8 + 2 days
4 - 10

TREK WORLD FAMOUS SCENERY Explore the Fantastic Dolomites

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.
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What's included

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Departure Location
Marco Polo Airport (VCE), Venice
Return Location
Marco Polo Airport (VCE), Venice
Price includes
  • 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
Price does not include
  • Equipment rental
  • Luggage Transfer (max. 15kg per unit)
  • Private expenses (souvenirs, drinks, etc.)
Luggage Storage: 1 bag per person storage in Belluno during the trek
Additional Prices
Private accommodation (twin / double): €€ 35.- per person and per day Private accommodation (single): €€ 55.- per person and per day Luggage Transfer: €on request

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 Tour

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


Arrival in Venice

Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE) > Toblach

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 the transfer driver 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 the picturesque village Toblach in the early afternoon, so you will have some time to check out the cute little shops or try already a first Apple Strudel. 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 give you a final briefing and share some last information about the trip and the first stage of your Alta Via No. 1 trek.


Myths, Legends and Lakes

Pragser 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.


Sheer Cliffs and Amazing Views

Pederü > 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!


On Historical WWII Paths

Rifugio 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.


The Heart of the Dolomites

Rifugio 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’ll 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.


The Civetta Range

Rifugio 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.


Discover the Backcountry

Rifugio 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 narrow trail 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.


Back to the Roots

Rifugio B. Carestiato > Rifugio Pian de Fonata

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. The hut is very simple and authentic and it has all you need for a great last night in the mountains!


Dolomiti Bellunesi

Rifugio Pian de Fontana > Belluno (La Pissa)

Your final hiking day takes you from the rifugio and slowly descends into the forest. You will pass the Rifugio Bianchet for a break before enjoying your final steps on the AV1 to La Pissa. Here you will travel by bus to Belluno to celebrate with dinner and drinks at a typical local restaurant followed by a night in a comfortable hotel.

DAY 10

Departure Day

Belluno > Venice Marco Polo Airport (VCE)

After breakfast a shuttle will collect you and drive you to the airport in Venice. You are free to book any flight departing from Venice Marco Polo International Airport (VCE) at 11h30 or later.

More about 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.

More about this tour

Luggage Transfer
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.

Trip Data

Day Distance Ascent Descent
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



Do I need hiking / trekking experience?

The Alta Via No. 1 is suitable for fit and experienced hikers who exercise on a regular basis. Previous trekking / multi-day hiking experience is not a must, but an advantage. You should be able to hike 1000m of ascent and 15km distance per day on mountainous terrain. Count in that you will hike with your backpack (incl. full kit for the tour) unless you have booked luggage transfer.


How fit do I need to be for this tour?

You should be physically fit and in good shape. Regular exercise is not foreign to you have been hiking before. You should be able to hike at least 15km and climb 1000m per day.


How can I get prepared?

To get prepared for a hiking adventure like the Alta Via No. 1 any endurance training is suitable. Exercises like running, walking, cycling etc. are good. It is also important to get used to your hiking boots and to your backpack (with weight!). Try to break them in and to get a comfortable feeling. Even a round in the park every now and then helps to find out if your boots or pack are comfortable.


What do I need to bring?

You can download our packing list here. Depending on the time of the year of your journey some items might not be necessary (beanie, gloves etc.). If you strictly follow the packing list, you’ll be prepared for every situation and your backpack won’t get too heavy. You should aim for no more than 10kg on your back, otherwise it will get tough! We have also created a blog post, to explain a few tips & tricks.


Do I need walking poles?

Walking poles are not mandatory but strongly recommended. The right use of hiking poles has many benefits. The uphills are easier and on the downhill you can take weight off your knees. Generally spoken hiking poles help to prevent knee and ankle injuries. We know that traveling (especially by airplane) can be tricky with hiking poles in your luggage, that’s why we rent hiking poles to our clients on demand.


Do I really need hiking boots?

We recommend to bring a lightweight pair of hiking boots (GoreTex, Leather or similar) which cover your ankles. The Tour du Mont Blanc is an alpine hiking tour and you’ll be hiking on various terrain. With hiking boots you are perfectly prepared to walk sure footed and injury free on any terrain, especially at the beginning / end of the season where you might have to cross some last snow fields from the winter. We recommend to bring a light pair of sneakers as a second pair of shoes in your backpack for the evenings or for an easy stage to give your feet a rest.


Whats the food like?

The food on the Alta Via No. 1 offers a great variety. Meals are hearty and usually consist big portions. You’ll be able to taste the different specialties from South-Tyrol and the northern part of Italy. Of course you won’t miss out on some local specialties like Apple Strudel. Mountain food contains often dairy and wheat products as well as meat.


Can my dietary requirements be catered for?

Yes! If you have any food restriction (vegetarian, vegan, gluten intolerance etc.) or if you follow a special diet please let us know as soon as possible. It is no problem to arrange the meals and lunch packs according to your requirements when we know this in advance, however we do not have any influence on what options will be served by the accommodations as it is usually a set menu.


What beverages are included?

Tap water is always available and free of charge. The tap water is usually drinkable if not elsewhere mentioned or announced by your guide. Alcoholic drinks and soft drinks are not included and on your own charge.


Can I use my mobile phone?

The mobile phone coverage is average on the Alta Via No. 1. In quite a few locations you’ll be off signal, often during the day when you are remote out in the wilderness. As you will be traveling through Italy, it might be worth to check with your provider what costs for roaming will apply, as it could be quite costly to use mobile data outside your country.


Is WiFi available?

Free WiFi is available in most of the places. It might not be the fastest or most stable connection but enough to send some photos to your people back home, to send some emails and check the news.


Can I charge my electronical devices?

In every place there are electricity (in a very few places only USB outlets) outlets available to charge your electric devices. Please bear in mind to bring a suitable adapter for your plugs. You will need a EU plug for Italy or even a specific Italian sized tri-pol plug . The standard bi-pol plugs which are often used for smartphone chargers often work in all of the countries.


What happens if I can’t complete a stage / the tour?

If you are feeling unwell / unable to complete a stage of your tour, you will have to rely on public or private transportation to get to the next stage. On some stages it is quite easy to “skip the day”, on others it can be quite a mission. Your guide and the Happy Tracks team will assist you in finding a suitable solution. Please bear in mind that any extra cost which will occur are on your own charge.

In the case you cannot finish the trek, your guide and the Happy tracks team will assist you in finding a suitable solution, to get you back to the start respectively end point of the hike. Unfortunately we cannot offer you a pro-rata refund for not used services such as guiding, accommodation etc. of the remaining days.


I have more questions!

If you have any other questions or require more specific information on a certain topic, please do not hesitate to contact us by e-mail or simply give us a call!

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