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NEW TREK FOR 2020! - Dolomites Alta Via 1 and the The Annapurna Circuit

Dolomites Self Guided Trek

Trek in the heart of the Dolomiti National Park on the Alta Via route

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Approximately 120 kilometers in length, starts in the northernmost part of the Dolomites not far from the Austrian border and takes you through several different regional parks. The route heads south over high cols, crystal clear lakes, alpine meadows, with approximately 7300 meters of ascent & descent over 8 days this route makes for a great challenge in a very beautiful environment.

9 night itinerary

Day 1: Arrival in Cortina

Cortina d'Ampezzo this is popular and beautiful high-altitude town in the northern extremity of the of Italy situated in the heart of the Dolomites and well-equipped base for a full range of mountain activities. Optional additional night here is recommended at the start of the trek to enjoy this fabulous location.

Accommodation:

3* Hotel, twin/ double room with bed & breakfast

Day 2: Early taxi to Largo di Braies & trek to Rifugio Pederu

Although public transport is possible, we suggest taking a 1 hour taxi ride from Cortina to the beautiful alpine lake of Largo di Braies (1494m), you then reach your start point fresh and ready for the challenge. Leaving this paradise behind you make your way initially through woodland and up & into the Parco Naturale delle Dolomiti d’Ampezzo. Climb steadily to the Forcella Sora Forno (2388m) with breathtaking views across the northern Dolomites, Sass de Putia, Marmolada, Tofane pyramids and the Pelmo. Rest a while at the Refugio Biella (2300m) before continuing on the more leisurely trail across undulating rocky terrain. A final descent takes you into the Parco Nationale delle Domomiti Fanes-Senes-Braies and to the Val dai Tamersc, with your accommodation at the Refigio Pederu (1548m).

Daily stats:

Time: 7hrs | Distance: 13k | Height gain: 800m | Descent: 750m

Accommodation:

Refuge, twin room with evening meal & breakfast

Day 3: Rifugio Pederu to Rifugio Lagazuoi

This is indeed a big day so an early start whilst the air is cool. Head south traversing above the Val de Fanes, pass by the road and make your way through old pine and gushing streams to reach a beautiful pasture with old chalets, conifers & limestone terracing and on to the Refugio Fanes (2060m) and the Passo di Limo (2175m). Enjoy easier angled terrain for a moment before a steady climb with stunning views of Sella & Marmolada. The Forcella del Lago (2486m) is truly a window into the dramatic and breathtaking Cortina Dolomites. An interesting and delicate descent down to Forcella Lagazuoi (2573m), with a sting in the tail and a final ascent to Refugio Lagazuoi (2752m) and your rest stop for the night.

Daily stats:

Time: 9hrs | Distance:19k | Height gain: 1650m | Descent: 450m

Accommodation:

Refuge, twin room with evening meal & breakfast

Day 4: Rifugio Lagazuoi to Rifugio Passo Giau

Follow your footsteps from the day before to the Forcella Lagazuoi (2573m), an easy trail that takes you to the Forcella Col dei Bos (2331m) with reminders of a less tranquil time in world war 2. A brief ascent takes you around the base of the stunning Tofana di Rozes and on to the Refugio Dibona (2083m). From here the steep path traverses through conifer woodland and passes the road to Cortina. A steep climb to Refugio Cinque Torri (2137m) before skirting Nuvolau to the Passo Giau (2233m) and your accommodation for the night.

Daily stats:

Time: 6hrs | Distance: 16k | Height gain: 900m | Descent: 1430m

Accommodation:

Refuge, twin room with evening meal & breakfast

Day 5: Rifugio Passo Giau to Rifugio Passo Staulanza

From the refuge make a steady ascent to Col Piombin and on undulating terrain take a narrow passage to Forcella Giau (2360m). From here the AV1 traverses Mondeval di Sora making your way through a chaos of fallen rocks and boulders to Forcella Col Duro and down to Forcella Roan (2075m). Climb through woodland with views of the Pelmo and the Throne of the Gods and make your descent to the Rifugio Citta di Fiume (1917m). The final section of the day takes you up through larch woodland, with a final descent to your rest stop at the Refugio Passo Staulanza (1766m).

Daily stats:

Time: 8hrs | Distance: 16k | Height gain: 650m | Descent: 1000m

Accommodation:

Refuge, twin room with evening meal & breakfast

Day 6: Rifugio Passo Staulanza to Rifugio Tissi

An easy start to the day with a relaxed walk through forest & pastureland to Malga Vesova where morning refreshments are available. Climb through the zigzags over the shoulder of Cima Coldai & on to the Refugio Coldai (2132m) situated at the top of the ski cable way. Make your way past the picturesque Lago Coldai enjoying the views of Marmolada and Sella before making a short ascent through the Forcella Col Negro (2248m) to Refuge Tissi (2250m).

Daily stats:

Time: 6hrs | Distance: 12k | Height gain: 980m | Descent: 300m

Accommodation:

Refuge, dormitory with evening meal & breakfast

Day 7: Rifugio Tissi to Rifugio San Sebastiano

Descend on loose ground to Forcella du Col Rean (2107m) and onto easy terrain though larch, juniper and alpenrose passing the Refuge Vazzoler (1714m). A leisurely track takes you from the refuge down the Pain delle Taie through beautiful woodland with views of the soring towers of Civetta. As uphill is a pre-requisite of any good mountain hike, climb steadily on more challenging terrain to Forcella Col dell’Orso (1823m) & further to Forcella del Camp (1933m). Descend though larch woodland passing Refugio Carestianto (1839m) and onto easier terrain, following the gravel track through pastureland to Refugio San Sebastiano (1600m).

Daily stats:

Time: 7hrs | Distance: 17k | Height gain: 750m | Descent: 1300m

Accommodation:

Refuge, dormitory with evening meal & breakfast

Day 8 Rifugio San Sebastiano to Rifugio Pian de Fontana

The road takes you down into the Parco Nationale delle Domomiti Bellunesi where the Tamar massif guides you the way. A steep ascent takes you through shaded pine to Forcella Dagarei (1620m) and then out into open far reaching views over the Cordelvole valley. The trail winds its way below Cima delle Forzelete and on up to Forcella del Moschesin (1940m) with Cime de Zita and Talvena in view. Continue with magnificent views of the Zoldo valley. Climb higher now to Portela de Piazedel and on more delicate ridge to Forcella de Zita Sud (2395m). Descend with views of the beautiful Van de Zita de For a valley to Refugio Pain de Fontana (1632m) and your rest stop for the night.

Daily stats:

Time: 7hrs 20mins | Distance: 16k | Height gain: 1100m | Descent: 1000m

Accommodation:

Refuge, dormitory with evening meal & breakfast

Day 9: Rifugio Pian de Fontana to La Pissa & bus/ taxi to Belluno.

After an initial descent through beautiful beach woodland, ascend from Val dei Ross to Forcella La Varetta (1701m). With the Schiara dominant the trail cuts below the Cime de la Scala with lofty views down to Val Cordevole. Passing the Refugio Bianchet (1245m) the final descent, steep at times, through dense woodland which brings you to the valley floor at La Pissa (488m). A short bus ride takes you to the pleasant alpine town of Belluno (370m) and your final accommodation on this wonderful multi day trek in the Dolomites.

Daily stats:

Time: 4hrs 15mins | Distance: 13k | Height gain: 120m | Descent: 1300m

Accommodation:

3* Hotel, twin/ double room with breakfast

Day 10: Departure and onward travel

Breakfast is included however on the departure day you are free to leave at any time you wish.

Option to add on additional days at the beginning or the end, please ask for further details.