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The Dolomites of Val Badia Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Breathing in the fresh mountain air of the Dolomites.
  • Spellbinding views, wild open spaces, mountain lakes, jagged peaks
  • Meadows brimming with flora and fauna
  • Superb local cuisine, delicious cheeses and outstanding wines
  • Traditional mountain huts deep in the Fanes-Sennes National Park with fabulous mountain views

The Val Badia is one of the Ladin valleys located in the South Tyrol area of the Dolomites, an area famed for its alpine beauty and idyllic position at the foot of the Dolomites.This German-speaking part of Italy boasts exceptional cuisine, a rich variety of wildlife, flora and fauna. Leave your worries behind as you walk to the gentle sound of birds singing through the mesmerising beauty of the Dolomites.

Staying in the picture postcard village of La Valle-Wengen for six nights along with a night in a traditional mountain hut, allows you to enjoy the very best mountain walking that this area of the Dolomites has to offer.

Your walking holiday in the Dolomites includes six nights in a delightful 3* hotel in the alpine village of La Valle-Wengen in a private ensuite room, and one night in a 3* equivalent mountain hut in a private room. Both locations are surrounded by the beautiful peaks of the Dolomites.

DAY 1: Arrive Starting Point: La Valle- Wengen

We recommend flying to Innsbruck or Verona, which have good rail and bus connections to Brunico from where you can take a taxi directly to La Valle/Wengen or take a bus to Pederoa and short taxi ride to La Valle. Travel time from Innsbruck by train and bus (3h), and Verona (4h40).


Once you arrive in the mountainside village of La Valle/Wengen, settle into your accommodation then step outside and breathe in the fresh, crisp air . Soak up the extraordinarily beautiful and peaceful surroundings of the village and marvel at the majesty of the Dolomites.


OvernightHotel Pider The welcoming hospitality of the charming Hotel Pider has made this hotel an ideal base for exploring the Dolomites.


DAY 2: Crusc de Rit Circular Walk

Your first day of walking begins and ends in La Valle, passing over the Sas de Crosta (Pares) mountain. Enjoy the panoramic views from the Crusc de Rit as you overlook the Val Badia to the south, and the Valpusteria and Austrian peaks in the north.


As you walk through stretches of forest and wide pastures, the exceptional views of the majestic rock faces of the Sas Dalesc Desc, the Sas Dales Nu and the Ju de Sant Antone are sure to make you smile and unwind.


A longer alternative walk with larger ascent/descents is possible today, if you feel like a challenge!


Walk: 12.5km | 845m Ascent/Descent | 5Hours Alternative walk: 16km | 1020m Ascent/ 1015M Descent | 7 Hours


Overnight: Hotel Pider


DAY 3: Circular Walk Pederoa to Spizan

After a hearty breakfast, make your way by bus or on foot to the village of Pederoa, 2km from La Valle. The route climbs gradually to wide glades with panoramas over the whole of La Valle, as well as Longiaru and impressive Monte Putia.


A gradual descent along the Gran Ega river (the largest in Val Badia) brings you down from the peak at Spizan to Pederoa, where your walk ends. Take a local bus or continue the walk 2km back to your hotel.


Walk: 12km | 775m Ascent/Descent | 5Hours


Overnight: Hotel Pider


DAY 4: Passo Valparola to Corvara Walk

A short transfer this morning brings you to the Passo Valparola where you set off on an outstanding panoramic trail along the Sett Sass to the wide upland meadow of Pralongia. Enjoy extraordinary views of the peaks and valleys of the Val Badia with a backdrop of the Marmolada glacier.


Walk: 14km | 570m Ascent/ 1180 Descent | 6 Hours


Overnight: Hotel Pider


DAY 5: La Valle to Fanes walk

Today you set off on an exciting 2 day hike and will need to prepare your overnight things to carry with you in your day pack. A gradual climb and then a descent on stony footpaths takes you past the rock faces of the Sasso delle Nove and offers extensive views to the Pares ridge and Austrian peaks.


A last steep uphill section to the Ju De Sant Antone rewards walkers with ample views over the valley and Fanes-Senes-Braines National Park. Cross high pastures to the refugio and your base for the night. A further 1km walk to the Le Vert and Limo lakes is very worthwhile.


Walk: 14km | 1280m Ascent/ 565m Descent/ 6 Hours


Overnight: Rifugio Fanes


The Fanes Hut is located in the Fanes- Senes National Park amidst the South Tyrolean Dolomites, offering a warm welcome and cheery atmosphere. Unchanged over the years your stay here is bound to leave an lasting memory.


DAY 6: Fanes to La Valle walk

Whilst today’s walk is steep, you will be rewarded with incredible vistas as you wander through larch forest and then climb to the alpine lake Lech Parom. Here, the vast and majestic Fanes upland and prairies gradually turn to sheer vertical rock faces, surrounded by the stunning peaks of the Dolomites.


It is possible to avoid the steep climb by taking a more gradual trail and there is also the possibility to descend to Val di Medesc through a narrow and stony channel bringing you to La Crusc. The last stretch of your walk crosses the Armentara with its wide meadows which are characteristic of this region.


Return to Val Badia where you can enjoy some of the delicious local specialties, including carne salada and polenta.


Walk: 18km | 790m Ascent/ 1510m Descent | 8Hours


Overnight: Hotel Pider


DAY 7: Circular Walk Longiaru to Rifugio Genova

Your final day of spectacular walking starts with a short bus ride to Longiaru, then set off on foot with a steep climb to the flanks of Monte Putia, which stands out above the others in Val Badia. As you head towards Rifugio Genova, tucked beneath Passo Poma, cross wide prairies with exceptional views of the peaks of Puez-Odle National Park and the Fanes massif


Descend back to La Valle-Wengen through the Seres Valley, where you’ll see a succession of ancient watermills. If you wish, it is possible to shorten the trail by around 3km by taking an alternative route. Take the direct bus back to La Valle.


Walk: 17km | 1110m Ascent/Descent | 6 Hours Alternative walk: 13.km | 950m Ascent/Descent | 5 Hours


Overnight: Hotel Pider


DAY 8: Departure Day

Your holiday finishes after breakfast.


Please see the travel information section for details of onward travel from La Valle – Wengen


Additional Nights

You can add additional nights at any point along the walk. For mountain lovers an extra night in both the La Valle-Wengen valley and the Fanes mountain hut are highly recommended.

Accommodation

We include six nights accommodation in a lovely 3* hotel and one night in a mountain hut (rifugio) in private rooms. All are family run three star hotels and mountain huts which offer a genuine warm Italian welcome.


Alternate accommodation

We will always try and accommodate you at the locations detailed in the brochure, but because of limited availability in high season we may have to accommodate you at an alternative location of the same or better standard. We will confirm your accommodation details on confirming your reservation.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Solo Walkers

This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Meals

The price of your holiday includes 7 breakfasts, 6 dinners and 1 packed lunch provided at the Fanes mountain hut.

Availability

This holiday is available to start on any day between the beginning of June and the middle of October. Due to the Marathon of the Dolomites taking place locally, this tour cannot be started from the 4th-7th of July 2019.


Time of Year

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is fair.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.   This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Navigation

You will be following well marked hiking trails and tracks. We supply very detailed route notes and maps so navigation is generally easy. You will be walking in the high mountains and the ability to navigate with a map and compass in the event of bad weather is recommended.


Grade & Fitness

This walking tour is graded Moderate to Strenuous, due to the relatively steep ascents on most days.You should be a regular walker and have a good level of fitness to get the most from this holiday. Additionally, you should be sure-footed and not suffer from vertigo as hiking in the Dolomites involves some narrow paths and rocky terrain.


Baggage Transfers

Luggage transfers are not applicable on this tour. On day 5 you will need to pack and carry a day pack with warm clothes and necessities for your overnight stay at the Fanes Hut.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care.


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants),sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack

Getting to La Valle-Wengen

Innsbruck and Verona have direct flights from most major airports in the UK and flying time
from London is just over two hours. Airlines include: Easyjet, Ryanair,
British Airways and Thompson flights.


From Innsbruck Airport to Brunico you can take the airport bus to
Innsbruck (20 mins) and then take the train from the main railway
station - Innsbruck Hauptbanhnhof to Brunico. The Journey time by train
from Innsbruck is around 3hrs.


From Verona Airport to Brunico take the Aerobus to the train station
(20 mins) and then the train to Brunico. The Journey time by train from
Verona to Brunico is around 4hrs.


From Brunico to La Valle-Wengen you can a local bus from Brunico to
Pederoa and then a short taxi ride to La Valle-Wengen. The journey time
is approx 40mins. Alternatively, you can call your accommodation from
Pederoa and see if they are available to collect you.


View Bus/Train websites for up to date timetables and fares.

Included

  • Accommodation for 6 Nights in a 3* hotel in a private ensuite room and 1 night in a mountain hut in a private room
  • 7 breakfasts
  • 6 evening meals
  • 1 packed lunch provided at the Fanes Mountain Hut
  • Detailed picture route descriptions and maps
  • Transfer from accommodation to start of the walk at Passo Valparola on Day 4
  • Pre-departure Information pack
  • Access to the GPX tracks on the Macs Adventure Smartphone App
  • 24-hour assistance by phone

Excluded

  • Flights and transfers to first accommodation
  • Public transportation
  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Additional nights during the walk.

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially as the season is short (June - Oct). You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded moderate to strenuous so you will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle. Most of the paths are easy to follow but it does involve some steep ascents on most days. Walking each day is between 5 - 8 hrs.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

You can fly into either Innsbruck Airport in Austria or Verona Airport in Italy, check out the travel details for more detailed information.

How do the baggage transfers work?

Luggage transfers are not applicable on this tour. On day 5 you will need to pack and carry a day pack with warm clothes and necessities for your overnight stay at the Fanes Hut.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is fair.

Val Badia hiking some more info

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I meant to write this in my previous review, could you possibly add it: The bus from Pederoa to Le Valle does not go very often. We arrived in Pederoa on the bus at about 12:30 and the next bus up to Le Valle was only at 3:23pm. We had our luggage with us so it was not very practical to walk as it is 2km and steep uphill. Eventually we tried hitch hiking and after about 15 minutes a lovely lady picked us up and delivered us to the hotel. Another time we were not so lucky and nobody stopped. These are the times the bus goes: 10:23 12:23 15:23 18:28 So it means that it is often not possible to get back from your hikes across the valley to time a bus up to Le Valle. We landed up walking up the hill at the end of a long day in the heat which detracted from the day. Also the link for the bus times in the literature from Macs Adventures did not work.

Phee

Canada

Hiking in Val Badia

5

We really enjoyed being in this quieter part of the Dolomites. Because there are no lifts to get you into the alpine, the number of hikers was considerably less than further up the valley or over in the Val Gardena valley. All the walks were good, the elevation gain is considerable, so you need to be in reasonable shape to enjoy these walks. The Pederoa to Spizan loop was not a great walk, it was very steep uphill, then across the top of the ridge with no views to speak of and the walk back along the river was pretty boring. My favourite walk was from Longiaru to Refugio Genova, wonderful views once you are out of the trees, but a huge amount of elevation gain. The step by step guide is sometimes hard to follow. We had downloaded the Macs app onto our iphone and had saved the routes offline. We found them useful. On day 2 to Cruz de Rit, we took the shortcut route and the GPS track for that was off by about 200 meters which was very confusing. But on the whole the app allowed us to see where we were when we thought we were off route. The accomodation in Le Valle at the Alpen Rose was fantastic. Ottman the owner was extremely helpful and very nice. On one day when we were sick, he gave us a lift to shorten the hike. The food is also superb. The accomdation at the Fanes Hut was lovely. The rooms were very modern and comfortable, more like a hotel than a hut! Food not so great and expensive. Packed lunch awful. The flowers in the meadows were stunning in the second half of June. All in all, it was a great trip and I would recommend this to my friends.

Phee

Canada

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Well organised trip with challenging hikes

4

I really enjoyed this trip. It's a beautiful area to hike and the walks were largely breathtaking. I think there was only one day where the hiking was well, a bit "whats the point" and that was the second hike (third day) when there was just an enormous climb, and when you reached the top there was no view, which was a little disappointing. I think the trip needed the option of a shorter walk before the overnight trip to Fanes as frankly I was exhausted. Saying that though the Passo Valparola to Corvara Walk was my favourite. The food in the hotel was really good and exactly what was needed at the end of a challenging hike. Sleep was never an issue - even with the church bells ringing from 7 am.

Kat

Oslo

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Yes! I would book a adventure trip again through Macs!

5

Our trip was great! The accommodations, the food, the trails, the trail instructions, the people...

Karen & Randy Hikers

Gunnison, Colorado

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Spectacular vistas, great variety

5

This is a beautiful and challenging hiking holiday. However, it's not for those looking for relatively easy walking or who aren't comfortable with higher altitudes and narrow mountain trails. The hotel in La Valle Wengen was comfortable and clean and the food very good. If there was a negative, it's that the point-to-point directions didn't always provide enough guidance or had errors and on several occasions we had to backtrack to find the right trail. The loop hiking to and from the Fanes Refugio was the most spectacular and challenging. Our GPS showed a longer hike than what's listed with about 18 km walking over the pass to the hut, and 23 on the route back with significant elevation gains and losses. The views on this trail were amazing and accommodations at Fanes were very good.

Robert of the Breakfasteers

Seattle, WA

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An excellent, well organised and most enjoyable holiday.

5

The Hotel Pider was well placed in the centre of the village, comfortable with abundant good food and very friendly staff. Lots of advice available when required. The location in a no through valley is excellent for exploring the surrounding area of very varied scenery. Refuge Fannes was most comfortable with a friendly family atmosphere. Also well located for exploring the higher terrain.

Meg

La Valle, Val Badia.

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Every day a different walk through a different landscape.

5

The route notes for this hiking adventure, for the most part were very easy to follow. The day walks were challenging and different everyday. We felt a sense of achievement at the completion of every days walk. The accommodation selected for us exceeded our expectation. We were able to meet fellow travellers and discuss our days adventures over a well earned beer. It was also nice not to have to search somewhere for dinner at the end of a tiring day as this was covered with our accommodation.

Sue the intrepid

Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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A great week's walking!

5

This was a great walking trip, the walks are easy to follow and organised to gradually increase in difficulty and steepness (be warned though it's not for the faint-hearted - steep ups and downs across scree slides and some very narrow paths with precipitous drops on either side). If you have not been to the Dolomites before (we hadn't) the scenery is fabulous and the weather in July perfect for walking. The Hotel Pider is a friendly, family-run hotel in a lovely location with great home-cooked local food and plenty of it (it's Tyrollean rather than Italian in this region) - which is what you need after those strenuous ascents and descents!

Anne

Milton Keynes

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The Dolomites of Val Badia

4

Was a bit exhausting for us but managed to adapt to suit us especially as I had been sick

Kit

NZ

Fabulous trip to a unique part of the world

5

This was a nice tightly organized trip for someone who had a limited amount of time.

Herb

Minnesota, USA

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The Dolomites of Val Badia

4.7 15

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