- Additional Info
- A rich and healthy lunch pack on each stage
- Accommodation (shared bedroom / dormitory)
- Airport transfers
- All planned transportation according to the itinerary
- Full qualified international mountain leader (IML)
- Half-Board (breakfast, 3 course dinner)
- Pre- / post-trek accommodation
- Equipment rental
- Luggage Transfer (max. 15kg per unit)
- Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
Finest Scenery & World Class Trekking
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! 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 plus one arrival day and one departure day. 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.
The Alta Via No. 1 in the Italian Dolomites runs along the main crests of the eastern Dolomite group towards the south. The route passes through the mountain groups of the Braies Dolomites, Fanes Group, Nuvolàu, Croda da Lago, Rochetta, Pelmo, Civetta, Moiazza, Prampèr Dolomites and Schiara, and moves through alpine terrain at an altitude between 1500 m and 2800 m.
As the first Dolomite high altitude path to be laid out, the Alta Via No. 1 is also the easiest route of them all, offering a great network of mountain huts and other facilities. A blue triangle and the usual red-and-white signs mark the well laid out and maintained route, which does not cross glaciers and is well secured with wire ropes in the few exposed places. The paths, footpaths and natural roads are all easy to medium difficulty and therefore suitable for those who are not experienced in high mountain areas. Nevertheless, a good physical fitness is required to complete the roughly 150km long trek.
What to expect
The Alta Via No. 1 is one of the top multi-day treks in Europe and full of highlights:
- 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 Apple-Strudels in the entire area
- Enjoy La Dolce Vita, that pure Italian attitude to life
- Take a picture of the Pragser Wildsee, the most famous lake on Instagram
- Accept the challenge and cover more than 150km by foot across the Dolomites
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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. A luggage storage (of your unwanted items during the tour) in Belluno is included in the tour. Due to the geographical situation a day to day luggage transfer on this itinerary is not possible, because many locations are not accessible by car.
A partial luggage transfer service is possible and can be arranged on request.
A general note about the accommodation
On a long distance trekking you will experience the mountain lifestyle and sleep in authentic places. Mostly you will be staying in mountain huts (dormitory room, unavoidable) and a few times in a B&B. The accommodation along the way offers a charming and friendly atmosphere in a mountainous atmosphere. You will experience both: accommodation high up in the mountains far away from civilization or located in a typical mountain village or even a small town. 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 and in the villages Wi-Fi for free.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 day we provide a rich, healthy and daily fresh prepared lunch-pack for you. We try to offer you a big variety of lunch packs so that it does not get boring after 8 days. Our lunch packs consist usually one big unit such as a sandwich, a wrap, a salad and of course a selection 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. It is no problem to arrange the meals and lunch packs according to your preference when we know this in advance.
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 trekking. 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 (Toblach, Belluno) 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||13.80 km||668 m||1344 m|
|Day 2||20.70 km||1650 m||1073 m|
|Day 3||12.00 km||828 m||460 m|
|Day 4||12.70 km||492 m||1274 m|
|Day 5||17.20 km||1194 m||641 m|
|Day 6||14.40 km||773 m||957 m|
|Day 7||14.80 km||473 m||608 m|
|Day 8||16.90 km||764 m||1036 m|