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13 Days

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Strenuous

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From $5030 pp

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13 Days

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difficulty

Strenuous

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trip cost

From $5030 pp

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Overview

Dolomites Traverse

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. Each day will captivate your imagination as you trek through forests, meadows, lush alpine pastures, past emerald lakes and jagged peaks.

Providing inspiration to artists and trekkers alike, this region will astound you with its wild beauty of varied terrain and scenery. You will begin to understand why this striking pink-grey mountain range is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Leanne Troy

Highlights

Get Ready For

  • Some of the best sections of the Alta Via1 and Alta Via 2
  • Led by our International Mountain Leaders
  • Guaranteed to depart with just 4 people
  • Marvel at the spectacular mountain scenery
  • Local specialities, perfect coffee, great company
  • Experience Italian hospitality at its finest
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On the Trail

The experience

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.
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

Dolomites Traverse

Week 1
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 Calalzo 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

Week 2
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

Changes to Itinerary

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.

Inclusions

What's included

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