Walking in the Dolomites of Alta Badia

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  • High level hiking in South Tyrol's traditional Val Badia region
  • Rewarding walks through flower-filled meadows dotted with wooden huts and Alpine cows
  • Discover the Ladin villages of Corvara, La Villa and La Val
  • Summit Sassongher mountain at 2,665m for spectacular views over the Dolomites
  • Relax at the end of your hike with a refreshing beer at your comfortable 3* hotel
Experience classic Alpine hiking in South Tyrol’s Alta Badia region; an impressive arena of Dolomite peaks combined with green meadows, idyllic villages and the traditional Ladin culture and hospitality. Take on challenging and rewarding hikes through the Puez-Geisler and Fanes-Sennes Nature Parks, enjoying views of Dolomite giants such as Tofana (3,244m), Marmolada glacier (3,342m) and Civetta (3,218m). Summit iconic Sassongher mountain at 2,665m. An exciting hike, the scramble up its rocky flanks is rewarded with panoramic views over a sea of peaks and green valleys. Use cable cars and chairlifts to reach high-level trails in no time at all; maximising your time in the high mountains without staying in mountain huts. Each night is spent in a comfortable, family run 3* hotel. Enjoy homemade feasts each night at your hotel, often featuring South Tyrolean specialities like dumplings, speck (smoked ham), polenta and apple strudel, washed down with local beer or wine - the perfect end to a classic Alpine day.
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If you are a keen walker who loves the mountains and wants to experience the very best of the Dolomites without compromising on comfort, then this is the tour for you. Stay in lovely 3* hotels in a picture perfect alpine valley. You should be sure-footed, have a head for heights and not suffer from vertigo to fully enjoy this trip. Surrounded by lush green valleys and dramatic snow capped peaks, what's not to love!

Tour Type:

Classic Routes | If you’re the active, outdoorsy type, who’s interested in taking on the great routes of the world or looking for a challenge, then our Classic Routes are for you. We’re talking the West Highland Way, Tour Du Mont Blanc and the Passau to Vienna Danube Cycle Path, to name but a few!


Multi Centre Walking | With a mix of loop and point-to-point walks stay 2 or 3 nights in one place which offers the chance to slow down and really explore a destination.

Ideal if you have an interest in:

National Parks, Alpine Walking

As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years

Activity Level & Terrain

This itinerary is rated as moderate to strenuous with the average daily distance being 12km. Each day has significant ascent and descent and the paths are a mixture of woodland trails, rocky mountain paths, gravel tracks and scree paths. Some paths are narrow and exposed so a head for heights and a sure foot is required. There are some sections of easy Via Ferrata (metal wires, ladders, foot holds bolted into the rock) to overcome. These don't require any specialist equipment and are similar to an easy scramble. To get the most of this trip, you should be in good physical shape and be an experienced walker, having already done some Alpine walking. You should also be comfortable using cable cars and chair lifts as this itinerary involves a few of these to get to the start/end of walks.


The route is well waymarked. We also provide you with detailed turn-by-turn route notes and maps. You will also have access to the Macs Adventure Smartphone App enabling you to follow the route using your phone's GPS so you will have no problems finding the way. You can simply download the GPX tracks to your phone for offline use and off you go!


You will spend 7 nights in comfortable, family run 3* hotels. The hotels have been hand-picked and all offer a warm welcome to hikers. The accommodation we normally use is indicated in the itinerary, however is subject to availability and therefore alternatives of an equal standard may be offered (hotel facilities may change if only alternative properties are available—should you have any specific requirements, please let us know). You can add on extra nights in any of the overnight locations on this tour.

Single Rooms and Solo Walkers

This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the nature of the terrain. Single rooms are available however a single room supplement is payable. 


7 Breakfasts are included and are a buffet selection with lots of sweet treats like pastries, homemade jams fruit and cereals. Savoury tastes are also catered for with bread, cheese, ham and eggs available.

7 Dinners are included at the hotel restaurants. We have included evening meals as all hotels have wonderful on-site restaurants which offer great value for money, as well as an insight into the hospitality and cuisine of the Val Badia. Dinner is often a set menu with a few choices and consists of at least 3 courses. You will likely experience at least one traditional 'South Tyrol' or 'Ladin' evening which is a feast of local specialities including Knoedel (bread dumpling) usually served with homemade Sauerkraut and cheese, barley soup, polenta, speck, local cheeses, spinach pastries and sweet treats like apple strudel and cream. 

  • 7 Nights accommodations in 3* hotels
  • 7 Breakfasts
  • 7 Dinners
  • Transfer from Brunico train station to your first hotel
  • Transfer to Brunico train station from your last hotel
  • Luggage transfers between hotels
  • Transfers as per the itinerary
  • Detailed information pack, route notes and access to our navigation App
  • 24/7 telephone support from our UK office
  • Travel to and from Brunico train station
  • Cable car/chair lift tickets (a pass can be purchased locally)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Lunches
  • Drinks and Snacks
  • Personal Equipment
  • Single Room Supplement(s)
  • Extra nights along the way

When To Go

This trip is available to start any day of the week, from the beginning of July to mid-September, subject to availability. In July you can experience Alpine flowers at their finest while in bloom. September often brings pleasant temperatures and a more relaxed atmosphere. Availability in August is very hard to come by as this is the main holiday making month for the Italians and indeed many other European countries, the hiking trails and the towns will be busy. For a more pleasant experience, we recommend July or September. The season is relatively short due to the high-altitude nature of this tour, which can mean snow is a possibility even in June and in October.

On the 2nd of July 2023, the Maratona dles Dolomites, a world-famous road bike marathon, takes place, which involves road closures, limited public transport and in-demand accommodation. For this reason, we cannot confirm any bookings starting around the marathon time.

Getting to the Start

The closest airports are Innsbruck, Verona, Munich and Venice. From all of these airports, take the shuttle or train to the main train stations of each city, then you can reach Brunico (also written as Bruneck) by train. The journey takes approx 3 hours from Innsbruck, 3 hours 40 mins from Verona, 4 hours 40 mins from Munich, and 5 hours from Venice. All routes require one change in trains. Train information can be found at the German, Austrian or Italian Railway websites. In Brunico, you will be met by your taxi transfer and taken to your first hotel in Corvara. Please inform us of your arrival time as soon as possible.

Getting from the End

From La Val/Wengen, you will be collected from your hotel and taken back to Brunico train station. The transfer time is approx. 40 mins, so we recommend allowing at least an hour if you are planning on catching a specific train.

Luggage Transfer

At Macs Adventure, we work in partnership with many luggage transfer providers who set a limit on how many bags/suitcases they will transfer per person, and also the weight of the bag/suitcase.  Your booking includes transfer of 1 bag per person.  It is very important that you read the luggage information specific to your tour before departure. If you do not adhere to these limits, there is a great possibility that you will be charged locally both for extra bags or if they are too heavy. This limitation can be a challenge, especially as airlines generally have limits that are higher. However, our luggage providers have reasons for these limits (usually due to the Health and Safety of their employees), which we must respect.

Bag transfer is included in this trip; your bags will be moved between hotels. We ask that you limit your baggage to one bag per person with a maximum weight of 20kg per person. 

General Information

Cable cars and chair lifts: This itinerary makes extensive use of the local cable cars and chair lifts, allowing you to start hiking at altitude, without spending too much time in the tree line. Each cable car/chair lift takes about 5 mins. We highly recommend purchasing a lift pass from the Tourist Information Centre in Corvara upon arrival. There are various options to choose from, for this particular itinerary, the 5 of 7 card is best. This means you can use the pass on any 5 days within a week. Once it has been activated for the day, it can be used as many times as required that day. The cost is approx. 65 euros per person. Up to date information can be found at the Alta Badia Tourist Board's website.

The reviews for this tour up until December 2019, are based on a previous itinerary. As of December 2019, changes have been made to the itinerary. 

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, emergency evacuation and hospital care.

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Day 1 Arrive Brunico and Transfer to Corvara Day 2 Transfer to Valparola and walk to Corvara 10 miles / 16 km Day 3 Loop Walk to Franz Kostner Hut 6 miles / 10 km Day 4 Transfer to Colfosco and walk to La Villa 6 miles / 9 km Day 5 La Villa Loop Walk 8 miles / 12.5 km Day 6 Transfer to Badia, Walk to La Val/Wengen 9 miles / 15 km Day 7 La Val Loop Walk 6 miles / 10 km Day 8 Transfer to Brunico and onward travel

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