The Italian Dolomites are a showstopping European mountain range, which although adjacent, feels a world apart from the perhaps more “stereotypical” snow-capped peaks of the French & Swiss Alps.
The Alta Via 1 is a “high route” through the Dolomites. Providing an escape from urban life, these mountain treks are world-class adventures, which although far from easy, are very achievable for most experienced (but perhaps non-technical) walkers. All of our Alta Via routes require an element of sure-footedness, have a head for heights and not suffer from vertigo as there are some hair-raising sections on each tour.
Which Itinerary is for me?
Dolomites Alta Via Complete (or Extended if you have a little more time): is ideal for experienced hikers, it is a tough but rewarding trip and if you have the time to complete the full trip or take it a little slower and embark on the Extended version this trip is for you. 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.
Dolomites Alta Via 1 Classic – the ‘classic’ section of the Alta Via 1 over 8 days, covering the majority of the trail and taking in the highlights. Finish before the path takes a wilder and more remote turn as it heads south over Passo Duran. Authentic mountain huts provide a warm welcome on the trail, with lovely 3* hotels in Cortina and Belluno.
Dolomites Alta Via 1 Highlights – If you’re short on time but want to explore the high trails of the Dolomites on foot, this is a great tour for you. You’ll manage a good three days of walking at 1500-2500m, staying a couple of nights in traditional ‘rifugi’, topped-and-tailed with a stay in bustling Cortina.
Dolomites Alta Via 1 North – Hike the popular northern half of the Alta Via 1 in just 6 days, enjoying the camaraderie of comfortable rifugi, hand-picked for their ambience and character. You’ll also have time to explore chic Cortina at the start and end of your tour. You’ll tick half of this long-distance trail off your list, with the perfect excuse to return next year to complete the southern section!
Dolomites Alta Via 1 South –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.
The Dolomites to Lake Garda – This tour blends the classic combination of mountains and lakes with a wonderful variety of authentic regional accommodation. Enjoy rustic charm in traditional mountain huts, hotels and the historic resort town of Riva del Garda. Challenging walks in the Dolomites lead to easy lakeside strolls around Garda, the perfect spot to wind down.
Walking in the Dolomites of Alta Badia – 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. Surrounded by lush green valleys and dramatic snow capped peaks, what's not to love!
Walking in the Heart of the Dolomites – This itinerary is ideal for those who prefer to have just one base for their hiking holiday, or who wish to travel to the Alta Badia during busy periods when minimum night stays at hotels are required (local events, holidays and August) 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.
Each trip offers something different for walkers but all have an abundance of great food, good company, and mouth-watering scenery, so….andiamo!