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Location

Departs San Vito di Cadore

Difficulty

7

Strenuous

Length

13

Trip Cost

$4790 pp
twin share

Overview

  • Trek some of Europe’s best mountain terrain
  • Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery
  • Walk with an experienced International Mountain Leader
  • Enjoy local specialities, perfect coffee and great company
  • Experience Italian hospitality at its finest
  • Embrace the challenge of ten days’ strenuous trekking on dramatic rocky paths

Witness the grandeur of the Dolomites on this 13-day itinerary that provides the support and valuable interpretation of an experienced guide, comfortable accommodation and fabulous local food.

Providing inspiration to artists and trekkers alike, this region will astound you with its wild beauty. As you make your way along the pretty trails, you will begin to understand why this striking pink-grey mountain range is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Furthermore, the varied terrain and scenery each day will captivate your imagination as you trek through forests, meadows, lush alpine pastures, past emerald lakes and jagged peaks. As part of your journey you will experience the charm of local villages and the warm hospitality of the local Ladin people along with the opportunity to visit and learn about the WWI trenches.

We operate with small groups (maximum 12 walkers) and our trips are guaranteed to depart with just 4 people. Our guided trips are led by experienced International Mountain Leaders.

Extend Your Holiday – City Breaks

Double your holiday experience by including a stopover on your journey! A city break is a great way to explore another place, indulge in some extra shopping, dining or sightseeing and is a great way to break up a long flight. Our fabulous array of RAW Travel city breaks can be tailor made to your requirements and usually include an arrival transfer, 2 nights accommodation and a city sightseeing tour.

Read more about our city breaks.

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Itinerary

Day 1: San Vito di Cadore

Arrive today in the Boite River Valley and the town of San Vito di Cadore. There is a welcome meeting scheduled with your trek leader at 5pm at the hotel. Before meeting with your trek leader the afternoon is free for you to explore the town and its amazing mountain surrounds. We will enjoy our first dinner together after the briefing.

Please note: Your first night may instead be in the nearby town of Borca di Cadore. This will be confirmed in your final documents. 

Meals: D

Day 2: San Vito di Cadore to Passo Staulanza

After a hearty breakfast we will make our way towards Passo Staulanza via a demanding 100m+ climb from the valley and then the circuit route below Monte Pelmo. Monte Pelmo is a feature peak of the Dolomites and is easily recognised as it sits apart from other peaks in its large, blockish form. Don’t forget to look up and take in the grand view as we travel along.

7–8 hours trekking – ascent 1250m / descent 400m
Meals: B L D

Day 3: Trek Passo Staulanza to Passo Giau

Today our route takes us via the Col di Roan, Forcella Ambrizzola and Forcella Giau to our destination of Passo Giau. After an initial uphill start, the trail evens out and takes us through many alpine pastures. The latter half of the trek between the Forcella Ambrizzola and the Passo Giau, remains fairly level and meanders beneath the Lastói di Formin and on past the Mondevàl pasture, which is of great anthropological interest. The beautiful Giau Pass is located at the centre of a vast mountain pasture and is where we will find our accommodation for the night.

6 hours trekking – ascent 600m / descent 600m
Meals: B L D

Day 4: Trek Passo Giau to Cortina

On our hike today we will explore the WWI trenches and learn about the history that took place here. Between 1915 and 1918, the Austro-Hungarian and Italian armies fought many a bloody battle within these mountains during what was also known as the Great War. The soldiers endured severe weather conditions, bitter cold and the risk of avalanches while posted in the Dolomites. We end our day in the picturesque ski-town of Cortina, home of the 1956 Winter Olympics.

5–6 hours trekking – ascent 400m / descent 1200m
Meals: B L

Day 5: Trek Cortina to Fodara Vedla

This morning we will take the cable car out of Cortina to Col Druscie taking in striking views along the way. We will then hike to Passo Posporcora then on to Ponte Outo, and Malga Ra Stua before arriving at the charming and family run Rifugio Fodara Vedla.

7–8 hours trekking – ascent 800m / descent 400m
Meals: B L D

Please note: Accommodation this evening is in a refuge in a remote location and, while the rooms are very comfortable and ensuite, you will need to pack a small overnight bag as we are not able to have your luggage delivered tonight. It is possible that twin share rooms will not be available, and you will need to sleep in triple or quad rooms with others of the same gender from your RAW Travel group.

Day 6: Trek Fodara Vedla to San Cassiano

Crossing high Alpine meadows and rocky tracks, we descend to Pederu in the heart of the nature park and then ascend, past traditional farm buildings, to a mountain pass where we can take our picnic lunch in a field of edelweiss encircled by towering limestone massifs. Then the trail leads south and downhill, steeply in parts, to Alta Badia and the delightful small town of San Cassiano. You will be able to enjoy the typical Tyrolean hospitality and food at our lovely Pension Steinrosl which will be our home for two nights.

8 hours trekking – ascent 600m / descent 1200m
Meals: B L D

Day 7: San Cassiano – Rest Day

A welcome rest day in this idyllic little town. Optional activities (own expense) include mountain biking along local trails, riding the Piz Sorega cable car for magnificent views, day walks in the surrounding area or simply relaxing in the hotel’s spa and wellness centre.

Meals: B

Day 8: Trek San Cassiano to Arabba

We take a short bus transfer this morning, then once we are back on our feet we ascend to the north flank of the Settsass Mountain.  Continuing on, we head towards Pralongia before ascending into the valley of Fodom. The village of Arabba is our stop for the night and is nestled within this valley at the base of the imposing Sella massif and some of the most beautiful peaks of the Dolomites.

5–6 hours trekking – ascent 700m / descent 900m
Meals: B L D

Day 9: Trek Arabba to Canazei or Campitello – Val di Fassa

We need to fuel up at breakfast this morning ready for our big ascent out of Arabba. We take a little known and very beautiful trail to Passo Portovescovo for stunning views across the valley to the Marmolada – the highest mountain in the Dolomites standing at 3343m. Keep an eye out for marmots in the valley! We then follow the famous Via del Pan, a high-level path that contours around to Pecol, with the Marmolada on our left-hand side all the time. Descending from Pecol into Canazei by cable car gives us time to explore this charming town, and visit the swimming pool/leisure facilities if we wish.

6–7 hours trekking – ascent 1000m / descent 650m
Meals: B L D

Day 10: Trek Canazei to upper Val Gardena

A steep ascent from Canazei this morning brings us up and out onto the open hillside with superb views back down to the valley below. We can enjoy a late morning coffee stop at a refuge with panoramic vistas before continuing around the Sassolongo massif. We will take a cable car down to Val Gardena and our accommodation at the end of the day.

6–7 hours trekking – ascent 1100m / descent 500m
Meals: B L D

Day 11: Trek Val Gardena to Sciliar massif

We start today’s hike by continuing our circumnavigation of the Sassolongo, the boulder trail contours around the base of these impressive rock towers before we pick up an easy, grassy ridge path leading west towards the mighty Sciliar massif. We end the day by climbing up through truly impressive rocky scenery, to our overnight refuge perched high in the mountains with spectacular views. This is an excellent place to view the famous Dolomites sunset.

Please note: Tonights refuge is a true mountain refuge, accessible only on foot and perched at 2500m. Rooms are simpler than anywhere else on the trip and are not ensuite. It is possible that twin share rooms will not be available and you will need to sleep in triple or quad rooms with others of the same gender from your RAW Travel group. Baggage will not be delivered tonight and you will need to carry your own toiletries and personal clothing in your day pack.

6–7 hours trekking – ascent 750m / descent 600m
Meals: B L D

Day 12: Trek Sciliar massif to Bolzano

This morning we descend from the mighty Sciliar massif, cross meadows and descend to the delightful woods and orchards of the South Tyrol. The scenery here is completely different but no less beautiful. We end our hike at a charming small south Tyrolean town, where we jump on a bus for a 30-minute journey to the historic capital of the South Tyrol, Bolzano.

6 hours trekking – ascent 200m / descent 1200m
Meals: B L

Day 13: Departure day

Your tour ends this morning after breakfast. Before you leave you may wish to spend some time exploring this interesting town. There are many things to see and do in Bolzano, notably the South Tyrol Archaeological Museum which is home to Otzi, the famous Neolithic man whose exceptionally well-preserved corpse was found in the glacier ice.

Meals: B

 

Important Information

The trail: The trails on the Dolomites can be narrow, steep and quite exposed in sections. Dizzying heights and steep slopes are a feature of the walks in this area, so you need to be prepared for this. The Dolomites are not suitable for people who experience vertigo. The terrain is often uneven, rough, rocky and hard underfoot. Please speak to our Destination Expert should you have any questions or concerns about your ability to undertake this trek.

Trek distances: Each day you will be trekking an average of 18-22km. This is an approximate only as occasionally your guide will choose to take a different route due to things like weather, group fitness or trail closure. While it is unlikely that you will exceed much more than 22km on a regular basis, please ensure that you are fit enough to comfortably trek up to 26km per day including ascents and descents of 1000m+.

Itinerary changes: This itinerary is subject to change due to trail closure, inclement weather, accommodation availability or other reasons unforeseen to us at the time you make your booking. When making these changes we always have your safety and welfare in mind to ensure a positive and enjoyable experience is maintained throughout your trip with us. Thank you for your understanding.

Dates

Start date
10 Sep 2019
End date
22 Sep 2019
Price
$4790
Availability
Available
Start date
08 Sep 2020
End date
20 Sep 2020
Price
$5030
Availability
Available

Inclusions

 

  • Qualified and experienced trekking guide
  • Small groups (12 people maximum)
  • 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 9 dinners
  • 12 nights accommodation in small hotels and refuges
  • Private rooms on trek (with the exception of 2 nights in the refuges when multi-share may be required)
  • Transportation while on tour
  • Transportation of your main baggage throughout the tour

Not Included

  • Travel insurance
  • 3 dinners and 1 lunch
  • Flights and transport to and from the tour
  • Items of a personal nature

Map & Guide

Reviews

CB (NSW) – September 2018
I’m back from Italy (we toured for quite a while after the Dolomites trip)…the Dolomites walk was really good. The weather was not quite so good, but you can’t have everything. It is such an amazing landscape. And Diane is a great guide. She really knows what she’s doing. She was very conscious of how each walker was going and kept an appropriate pace and eye on things. The accommodation, meals, transfers and the overall itinerary worked really well. I’ve now done several guided multi-day walks both in Australia and overseas and Diane is certainly the best guide I have come across. Thanks for a really good trip!

Andrew Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018
The scenery was amazing and each day offered different experiences including natural beauty, physical challenge and culture. David Barber was an excellent guide who was quick to assist or guide people through difficult sections as well as catering for different desires and limitations. The overnight stay at Fodara Vedla was simply stunning and a great experience including Austrian folk music, venison goulash and apple strudel. Overall, the food provided by the hosts was just incredible and a cultural experience on its own. Loved the whole trip and would recommend to anyone interested in an active holiday.

Margot Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018
Experiencing the majestic mountain terrain of the Dolomites and being so up close in nature every day for a week was definitely a highlight for me. We were also very fortunate to have a wonderful group of people on the walk who looked out for each other and offered good conversation and a lot of humour as we trekked along each day. I cannot speak more highly of David our guide who was very experienced and knowledgeable and encouraged us all along the way. He kept us safe during the more challenging parts of the walk and was always tuned into everyone’s needs. I would definitely sign up on a tour again if David was our guide!

Jill Hammond, Toowoomba East (QLD) – July 2018
Being high in the mountains where life is taken more slowly, nature and the weather really turned it on for our group! The bonus was our guide, Diane – absolutely brilliant and so informative and clever.

Margaret Jones, Hawthorn East (VIC) – July 2018
Our guide Diane was so passionate about the Dolomites and a seriously experienced mountaineering guide. She gave us the most incredible experience and lasting memories of this beautiful area by choosing daily hikes that provided jaw-dropping scenery plus lots of fun and adventure. The hiking was physically challenging but our group worked well together and encouraged each other when it got tough and Diane was always there for each of us. I would go back in a heartbeat and do it all again! Just loved this trip!

Therese Corrigan, Surrey Hills (VIC) – August 2017
A fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime experience! Di, our guide, was fantastic. She was professional, knowledgeable and instilled complete confidence in all members of our group.

Andrew Dziedzic, NSW – July 2016
Incredible vistas and experiences the rewards of hard walks to ascend – and descend from – the ridges of the Dolomites.

 

 

What our Clients Say

A fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime experience! Our guide, was professional, knowledgeable and instilled complete confidence in all members of our group. 

Therese Corrigan, Surrey Hills (VIC) - August 2017

Thanks RAW Travel for an exceptionally enjoyable tour of the Dolomites. Diane made sure everyone was looked after, right down to the tiniest detail. We also give 10/10 for accommodation and lunch stops.

Tina & Peter Wintour, Mermaid Waters (QLD), June 2018

Nature and the weather really turned it on for our group! Our guide, Diane, was absolutely brilliant and so informative and clever.

Jill Hammond, Toowoomba East (QLD) – July 2018

Our guide Diane gave us the most incredible experience and lasting memories. I would go back in a heartbeat!

Margaret Jones, Hawthorn East (VIC) – July 2018

A well-organised trek into a most beautiful and striking walking area. The Dolomites was wonderful.

Peter Stevenson, Macarthur (ACT) – June 2018

The overnight stay at Fodara Vedla was simply stunning and a great experience - Austrian folk music, venison goulash and apple strudel. Overall, the food was just incredible and a cultural experience on its own.

Andrew Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018

We were very fortunate to have a wonderful group of people on the walk who looked out for each other and offered good conversation and a lot of humour as we trekked along each day.

Margot Perkins, Paddington (QLD) – September 2018

I’ve now done several guided multi-day walks both in Australia and overseas and Diane is certainly the best guide I have come across.

CB (NSW) - September 2018

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Trip Grading

This trip is rated as Strenuous