Trekking in the Dolomites

Active, Calalzo di Cadore to Bolzano

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

Beloved by mountaineers and nature lovers alike, the Dolomites sit perched atop northern Italy like a rocky crown. This exhilarating trip through the mountains features day treks through some of Italy’s most unbelievable scenery, with plenty of visits to small villages along the way to soak up the unique local Ladin culture and cuisine. Nights are spent in mountain refuges, where your hosts will ply you with hearty home-cooked meals. Eat up; you won’t find tastier mountain-trekking food anywhere else.

What’s included

  • Challenging hikes led by an International Mountain Leader (IML) (7 days)
  • 5 hearty home-cooked dinners of local produce
  • Main luggage transfer from Calalzo to Bolzano

Highlights

  • Enjoy magnificent hiking amongst towering peaks
  • Pass by the highest peak in the dolomites
  • Revel in the chance to learn about local ladin language and customs.

Itinerary

Day 1 Calalzo di Cadore Arrive at any time. Additional Notes: Tonight you will pack your hiking backpack with everything you will need for the next eight days trekking. Your large luggage will be transfered to our Bolzano Hotel, and securely stored, ready for you to collect on your arrival on Day 9. You will pack everything you need for a week of trekking into a purpose built trekking pack/ruck sack. We recommend maximum of 40 litre capacity for your comfort. Please note, there are no support vehicles- you carry your own kit for the duration of the hike. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Calalzo di Cadore/Cortina d'Ampezzo (1B, 1D) We start our walk to the west of Cortina, walking up through coniferous forests and into mountains with magnificent views across the valley to the town and Monte Cristallo behind. If we are lucky, we might catch a glimpse of the Alpine Marmot, as they are numerous in this area. Listen out for their distinctive whistling. Included Activities: Hike across Cortina Transport: Local bus (1.00 hour(s))
Day 3 Cortina d'Ampezzo/Col di Lana (1B, 1D) Hike from Cortina to the Col di Lana region across higher ground, passing evidence of First World War trenches. Included Activities: Dolomite Trek
Day 4 Col di Lana/Passo Fedaia (1B, 1D) Crossing green Alpine meadows and descending through larch forests, we are in Ladin country today. The ancient Ladin language and culture can be seen as we walk – as well, of course, as the magnificent views! From our high points today you can see westwards to the magnificent Sella massif, while ahead is Monte Civetta. Included Activities: Dolomite Trek
Day 5 Passo Fedaia/Canazei (1B) Today we ascend to the legendary Via Del Pan and walk westwards. We traverse steep south-facing slopes in the direction of Canazei. There are stunning views south to the Marmolada, the highest peak in the Dolomites, and its hanging glacier. A century ago, this was a site for many battles, which, incredibly, were fought from the icy summits themselves. Included Activities: Dolomite Trek
Day 6 Canazei (1B) Enjoy a free day to explore. Opt to visit a spa, the local skating rink, hire a bike, or try climbing around the valley.
Day 7 Canazei/Val Gardena (1B, 1D) Hike round the impressive Sasso Lungo rock massif and enjoy views out across the Fassa Dolomites. Included Activities: Dolomite Trek
Day 8 Val Gardena (1B, 1D) Head into Ladin territory climbing up the slopes of Val Gardena, home to the Sella Ronda ski circuit. Included Activities: Dolomite Trek
Day 9 Val Gardena/Bolzano (1B) A shorter walk today brings us down to the valley, where after a well-earned coffee break we can catch the local bus to Bolzano, arriving early-mid afternoon. Bolzano is a beautiful typical Tyrolean small city, with traditional buildings and a multilingual heritage, which shows itself in the cuisine. Why not round off your Dolomites adventure with a stein of beer or an apple strudel? Included Activities: Dolomite Trek
Day 10 Bolzano (1B) Depart at any time. Included Activities: Departure Day
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