- Additional Info
- A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
- Accommodation (shared bedroom / dormitory)
- All planned transportation according to the itinerary
- Full qualified international mountain leader (IML)
- Half-Board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)
- Pre- / post-trek accommodation
- Airport transfers
- Equipment rental
- Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
Finest Scenery & World Class Trekking
The Alta Via 1 is the most famous and popular long distance route in the Dolomites. It was the first to be established in the area and today it attracts thousands of hikers every year from all over the world. The main reasons for this is the beautiful scenery, ever changing throughout the hike and unique in the Alps. But also the history of the area, deeply linked to WWI, and its culture, very diverse for such a small place. On this guided AV1 hike you will experience this unique mountain region first hand.
You will hike through some of the most important mountain ranges in the history of alpinism and you will discover how these mountains were formed at the bottom of the ocean, millions of years ago. You will get to know the local culture and traditions and taste some of the best local mountain food. Last but not least, you’ll be welcomed in the cosiest mountain huts and experience some of the finest alpine hospitality!
The beauty of a multi day hike is that you get to explore an area in depth and at walking pace, and this is what this trip is all about.
Hiking the AV1
The Alta Via 1 in the Italian Dolomites is an eight days trek that runs through some of the most spectacular and renowned mountain areas in the whole of the Dolomites. Starting at Lago di Braies (Pragser Wildsee) in the north, it then winds its way south through the Sennes and Fanes groups, Lagazuoi, Nuvolau and Cinque Torri, Pelmo, Civetta and the wilder Dolomiti Bellunesi National Park.
The AV1 is a 110km long itinerary that follows a network of pretty good and well maintained mountain paths. The route is never too technical, but it includes some steep and exposed sections and requires good fitness and experience in the mountain environment (it might be unsuitable for people with severe fear of heights or unstable footing). Definitely a step up compared to some of the other long distance treks in the Alps, such as the Tour du Mont Blanc.
Each night will be spent in a different mountain hut, either far out in the mountains or by a road. Some of these places are definitely more similar to a hotel then a hut, whereas others are basic but always comfortable. Hospitality is always 100%, and you’ll have a chance to share a meal with other fellow hikers.
On the first and last day of this tour we will be staying in a comfortable 3 star hotel central to Cortina. The rooms are twin rooms, if you are are a solo traveller you will be sharing with another hiker of the same gender.
On the rest of the hike we will be staying in remote mountain refuges, here the accommodation is in small mixed dormitories. The accommodation is comfortable and welcoming but not luxurious. It is part of the real hiking experience to stay in these places, the views and scenery that surround them will be spectacular!
What to expect on a guided AV1 hike
The Alta Via 1 is amongst the best and most famous multi-day treks in Europe. Your guided AV1 hike includes the following highlights:
- Hike in the heart of the Dolomites, a unique mountain area in the world;
- Walk 110km through ever changing scenery and terrain, from green pastures to sheer limestone drops;
- Tackle some challenging sections and reach a height of 2750m;
- Immerse yourself in the region’s alpine culture and cultural diversity;
- Sleep in some of the most welcoming and remote mountain huts in the region;
- Taste some of the best mountain food in the Alps.
- Knowledgeable local guide
This tour is suitable for people with previous trekking experience who want to trek through some of the most beautiful and renowned places in the Italian Dolomites. It is not suitable for beginner hikers, people who struggle on uneven and unstable terrain or people with severe fear of heights. You will be walking for long days with a heavy bag, carrying all your gear, so a good level of fitness is required.
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More about Dolomites
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.
More about this tour
The Alta Via No. 1 from Toblach (Pragser Wildsee) to Belluno is an epic hiking adventure crossing the heart of the Dolomites. Many of the refuges are difficult to access by road, for this reason bag transfer is not available for this tour. It is possible to store an extra bag in Cortina during the hike.
A general note about the accommodation
On a long distance trek such as the AV1, you will experience the mountain lifestyle and sleep in authentic places. Mostly you will be staying in mountain huts in shared accommodation. The accommodation along the way offers a charming and rustic, in a mountainous atmosphere. Most of the accommodation on this trip is high in the mountains, it is there for hikers, climbers and those wishing to explore this amazing landscape. It is not luxury accommodation but the locations cannot be beaten!
In the mountain huts you’ll stay in bunk beds with pillows and blankets (a thin and light sleeping bag liner is mandatory for hygienic reasons), In every place there is electricity to charge your batteries. The accommodation offers many services such as a hot shower and running water (shared bathroom on the floor). Also, towels are usually not provided so please bring your own towel (if possible fast drying).
Before and after the trek you'll stay in a comfortable 3-star hotel in a twin / double room incl. breakfast. A single supplement might be charged, depending on group size and room availability.
During the trekking, you will have the chance to taste the great variety of local specialities. The accommodations offer always half-board with your stay which includes a breakfast and a three-course dinner. The breakfast contains always coffee / tea, bread, butter and jam. Depending on the location of the accommodation there is also orange-juice, cereals, yoghurt, fruits, cheese and meat available for breakfast. The three-course dinner in the evening is hearty and the plates are quite big. A typical menu could be a soup for the starter, a main course with meat, vegetables and a side dish (rice, polenta, pasta) and a dessert which can be for example vanilla pudding, crème brulée or fruit salad. For the dinner only tap water is included, soft drinks such as wine or beer are on your own charge.
During the hike lunches will be provided by the accommodation. Our lunch packs consist usually one big unit such as a sandwich, a wrap, a piece of fresh fruits, muesli bars, chocolate, nuts, dried fruits, juice, crackers, cakes etc. If you have any food restriction (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc.) please let us know as soon as possible. We can cater for most dietary requirements although in the mountains the choice is often limited.
To do a long distance trekking is a great challenge and a good physical workout. During the summer it can be quite warm in the Dolomites so it is important to carry enough water. We strongly recommend to take between two and three liters of water on such a trek. We recommend taking at least two one-litre bottles (plastic or aluminium) or a camel bag (water bladder). The tap water is usually drinkable, but there are limited resources on the trails to fill up your bottle. Your guide will give you an advice for each day.
During the summer in the Dolomites (June – September) we experience usually fair and quite warm weather. It is often sunny and the temperatures can reach up to 30° Celsius, although it is a dry heat. The weather in the mountains can be sometimes quite unpredictable and meteorological situations can change very quickly. Therefore, it is necessary to be always prepared for such a change. Another fact is that you will be hiking in different altitude levels, so there will be a significant change between the valley ground and the high mountain passes. On a rainy day temperatures can drop quite low and it is necessary to have a good rain jacket and depending on the season even a hat and a pair of gloves. If you stick to our equipment list, you will be ready for any weather situation. Please do not hesitate to ask us if you have any questions about this topic.
Trail / Conditions
From the moment you start the trekking we highly recommend you to have a valid travel, medical & mountain evacuation insurance, which is a very important factor in case of an accident. You will need full travel & holiday insurance suitable for a trekking holiday. This will need to be organized by you before the trek starts. It is essential that you have the correct insurance in case of a medical emergency on the mountain, as rescue can be costly. Rescue in Italy is usually not charged, depending on the circumstances, however you could always be asked to pay and this could cost several thousand Euros, especially if a helicopter rescue is necessary. The cost of hospitalization and subsequent care is normally the most expensive part of any accident if you do not have the correct cover and are hospitalized without insurance. The cost could easily reach an immense level. It is your responsibility to take out the correct level of insurance and we accept no responsibility for any costs that occur as a result of inadequate insurance. If you have any questions about this topic please do not hesitate to contact us.
Along the Alta Via No. 1 you will travel always through Italy (respectively South-Tyrol). It is always worth to have some Euros (EUR) in cash with you, if you would like to buy some drinks and souvenirs along the way. In the bigger villages at the start and the end of the tour (Cortina) there are also ATM cash machines. Most of the places also accept the most common credit cards (VISA, Mastercard, American Express), but please bear in mind that there might be a small commission fee or a minimum amount.
|Day 1||14.80 km||1029 m||979 m|
|Day 2||14.90 km||1103 m||658 m|
|Day 3||10.00 km||864 m||285 m|
|Day 4||16.40 km||533 m||1331 m|
|Day 5||15.10 km||863m||912 m|
|Day 6||10.00 km||675 m||790 m|
|Day 7||15.80 km||1133 m||1307 m|
|Day 8||10.90 km||418 m||1393 m|