Dolomites Hut to Hut

Dolomites Hut to Hut information and booking

from
$1590
  • Duration
    8 days
    Days
  • Difficulty
    moderate - challenging
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Schedule Details

Summary
  • 8 day self guided alpine walk
Equipment Required
Wet weather gear, 30 litre pack, sunscreen, good walking boots/shoes and sun hat. Climbing gear can be hired locally. A comprehensive gear list is provided in the pre-departure information provided on booking.

Highlights

  • Experience the breathtaking scenery of the Dolomites
  • Explore the network of trails north west of Cortina
  • Stay in rifugios brimming with warm hospitality
  • Enjoy the unique atmosphere of this extraordinary alpine region

Tour description provided by World Expeditions

The Dolomites were named after Deodat de Dolomieu, a French geologist who discovered an unusual carbonate rock with foreign properties in 1789. “Dolomite” became the name of both the mineral as well as the mountain range in which he found it. Long known as a paradise for rock climbers, the Dolomites are a great destination for fit hikers as well. The soaring limestone spires of the Dolomites make a stunning backdrop to pretty villages, mountain meadows and a highly developed trail system. Summer is the season to explore these trails, when nature shows itself in full splendour. To fully experience the region a close-knit and varied network of paths are used to traverse the forests, rock faces, rivers, and lakes of the 'Monti Pallidi', or Pale Mountains. The rifugios are atmospheric and cosy with dining rooms serving delicious typical Italian and Tyrolean local cuisine. A guided climb on one day using the Via Ferrate is available for an additional supplement.

What's included

  • 7 breakfasts - continental breakfasts are served and usually consist of breads, jams, meats, cheeses, coffee, tea and juices.
  • 5 rifugio dinners – generally consists of 2 or 3 courses which may include regional specialties
  • 2 nights in a 3 star mountain hotel in cortina on a twinshare basis
  • 5 nights rifugio (dormitory) accommodation (upgrade to twin rooms with shared facilities possible for a supplement)
  • Trip briefing by our local representative
  • Information pack including local information and maps

Itinerary

Day 1 Arrive Cortina
On arrival at the joining hotel in Cortina there will be a meeting with our representative for a briefing and distribution of maps and information. The remainder of the day is free to explore and relax. Cortina enjoys a reputation for great winter skiing (it was the site of the 1956 winter Olympics), and in the summer attracts hikers and mountain climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains.
Day 2 Hike around the soaring Tre Cime di Lavaerdo peaks (4hrs)
The Sesto Nature Park straddling the border between the Italian-speaking Veneto in the south and the northern Germanic South Tyrol, is a protected area of great attraction. Here you can admire the emblematic soaring Tre Cime di Lavaredo peaks probably the most famous Dolomites, known the world over. During the 1915-18 conflict, the front ran through the Sesto group making it another hot spot. Most of the refuges were used as ammunition depots and barracks so were all virtually destroyed or damaged in some way, though rebuilt in a great hurry and with great enthusiasm immediately after the hostilities ceased. Today begins with a bus transfer on a scenic route up to Rifugio Auronzo (2320m), then hike for 3½ hours around the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Monte Paterno, one of the most scenic mountain landscapes in the Dolomites. Along the way you can admire the spectacular Cadini mountain group on the south, with its rock spires and strangely formed needles. The hike is along a wide gravel wartime mule track that leads to the Lago di Cengia. A series of steep zigzags leads to a stony amphitheatre on the edge of which stand extensive World War I fortifications. Another 20 minutes brings you to the Forcella Pian di Cengia (2522m) where you can admire the view of the Tre Scarperi mountain range. It is recommended that you have lunch at Rifugio Pian di Cengia. From here you descend on a steep rocky trail for the first stretch and then traverse almost horizontally on a vast scree slope to finish with a short climb to the Rifugio Locatelli (2438m). Overnight and dinner gazing at the stunning north faces of the Tre Cime di Lavaredo. The north faces are part of the world history of mountaineering as the first routes were climbed in the 1930s. Km: 8, Elevation gain: 208m, Elevation loss: 123m
Day 3 Hike under the Tre Cime di Lavaredo to Rifugio Vallandro (5-6hrs)
From Rifugio Locatelli you descend into the Rienza valley until Hotel Drei Zinnen Blick/Hotel Tre Cime. It is a long down hill quite steep at the beginning. Approx time is 2.5-3hrs to the Hotel Tre Cime. Here we recommend you take a short lunch or picnic before hiking up to Rifugio Vallandro on a narrow and zig-zag trail that climbs up in the woods then higher on to Monte specie (2308m) and towards Rifugio Vallandro (2238m). Fantastic views are gained from here! Km: 12, Elevation gain: 740m, Elevation loss: 1105m
Day 4 Traverse around Croda Rossa (6hrs)
The Croda Rossa is so called for its blood-red rock due to the presence of iron oxide. The mountain evidently assumed its colouring in legendary times to express solidarity with Princess Moltina. A timid newly-wed, she was subjected to spiteful ridicule when a jealous noblewoman exposed her humble origins – she had been brought up by marmots! Moltina’s embarrassment and bright red blushing were experienced directly by the mountain, Croda Rossa, which has retained its sanguine colouring to this day. From Rifugio Vallandro you hike via Rifugio Prato Piazza from where you will have a stunning view of the Croda Rossa to Rifugio Sennes (2122m) where you will overnight. Km: 13, Elevation gain: 350m, Elevation loss: 50m
Day 5 A challenging hike along the “Alta Via N.1” to Rifugio Lavarella (2060m, 5-6hrs)
From Rifugio Sennes (2122m) there is a steep decent to Pederu (approx 2hrs). The hike continues along the “Alta Via N. 1” until Rifugio Lavarella (2060m) on a wide road that winds up the mountain along the Val di Tamersk to the Fanes Alps. Approx 3hrs hike. There is options of extra hiking from the Rifugio to the Passo Sant Antonio where you can gain stunning views to the Tauri Alps. Km: 12, Elevation gain: 510m, Elevation loss: 787m
Day 6 Hike through valleys then via Lagazuoi Lake to Rifugio Lagazuoi (6-7hrs)
From the Rifugio you hike back to Malga Gran Fanes from where you begin a gradual descend into the Fanes valley. At the junction with the Campestrin Valley you hike up the “Alta Via N.1” until the Forcella da Lago at 2560m. From this point the path descends steeply down to the Lagazuoi Lake. Continue gradually uphill on the wide and well marked trail that goes between the impressive cime di Fanis and Scotoni. The last 250m are a steep ascent on a ski slope to the Rifugio Lagazuoi (2778m) built on top of the Piccolo Lagazuoi peak. Stunning views to the Marmolada Glacier (3348m), the highest peak in the Dolomites. Km: 10, Elevation gain: 1000m, Elevation Loss: 400m
Day 7 Continue on the Alta Via & to the roadhead, transfer to Cortina by local bus (5hrs)
From the Rifugio hike on the Ata Via N. 1 to the Forcella Tavernanzes (2507m). From here you descend to Forcella Col de Bos at (2330m) and along the south face of the Tofana di Rozes massif to the Rifugio Dibona where you can have lunch. After lunch walk down the road until the main road where you can get the bus (depending on the time of the season the bus may not work). In this case there is the option to call a taxi to transfer to Cortina. Approx. cost: €40 with 2 pax. Km: 10, Elevation gain: 0m, Elevation Loss: 1000m Note: There is a longer option through the Rifugio Giussani (2561m) that can be done this day (discussed during trip briefing). Total of 7hrs hike.
Day 8 Trip concludes Cortina
Arrangements conclude on checkout after breakfast.