Dolomites Guided Walk

Dolomites Guided Walk information and booking

from
$1320
  • Duration
    7 days
    Days
  • Group size
    8-15
    Persons
  • Difficulty
    moderate - challenging
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 6 nights in mountain refuges on a dormitory share basis
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, sunscreen, walking boots, warm clothes, day pack and sun hat – walking sticks are recommended. (A comprehensive gear list is included in the pre-departure information provided on booking).

Highlights

  • Trek through stunning alpine scenery high in the Dolomites
  • Enjoying the variety of scenery from valley lakes and rivers to the stark beauty of the dolomite spires
  • Experience the WWI history of the mountains
  • Sharing your walking day with a group of like minded travellers

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

There are few alpine walks that encompass a region so entirely as this stunning circuit through the dramatic spires of the Dolomites in northern Italy. From the lively ski town of Cortina d'Ampezzo flanked by classic dolomite peaks to the WW1 bunkers of the Tofane massif, the woods and alpine lakes of the Sextener Dolomites and the distinctive Tre Cime (3 peaks), every day on the walk offers a new scene. Accompanied by an experienced mountain guide and like minded group members, your gear is carried for you, allowing you to enjoy the sights and vistas. Nights are spent in comfortable 'rifugios' or 'Hüttes' in beautiful locations, where German or Italian cuisine could be on the menu, owing to the strong German heritage of the region.

What's included

  • 6 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 6 dinners (does not include drinks) – continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, coffee, tea and juices. lunch is picnic style. dinner will consist of 2 or 3 courses which include regional specialties
  • 6 nights accommodation in mountain refuges on a dormitory share basis. twin share may be possible subject to availability on arrival at the refuge. any cost difference is payable direct to the refuge.
  • Luggage transfer by mule (limit 7kgs)
  • Experienced mountain guide

Itinerary

Day 1 Meet at Cortina d’Ampezzo, transfer to Tofano group of peaks (4-5hrs)
From the delightful alpine ski town of Cortina, the group meets and begins walking to the location of the Dino Buzzati film “Désert des Tartares” (The Desert of the Tartars). Here we explore the Tofano group of peaks as the trail winds high along a wartime mule track, through rock needles and past bunkers and abandoned refuges. The views down to the Cortina basin and surrounding peaks is fabulous and a great reward for your efforts. After a tough first days ascent, relax in our mountain hut and absorb the fine Italian alpine hospitality. Ascend +850m
Day 2 Descend the Val Travenanzes and walk to Fanes Hütte (6hrs)
The first section of the walk takes you through a wondrous rocky landscape as you zig zag down the trail past the incredible Masarè amphitheatre. Passing waterfalls and outcrops of dwarf mountain pines, you continue towards the next nights’ accommodation with the scenery changing with cascading streams crossed by wooden bridges and evidence of marmot burrows. Ascend to Fanes refuge (hutte) in the shadow of Fanes Kreuzkofe. Ascend +650m, descend -1000m
Day 3 Walk through the Fanes Natural region to Lago di Braies (Pragser See) (5hrs)
A stunning walk today taking in the picture postcard views of the Fanes group of peaks. Descending to the emerald lakeside of Lago di Braies ringed by conifers makes this a particularly rewarding day. Ascend+800m, descend -1400m
Day 4 Ascend wooded trails to Dürrenstein Hütte (4-5hrs)
The dual language of the area means that many landmarks have two names (ie. Lago di Braies in Italian or Pragser See in German). Today’s walk takes us along wooded trails with some steep sections to the Durrenstein hutte (2040m). The walk takes you through the eastern Dolomites over green meadows on wide trails with a panoramic view. Ascend +1000m, descend -500m
Day 5 Walk to Tre Cime, the iconic three peaks of the Dolomites (5hrs)
A visually stunning walk to the three towers. We are right on the former Austro-Italian border where fierce fighting took place during WW1. Walking under Strudelkopf we pass the lake Dürrensee. Ascend to refuge for overnight accommodation. Ascend +1200m, descend -800m
Day 6 Circuit walk around Tre Cime with picture postcard views throughout (4-5hrs)
Today takes us through tunnels, over passes and amongst a stark rocky landscape with 360 degree views of the mountains. The domination of Tre Cime is clear as we circuit these impressive spires Ascend +240m, descend -300m
Day 7 Descend to Lake Misurina and transfer to Cortina (3hrs), trip concludes
Our last day of walking back down into the lush valley and Lake Misurina. In 1927 Aldo Bonacossa made numerous first descents on skis following today’s trail, which has become his namesake. Descending the Bonacossa Dolomites, we are in the shadow of the massive Cadini Surina di Mi. On arrival at the lake we are transferred back to Cortina where the trip concludes. Descend -600m