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Dolomites – Alta Via No. 1 (8-days)

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8 days
Availability : June - September
Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
Toblach
Tour Details

Crossing the eastern Dolomites and its finest scenery! From the stunning Pragser Wildsee to the charming Italian town Belluno this hike is simply beautiful and very diverse!

Hardly anywhere in the world you can marvel at mountains of such a fascinating shape and color. Sheer cliffs on one side but easily accessible trails on the other site make this area become a hiker’s paradise. The Alta Via 1 crosses some of the most stunning areas such as the Fanes, Sella, Lagazoi and Cinque Torri mountain ranges. Along the way you’ll be staying in charming and comfortable huts where you will get indulged with the typical Dolomites Cuisine – a great mix of delicious Italian meals and rich mountain dishes.

Departure & Return Location

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)
Meeting Point: Ground floor, Main Exit C (Google Map)

Departure Time

13h30 or other time if agreed

Price Includes

  • Full qualified International Mountain Leader (IML)
  • 7 nights accommodation during the trek (shared bedrooms) with half-board
  • 2 nights accommodation before / after the trek (double / twin bedrooms) with breakfast
  • A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
  • Welcome dinner on the arrival day
  • All planned transportation according to the itinerary
  • Luggage storage in hotel in Belluno during the trekking (if required)

Price Excludes

  • Travel expenses (airfare etc.)
  • Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)

Complementaries

  • Luggage transfer
  • Rental of walking poles
What to Expect

The Alta Via No. 1 is the most famous trek of the in total 10 so called Alta Vias (high routes) in the Dolomites. This classic trek crosses the Dolomites from the German speaking South-Tyrol all the way down to the province of Venetia. Unlike other routes this tour does not involve sections over Via Ferratas (climbing sections) and is completed in 8 days. 

The Alta Via No. 1 is much more than just a hike. Explore during the 8-days trekking the impressive landscape, those sheer Dolomite walls, the lovely green meadows, the very interesting history (WWI) and of course the great Italian food.

  • Hike in the famous UNESCO world heritage site
  • Enjoy spectacular views of natural lakes and steep mountain walls
  • Hike through a 3km long tunnel which was built by Austrian soldiers during WWI
  • Taste the best Applestrudels in the entire area
  • Enjoy La Dolce Vita, that pure Italian attitude to lifeT
  • Take a picture of the Pragser Wildsee, the most famous lake on Instagram
Itinerary

Day 1Arrival day

You’ll get picked up at the Venice International Airport by your guide and then driven to Toblach near the Pragser Wildsee lake. The transfer takes approximately 3 hours and brings you on an interesting road through places like Cortina d’Ampezzo to Toblach. On your way to Toblach we will stop in Belluno, so that you can leave everything you don’t need during the trek at the hotel in Belluno.

You’ll arrive in Toblach in the early afternoon, so you will have some time to check out the village. You’ll stay in a hotel right in the center of Toblach. With the guide and the rest of the group, you’ll go for a welcome dinner in one of the local restaurants or eat directly at the hotel. During the dinner your guide will have a final briefing with you and share some last information about the trip and the next day.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) > Toblach
Duration: 3 hours 00 minutes

Venice Marco Polo Airport – Belluno – Cortina d’Ampezzo – Toblach

3-Star Hotel in double / twin bedroom
Welcome dinner
Breakfast buffet

Day 2Pragser Wildsee (Toblach) > Pederü

In the morning you’ll take a short bus transfer (30 minutes) from your hotel to the departure point of the hike, the famous Pragser Wildsee. You’ll walkalong the turquoise lake side, where locals believe you can access the underground mysterious empire of the Fanes. Of course there’ll be enough time to take this world class Instagram shot of the lake.

A steep but rewarding uphill with a short section of wires will lead to the mountain pass. Over open terrain with scenic views we will get to the Seekofel refuge, a nice location for a break and a snack. From the refuge, it is possible to climb up to the Seekofel Peak which will provide 360° views (+2.5 hours).

The rest of the stage continues easy along wide and smooth tracks across open terrain. You will pass several refuges which invite for a short break to enjoy some local apple strudel or great Italian coffee. Once you get over the Macchina pass you’ll reach the Pederü mountain lodge the overnight location for the first day.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Toblach > Pragser Wildsee

Pragser Wildsee – Ofenscharte – Seekofelhütte – Senneshütte – Pederü
Distance: 14.90 km / Ascent: 1011m / Descent: 939m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 3Pederü > Rifugio Col Gallina

The first part of the hike is fairly easy. From the Pederü hut an easy but first steep trail is leading up towards the Fanes hut and then later to the greater Fanes Alp, a nice and quite flat high plateau. You will pass the Limolake before starting the long and steady climb to the Forcella del Lago (2486m) which is a narrow mountain pass.

On a steep zig-zag descent next to sheer Dolomite walls you will reach the Lagazuoi lake. Over an open, bouldery field you’ll ascent to the Lagazuoi Pass. You can already spot the Lagazuoi hut which you’ll visit the next day. From the pass you’ll descent down to the Rifugio Col Gallina. The breathtaking panorama down to the Falzarego pass and the surrounding mountains such as the Tofana di Rozes is unique!

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Cable car: Rifugio Lagazuoi > Falzarego Pass (optional)

Pederü – Faneshütte – Limosee – Grosse Fanesalm – Forcela di Lêch – Forcella de Lagazuoi – Forcella Travenanzes – Rifugio Col Gallina
Distance: 20.00 km / Ascent: 1487m / Descent: 973m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 4Rifugio Col Gallina > Rifugio Dibona

In the morning you’ll hike up along an easy path to the Falzarego pass. From the pass you’ll take the exciting trail through the tunnels from the World War up to the Lagazuoi cable car station. The interesting trail is leading up through narrow tunnels and you can learn a lot from the history of the area and the bitter war. At the end of the tunnels, you will reach the Lagazuoi mountain hut (2759m) which is also the highest point of the Alta Via 1! From the hut you can even climb a littlehigher to the summit of the Lagazuoi.

From the refuge you’ll leave the official Alta Via trail and take a very wild alternative Alta Via Route. The descent towards the Terra Roses valley brings you very close to the sheer mountain walls of the famous Tofana de Rozes. You’ll traverse along the stunning Tofana de Rozes south side to reach the Dibona refuge above Cortina.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Rifugio Col Gallina – Falzaregopass – Rifugio Lagazuoi – Forcella Travenanzes – Forcella Col Dei Bois – Rifugio Dibona
Distance: 10.30 km / Ascent: 1066m / Descent: 1093m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 5Rifugio Dibona > Rifugio Città di Fiume

From the Dibona hut a steep descent is leading to the main road leading from Cortina d’Ampezzo up to the Falzarego pass. The Falzarego pass was a battlefield between the Italians and Austrian and nowadays many items remain such as trenches, wires and bullets can be found.

You hike up to the famous Cinque Torri (five towers), where you can admire some rock climbers summiting one of the towers before whilst enjoying a coffee and a nice apple strudel. Energized you’ll take the trail to the Rifugio Croda di Lago with its nice mountain lake. The perfect opportunity for an extended lunch break and a swim in the cold mountain lake.

Behind the hut a nicely ascending trail is leading to the Forcella Ambrizzolla, a small mountain pass which offers great views over the entire South Tyrol. From the pass an easy trail is traversing to the Malaga Prendera and from there further to the Rifugio Città di Fiume where you’ll spend the night.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Rifugio Dibona – Rifugio Cinque Torri – Rifugio Croda di Lago – Forcella Ambrizolla – Malaga Prendera – Rifugio Città di Fiume
Distance: 16.60 km / Ascent: 1125m / Descent: 1240m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 6Rifugio Città di Fiume > Rifugio A. Tissi

A very diverse hike leads just below the Monte Pelmo (one of the most impressive ones in the Dolomites) to the Staulanza pass and further to the Civetta Mountain range. On the hike you will also get to see the Marmolada far in the distance, which is the highest mountain in the Dolomites and the only one with a remaining glacier.

From the Rifugio Città di Fiume you’ll take a nice and gently ascending trail over a rocky slope to the Staulanza pass. On your way you can admire the magnificent rock faces of the Pelmo and see the sun rising behind the mountain. From the Passo Staulanza you will carry on a wide forest road followed by a steep but scenic uphill which leads to the Rifugio Coldai on 2132 meter. The panoramic views on the terrace of the Rifugio are inviting for a quick break and some snacks before you continue your walk to the final destination of this stage.

From the hut you’ll take a short ascent to the Forcella Coldai. Just a few meters below the pass you can go for a swim in the ice cold Coldai, like this you’re perfectly refreshed for the last stretch of the stage. Along the traverse through the valley of the Civetta you can admire the views down to the Italian village Agordo and the steep and impressive mountain walls of the Civetta. This section is one of the best parts of the entire trek. The night will be spent in the Rifugio A. Tissi, the mountain hut with the probably most spectacular sunset on the entire trek.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Rifugio Città di Fiume – Rifugio Staulanza – Rifugio Dibona – Rifugio A. Tissi
Distance: 13.60 km / Ascent: 1050m / Descent: 707m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 7Rifugio A. Tissi > Rifugio B. Carestiato

A long and hard stage is waiting for you. This stage is probably one of the most scenic stages as you will climb through boulder fields right below sheer mountain cliffs. From the Rifugio A. Tissi you descend a little bit and walk over a nice meadow to the Vazzoler mountain hut, a perfect stop for a coffee and a visit in their alpine garden. On your way you’ll get to see the famous Torre Venezia, a sheer mountain tower which is famous all over the world for its excellent rock climbing routes.

After the break an easy 4×4 track is leading down towards the valley but before you’ll take a narrowtrail underneath the great cliffs of the Moiazza mountain range. The trail is tough and difficult. The trail is often just narrow and blocked with big rocks, but worth every step. The amazing views and the unique landscape are very rewarding. The difficulties end when you’ll reach the Forcella del Camp, a saddle on the southern end of the Moiazza peak. From the saddle the trail traverses further over to the Rifugio B. Carestiato where you’ll spend the night high above the village of Agordo.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Rifugio A. Tissi – Rifugio Vazzoler – Forcella del Camp – Rifugio B. Carestiato
Distance: 14.10 km / Ascent: 1021m / Descent: 1467m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 8Rifugio B. Carestiato > Rifugio Pian de Fontana

After a cozy night in the Rifugio B. Carestiato you’ll take an easy gravel road down to the busy mountain road Passo Duran – a famous motorbike stop. At the pass it is possible to enjoy another coffee before you will carry on through a changing landscape of dark forests and along light lime stone cliffs to reach the Rifugio Pramperet, a nice lunch spot in a high plateau. Large open valleys are crossed on the way.

After an extended break at the Pramperet hut the final ascent of the day is ahead of you. A steep and rocky trail leads to the Portela del Piazedel the first pass of that stretch. From the pass the trail gets quite poor and your following only a vague path to the Forcella del Cima de Zita Sud at 2395m. From here you’ll descend to the Rifugio Pian de Fontana (1632m), a small hut on a grassy hill with great food where you’ll spend the night.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

No transfers available on this stage!

Rifugio B. Carestiato – Passo Duràn – Malaga Moschesin – Rifugio Pramperet – Rifugio Pian de Fontana
Distance: 18.10 km / Ascent: 1088m / Descent: 1269m

Cosy hikers accommodation in shared bedroom / dormitory
Half-board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)

Day 9Rifugio Pian de Fontana > Belluno

The last day of the Alta Via involves a little bit of uphill, followed by a massive downhill to La Pissa. A last tough uphill through a forest and then another downhill leads to the Rifugio Bianchet. The perfect place for a last apple strudel of the hike before you get back to civilization. The rest of the day is fairly easy and short and the entire trek is descending. In the early afternoon you will reach the road in the valley (La Muda or La Pissa) and a bus will take you to Belluno. For the rest of the afternoon you will enjoy a stroll through the charming town of Belluno and enjoy well deserved Italian ice cream and coffee.

In the evening, you will celebrate in the Spaghetteria – the probably best pasta place you’ll ever be to!

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: La Pissa > Belluno

Rifugio Pian de Fontana – Forcella La Varéta – Rifugio Bianchet – La Pissa
Distance: 11.40 km / Ascent: 474m / Descent: 1678m

3-Star hotel in double / twin bedroom
Breakfast buffet

Day 10

After breakfast a shuttle will collect you and drive you to the airport in Venice. You are free to book any flight departing at 11h30 or later.

Transfers
Route
Accommodation

Transfer: Belluno > Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) 

Belluno – Venice Marco Polo Airport

No accommodation included in the tour price.

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Chong Hok

Solo Traveller

Alta Via 1 is certainly a challenging multi-day hike – we did it over 8 days, covering about 120km in distance, with about 10,000m in ascent and about the same in descent. But it was also a very rewarding experience in terms of the varied scenery we encountered along the route, some of the most beautiful I have seen in the whole of Europe. I was in a small, fun group of people with different backgrounds and experiences which made it even more enjoyable in my opinion. Our guide was very helpful in making us feel comfortable throughout the duration of the hike, and helping us enjoy every moment of our trip. This was definitely an adventure I will not forget for a long time!

31. August 2019

Erika

Couple Traveller

What a great trip! The thing that really separates Happy Tracks from everyone else is all in the name. They are happy making tracks in the mountains. They see the value and the beauty of the natural world, the joy of sharing it with friends, the sense of accomplishment of doing something you weren’t sure you could do. They know that feeling, when you are so tired, and so hungry (and yes, even so stinky) there is just no happiness that compares to what a hot shower, an amazing meal and a cozy bunk will bring you at the end of the day.

Life is short and if we are not careful, we can lose sight of what really makes it worth living. I like to travel with Happy Tracks because the experience they provide is all about the things that make life worth living to me!

Also, both Raphael and Anja are seriously BADASS!!! (even though they are also both kind of nerds)

7. August 2019