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Dolomites Alta Via 1 South

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  • Walk among the classic peaks of the Civetta, Monte Pelmo & Cinque Torri
  • Enjoy a warm Italian welcome and delicious food at the mountain huts
  • Stay in the chic ski resort of Cortina and historic rifugios
  • Discover quiet paths through the wild Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi
  • Admire the sunset from the lofty terrace of ridge-top Rifugio Nuvolau
Hike along the Alta Via 1, discover its wilder and quieter side. Arrive in Cortina, and spend the night before heading into the mountains. Embark on the trail through rhododendron forests and flower-filled pastures, with views of the Cinque Torri. Ascend to one of the oldest mountain huts in the Alps; Rifugio Nuvolau, its unique setting affords outstanding views over the peaks. Follow well-way-marked routes as you make your way from hut to hut, hearing the call of marmots in the meadows and, with any luck, spot eagles soaring high above. Hike over mountain passes, including Passo Giau and Passo Staulanza. Rocky giants such as Monte Pelmo and the Civetta massif loom large, before crossing the wildest of its parks - Parco Nazionale delle Dolomiti Bellunesi. On to the final day, descend to La Muda to catch the bus to the pretty village of Belluno. Please note that the 2024 itinerary for the Alta Via Complete and Alta Via South tours, will be slightly different from what is shown here. Please check the 'is It For Me' section for details about this.
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The southern half of the Alta Via 1 has a wilder and more remote feel compared to the busier northern section. With slightly longer days, walking around 14-18km daily, this the ideal choice for fit and experienced hikers looking for a rewarding week’s walking on varied trails high in the Italian Alps. 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. Please note, if you’re travelling on the 'Alta Via South' tour in 2024 then there will be a slight change to the itinerary. The walking route itself is unchanged, so don't worry, you won't miss out on any of the Alta Via experience. We will be using different mountain huts on a few of the days, which means the daily distances walked will be slightly different, and actually more evenly paced than they were previously. Here are the details: Alta Via South: Day 3 we will normally use Rifugio Passo Staulanza as our first choice (depending on their availability), which means the walk will be 18 kms / 11 mi this day (previously it was 15 kms / 9 mi). Day 4 we will normally use Rifugio Vazzoler as our first choice (depending on their availability), which means the walk will be 17 kms / 11 mi this day (previously it was 18 kms / 11 mi). Day 5 we will still be using Rifugio Passo Duran (subject to availability), which means the walk will still be 11 kms / 7 mi this day.

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Hut to Hut Walking | Walk from hut to hut, changing accommodation each night

This trip is suitable for:

Groups > 10

Ideal if you have an interest in:

  • Long-Distance Trails
  • Alpine Walking

Activity Level & Terrain

This walk is graded moderate to strenuous and includes daily walks of between 9 and 16.5km with ascents of up to 850m, descents of up to 1250m. 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. You should have a good level of walking fitness to get the most from this trip, and be an experienced mountain walker. On Day 6 it is possible to split up the walk by staying at Rifugio Pramperet (1857) in between Rifugio Passo Duran and Rifugio Fontana. Although other daily distances on your itinerary are as lengthy as this one, this walk has a particularly steep descent at the end of it, so you may prefer to do 2 days of shorter walking. If you wish to do this please talk to our experts.


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 for 2 nights in a comfortable 3* hotel (en suite room), and for 5 nights in mountain huts (mixed-sex dormitory accommodation)
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 5 Dinners (in the mountain huts/Rifugios)
  • Route descriptions, guide book, Tabacco maps and a pre departure information pack
  • 24-hour assistance by phone
  • Baggage Transfer from Cortina to Belluno
  • Day by Day Baggage transfers (can be included as an optional extra)
  • Getting to Cortina and from Belluno
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches, dinners in 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
  • 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

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 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).

Private Transfers: We are able to arrange taxi transfers for you in Italy (bookable in advance at a supplement) from Venice Airports. Please get in touch to enquire about how we can help with transfer arrangements in Italy.

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.

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Day 1 Arrive in Cortina Day 2 Walk to Rifugio Nuvolau/Rifugio Averau 8 miles / 13 km Day 3 Walk to Rifugio Passo Staulanza 12 miles / 19 km Day 4 Walk to Rifugio Vazzoler 9 miles / 15 km Day 5 Walk to Rifugio Passo Duran/Rifugio San Sebastiano 7 miles / 11 km Day 6 Walk to Rifugio Pian de Fontana 10 miles / 16 km Day 7 Walk to La Muda; bus to Belluno 7 miles / 12 km Day 8 Onward travel from Belluno

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