Trek part of the Alta Via N.1 – the classic high route of the Dolomites! You’ll revel in 6 days of hiking through some of the most breathtaking scenery in these incredible Italian Alps. This is the perfect quick trip for those looking for a classic trek but who are short on time!
Truly a hiker’s paradise, thousands of trails wind their way between the fantastic pinnacles of the jagged Dolomite Mountains, and the Alta Via represent the “best of the best.” These routes are multi-day, hut-to-hut alpine tours, and offer some the most breathtaking, challenging, multi-day trails available in this mountainous wonderland.
The Alta Via 1 is a fantastic trek, highlighted by breathtaking views, rustic and lively mountain refuges, a sense of excitement of what lies around the next bend or the next pass and the satisfaction of traveling by foot through this beautiful and remote area. On this quick getaway, we’ve shortened the classic trek from 11 days to 6, but retained all the highlights and excitement of traveling across the Dolomites! Our linear trip travels north to south through the Italian Alps, covering the first portion of the AV1; beginning in the Italian Südtirol, moving south through the Pragser and Tofana mountain groups, visiting the Fanes area, and concluding at Mount Lagazuoi.
The impressiveness of the scenery and the variety of terrain on this route is matched only by the warmth and hospitality offered by the mountain huts. The unusual contrasts in landscapes, changing colours and textures of the mountains and curious mix of Italian and Austrian influences means fantastic hiking, stunning scenery, and plenty of pasta!
Day 1 ~
Arrive in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Dolomites
Arrive in Cortina d’Ampezzo (1,224m / 4,016′) on your own and check into your hotel (private transfer available on request). Cortina d’Ampezzo is a charming alpine resort town surrounded by stunning peaks. Host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, Cortina enjoys a reputation for great skiing in winter, and in the summer attracts hikers and climbers who challenge the rocky faces of the nearby mountains. This chic Venetian town also caters to the high society crowd, offering many year-round social activities, shopping, and fine dining. In the afternoon, meet with your guide who will provide a trip briefing and orientation. If you are doing this trip as a self-guided adventure, you will meet with a Dolomite Mountains representative who will provide a trip briefing and orientation, as well as maps, Italian mobile phone, and everything necessary for your self-guided adventure. Depending on when you arrive, you may have time for a hike or to explore Cortina d’Ampezzo’s pedestrian walkway, the Corso Italia, lined with restaurants and cafes, antique shops, art galleries, and boutiques.
… hotel Cortina d’Ampezzo
Day 2 ~
This morning begins with a private transfer to the trailhead from where your trek begins.Hike along the spectacular section below the northern face of Croda Rossa Mountain (
Red Wall in English, Hohe Gaisl in German) and Prato Piazza, set in an idyllic high alpine pasture valley. This is probably the best vantage point for viewing the Croda Rossa, so called for its blood red rock caused by the presence of iron oxide. Descend to a friendly rifugio for the night. Here you will enjoy fantastic views of the north face of Croda Rossa Massif and the Cristallo group of mountains. (3 hours hiking, 4.5 km / 2,7 miles, 530m / 1,740′ ascent, 60 m / 197′ descent.)
Once you arrive, there is an optional additional hike to the top of the Picco di Vallandro. (+ 3,4 km / 1,8 miles, 860m / 2,820′ ascent, 30 m / 98′ descent.)
Day 3 ~
Traverse Under the Croda Rossa Massif
On this superb hike you’ll experience a wonderful range of scenery and habitats, two natural parks – Dolomiti d’Ampezzo and Fanes-Sennes-Braies – and more vistas of the spectacular Croda Rossa mountain group. Hike to a family run rifugio (1,965m / 6,447′), a beautiful place to spend the night with another superb view of the Croda Rossa – this time of the west face of this incredible massif.
(8 hours hiking 15,7km / 9,8 miles, 1,255m / 4,115′ ascent, 1,115m / 3,655′ descent.)
Day 4 ~
Altopiano di Fanes
You have two options this morning – you can hike to Rifugio Pederù, or, if you prefer a less steep route, we can arrange for a transfer there. From Rifugio Pederù, hike uphill in the direction of Lago di Limo. When you reach Lake Lé Piciodel you’ll hike through a charming landscape studded with little lakes and rounded mountain-tops along the Ru d’Al Plan River. At the fork, continue toward your rifugio for tonight. Located just beneath the Limo Pass, you’ll have a splendid view of the Tofane Mountains.
(~4 hours hiking 7km / 4 miles, 690m / 2,264′ ascent, 620m / 2,034′ descent.)
Day 5 ~
Cime di Fanis & Lagazuoi Massif
Today is a lovely hike through the Altopiano di Fanes to the Lagazuoi Massif. You’ll enjoy beautiful panoramas of the Western Dolomites and the Marmolada Massif, the “Queen of the Dolomites.”
From your rifugio, Alta Via N.1 continues through the beautiful high meadow and karst formations, climbing to the Forcella del Lago, a narrow and dramatic gap in the mountain with a trail descent through steep talus on the south side. At the base of the slope is the lake called Lago di Lagazuoi whose green waters are framed by pines with a backdrop of the sheer walls of the Cima del Lago and the Cima Scotoni. From the lake, the path begins the long, steady climb to your rifugio. Entering open, rocky terrain, you’ll come across ruins from the First World War. When you arrive at the Forcella Lagazuoi, a pass that separates Lagazuoi Piccolo from Lagazuoi Grande, you can opt for a short detour through these WWI tunnels and fortifications en route to your rifugio, one of the highest in all the Dolomites (2,752m / 9,029′), with incredible 360-degree vistas. (6 hours hiking 12,4 km / 7.7 miles, 1,400 m / 4,580′ ascent, 700m / 2,315′ descent.)
Travel to Passo Falzarego either on foot or via cable car (a 650m / 2,130′ descent). From Passo Falzarego, take the bus back to Cortina d’Ampezzo.
B…hotel in Cortina d’Ampezzo
Day 6 ~
Breakfast and departure on your own (private transfer available on request).
Still want more adventure?
We can add several days of via ferrata to your trek. Ask us for details!
Trip itinerary may vary based on weather conditions, fitness levels and abilities of participants, and/or the recommendations of your guide.
Frequently Asked Questions
Want to learn more about our Mountain Inns & Rifugi?
Rifugi – or mountain huts in English – are the classic accommodation for hikers, climbers, mountaineers, and ski mountaineers in the Alps. Set in spectacular locations high in the Dolomites, rifugi are accessible only on foot (with a few exceptions that are reachable by car). These marvelous establishments are open primarily in the summer, with a select few in winter, and offer meals and sleeping facilities.
The Dolomite rifugi are considered the best in the Alps. While some are dormitory style with bunk beds, many meet the standard of a simple guest house with private rooms and en-suite bathrooms, and each has its own unique character and charm. Bedding and linens are provided, hot showers are available, and meals are served in common dining areas – like a small mountain inn set high in the mountains with the most incredible vistas in the Dolomites. Whether you’re hiking in summer or skiing in winter, an overnight rifugio stay is not to miss on a Dolomite holiday.
To learn even more about rifugi in the Dolomites, check out our Rifugios in the Dolomites article, and learn about one of the best ways to experience these incredible mountains!
Prefer a longer trek?
Check out our 9-day Hiking the Alta Via N.1 of the Dolomites and hike the entire Alta Via 1!
Included In The Price
- Trip briefing upon arrival
- Logistics and map of the area
- Double room accommodation in Hotel in Cortina D’Ampezzo
- Shared accommodation (3-8 persons) in charming rifugios
- Meals as noted in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner)
- Local English speaking Professional UIAGM/IFMGA Mountain Guide (guided trips)
- Italian mobile phone for emergency calls during the trip (self guided trips)
- Private transfer on day 2
- Tourist tax
- Italian VAT tax
Airport transfers available on request.
Luggage transfer available on request.
Local medical and evacuation insurance available on request.
2015 Group Trips: from $1190 (per person, minimum 4 members)
Private accommodation in rifugi: From $60 per person based on double room depending on availability.
High season supplement from July 20th to August 31st: 5% surcharge
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