Self-Guided Alta Via 1

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€1200 par personne
8 + 2 days
Custom-Made Group Size


A self-guided Alta Via 1 is perfect for hikers with good navigation skills, and enough experience to hike without a guide. A self-guided package allows you to hike at your own pace, and add any personal touches to the tour.
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Additional Information
Custom Add-Ons: We can arrange more private accommodation, airport transfers and luggage transfers. The exact price will depend on the details of your request. Route Variants and Number Of Days: The beauty of a self-guided package is that you can custom-make it to suit your needs and preferences. We will work with you to create the perfect route for your group.
Le prix comprend
  • 1 Night in a 3 Star Hotel
  • 24 Hour Helpline
  • Accommodation (shared bedroom / dormitory)
  • Digital Guidebook
  • GPS Maps with GPX File
  • Half-Board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)
  • Reliable trail-updates from local guides
  • Support from a local team
Le prix ne comprend pas
  • Airport transfers
  • Luggage Transfer (max. 15kg per unit)
Sunset on the self-guided alta via 1

What is a Self-Guided Alta Via 1 package?

By doing a self-guided Alta Via 1, you’ll be your own guide. This gives you the freedom to hike at your own pace, and to take route variants that might not be possible for a typical guided group. However, by booking a self-guided package, you will not be alone! We’ll provide you with a detailed digital guidebook, plus day-by-day GPS maps. We’ll book all your accommodation, and – of course! – you’ll be able to contact us at anytime. A self-guided package offers hassle-free hiking, with the safety-net of local, expert guides.

What’s included in a Self-Guided Alta Via 1?

Our standard self-guided packages include :

A digital guidebook

You’ll receive a Self-Guided Alta Via 1 guidebook, created by our team of local guides. Within the guidebook, you’ll find :

      • detailed turn-by-turn descriptions
      • route-finding information
      • information about mountain safety
      • interesting facts about local flora, fauna and culture
      • descriptions of what views you can expect to see along the trail
      • information about where to eat, drink, and buy provisions
      • village guides

GPX Files

We’ll send you GPX Files for each stage of your Alta Via 1. You can download these onto your mobile phone, and then follow the GPS route.


We will book all your accommodation for you. On the first and last day, you’ll stay in a comfortable 3 star hotel in Toblach. For the rest of your you’ll stay in remote mountain refuges. Here the accommodation is in small, mixed dormitories, which are comfortable but not luxurious. Staying in a mountain refuge is part of the real hiking experience. The views and scenery are spectacular, and you’ll have the opportunity to meet other hikers. For more information about mountain refuges, read this blog post. If you’d prefer more private accommodation, this can be arranged. The exact price changes from year to year, so we will discuss this with you when planning your tour.


The accommodation will provide breakfast in the mornings, plus a 3 course dinner in the evenings. The only accommodation that does not include dinner is the hotel in Toblach. However, this is an opportunity to explore the historic town and find your ideal Italian meal!

Customising a Self-Guided Alta Via 1 package

If you have specific requests, we’ll work with you to tailor-make your self-guided package. If there’s a specific mountain refuge that you’d like to stay at, or if you want to sleep in more private rooms, we can normally accommodate your requests without a problem. However, please note that accommodation on the Alta Via 1 fills up very quickly, so whether we can accommodate your requests will depend on how early you book your tour.

About the Alta Via 1

The Alta Via 1 (often abbreviated to “AV1”) is a 110 kilometre hike across the Italian Dolomites. It typically takes eight to ten days to hike. There are six long-distance routes that traverse the Dolomites, and the AV1 is the easiest in this series. As more hikers share their stories, the Alta Via 1 is quickly becoming Italy’s most popular hike.

The Route

The Alta Via 1 follows a network of well-maintained, undemanding trails from the north of the Dolomites to the south. It winds through a rich array of landscapes; from dense forests and alpine meadows to lunar-like, high-altitude rocky plateaux. Starting at Lago di Braies, the AV1 winds its way through the Sennes and Fanes groups. It then climbs over the Lagazuoi, and past the Nuvolau and Tofane. The AV1 finishes by snaking through the wild, rugged Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park. Hiking the Alta Via 1, you’ll get to see around 80% of the peaks and landmarks that make up the incredible Dolomites. What better way to experience this amazing region?

Who can hike the Alta Via 1?

The trails on the Alta Via 1 are never too technical. Because of this, the AV1 is the perfect hike for anyone wanting to experience long-distance hiking for the first time. That said, there are some steep, exposed sections and the days are challenging. You should only hike the Alta Via 1 if you have a decent level of fitness, and you should have some experience hiking in the mountains. If you’ve already hiked the Tour du Mont Blanc, the Alta Via 1 will feel like a natural step up.

WW1 History

Along the Alta Via 1 route, you’ll pass some remains from World War 1. Rusty barbed wire, deep trenches and ruined barracks are fairly common sights in the Dolomites. They remind us of the tragic past, when the area became a war zone and contested borders ran along the peaks and ridges. These landmarks are both humbling and interesting!

The Dolomites

The Dolomite mountains are unlike any other, and because of this, they’re instantly recognisable. Pale, stand-alone towers rise up from flat plateaux, creating sheer cliff bands that glow in the afternoon light. The Marmolada is the highest peak, at 3342 metres. Hidden in amongst rocky crevices, you’ll find a huge array of alpine flowers. The most famous of all, of course, is the edelweiss, with its distinct felty petals.

En savoir plus Dolomites

The Dolomites are a mountain group of the Southern Limestone Alps, but are also included in the Southern Alps. They are divided between the regions of Veneto and Trentino-Alto Adige in Italy and - in roughly equal parts - the provinces of Belluno, Bolzano-Alto Adige and Trento. Since 2009 parts of the Dolomites have been included in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage Dolomites. The highest mountain in the Dolomites is the Marmolata at 3343 meters above sea level. Other famous peaks or massifs are the Civetta, Monte Pelmo, Tofana de Rozes, 5-Torri, Croda da Lago, Schiara and many more.

The Dolomites emerged as a Ladin language area from the migration of the peoples, but with the emergence of Tyrol and the incorporation of Trentino into the Holy Roman Empire from the Middle Ages onwards, they were partly Germanised by Bavarian settlers.

In the 18th century the mountains were still called "pale mountains" or "monti pallidi". The name 'Dolomites' spread after the predominant rock was given the name dolomite, in honour of the French geologist Déodat de Dolomieu (1750-1801), who was the first to analyse its composition.

The Dolomites were the border between Germany, Austria and Italy throughout the High and Late Middle Ages and until the Napoleonic era. Between 1866 and 1918 the Austrian-Italian border also ran through here.

During the mountain war of 1915-1918, when Italy fought on the side of the Entente in World War I, the border was a mountain front. However, the Italians only succeeded in occupying Cortina and parts of the beech stone in the course of their offensive, so that once the front had been stabilised it ran from the Passo San Pellegrino via Marmolata, Col di Lana, Lagazuoi, the Tofanen, Hohe Gaisl, Schluderbach, Monte Piana, Drei Zinnen and Paternkofel to the Kreuzbergsattel. In many places, traces of war can still be seen, especially the Col di Lana summit, which was brought down by blasting.

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Self-Guided Alta Via 1

€1200 par personne
8 + 2 days
Custom-Made Group Size

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