagazuoi in July and therefore we will need to book you into Rifugio Col Gallina or Rifugio Scotoni, both will require extra walking to be reached

This tour is available to start any day of the week from July to September. Upgrades to private rooms will be shown as an option during the booking process. Option & extension prices will be displayed as part of the booking process. Please note that private rooms in the mountain huts are extremely limited. If you wish to ask for a private room you need to BOOK EARLY. While we are always happy to ask, it may not be possible to reserve private rooms in the mountain huts. The best time to walk is July to mid-September, with August the most popular month (with the locals too!) and so busier in the huts. It is not unheard of for snow to fall on higher ground during the summer, and patches of snow may still be present into July. For this reason, we offer the walk starting from the beginning of July. July and August are the hottest months and carry the greatest risk of thunderstorms, which can be torrential and usually occur in the afternoon—being well-prepared and equipped for all these eventualities is essential.

Getting to the Start

By Air: Venice Marco Polo Airport is the most convenient airport, with various interational airlines operating here. The smaller Venice Treviso Airport is serviced by low-cost carrier Ryanair (London Stansted, Bristol, East Midlands, Leeds Bradford).

From Venice Marco Polo airport (or Venice Mestre bus station): it is possible to take the Cortina Express to Cortina (approx. 2h20); departures are twice-daily, usually in the afternoon, so please ensure you check their website for timetables.

From Venice Treviso Airport: From the airport take a bus (approx.12 mins) to Treviso, then from Treviso Sud there is an ATVO bus once a day to Cortina (approx. 2 hrs). Or you can take a bus from Treviso town to Venice Mestre or Marco Polo Airport for onward connections with the Cortina Express (see above). Check the timetable on the ATVO website.

Getting from the End

From Belluno you can take a train (changing at Conegliano) to Venice Santa Lucia station (approx. 2h30); see www.trenitalia.com for timetables. From here, take a bus from Venice Mestre to Venice Marco Polo Airport (35 mins). See timetable.

To return to Cortina from Belluno: Dolomiti Bus Lines 9 and 30 run between Belluno and Cortina, if you need to return there to collect any additional luggage (we can request if luggage be left at your first hotel in Cortina—subject to prior agreement). Journey time takes just over 1 hr. For timetables, see www.dolomitibus.it/dolomitibus/jsp/orari

Baggage Transfer

Bag transfer is available as an optional extra. Due to the remoteness of some of the huts, it is not possible to transfer bags to each overnight location. If you opt for bag transfer, bags cannot be delivered to Rifugio Averau/Nuvolau, Rifugio Coldai, Rifugio Vazzoler and Rifugio Fontana. On these days, simply carry a few overnight things in your day pack to see you through. If you choose not to opt for baggage transfer, you will need to carry your kit with you each day. Since you are staying in dormitory-style accommodation then you will need to bring a sleeping bag liner (or you can sometimes buy or hire one locally). Bed linen is provided when booking private rooms.

Travel Insurance

It is a condition of booking with us that you have suitable travel insurance that covers you for cancellation, curtailment, illness or injury.

 
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Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cortina Day 2 Bus to Lago di Braies. Walk to Rifugio Sennes 6 miles / 10 km Day 3 Walk to Rifugio Fanes 6 miles / 10 km Day 4 Walk to Rifugio Lagazuoi 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 5 Walk to Rifugio Nuvolau 8 miles / 13 km Day 6 Walk to Rifugio Citta di Fiume 7.5 miles / 12 km Day 7 Walk to Rifugio Coldai 6 miles / 10 km Day 8 Walk to Rifugio Passo Duran 12 miles / 20 km Day 9 Walk to Rifugio Pian de Fontana 10 miles / 16 km Day 10 Walk to La Muda. Bus to Belluno 7 miles / 12 km Day 11 Onward Travel

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